Article II: Scope and Administration of the Community Standards
The University Community Standards shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University sponsored activities and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University Community. Students are members of the larger community as well; therefore the University retains the right to refer any student whose behavior on or off campus may have violated the University’s Community Standards to the appropriate authorities and/or the Dean of Students.
Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year, during periods between terms of actual enrollment and including conduct that is not discovered until after a degree is awarded. If the student withdraws while a disciplinary matter is pending, the student must resolve the matter before he/she may be considered for readmission.
The Dean of Students is the person designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs to be responsible for the administration of the Community Standards, including the interpretation of all policies and statements within the Community Standards. The Dean of Students shall determine whether the Community Standards shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.
- The Dean of Students, in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs, shall develop policies for the administration of the Community Standards and procedural rules for the conduct of Community Standards Review Board Hearings.
- The Coordinator for Community Standards or his/her designee shall determine the appropriate administrative level within the discipline system that is authorized to hear each matter. There shall be no appeal from that determination.
- Decisions made by a Community Standards Review Board and/or Student Conduct Administrator shall be final, pending the normal appeal process.
C. Administrative Levels of the Community Standards Review Process
There are four (4) levels of Student Conduct Administrators within the Community Standards Review process. The first level is the Housing & Residence Life staff; the second level is the Coordinator for Community Standards or his/her designee; the third level is the Dean of Students or his/her designee; the fourth level is the Community Standards Review Board.
Each disciplinary level is responsible for reviewing and deciding specific levels of violations and sanctions as described below and as assigned by the Coordinator for Community Standards in his/her sole discretion.
a. The Housing & Residence Life staff is the first level, being responsible for most cases that occur in University operated housing. Reviews are conducted on an informal basis, held as an educational dialogue. The Housing & Residence Life staff may assign any sanction except Suspension or Expulsion from the University.
b. The Coordinator for Community Standards (or his/her designee) is the second level of the Community Standards Review process and is responsible for those cases that are more serious in nature. Reviews are conducted on an informal basis, held as an educational dialogue. The Coordinator for Community Standards may assign any sanction with the exception of University Expulsion.
c. The Dean of Students is the third level of the Community Standards Review process. Reviews are of a serious nature, held as a formal meeting with the Respondent. The Dean may assign any sanction listed in the Student Code.
d. The Community Standards Review Board is the fourth level of the Community Standards Review process and consists of students and University employees appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Board reviews cases within prescribed, formal hearing procedures. The Board is advised by the Coordinator for Community Standards or his/her designee who is a non-voting member. In those instances when the Coordinator for Community Standards has been integrally involved in the investigation of the matter, the Dean of Students will assign another administrator to serve as the Board Advisor. The Community Standards Review Board may recommend any sanction listed within the Student Code. These sanction recommendations are made to the Dean of Students or his/her designee.
The scheduling of cases will be accomplished as expeditiously as possible. Normally cases before the Housing & Residence Life staff or the Coordinator for Community Standards will be heard within ten (10) business days of the complaint being received by the Coordinator for Community Standards. Cases heard by the Dean of Students will normally be heard within fifteen (15) business days of the complaint being received by the Coordinator for Community Standards. Cases heard by the Community Standards Review Board will normally be heard within twenty (20) business days of the complaint being received by the Coordinator for Community Standards.
At times when classes are not in session, the Dean of Students or his/her designee will adjudicate all cases and has the authority to issue any sanction(s).
D. Violation of Law and University Discipline
- The Community Standards Review process may be initiated against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and any Community Standard. Community Standard Review proceedings may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus, at the sole discretion of the Dean of Students. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under the Community Standard Review process shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same incident giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
- When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Community Standards Review process, the University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Community Standards and how such matters are typically handled within the University community. The University will cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules, sanctions or the University’s mission or interests).