Office of Student Conduct
The Student Conduct Process
Possible violations of University policy and/or the Student Code of Conduct may be reported by any member of the University community. Reports should be submitted, in writing, on the University Student Conduct Referral form available online at http://www.una.edu/student-conduct/forms.html or via an e-mail that provides the information requested on the form. Forms are also available in the Office of Student Conduct, Room 209, Guillot University Center. The University recognizes that some violations are of a more sensitive nature than others. A student who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual misconduct committed by another University student may explore disciplinary options by contacting the Office of Student Conduct via phone, e-mail, or office visit. Sexual assault resources are also available on the University website at http://www.una.edu/healthservices/sexual-assault.html
For purposes of the student conduct process, the following definitions apply:
Advisor—An individual who assists a student or student organization with student discipline conference preparation. An advisor must be a full-time student, faculty, or staff member, administrator, or Recognized Student Organization (RSO) advisor. Attorneys cannot serve as advisors. An attorney may be present only if the student has been charged with a felony offense.
Department of Public Safety—The Department of Public Safety (DPS) functions to ensure the safety and security of the University of North Alabama campus, its faculty, staff, students, guests, and visitors. DPS’s officers are on duty at all times and have the authority to enforce federal, state, and municipal laws, as well as university rules and regulations. Some of their duties include enforcement of applicable university parking regulations, traffic management, overall safety of persons, and security of property. The officers are certified, upon completion of a police academy program administered by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission in accordance with Section 7, Subsection C. Legislative Act 1981, Amending Act 156 of the Code of Alabama. The officers have authority in university-related matters throughout the state of Alabama and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies.
Disciplinary Withdrawal – a request by a student for voluntary withdrawal from the University in order to delay the University hearing or conduct disposition until pending criminal charges have been resolved when a student is charged both by the University and criminally for the same incident.
Hearing Officer—A person who is responsible for adjudicating student discipline cases. This individual is the Director of Student Conduct or his/her designee.
Preponderance of Evidence—Evidence that suggests that the student charged with misconduct “more likely than not” actually engaged in the alleged misconduct. The standard of proof used in student discipline conference.
Recognized Student Organization (RSO)—Terms such as “student organization,” “recognized student organization,” or “RSO” refer to a group of students who have complied with the formal requirements for university recognition through the Office of Student Engagement.
Student Conduct Conference—A meeting with a student, group of students, or an RSO to discuss policy violations, review procedures, and, if possible, resolve a charge.
Student—A person who is taking or auditing classes at or through the University, is matriculated in any university program, or admitted to the University for the purpose of being enrolled, or who is residing in any university housing or otherwise has a continuing student relationship with the university, whether or not enrolled.
University Student Conduct Board (USCB)—Persons authorized by the Director of Student Conduct to determine whether a student has violated the Code of Conduct and to decide on sanctions that may be imposed when a standard(s) violation has been committed.
University Official—Any person employed by the University, whether paid or volunteer, performing assigned administrative, professional, or staff responsibilities