Student Code of Conduct - General Student Conduct Procedures
University student conduct procedures have been established to guide the fair and uniform interpretation and enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct for any student or student organization and club alleged to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. These conduct procedures are designed to allow for fact-finding, decision making in the context of an educational community, and to encourage students to accept responsibility for their actions. The intent is to provide adequate procedural safeguards to protect the rights of the individual student and/or student organization and club and the legitimate interests of the University.
- The focus of inquiry in the student conduct procedures will be whether it is more likely than not that the Respondent violated the Student Code of Conduct.
- Formal rules of evidence will not be applicable.
- A complaint may be filed against a student and/or student organization and club also charged with a violation of a local ordinance, state, or federal law. Proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings at the discretion of the University. Determinations made or educational sanctions imposed shall not be subject to change because civil or criminal charges arising out of the same facts were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the student, student organization or club.
- Deviations from prescribed procedures do not necessarily invalidate a decision or proceeding unless significant prejudice to a student and/or student organization or the University exists.
- Students and/or student organizations and club may be assisted by an Adviser of their own choice and at their own expense. The Adviser may be present at student conduct proceedings but may not speak or participate in the proceedings except to advise the student and/ or student organization and club. An Adviser may not appear in lieu of the student and/or student organization and club.
- Students and/or student organization and clubs that violate the terms of University Probation may be referred to the University Student Conduct Board. The University may utilize mediation or conciliation procedures in addition to, or in lieu of, formal conduct procedures.
- If a student and/or student organization and club fail to respond to a notice of a student conduct proceeding, the University may review the available information and act upon the complaint in the student or student club and/or organization’s absence. The student or student organization and club will be notified in writing of actions taken, any educational sanctions and the opportunity to appeal decisions, according to the criteria and procedures established in the student code of conduct. In some cases, the failure of a student to respond may result in an additional Student Code of Conduct violation and/or a hold being placed on the student’s registration.
- If a student has been notified of an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct and prior to resolution of the conduct process withdraws or does not enroll for the next semester, a hold may be placed on the student’s registration and/or transcript until the alleged violation is addressed. The University may also adjudicate the alleged violations.
- Complainants of violence-related Student Code of Conduct violations will be notified in writing of decisions and educational sanctions imposed on a Respondent upon completion of the student conduct process.
- Students will be notified of conduct actions in writing to their HuskyNet email or by mail to the local address on file at the Records and Registration office. Students are expected to notify Records and Registration of address changes. Failure or refusal to take receipt of notification will not negate or postpone conduct actions.