Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Code of Conduct?

The Code of Conduct is a set of standards and regulations that describe the rights, privileges, and responsibilities each student and student organizations have as a member of the University community. You, as a student, are citizens of several communities - national, state, local, university, and residence hall, and each of those communities have standards that hold you responsible for your actions. The Code of Conduct describes the University standards as well as your rights as a student. More detailed information about the Code of Conduct and your rights can be found in the Student Handbook.

How can I be charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct?
The Office of Student Conduct receives and reviews residence hall and the Department of Safety and Security reports as well as individual complaints to determine whether there is sufficient information to warrant disciplinary charges against a student. If there is sufficient information, a letter will be sent that states the specific violation of the Code of Conduct that the student is accused of committing. The accused student will be entitled to a disciplinary conference or disciplinary hearing, and he/she will need to make an appointment with the Coordinator of Student Conduct within 3 or 5 days for a pre-hearing meeting.

What is a pre-hearing meeting?
The pre-hearing meeting involves the student charged with a Code of Conduct violation and the Office of Student Conduct staff members that provides the accused student an opportunity to understand the discipline process and the opportunity to address the alleged violations.

What is the difference between a disciplinary conference and disciplinary hearing?
A disciplinary conference is usually held for those violations where the range of sanctions includes less severe ones (such as a disciplinary reprimand, fine, restitution, or community service, for example). The student will be entitled to a disciplinary hearing if the range of sanctions includes the possibility of the loss of University housing, a University suspension, or expulsion. The Office of Student Conduct will make the determination of whether a disciplinary conference or disciplinary hearing will be held, based on the range of sanctions that may be issued for a particular violation. In addition, the disciplinary conference and disciplinary hearing procedures differ slightly. Please refer to the student handbook for more detailed information.

What is the Student Conduct Board?
The Student Conduct Board consists of a group of your peers as well as a faculty or staff representative that are trained to adjudicate cases. Board members must maintain confidentiality at all times, and the decisions of the board are official university decisions. In the event of scheduling difficulties or special circumstances warranting it, the case may be heard and decided by an administrative board composing of administrative staff members.

Do all cases go through the Student Conduct Board?
No. A great majority of cases are resolved through mediation or at a disciplinary conference.

What rights do I have at a hearing?
You have the right to present your case, address the complainant and witnesses, bring witnesses to the hearing, and be accompanied by an advisor.

What kind of sanctions are there?
Students found responsible for violating the Code of Conduct may have one or more of the following sanctions imposed: Disciplinary Reprimand, Rehabilitative Probation, Restitution, Fines or Loss of Housing Priority Points, Disciplinary Probation, Residence or University Suspension, Residence Hall Expulsion, University Expulsion, and other sanctions that may be determined by the hearing body.

Can I appeal a decision made in my case?
Yes. You may appeal decisions made by the Student Conduct Board, Administrative Student Conduct Board or Coordinator of Student Conduct in writing within five days of the date of the decision. Appeals must state the specific grounds for the appeal with an explanation. The list of specific grounds in which one can appeal are listed in the Student Handbook.

What happens if I don't fulfill my sanctions?
Failure to complete or adhere to the sanctions will result in a charge of Non-Compliance of a University Decision, and more severe sanctions may result. In some cases, an administrative freeze will be placed on your record that will prevent you from registering for classes or receiving your diploma.

Whom do I contact if I want to make a complaint or have other questions about the disciplinary system?
You can contact the Office of Student Conduct staff at 651-5144, or stop by at the office in Ely Center 103. A complete description of the student conduct program as well as the disciplinary conference and hearing procedures can be found in the Student Handbook.