Conduct Processes

Student Conduct Violation Process

Step 1: Incident Report

Any department or member of the university community including students, faculty, or staff can submit an Incident Report alleging student misconduct.

Step 2: Notice to student and Preliminary Investigation 

A Preliminary investigation is conducted.  The conduct officer determines if the case should move forward and if it is a minor or major case. For cases involving sexual misconduct, all investigations are conducted by the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity and then forwarded to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Step 3: Notice of Charges

If warranted, a student will be sent a letter via their preferred email informing them of an allegation of student misconduct and their attendance at the Administrative Review.

Step 4:  Administrative Review

An administrative review is scheduled with the student(s) involved.   The meeting is designed to inform the student of their rights in the student conduct process; to provide the student specifically detail regarding the nature of the allegation; to provide the student an opportunity to ask questions about the process; and for the student to officially respond to the charge of misconduct.

Step 5:  Sanctioning –if warranted

Students who accept responsibility or are found responsible through the student conduct process will be sanctioned according.  Sanctions are primarily based on two (2) key factors:  the type and severity of the violation and previous violations of record. Sanctions must be completed by the assigned deadline or additional conduct violations may be assigned.

Step 6: Appeal

Students involved in a conduct violation (either as the respondent or complaint) have the right to appeal.  Any appeal must be submitted in writing within seven (7) days of receiving their letter of findings. 

Step 7:  University Final Decision

Students receive a letter summarizing the final decision regarding their case if they have submitted an appeal.  The response to the appeal is considered the university’s final decision on the case.

Cases are documented and retained in the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities. Students involved in the student conduct process are provided written instructions at each step of the process.  These instructions provide deadlines and detailed information that allows the student to respond within the required guidelines of the conduct process. 

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