COVID-19 Office of Student Standards and Conduct
Expectations of Visitors to the office:
- All individuals will be required to wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose fully indoors when social distancing, that is maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others, is not possible.
Please call the office and reschedule your appointment if:
- You are exhibiting symptoms of illness including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- You or someone you have recently encountered has been diagnosed with COVID-19 recently.
Q: What is your office doing to ensure the health of visitors?
A: The Office of Student Standards and Conduct (OSSC) is requiring all visitors and staff to wear face coverings when social distancing can not be maintained and to maintain a clean and disinfected work environment. We will also provide hand sanitizer for visitors to use before and after their meetings.
Q: Do you have any alternatives to a visitor coming in person?
A: Yes, we offer the option to all individuals to participate virtually upon request, that is all hearings and meetings may be conducted through video.
Q: Is your office open to visitors and guests?
A: Our office is open to visitors and guest. We are doing our best to ensure that all visitors are safe through masking and use of social distancing. There are several outdoor sitting areas between our office in Pomfret and Adohi Hall if you are more comfortable waiting outside the office prior to your meetings.
Q: What should I do if I witness an individual in violation of university requirements regarding face coverings and social distancing?
A: These are new and unprecedented circumstances. We recognize that individuals on campus may not, initially, be aware of the expectations regarding face coverings and social distancing. We encourage individuals to first offer a reminder to the party in non-compliance. If the individual remains non-compliant, they should be reported to the OSSC. Please use the reporting website found here (insert hyperlink to public report form). Please note that the OSSC is not able to accept reports on individuals where the identity is unknown.
Q: What happens if I am referred to the OSSC for being out of compliance with the university’s requirements?
A: All Referrals to the OSSC will be evaluated consistent with the Code of Student Life (found here). Students may be sanctioned if they are found responsible for failing to comply with university policies.
OSSC will take a progressive approach to these matters. When a student is referred to the OSSC for the first time for lack of compliance for face coverings, they will receive a warning letter that reiterates the expectations of face coverings and relays pertinent University information for them to apprise themselves of. A warning letter does not include a disciplinary sanction or educational sanction. Should a student be cited for a consecutive time for lack of compliance, they may be sanctioned and required to complete an educational sanction that includes information regarding the importance of face coverings and social distancing.
Additional instances of noncompliance for face coverings will result in an increase of disciplinary and educational sanctions. Furthermore, students who have a prior disciplinary history, or who are found out of compliance for face coverings in combination with another Code of Student Life Policy are not subject to the above outlined process and will be evaluated and sanctioned at the discretion of a hearing officer