Through enrollment at Marywood University, students accept the responsibility to meet all academic requirements and to act in accordance with the University’s mission, core values and policies. The University accepts a corresponding responsibility to make decisions which promote the community’s well-being and guarantee appropriate process to its members. All members of the community are responsible for reporting and/or responding to potential policy violations.
A vital part of a college education for students is the opportunity to develop and strengthen values and attitudes which guide responsible behavior in all areas of life. The conduct program challenges and supports students to learn about the consequences of their actions and to enhance their growth and development as mature adults.
The Joint Statement and Rights and Freedoms of Students is the reference document for the establishment of the conduct program. To that end, the program strives to provide a fundamentally fair process in which behavior that infringes on others’ rights, the common good and/or the University’s rights as corporate entity is addressed. The conduct process values community rights over those of the individual and promotes an educational atmosphere for students to learn to behave within the context of a University guided by a distinct mission and values.
Through involvement in the conduct process, students will have the opportunity to learn: to self-advocate appropriately; to reflect on their choice of behaviors; and, to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent University and global communities.
The Dean of Students is authorized to define and interpret the conduct policies and to manage the conduct program. Academic policy violations normally are adjudicated by an academic dean or designee. All correspondence with students related to the conduct process is through University e-mail that students are responsible to check regularly. The standard of evidence in the conduct program is that of a preponderance of information, at least 51% certainty.
The conduct process is separate from and independent of the system of criminal and civil law, regulations and ordinances. The University will cooperate appropriately with civil authorities in the enforcement of the law. If civil authorities are involved, the University may present conduct charges concurrently. If a student faces charges in a court and in the University conduct system because of the same violation, the University may postpone its conduct hearing until civil proceedings are completed. The Dean of Students will make that decision.
The conduct process usually is limited to behavior that negatively affects the pursuit of educational objectives and support of the University’s core values. No specific policy statement can apply to every situation. The following behavior is subject to the conduct process:
This policy assures the community that when a student’s health and safety are in danger due to intoxication, alcohol poisoning or other drug-related emergencies, students who seek help for themselves or others will not be subject to conduct action for a violation of the University Alcohol and/or Other Drug Regulations. In such cases, student(s) will be required to meet with the Dean of Students shortly thereafter to address the issues that caused the risk to the student’s well-being. To assist students learn from the experience, the student(s) may be required to complete an alcohol/other drug assessment and/or to participate in counseling. A repeated pattern of similar incidents or failure to cooperate with the Dean of Students will be responded to on an individual basis and could result in conduct action. If additional or egregious policy violations occur during the same incident, the Dean of Students reserves the right to adjudicate the non-alcohol related violations.
Enrollment at Marywood University is a voluntary decision, which includes a student’s acceptance of the responsibility to meet academic requirements and to behave consistently with the University’s policies, purposes and objectives at all times, on campus, off campus and in cyberspace. In a case in which criminal charges are involved, the University reserves the right to pursue conduct charges. NOTE: The University reserves the right to alert civil authorities to problems on or off campus. Concerns likely to be reported are those involving physical endangerment, illegal substances, or those resulting in complaints from the local community.
Students as Neighbors: Most students who live temporarily in the local community make positive contributions, but all must understand the behavior expected of them as residents of these communities. Students should demonstrate respect and concern for all members of both communities and behave as responsible citizens. Furthermore, the University reserves the right to refer any student involved in University policy violations and/or disruptive or offensive behavior off campus to the conduct system for investigation and action. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to: excessive and/or unreasonable noise; rude and abusive language; disruptive activities; illegal use, sale, and/or distribution of alcohol or other drugs; and, related violations of local community standards. Students should understand that conduct investigation and charges will be initiated when the University’s interest, reputation, and/or capacity to function as an academic community is involved.
Conduct cases will be handled in accordance with the University conduct policy of appropriate process. Any member of the University community may file an incident report against any student, student group, or student organization for alleged violations of University rules, regulations, or policies. Incident reports should be forwarded to the Dean of Students, Director of Housing and Residence Life or the Chief of Campus Safety.
Administrative Hearing Officers: The Dean of Students or his/her designee will be the Administrative Hearing Officer unless he/she served as the Preliminary Hearing Officer or circumstances clearly suggest it would be in the student’s best interest for another person to act as the Administrative Hearing Officer. With the student’s approval, the Preliminary Hearing Officer may be appointed as the Administrative Hearing Officer. Administrative Hearing Officers are empowered to take conduct action up to and including Probation. Administrative Hearing Officers recommend Suspension or Dismissal to the Dean of Students.
Conduct Board: The Conduct Board is composed of 15 members: six faculty members, six full-time undergraduate students, and three full-time graduate students. The Student Government Association (SGA) appoints the student members of the Board after consultation with the current board members. The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate appoints the faculty members. A panel of two faculty members and three students is drawn. Two faculty members and two students constitute a quorum. A student will be selected as chair for each hearing and one member will serve as the recorder. The Board decides responsibility for alleged violations, interprets rules and regulations as they relate to individual incidents and community values, and determines sanctions when appropriate.
NOTE: In accordance with federal law, “In cases of violence or sexual assault the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings brought alleging a sexual assault.”
Conduct action is based on the seriousness of the offense, individual circumstances, and the best interest of the University community and the student’s education and growth. Sanctions will be stated in writing and maintained as a formal record in the Dean of Students Office. A combination of sanctions may be invoked when appropriate. Students who repeatedly violate policy will be assigned progressively more serious sanctions. The sanction or combination of sanctions, which may be imposed upon individuals or organizations, include the following:
A Conduct Warning is a written notice that the student’s behavior required conduct proceedings. The nature and circumstances of the conduct does not deserve further action, but the warning is recorded in the Office of the Dean of Students for future reference for the duration of the student’s enrollment.
Restitution is the reimbursement for damage, destruction or misappropriation of property on University premises. When imposed, restitution to the University or a member of the University community will be made in addition to a previously defined sanction.
Fines are penalty fees payable to the University depending on the degree of infraction. The amount is determined by the Preliminary Hearing Officer, Conduct Board, or Administrative Hearing Officer.
These projects or programs promote the education of the student through experiences that enhance personal growth, improve understanding of the community, and/or contribute to the larger community outside of the University.
Restricted Access, commonly known as a No Trespassing Notice, or No Contact order, is official notification that an individual is not welcome to visit campus facilities or a specific community member(s). This may be administered for a specific building or general areas of the campus with or without a termination date. The University may request intervention of civil authorities if an individual violates this restriction.
A student may be dismissed from living in University Housing and/or banned from visiting University residence facilities. Students with board contracts receive a pro-rated refund; no reimbursement is provided for the balance of a housing agreement.
A Conduct Hold is a restriction placed on a student’s academic records for failure to complete a sanction, to pay a fine/restitution, or to attend a preliminary or formal hearing. A conduct hold prevents the student from registering for classes and receiving grades, and/or other services normally provided by the Registrar’s Office.
Probation is a sanction that includes a period during which the student must demonstrate the ability to comply with University rules, regulations, and/or other conditions imposed. Students who are recipients of University scholarships and are placed on Probation may be subject to gradation or removal of that scholarship during the term of probation. Since the majority of undergraduates are legal dependents of their parents/guardians, the University reserves the right to contact parents and/or guardians when the sanction of Probation has been imposed. Any additional violation of University policy, however minor, may result in Suspension or Dismissal. Probation may be administered in two forms.
Interim Suspension is the temporary suspension of a student’s enrollment, housing, or other University privileges, pending full consideration of a conduct case. The Dean of Students or his/ her designee must determine there is a reasonable cause to believe a student has violated any of the University’s rules and regulations and that danger or disruption will be present if the student is permitted to remain on campus or in University housing to impose an Interim Suspension.
Suspension is the termination of student status for a specified period of time. Conditions of reinstatement are included in the order of suspension. A suspended student is charged fees for the semester in which the suspension occurs in accordance with the published University Withdrawal and Refund Policy Statement. A grade of “W” is assigned for the same semester courses remaining on the student’s transcript. A statement of the student’s status is sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and the Registrar and the record of the sanction is maintained for seven years in the Dean of Students Office. Since the majority of undergraduates are legal dependents of their parents/ guardians, the University reserves the right to contact parents and/or guardians when sanctions of Suspension from the University Housing or Suspension/Dismissal from the University are imposed. Independent students should notify the Dean of Students of their independence and verify that status if requested.
Dismissal is the permanent termination of student status and separation from the University. A dismissed student is charged full fees for the semester in which the dismissal occurs in accordance with the published University Withdrawal and Refund Policy Statement. A grade of “W’ is assigned for the same semester courses remaining on the student transcript. A statement of the student’s status is sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Enrollment Management and the Registrar and recorded permanently in the Dean of Students Office. Since the majority of undergraduates are legal dependents of their parents/guardians, the University reserves the right to contact parents and/or guardians when sanctions of Suspension from University Housing or Suspension/Dismissal from the University are imposed. Independent students should notify the Dean of Students of their independence and verify that status if requested.
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