Informal and formal processes defined
Educational conferences allow us to address behavior whether or not it violates the Code of Student Conduct. Information discussed and agreed upon in these educational conferences will not appear as a reportable record. Educational conferences help to:
- Identify potential consequences of past and future behaviors
- Reflect on decision-making processes
- Explore alternative outcomes
- Determine if changes in behavior are necessary
Sometimes students can make poor decisions without impacting the larger community, and by going through the conduct process are able to recognize their mistakes and accept responsibility for their actions. While a violation of the Code of Student Conduct is reported to have occurred, the nature of the violation allows for the incident to be addressed without formal charges or sanctions.
Our department strives to build community and create an atmosphere conducive for civilized conversation among all members of this campus including students, faculty, and staff. We are available to help resolve disputes between two members of our community before the conflict rises to a level of violating the Code of Student Conduct. In mediation, the department staff will help members of our community:
- Engage in civil conversation
- Agree to set ground rules
- Reduce perceived power differentials
- Focus the dialogue on interests rather than positions
As a neutral third-party facilitator, Student Conduct staff control the process, but the parties control the outcome.
When referrals are made to our department, we do our best to understand the incident and its impact on the student and campus community rather than take sides. To ensure the successful development of our students we are interested in:
- Finding information relevant to the incident
- Truthfulness of information provided
Formal Charges and Sanctions
Before a student is contacted by Student Conduct, the details of the referral are reviewed, investigations are conducted when necessary, and upon finding the referral to be valid the hearing officer begins the fact finding process. The ultimate goal of the formal process is to:
- Help students identify inappropriate conduct
- Accept responsibility for their actions
- Reduce future misconduct
- Promote positive changes in behavior and decision-making processes
The assigned sanctions are applied to meet the goals of the formal process.
Proactive Educational Presentations
While many students are referred for rules they knowingly violated, we recognize that it is likely some students are not aware of all the University definitions of misconduct. Throughout the year Student Conduct presents an interactive and informative program to:
- New Student Orientation
- Student Success Seminars
- Faculty, Staff, and Academic Departments
- Student Organizations
Contact our staff if interested in having Student Conduct present to your class, department or organization.