I. Introduction and Purpose
Jacksonville University students are expected to contribute to the development
and sustenance of a community characterized by respect, caring and honesty.
This expectation calls for behavior which demonstrates the five principles of
student conduct: respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for property,
respect for authority, and honesty.
The Code of Student Conduct encourages
students to take responsibility for positively contributing to our living and
learning community. The University affords certain rights to students and
expects in return that students will conduct themselves in a mature and
responsible manner that best represents the institution and themselves. If,
however, the behavior or conduct of a student infringes on other members of the
community or negatively impacts the institution, the University reserves the
right to address the behavior through the judicial procedures prescribed
herein. Students are responsible for being fully acquainted with the student
handbook, University catalogue, and all other rules and regulations pertaining
to students, and for complying with them accordingly.
Jacksonville University students enroll voluntarily in a private, independent
educational institution which embodies these principles. Students who find
their personal values incompatible with those of the University, and who are
unable to respect the University’s values, may wish to pursue their education
at an institution which is more in line with their own personal values.
Student Rights and
To preserve an educational community in which all members of the community can
learn, live, and work successfully and without hindrance, Jacksonville
University has the inherent responsibility to preserve order and maintain
stability, through the setting of standards of conduct and the prescribing of
procedures to ensure such standards are met. Underlying the prescription of
student standards is the foundational tenet that the exercise of individual
student rights must be accompanied by an equal amount of responsibility,
assuring that the same rights are not denied to others. By matriculating as a
student at Jacksonville University, one acquires rights in, as well as
responsibilities to, the entire University community.
Jacksonville University seeks to maintain an environment where students have
the following rights:
Expression: Students can freely examine and exchange diverse ideas in an
orderly and respectful manner;
Association: Students can associate freely with other individuals,
groups of individuals and organizations, for purposes which do not infringe on
the rights of others, or the mission of the University;
Discrimination: Students can expect
to participate fully in the University community without discrimination, as
defined by federal and state law, as well as University policies;
Safe Environment: Students can function in their daily
activities without unreasonable concerns for personal safety;
Support: Students have access to support in managing
personal adjustments, understanding self, and others;
Grievance Processes: Students have access to established
procedures for respectfully presenting and addressing their concerns/complaints
to the university; and
Personal Growth: Students live and study in a setting that
promotes personal growth.
Students enrolling at
the University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner that is
civil and compatible with the college's mission and function, as an educational
institution. It is clear that, in a community of learning, willful disruption
of educational processes, destruction of property, and interference with the
overall orderly processes of the University, or with the rights of other
members of the University, cannot be tolerated. The University has the
authority and responsibility to exclude those who find their personal values
incompatible with those of the University, and who are unable to respect the
Principles of Student Conduct
Respect for Oneself
The University values all of its students and is concerned with their total
development. Therefore, it is appropriate to set expectations for personal
integrity, which encourage students to appreciate their own talents, to take
themselves and their academic pursuits seriously and to enhance the quality of
their lives. When an instance of disrespect for self is known, the University
will routinely respond to a student engaging in self-destructive behaviors -
behaviors which might impede an individual’s ability to enjoy the privileges of
education and to fulfill his/her obligations as an educated leader. Students
engaging in such behaviors are also encouraged to seek help from the University
Respect for Others
One value of learning lies in understanding what knowledge can contribute to
the community. It is expected that students will be open to learning, including
learning about and respecting persons and cultures different from their own.
Members of the campus community must act out of mutual respect to establish an
atmosphere of trust, without which there is no community. Therefore,
Jacksonville University expects its members to treat one another with
sensitivity, consideration, understanding, tolerance and an active concern for
the welfare of others. The University is particularly concerned that its
members show respect for others regardless of race, creed, gender, disability,
sexual orientation or nationality, and avoid all forms of harassing or
Respect for Property
The mission we share
depends upon the responsible use of all property, including such tangible goods
as buildings, library materials, equipment and green space. Respect for
property also involves helping to foster a well maintained environment, a sense
of security, tranquility and accomplishment. This principle requires students
to respect both personal and institutional property, both inside and outside
the University community.
Respect for Authority
Authority derives legitimacy from the commitment to act on behalf of the common
good. At Jacksonville University that authority especially resides in the
officers of the University, its faculty, administration and staff - each of
whom has been charged with responsibilities essential to the orderly operation
of the University. They help to define the atmosphere which supports and
fosters the University’s common mission. Additionally, these individuals
provide structure to preserve the well-being and freedom of community members
and an orderly environment in which all can develop. The successful exercise of
authority depends in part on the respect it enjoys from the community it
Jacksonville University’s educational mission reflects a commitment to the
development of the whole person. While at the University, students are expected
to demonstrate the personal characteristic of honesty and integrity in all
aspects of their campus life, both inside and outside the classroom.
II. Student Judicial Authority and Responsibility
Under the authority of the charter of the University, the Board of Trustees has
designated that the President and his/her designees provide a nurturing and
respectful environment for learning and living. Consequently, the University
has developed guidelines and regulations for student conduct which will enhance
and support that undertaking. Responsibility for the student judicial system is
delegated to the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students, who is the
chief student judicial officer of the University. Professional Residential Life
staff members and other trained administrators/staff members may be designated
as judicial officers, at the discretion of the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean
The Code of Student
Conduct and the associated procedures cover all Jacksonville University
students (whether residing on or off campus). When alleged violations of
University regulations or local, state, or federal laws or statutes take place
off campus and come to the University’s attention, the University reserves the
right to take appropriate action. The Code of Student Conduct and the
procedures through which it is implemented will also apply to students studying
When used in this Code, the following definitions are applicable:
STUDENT: A person who
is registered for one or more credit courses and/or non-credit courses. A
person who has not officially enrolled for a particular term but has a recent,
new or continuing relationship with the University may be classified as a
FACULTY MEMBER: Any person hired by the University to conduct academic or
classroom related activities.
UNIVERSITY or INSTITUTION: Refers to Jacksonville University.
UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL: Any person employed by the University performing assigned
administrative or professional responsibilities, including student staff
GROUP or ORGANIZATION: Any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements
of University recognition for groups and organizations.
UNIVERSITY PROPERTY or UNIVERSITY PREMISES: All land, buildings, facilities,
and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the
University, as well as property contiguous to such land, buildings, and
IV. Procedural Protections for Accused
Accused students are responsible for fully familiarizing themselves with the
procedural protections set forth herein, and for presenting any questions in this
regard prior to scheduled conduct conferences and hearings. Students who are
accused of violating the Code of Conduct are entitled to the following
1. Notice of the
alleged violation and a summary of the alleged misconduct upon which the
violation is based.
2. To offer a relevant response to the alleged violation and alleged
3. Notice of any scheduled conduct conferences or
4. To challenge the appointment of any hearing board member with prior
knowledge of the events which are the subject of the hearing (does not apply to
5. To receive written notification of the outcome of the conduct conference
6. The right to privacy in the conduct conferences and hearings and record
keeping, in accordance with the terms of the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act of 1974 and any other relevant federal or state regulations.
7. To appeal sanctions assessed in a conduct conference or hearing.
Violations which occur
during peak times, including but not limited to final exam weeks, may result in
the forfeiture of certain procedural protections in order to resolve the matter
in a timely manner. The University reserves the right to adjust the conduct
process as it determines necessary in order to assure fairness, order,
efficiency or the physical and emotional security of individuals.
V. Statement on
The University will take reasonable measures to assist students who are victims
of acts by other students that violate the Code of Conduct and/or other
University policies. The Chief Student Affairs Officer/ Dean of Students or a
designee will meet with student victims and discuss the student conduct process
as well as reasonable options which are available to assist victims in
continuing their educational experience at the University.
VI. Prohibited Student Conduct
The behaviors detailed below provide students with general notice of
prohibited conduct. The list is not designed to be all-inclusive, but should
serve as examples of unacceptable student behavior, and thus be broadly read.
The following actions, in addition to violations of all other rules and
regulations relating to students, constitute conduct for which students may be
disciplined, whether such conduct occurs on- or off-campus.
1. Endangering or
causing physical harm to any person. Causing reasonable apprehension of such
harm. Other conduct which endangers the health or safety of any person including,
but not limited to: verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment or
coercion. Harassment via electronic modes of communication, including but not
limited to: electronic mail, text messaging, and Internet sites.
2. Sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, other non-consensual sexual
activity, or sexual harassment. See section V for additional information.
3. Attempted or actual theft, wrongful appropriation, and/or damage to property
or of services belonging to the University, a member of the University
community, or other entities permanently or temporarily associated with the
University, or knowingly possessing stolen property. Damage to, destruction of,
vandalizing, and/or unauthorized selling of University property or property
belonging to others.
4. Dishonesty or furnishing false information to the University. Furnishing
false information to the University during the investigation or hearing of a
5. Forgery, alteration, destruction, or unauthorized use of University documents,
records, and/or instruments for identification.
6. Littering or dumping trash on grounds or common areas.
7. Having a registered or unregistered vehicle with the University which has
been cited with an excessive number of parking violations. Violation of rules
and regulations governing the use of motor vehicles on University property,
University premises or at University sponsored activities.
8. Failure to satisfy promptly, after notice, all financial obligations with
the University and/or agencies either permanently or temporarily associated
with the University.
9. Unauthorized use, access, or misuse of the University’s information
technology and computing resources and/or facilities.
10. Any act of arson, falsely reporting a fire or other emergency, falsely
setting off a fire alarm, misusing or damaging fire or life safety equipment.
Maturing or causing to be initiated any false report, warning or threat of
fire, explosion or other emergency on University property, University premises
or at University sponsored activities.
11. Possession, use or storage of, while on university property or university
premises, any weapons or incendiary devices including but not limited to,
firearms, air, bb, pellet and paintball guns, tasers/stun guns, knives, fireworks,
or ammunition. Weapons are defined in detail in the Code of Conduct section.
12. Unauthorized sale, attempted sale, use, distribution, manufacture,
dispensing, or possession of any controlled substance, alcohol (when
unauthorized), illegal drugs or synthetic analog to a drug, or drug
paraphernalia on University property, University premises or at University
13. Underage drinking on university property, university premises, or at any
University sponsored activity, whether on or off campus. Possessing, storing,
dispensing, or consuming alcoholic beverages in the presence of anyone who is
under the age of 21 on University property or premises. Being under the age of
21 and in the presence of alcoholic beverages, except at authorized University
functions or designated areas. Possession of kegs or other common containers of
alcoholic beverage. Mass quantities of
alcohol are prohibited. Students over the age of 21 are prohibited to be in
possession of alcohol in the residence halls that exceed the following
Beer: 72 fluid ounces
Wine: 750 milliliters
(“traditional” wine bottle size)
Liquor: 750 milliliters
(“traditional” wine bottle size)
14. Refusal or failure
to respond to a request to report to a University administrative office, a
conduct conference, or conduct hearing board.
15. Failure to comply with the directives of, failure to provide Jacksonville
University ID, or failure to identify oneself to (upon request) to University
officials acting in the performance of their duties.
16. Disorderly conduct, lewd, indecent or obscene behavior, or public
intoxication on University property, University premises or at University
17. Interfering with, obstructing, or disrupting normal University or
University sponsored activities, including but not limited to studying,
teaching, research, conduct proceedings, University administration,
residence hall living, student activities or fire, police or emergency
services. Verbally threatening, abusing or harassing University officials
acting in the performance of their duties.
18. Violating the terms of any conduct sanction imposed in
accordance with the Code of Conduct.
19. Failure to appear and give testimony at University conduct proceedings,
following proper notification.
20. Interfering with the freedom of expression of others on University premises
or at University sponsored activities.
21. Failure to report violations of local, state, or federal law, whether such
conduct occurs on- or off-campus.
22. Use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any
person while on university property where there is a reasonable expectation of
privacy without the person's prior knowledge or express consent, when such a
recording is likely to cause injury, distress, or damage to reputation. Such
University property includes, but is not limited to individual rooms, showers,
locker rooms or restrooms.
23. An attempt to commit or to be an accessory to the commission of any act in
violation of the Code of Conduct or other rules and regulations pertaining to
students. Inciting other students to violate the Code of Conduct or other rules
and regulations pertaining to students.
24. Participation in, or inciting of, activities which disrupt the normal
operations of the University, infringe on the rights of other members of the
University community, and/or obstruct the freedom of movement, either
pedestrian or vehicular, on University property and premises.
25. Unauthorized use of, tampering with, or entry into University facilities
and/or unauthorized possession of keys or other instruments of access to
26. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers one’s mental or physical health
or safety, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the
purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as condition for
continued membership in a group or organization.
27. Hookahs are not permitted on University
property. Possession and/or use of a hookah on University property will be
considered a violation of this policy and will result in confiscation of the
hookah. If confiscated, hookahs will not be returned to their owner.
VII. Referral to
Conduct Conferences and Hearing Boards
The conduct process is an educational tool that assists in determining
responsibility for misconduct, and provides a method to redirect behaviors
toward patterns more acceptable to the University community.
Upon receipt of
reports or other information which allege a potential violation of the Code of
Conduct or other rules and regulations pertaining to students, Division of
Student Life staff members will conduct a preliminary review of the matter.
Students will typically be referred to an informal conduct conference (as
described in Section VIII of this Code) with a staff member from the Division
of Student Life or other designee. Students may also be referred to a formal
hearing before a designated hearing board (as described in proceeding sections
of this Code). The Chief Student Affairs Officer/ Dean of Students has full and
complete discretion to refer any and all student cases to the hearing venue
deemed most appropriate. During periods when timely hearing procedures cannot
be conducted, and in instances when the number of cases to be heard cannot be
scheduled in a timely manner, alternative procedures may be adopted to
efficiently and fairly resolve cases. Students should be advised that conduct
violations which disrupt the academic endeavors of the institution, such as
those occurring during final exam week, may result in the forfeiture of certain
procedural protections in order to resolve the matter in a timely manner.
Failure to Participate/Appear
Students summoned to a conduct conference or hearing board are expected to appear
as scheduled. Students who fail to appear will be considered in violation of
Prohibited Student Conduct Number 14 (Refusal or failure to respond to a
request to report to a University administrative office, a conduct conference,
or conduct hearing board). A conference or hearing will
be held in the student’s absence, and the student will be notified in writing
of the sanction(s) imposed.
All preliminary meetings, conduct conferences, and hearings are closed
processes open only to Conduct Conference Officers, Hearing Board members,
the accused student(s), and relevant called witnesses. The disciplinary process
serves an educational rather than legal purpose; therefore students are not
allowed legal or parental representation during a conduct conference
or hearing, unless express written permission to that effect has been granted
by the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students.
Concurrent Civil or
Disciplinary action may be initiated against a student charged with a violation
of local, state or federal law which is also a violation of the Code of Conduct
and/or other rules and regulations pertaining to students when both violations
result from the same factual situation, without regard to pending civil
litigation, criminal arrest, and/or prosecution. Conduct proceedings
as set forth in this Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or
following external civil or criminal proceedings.
VIII. Conduct Conferences
Students accused of alleged violations will typically be referred to an
informal conduct conference with a staff member from the Division of Student
Life or other designee, referred to as the “Conduct Conference
Officer”. Students will be provided with reasonable notice of a scheduled
conduct conference. At such a conference, students will be provided with notice
of the alleged violation and an account of the alleged misconduct upon which
the violation is based. Students will be afforded the opportunity to offer a
relevant response to the alleged violation and alleged misconduct. Accused
students will be required to answer fully any questions asked of them by the
Conduct Conference Officer. During the course of the
conference, students are expected to uphold the Code of Conduct and be honest
at all times. For a student to be found responsible for violation the Code of
Conduct and/or any other rules and regulations pertaining to students, it
should be determined that it is more likely than not that an alleged incident
If the Conduct Conference
Officer does not believe additional investigation is warranted, a determination
as to responsibility will be made, and if applicable, a sanction determined.
The Conduct Conference Officer will provide the student
with written notification of the outcome of the conduct conference.
IX. University Conduct Board
The University Conduct Board is authorized to handle violations of
University regulations and policies. The University Conduct Board
is typically comprised of faculty, Student Life staff members, and/or students
and is chaired by the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students or his/her
designee. The University Conduct Board is authorized to hear cases which may
result in sanctions up to and including suspension from the University.
assignment of a case to a the University Conduct Board, the Chief Student
Affairs Officer/Dean of Students, or his/her designee, will provide the accused
student with written notice of the alleged violation; an account of the alleged
misconduct upon which the violation is based; and the date, time, and location
of the scheduled hearing.
The Board will conduct
the hearing in a manner consistent with the disciplinary process of the
University. Following the hearing, the Board will provide the recommended
finding(s) and sanctions to the student and notify the Chief Student Affairs
Officer/Dean of Students. The Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students
will then formally notify the student in writing of the findings and
sanction(s) to be imposed.
During the course of a
conduct hearing, students are expected to uphold the Code of Conduct and be
honest at all times. The accused student will be required to answer fully any
questions asked of him/her by members of the hearing board. Additionally, the
hearing board will have the right to require the presence and testimony of
witnesses relevant to the case. As a condition of their enrollment at
Jacksonville University, students are required to appear as witnesses and give
testimony unless excused for cause. Students who fail to appear after proper
notice will also be considered in violation Prohibited Student Conduct Number
14 (Refusal or failure to respond to a request to report to a University
administrative office, a conduct conference, or conduct hearing
Should the hearing
board decide it requires additional information or testimony to resolve the
case, a second hearing date will be scheduled to review this information.
During the process of
deliberation regarding responsibility and sanctions, Board members will make
decisions based on the information available for their review, including, but
not limited to, all testimony from witnesses, written statements, and other
relevant information. Hearsay may be considered in the deliberation process.
For a student to be found responsible for violation of the Code of Conduct
and/or all other rules and regulations pertaining to students, it should be
determined that it is more likely than not that an alleged incident occurred.
The student will be provided written notification of the hearing outcome.
X. Procedures for reviewing misconduct by student groups
Student groups may be accused of violating the Code of Conduct, and be held
responsible either individually or collectively, if violations by those
associated with the group received the tacit or overt consent or encouragement
of the group or its officers. Possible violations will be referred to the
Division of Student Life for processing under the provisions of the Code of
Conduct. Sanctions for a student group may include revocation of the group’s
recognition by the University, as well as other appropriate sanctions.
student groups will normally be heard by the Director of Student Involvement,
or a designated student conduct board. Student groups will be accorded the same
hearing and appeal procedures provided for students herein, except where noted
in the following section.
Protections for Accused Student Groups
Student groups accused of violating the Code of Conduct and/or other
Jacksonville University policies are entitled to the following procedural
1. Notice of the
alleged violation and an account of the alleged misconduct upon which the
violation is based.
2. To offer a relevant response to the alleged violation and alleged
3. Notice of any scheduled conduct conferences or hearings.
4. To challenge the appointment of any hearing board member with prior
knowledge of the events which are the subject of the hearing.
5. To receive written notification of the outcome of the conduct conference or hearing.
6. To appeal sanctions assessed in a conduct conference or hearing.
7. Groups accused by the University will not have the opportunity to question
persons who have filed reports adverse to them, as the University serves as the
complainant in these cases.
The purpose of disciplinary sanctions is to redirect students’ behaviors toward
patterns more acceptable to the University community, if such redirection is
feasible; and/or to protect the University community from possible harm or
injury. This information is promulgated to assure that students are aware of
the potential consequences of their misconduct. Sanctions for misconduct will
be determined on a case to case basis, utilizing three main criteria:
1. The nature of the offense;
2. The precedent, if any, established at the University for similar offenses;
3. The previous disciplinary history of the student, if any, and the student’s
attitude and behavior throughout the disciplinary process.
Students should be
aware that a history of conduct violations may affect their housing assignments
if they are residential students. Students, who fail to comply with University
directives and/or conduct sanctions, may have holds placed on the
release of their grades, records and/or transcripts by the Student Life Office.
Sanctions for Alcohol and Drug Policy Violations
The University seeks to educate students on the potential impacts of their
choices with respect to alcohol and drugs, while at the same time holding
students highly accountable for their actions. Consequently, students violating
regulations regarding the possession, use, manufacture, and/or distribution of
alcohol and other drugs can expect to face serious consequences for their
actions. These are minimum recommended sanctions – the circumstances of a case
may dictate that additional and more severe sanctions be imposed.
Alcohol and Other Drug
Under 21 possession,
21> improper possession (open container or mass quantities) or public
$100, Campus Clarity
$175, victim impact
panel or community service w/MADD, parental notification and disciplinary
assessment w/ Counseling Center, parental notification, Deferred Suspension
to potentially include removal from housing or loss of parking privileges
$200, Campus Clarity,
$300, Victim Impact
panel w/ MADD, community service or restitution hours, Deferred Suspension
and/or suspension from housing or loss of parking privileges
Possession of Kegs
$200, Campus Clarity,
$300, Victim Impact
Panel w/ MADD, community service or restitution hours, Deferred Suspension
from housing and/or loss of parking privileges
Suspension to include possible removal from housing and/or loss of parking
privileges, educational assessment (E-TOKE), community service and/or Victim
Impact panel w/MADD and parental notification
Dismissal from the University
The University may
impose any of the following sanctions on a student or group of students:
Positive Actions are required activities intended to engage the student in a
positive learning experience related to the student’s inappropriate behavior.
Positive Actions should allow students to reflect upon their inappropriate
behavior, to learn about the behavior in which they engaged, and to gain an
understanding of why it is inappropriate or unacceptable. Such actions may
include engaging in a campus or community service project, attending or
presenting a program related to the implications of the student’s conduct,
writing a paper, or engaging in some type of personal assessment or counseling.
Non-paid work for the
University or for a specified administrative area of the University may be
assigned to students, in addition to any other sanctions which may be imposed.
Students may also be required to perform community service work in a specific
field related to their violation. Community service hours required to fulfill a
sanction may not be applied toward the University required community service
component of the core curriculum.
A warning serves as notice to a student, either written or verbal, that he/she
has failed to meet the University’s expectations for student conduct. The
warning will include a caution that the continuation or repetition of such
behaviors will result in more serious penalties.
A reprimand is formal action censuring the student for failure to meet the
University’s expectations for student behavior. Reprimands are issued to the
student by the official taking the action.
A student whose actions deprive the owner of possession of, damage, deface or
destroy any University or personal property shall be required to restore said
property by replacement or by monetary reimbursement, in addition to any other
sanctions which may be imposed. Restitution charges will be placed on the
students’ University accounts and must be paid in full immediately.
Monetary fines may be assessed against students as future deterrents of
violations, in addition to any other sanction which may be imposed. Fines will
be placed on the students’ University accounts and must be paid in full
Notice to Parents
The University may at its discretion, and when it considers such action to be
appropriate, notify the parents of students involved in disciplinary matters.
Usually, the University, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, will only notify the parents of a dependent
student as defined in Internal Revenue Code, section 152, (1954). However, as a
condition of remaining at Jacksonville University a student may be required to
notify his/her parents of his/her disciplinary standing with the University.
The Higher Education
Act of 1998 gave universities who receive federal funding authority to notify
parents for any drug or alcohol violation. When the University believes it is
in students’ best interest, the Chief
Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students or designee will require a student to
contact his/her parents regarding their
disciplinary status, and have the parents confirm this notification.
Residential probation, in conjunction with other possible sanctions, is applied
to cases in which residential students’ behaviors are disruptive to the
residential community. Students are placed on residential probation for a
period of time, and any further violations during the probationary period may
result in immediate removal from the residential facilities and additional
conduct sanctions. (See “Suspension from Residential
Disciplinary probation is a notice to the student that his or her behavior is
of such a nature as to place that student in jeopardy of removal from the
University. A student is placed on disciplinary probation for a specified
period of time, and specific obligations are outlined. During this period, the
student must demonstrate the ability to comply with University rules,
regulations and all other stipulated requirements. Any violation of this
probation or other University policies may result in the student being
immediately removed from the University community.
Suspension from Residential Facilities
Serious infractions of residential life regulations or patterns of misconduct may
lead to the suspension of a student from the residential facilities. This
sanction requires the immediate removal of the student from the residential
community, cancellation of the housing contract, and forfeiture of any
residential fees paid.
Deferred suspension is used for repeated offenses of a less serious nature or
for offenses found serious enough to warrant suspension, but where the specific
circumstances of the case mitigate the offense. Deferred suspension is a
designated period of time during which a student is given the opportunity to
demonstrate the ability to abide by the community's expectations of behavior
articulated in the Code of Conduct. If the student is found in violation of any
university rule during the time of Deferred Suspension, the Suspension takes
effect immediately without further review. Additional student conduct sanctions
appropriate to the new violation also may be taken. A student who has been
issued a Deferred Suspension sanction is deemed “not in good standing” with the
university for the duration of the suspension period.
Students may be immediately suspended from the University for a period of time
following a serious violation of policy, if it is determined an immediate
and/or imminent danger may exist to the student, others, or property. This
suspension will be implemented immediately and a conduct conference
or hearing will follow. Typically, students placed on interim suspension are
immediately removed from the campus and the residential facilities.
Students who are
arrested and/or jailed by an off-campus agency for a serious crime are subject
to immediate interim suspension from the University, pending a review of the
case by the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean
of Students or designee.
A student may be
placed in jeopardy while pending criminal, civil and/or university charges are
being resolved. This sanction may be imposed concurrently or independent of
Suspension from the University involves the exclusion of the student from
participation in any academic or other activities of the University for a
specified period of time. Written notification of this action will be provided
to the student. Suspension from the University also involves the following:
1. The suspension will
be noted on the student’s conduct record with the
2. The student will be withdrawn from all courses for the semester in which the
3. The student shall forfeit fees paid according to the normal refund schedule
of the University;
4. The student is banned from campus, must refrain from visiting the University
property, premises, or attending University-sponsored activities unless prior
written permission has been granted by the Chief
Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students; and
5. The suspension may include any other
disciplinary action that is judged to be of value to the student.
When a student has concluded a suspension period, he/she must submit a letter
to the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean
of Students requesting
reinstatement and provide documentation that he/she has taken action to
positively address the issues which led to the suspension. The student may
return to the University only after the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean
of Students has made an affirmative decision in
Dismissal is permanent expulsion from the University; it may be ordered as a
result of very serious violations and/or repeated offenses. In addition to
forfeiting all tuition, room and board fees paid, the student suffers all the
other losses and restrictions imposed upon suspended students. Dismissed
students additionally forfeit all academic credit for all courses carried for
the semester in which the violation occurred; and are never again eligible to
apply for re-admission to the University at any time.
Departure from Campus
Following Suspension or Dismissal
Any student, who has been suspended or dismissed from the University for
conduct or other reasons, must leave the premises
immediately after being notified of such action.
Postponement of Activity, Participation and
Conferring of Honors and Degrees
The University reserves the right to delay or postpone the involvement of a
student in any University-related activity, or delay or postpone the conferring
of any honor or degree while any student conduct investigations or
procedures, including appellate procedures, are pending.
sanctions which may be assessed against students include, but are not limited
facilities restrictions, with the exception of attending classes, or required
2. Restriction from extracurricular campus events and programs;
3. Notification sent to the student’s academic advisor and when applicable, the
Athletic Department and/or the NROTC program; and/or
4. Restriction from representing the University in any public performance,
athletic event, committee, organization, or from holding any student government
office or office in any recognized student organization, or participating in
any organized University function;
5. Ineligibility to receive financial assistance from any funds provided by the
University, including grants, scholarships, waivers, etc.;
6. Ineligibility to hold an on-campus job (i.e. work study, institutional or
7. In addition to
sanctions imposed by the University, sanctions imposed under Florida State Statutes
may also apply. These statutes can be found in the Annual Safety and Security
Report published by the Department of Campus Security.
XIII. Appeal Process
When a student or student group is formally notified of the findings from a
conduct conference or hearing board, the student has
the right to appeal the findings or results of the hearing to the Chief Student
Affairs Office/Dean of Students. (In cases initially heard by the Chief Student
Affairs Officer/Dean of Students, appeals should be directed to the Associate Dean
of Students and Director of Residential Life.) Such appeal
requests must be filed in writing no later than three (3) University business
days after receipt of the written results of the conduct conference or hearing.
Appeals from students found responsible by the Conduct Conference Officer or
hearing board will only be granted on the following grounds:
1. The sanction
imposed is grossly disproportionate to the offense (including any consideration
of the student’s prior offenses).
2. The student was not afforded his/her procedural protections as outlined in
the Code of Conduct, and this significantly affected the student’s ability to
receive a fair conference or hearing.
3. New information has become available since the initial conference or hearing
which would have significantly altered its results.
In most cases, the Chief Student
Affairs Officer/Dean of Students will only review written appeal requests, the
case file, and written findings from a Conduct Conference or Hearing Board. All
sanctions assessed from a conduct conference or hearing board will remain in
effect during the appeal period and process, until such time as they are
reversed or modified.
Following review of the appeal
request, the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students may elect to void
the decision, uphold the decision, alter the sanctions, or return the case to
the Board or Officer for further consideration. The decision of the Chief
Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students in all appeal reviews will be final.
XIV. Maintenance of
When a student is accused of violating the Code of Conduct, a conduct file
is created. This file contains all the information pertinent to the situation
in which a student has been involved. Each subsequent time a student is accused
of violating the Code of Conduct, his/her prior record may be used by the
Conduct Conference Officer(s) or Hearing Board in determining sanctions. Such
records shall be maintained by the Student Life Office, until the graduation of
the student from the University, or as deemed necessary by the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students.
The University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or
re-employment to any applicant or student as a result of the University
receiving information, or the applicant’s or student’s failure to disclose
information, on the admission or employment application, regarding a student or
employee whose personal history and background indicate that his or her
presence at the University would endanger the health, safety, welfare or
property of him/herself or members of the academic community, or interfere with
the orderly and effective performance of the University’s functions.
A student may be
subject to special requirements or sanctions, including suspension or dismissal
from the University, for actions not otherwise covered in the Code of Conduct
if it is determined from the student’s behavior that he or she:
1. Lacks the capacity
to understand the nature of the accusation against him/her, or to respond and
participate in the disciplinary process;
2. Poses a danger to him/herself or others; and/or
3. Has become gravely disabled (lacks the ability to care for himself/herself).
In such instances, the
case will be referred to the Chief Student
Affairs Officer/Dean of Students, who may schedule
an evaluation of the student by appropriate medical and/or mental health care
professionals either on or off-campus. Students must consent to evaluation as a
condition of their enrollment or continued matriculation. Any student who refuses
to participate in any such evaluation may be dismissed or suspended as
determined appropriate by the Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of
Students. The student may also elect to seek an independent medical or psychological evaluation (at their own expense), for
purposes of this review.
In addition, it may be necessary for the safety and health of the student and
or community that he/she be transported to a treatment facility. If the
University and/or its agents deem necessary, community authorities will be
contacted in order to assist in this regard.
reserves the right to adjust the Disciplinary Process as it determines
necessary in order to assure fairness, order, efficiency or the physical and
emotional security of individuals.