The Purpose of Student Conduct in the Residence Halls

Living in a community means that the members have a responsibility to behave in a way that creates a positive atmosphere. The purpose of a student conduct process is to hold students accountable for following policies, as well as federal and state laws, while at the same time balancing the needs of the community for an environment that is conducive to learning. When students sign their Housing contract, they agree to follow the policies as defined. If students go through the conduct process, the goal is for them to be able to:

      • Share what happened from their perspective
      • Understand why their behavior did or did not break a policy
      • Understand how breaking policies impacts other people within the community
      • Reflect on how they can repair their relationship with the community
As a part of the conduct process, students have the following rights:
      • To be informed of the policies they may have violated in a timely manner
      • To a fair and timely meeting with a professional staff member
      • To a timely notification of the decision of responsibility for violating policy
      • To have the appeal process outlined for them

What happens if you are written up or charged with violating a policy?      

Find a specific Hall Conduct Policy.

If a staff member writes you up, they will write a report that identifies individuals in the situation, a time line and description of events. Being documented doesn't necessarily mean you have violated policy. Your meeting with the Hall Director will determine responsibility. A Hall Director reviews the report, identifies policies potentially violated and contacts you via email to request a meeting:

      • In minor policy violations, you may receive a warning and not be required to meet with a Hall Director.
      • In more serious cases, you may be asked to meet with an Assistant Director of Housing or a Dean of Students staff member.
This meeting is your chance to impact the outcome of the hearing by sharing your perspective of what happened. It also gives the Hall Director the chance to get to know you better, ask questions, and assess your level of responsibility in the situation. If you choose to not participate in this meeting you lose the opportunity to have you story heard.

Based off the information shared in the meeting the Hall Director (or other professional staff member) will determine if you are responsible or not responsible for violating any policies.
      • Not Responsible - if you are found not responsible the case is closed and you don't have to do anything further to resolve the situation.
      • Responsible - if you are found responsible for violating policy you will be assigned sanctions or educational consequences that will need to be completed. Our goal is for you to repair your relationship with the community and University Housing.
      • Warning - if you receive a warning for a policy it means that the Hall Director wants you to be more aware of your behaviors as it relates to that specific policy in the future. Multiple warnings will not be given for the same policy violation.
If found responsible common sanctions you might be assigned include: reflective and/or research papers, written apologies, involvement or service hours, online computer education modules, University Housing probation, parent letter notification, or creating educational bulletin boards, bathroom readers or brochures for peers.

Sanctions have a due date that should be met. Failure to complete sanctions on time could result in an additional policy violation charge for failing to complete the sanction by the designated due date. If you feel you need more time contact your Hall Director to negotiate a new due date.
      • If you fail to complete sanctions, it could result in a hold being placed on a student's University Account which can stop you from being able to perform essential university activity such as: registering for classes, studying abroad or requesting an official transcript.
The more conduct violations you have the more likely you sanctions will be more harsh. In some situations a first incident may be so severe that the sanctions listed below could be imposed:
      • Relocated to another residence hall
      • Termination of a student's housing and/or dining contract
      • Suspension from the University
You may be immediately removed from the residence hall for behavior that may jeopardizes the health or safety of other community members. Some examples include:
      • Physical Assault
      • Sexual Assault
      • Drugs
      • Fire Safety Violations including possession of fire works
      • Weapons
Students tend to have lots of questions about this process and may also want to review:

Frequently Asked Questions About Conduct