FAQs

Additional questions? Contact the Office of Student Conduct at 256.765.5012 or studentconduct@una.edu.

What is the purpose of the student conduct process?

The student conduct process strives to maintain an educational environment, protecting the rights of others, while holding individual students accountable for their actions in a positive educational manner.

What are the differences between an off-campus and on-campus offense?

The University has jurisdiction for behavior off campus. Our main concerns are serious behaviors and/or behaviors that may have an effect on the University community. So, even if it happens off campus, it may still be a violation of the Student Conduct Code, which will be handled by the Office of Student Conduct.

Who can submit a complaint?

Anyone can submit a complaint to the Office of Student Conduct. The Office of Student Conduct acts on reports of alleged violations from: 1) students, 2) law enforcement, 3) faculty and staff, 4) or others.

What are my rights during a conduct meeting?

You have the right to:
  • Receive a letter of notification with the date, time, and location of the student conduct meeting.
  • Have a student conduct meeting 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 or their designee.
  • Have an advisor present during the student conduct meeting; however, the advisor may not participate in presenting the case, question witnesses, or make statements during the meeting. The advisor may not act as legal counsel.
  • Question all witnesses.
  • Receive written notification of the decision of the student conduct meeting within ten (10) business days*, barring unforeseen circumstances.
  • Accept either the decision and sanction from the hearing officer or submit a written appeal to the hearing officer within three (3) business days* from the date of receipt of the decision letter.
  • Appeal the decision.

What is a sanction?

A sanction is a set of consequences that a student receives upon pleading guilty or being found responsible for violating University policy. Sanctions can include, but are not limited to, the following: fines and restitution, educational workshops, papers and projects, periods of observation and review, counseling, suspension from the residence halls or University,  and expulsion from the University.

What happens if I don’t show up for my meeting with a conduct officer?

The Student Conduct staff member will make a decision in the incident without the benefit of your involvement and perspective.

What happens if I do not complete an assigned sanction?

Additional sanctions may be added. In some situations, failure to complete sanctions may result in suspension or expulsion from the University. In addition, a hold will be placed on your registration and records. Remember that sanctions are placed as a result of your violation of the Student Conduct Code and are designed to educate you about the expectations and norms of the University community.

Can I appeal a conduct decision?

A student found responsible for a Code of Conduct violation may only appeal a sanction of Removal from University Housing or Suspension to Permanent Expulsion from the University. Student may appeal on one or more of the following grounds:
  • The student has been denied due process.
  • Discovery of substantive new evidence, or substantive evidence of bias on behalf of the Hearing Officer.
  • 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.

Will my parents be notified that I've been charged with a violation?

Unless you waive your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), only you (the student charged with the violation) and the staff members of the University Office of Student Conduct will know that you have been charged with a conduct violation. A FERPA amendment adopted in the fall of 1998, permits colleges and universities to inform the family of a student under 21 years of age when their student has been found in violation of university alcohol or other drug policies and/or in the case of a health or safety emergency.

Will I be immediately suspended or expelled from the University for violating the Student Code of Conduct?

Suspension and/or explusion from the University depends on the severity at the time of the incident. As stated in the Student Handbook, the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Director of Student Conduct, or designee(s) may act summarily without following the student discipline procedures established by the University if the official is satisfied that the student's continued presence on the campus constitutes a serious threat of harm to the student, to any other person on the campus, or to the property of the University or property of other persons on the University campus.

*Computation of time: When any period of time is referred to, such period in all cases are computed to exclude the first and include the last day of such period. Business days include normal University operating days and exclude holidays and weekends. The last business day ends at 4 p.m.