Through the student conduct process, it is our aim to help students understand the impact of their behavior on the global community and to assist them with making future decisions that lead to personal and professional success.
Our process begins when we receive a complaint. An administrative officer will review a complaint, and if they determine there is enough information to allege that a violation of the Code of Conduct may have occurred, then they will send a student a Notice of Allegation. The Notice of Allegation will list out any conduct regulations that a student is alleged to have violated and will explain to the student how to schedule a meeting with their administrative officer. Students have five (5) business days to schedule an apppointment; if they fail to schedule an appointment, a hold will be placed on their account.
During the meeting, the administrative officer will review the alleged violations with the student or organization and ensure that the student or organization has been advised as outlined in the section above. Resolutions of the University’s conduct process neither establish nor are based upon precedent. Further, matters of local, state or federal law are independent of the conduct process. The administrative officer has discretion to dismiss any alleged violation following the meeting with the student or organization if the conduct officer determines that the reported conduct would not be a violation of the University’s conduct regulations. Once the administrative officer has determined the alleged violations to be resolved through the conduct process, there are two available options from which the student or organization can choose: (1) informal resolution, or (2) formal resolution (investigation and hearing).
If the student or organization agrees that the violation(s) of the conduct regulations cited occurred, they may decide to have the case resolved through the informal process. A student or organization always has the right to refuse the informal process and proceed with a formal hearing. Final resolution of the informal process must meet the following criteria: (1) the administrative officer handling the case and the student or organization agree that informal resolution is a reasonable option given the circumstances; (2) the student or organization must accept responsibility for the violation(s) of the specified conduct regulation(s); (3) the student or organization must agree with the sanctions resulting from the violation(s); (4) if applicable, the victim should agree with the sanctions issued for the violation(s) and may propose sanctions that are reasonable and in accordance with the Code of
Conduct. Cases that do not meet all four criteria for the informal resolution will be referred to formal resolution (investigation and hearing).
If the student or organization disputes that a violation of conduct regulations has taken place, rejects the informal resolution, or does not agree with the sanctions resulting from the informal resolution, the case shall be resolved through the formal resolution procedure, which includes an investigation and a hearing. University Judiciary, a registered student organization, facilitates the formal hearing process. For more detailed information about the formal resolution process, including information about investigations and hearings, please refer to the Code of Conduct.