If I am being referred to Judicial Affairs, what will happen?
You will receive a letter from us asking you to make an appointment to meet with a Judicial Affairs staff member. The letter will also describe any charges. It is important to make an appointment and keep it. Ignoring the situation will not make it go away. If you don't respond, a decision can be made in the case without your input. This decision could affect your status as a student.
If I am being charged in court, why do I also have to deal with the University? Isn't this double jeopardy?
It is not double jeopardy, which only applies to the criminal court system. As a student, you are held responsible by the University for your behavior under the Student Conduct Code, rather than criminal statutes.
What if I don't show up for my meeting with the conduct officer?
The Judicial Affairs officer will make a decision in the incident without the benefit of your involvement and perspective.
What if I was not aware of a rule and didn't know I was breaking it?
Lack of knowledge of a rule is not an excuse for misconduct. Every student is responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the university. So it is important for you to read the Student Handbook.. Also, if you are unsure about any policies, ask for clarification.
What if the incident happened off campus?
The University has jurisdiction for behavior off campus. Our main concerns are serious behaviors and/or behaviors that may have an effect on the university community. So even if it happens off campus, it may still be a violation of the Student Conduct Code, which will be handled by the Office of Judicial Affairs.
Can't I just lie about the situation and get away with it?
Lying is not a value of our community, and if it should be found that you lied, there can be additional disciplinary charges or consequences.
I was put on probation. What does that mean?
Probation is notice to you that any violation of the Student Code of Conduct or the conditions of probation committed during the probationary period will subject you to further action, with a likely result of suspension or expulsion. Probation lasts for a specific period of time.
Karen M. Conway
Dean of Students