Coordinator - Hillel Goldberg

It is in the best interests of Gallaudet University and the members of the University community for the University to function as a self-regulated community in an orderly environment. Ensuring that sanctions will be promptly imposed on those found responsible for misconduct will help the University preserve order. Having its own responsible student conduct system that follows established procedures will enable the University to deal with internal matters of student discipline. Further, it can deal with such misconduct in ways that encourage positive learning from the experience.

Through a system of student conduct boards and administrative review, students, staff, faculty, and/or administrators are able to participate in the student conduct program to resolve complaints made against students. Underlying the program is a deep regard for discipline as a constructive element of education. Stated another way, the philosophy of this program is based on the belief that a disciplinary problem should be handled so as to maximize the educational experience of the students involved. Such an approach does not eliminate punitive action from the student conduct program. It recognizes that the University must protect itself by appropriate means from individuals whose behavior is contrary to the best interests of the University and its community.

It is the intent of the student conduct program that the University, in handling its disciplinary problems, shall continue the use of discussion, counseling, mediation, and other existing procedures, as long as such measures prove effective. The other provisions of the program shall be set in motion in such instances when the informal procedures prove to be, or manifestly appear to be, ineffective, or inappropriate.

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