Office of Student Conduct

Jurisdiction

The University reserves the right to initiate conduct proceedings for any student, group of students, or student organization that has allegedly violated a university regulation. Jurisdiction extends not only to violations that occur on university property, but also to off-campus violations when the behavior would constitute a violation of local, state, or federal law and/or when such behavior has an adverse effect upon the university community.  Such parties will be afforded all aspects of fairness and due process in all such matters. The student conduct system strives to maintain an educational environment, protecting the rights of others while holding individual students accountable for their actions, in a positive educational manner.  Members of the university community may initiate student conduct procedures if they have reason to believe that there has been a violation of university policy or the Student Code of Conduct.

Student's Procedural Rights

When a student or student organization representative appears for a student conduct conference before the Director of Student Conduct or his/her designee or before a University Student Conduct Board, the following procedural rights will be accorded:

  • To receive a letter of notification with the date, time, and place of the student conduct conference or USCB hearing.
  • To have a student conduct hearing that shall be scheduled no earlier than three (3) business days* after the date of the notice except in extenuating circumstances with approval from the Director of Student Conduct
  • To have an advisor present during the student conduct conference or USCB hearing; however, the advisor may not participate in presenting the case, question witnesses, or make statements during the conference.  The advisor may not act as legal counsel. An attorney may be present only if the student has been charged with a felony offense.
  • To have the right to question all witnesses. Note: In cases of alleged sexual assault, provisions will be made for testimony via speaker phone, closed-circuit television, or other established technology to ensure that the parties are not required to be in the same room.
  • To receive written notification of the decision of the student conduct conference or USCB hearing within ten (10) business days*, barring unforeseen circumstances. Note: In cases of sexual assault, victims are also notified of the results within ten (10) business days. 
  • To either accept responsibility for the violation(s) and the assigned sanction(s) or submit a written appeal to the Conduct Officer within three (3) business days from the date of receipt of the decision. A student may only appeal a sanction of Removal from University Housing or Deferred Suspension to Permanent Expulsion from the University.

A student may appeal on one or more of the following grounds:

    1. The student has been denied due process.
    2. Discovery of substantive new evidence or substantive evidence of bias on behalf of the hearing officer or University Student Conduct Board (USCB).
    3. The sanction(s) recommended was/were not justified by the nature of the violation(s).

In cases of alleged sexual misconduct, both the victim and alleged perpetrator may appeal on the above –stated grounds.