When the Office of Student Conduct/Community Standards receives a report of student misconduct, a Conduct Officer conducts an investigation. The investigation may include meetings with the accused student, the complaint party, witnesses, and any other involved individuals. However, an investigation may not require meeting with all parties; the Conduct Officer will determine what meetings are necessary.

After the investigation, the Conduct Officer makes one of the following determinations:

  1. There is insufficient information to support charges.
  2. Based solely on the investigation, there is sufficient information for the Conduct Officer to find the student in violation of University policy. The accused student is sent a letter detailing the finding and any sanctions. The student has the right to appeal the Conduct Officer’s decision to the Campus Appeals Committee.
  3. The Conduct Officer may refer the case to an Administrative Conference. The Administrative Conference will determine whether the student is in violation and what, if any, sanctions will be imposed. The student has the right to appeal the outcome of the conference to the Campus Appeals Committee.
  4. The Conduct Officer may refer the case to an Administrative Conference, followed by a University Hearing (only in cases where the student is facing suspension, expulsion, or the loss of University housing). The University Hearing will determine whether the student is in violation and what, if any, sanctions will be imposed. The student has the right to appeal the outcome of the hearing to the Campus Appeals Committee.
  5. The parties may be able to bypass the formal conduct process using Alternative Resolution Practices.