What to Do
What to Do if Your Student Is Involved in the Conduct Process
- The University considers parents a valuable partner. We encourage you to support your student, unconditionally, but not blindly. Encourage your student to prepare him or herself for the process by reviewing the Code of Student Life.
- Direct your student to contact a staff member int eh conduct office for questions regarding conduct procedures. This empowers the student to learn how to solve his or her own issues.
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) precludes the college or university from discussing your child's academic and disciplinary record without his/her written permission.
- While students speak for themselves in the conduct process, they have a right to an advisor, if they so choose. With a signed FERPA release, parents, friends or attorneys may accompany the student through the conduct process.
- Educate yourself on the University's student conduct process. You may find answers to many of your questions in the Code of Student Life or on our webpage.
- You may be tempted to try to immediately solve a problem for your student. Try to allow 24 hours to inform yourself before guiding your student. Lessons learned through participation in a student conduct process must be experienced to have the desired effect.
Higher education is about learning both in class and out. University hearing officers take their responsibilities as educators very seriously and do their best to provide a fair and unbiased conduct process for all students. While these professionals understand that participation in the conduct process may be difficult for students, they do their best to provide them support so they may effectively handle the situations in which they find themselves.