Parents/Family - My Student Received Notice
If your student receives notification from Student Conduct that they have been reported as possibly engaging in misconduct, here are some things to keep in mind as you support your student:
- Remember that receiving notice of possible violation does not mean that your student is responsible! There is a process in place to allow your student to share their perspective about whatever happened.
- Encourage your student to follow the process and meet with Student Conduct if they are interested in resolving the conduct case. Students have a right not to participate in the process, but we want to hear from your student to gather a holistic perspective regarding the incident and to collect as much information as possible.
- Review our website and the Code of Student Conduct and encourage your student to do the same so they have information about the process.
- Encourage your student to be honest and to act with integrity during the process, including accepting responsibility if they did violate a policy.
- Remember that this process is not about judging your student's character but about assessing specific behavior and considering consequences for those behaviors.
- Recognize that this is not a legal process or criminal process. In a majority of cases, students receive educational sanctions that assist them in learning from the experience while they continue with their coursework.
- Be aware that there are decisions your student may make through this process. If it appears there is responsibility for violating a policy, your student can accept an informal resolution or can elect to go to a hearing.
- Finally, talk to your student about what they have learned from this experience. Holding onself accountable is a valuable lesson that can be learned both inside and outside the classroom. Many students make mistakes or have bumps in the road of their college journey - the learning that comes from these experiences in invaluable to the college experience.