Student Conduct Processes

1. Overview of the Student Conduct Process

The Division of Student Development is responsible for the implementation of the Student Code of Conduct.  The University uses a graduated approach in responding to allegations of student misconduct with allegations being resolved through one of three conduct processes: 1) a Student Conduct Review; 2) a Student Conduct Conference; or 3) by the University Conduct Board. When less serious violations are alleged the matter may be resolved through a Student Conduct Review. In the case of more serious violations, or when a student has been held responsible for past misconduct, or when multiple violations are alleged, the matter may be resolved through a Conduct Conference. The most serious allegations of misconduct shall be referred to the University Conduct Board (UCB)

The determination as to which process will be utilized for the hearing and resolution of allegations of misconduct shall be made by the Director of the Office of Community Standards.

A range of conduct outcomes may be imposed if a student is found responsible for a violation of University policy.  A determination of responsibility is based on a finding that the respondent more likely than not committed the act alleged.

During any Student Code of Conduct process, students will be provided with the following:

a.   Notice of the allegation(s) being made

b.   Notice of the date of hearing or other process

c.   The opportunity to be heard

d.   The opportunity to have an advisor of their choice present during any stage of the conduct proceedings

e.   Notice of the outcome as permitted by FERPA and any other applicable privacy laws

f.   The opportunity to have the outcome reviewed through the appropriate appeals process

The Student Code of Conduct is intended to promote civility, maintain a safe and secure environment, and to protect individual and University community rights. The description of prohibited conduct and rules and regulations in the Student Code of Conduct is not exhaustive. The University, in the discretion of its officials administering the Student Code of Conduct, may take disciplinary action even though an alleged infraction is not specifically contained within the University's written policies. Additionally, the University reserves the right to make exceptions to written disciplinary procedures if deemed necessary.

2. Initial Review

Upon receipt of a complaint against a student, or a report of alleged misconduct, the DOCS may:

a. Determine that no further action is warranted,

b. Refer the complaint for further investigation, and/or

c. Bring a formal charge under this Student Code of Conduct.

A formal charge is warranted when the DOCS, determines that the circumstances alleged in the complaint are sufficient to create a reasonable belief that a violation has occurred and that conduct action is appropriate.

If the DOCS determines that a formal charge is warranted, the DOCS will notify the student who will be provided the opportunity to respond pursuant to one of the Student Conduct Resolution Processes detailed below. The DOCS will determine in his or her sole discretion by what process the charge(s) will be resolved. NOTE: In matters covered under the University ’s Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy, the DOCS will consult with the Title IX Coordinator and the Review and Investigation procedures contained in that policy will supersede this section.

3.  Student Conduct Process Descriptions

a.  Conduct Review process

b.  Conduct Conference process

c.  University Conduct Board process

Last updated 8/21/15