Student Conduct

Questions Commonly Asked by Students

 

What will happen if I am referred to Student Conduct & Community Standards?

What is this about? I received a letter by certified mail but the letter just said to make an appointment, there were no details.

If I am being charged in court, why do I also have to deal with the University? Isn't this double jeopardy?

My attorney told me I should not meet with you because I may be facing criminal charges. What now?

Should I bring an attorney with me to this meeting?

What if I don't show up for my meeting with the conduct officer?

What if I was not aware of a rule and didn't know I was breaking it?

What if the incident happened off campus?

If I just lie about the situation I will get away with it right?

I was put on probation. What does that mean? Will I be assigned to a probation officer?

Will disciplinary sanctions appear on my academic transcript?

What happens if I do not complete an assigned sanction?

Is there an appeal process?

Will potential employers have access to my conduct record?

What violations of the Student Code of Conduct are most likely to result in mandatory separation from the University?



 

What will happen if I am referred to Student Conduct & Community Standards?

You will receive a letter asking you to make an appointment to meet with a staff member within five days. It is important that you call to schedule the appointment and keep it. This meeting is your opportunity to share your account of what transpired. Ignoring the situation will not make it go away, it could in fact make it worse. It is possible for a decision to be made in the case without your input. It is also possible this decision could impact your enrollment status so be sure to schedule the appointment and attend the meeting.

 

What is this about? I received a letter by certified mail but the letter just said to make an appointment, there were no details.

For confidentiality reasons, details of an incident leading to a referral to Student Conduct & Community Standards will be discussed in person only at the scheduled meeting time, not over the phone.

 

 

If I am being charged in court, why do I also have to deal with the university? Isn't this double jeopardy?

Double jeopardy applies only to the criminal court system. As a student, you are held responsible by the University for your behavior under the Student Code of Conduct, which is the jurisdiction of the University not the criminal courts.

 

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My attorney told me I should not meet with you because I may be facing criminal charges. What now?

That is up to you; however, please be aware that the University conduct procedures may continue without your input. You should definitely call to speak with the person handling your case to discuss your concerns.

Should I bring an attorney with me to this meeting?

That, again, is up to you. An attorney may accompany you as an advisor but they may not participate in the conduct process. This is not a legal proceeding.

 

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What if I don't show up for my meeting with the conduct officer?

The appropriate staff member will make a ruling on the incident without the benefit of your prespective or involement in the process. It is in your best interest to attend this meeting to give your account of what transpired. At this time the details of the conduct and appeal process are also reviewed, any questions you have will be addressed then.

 

 

What if I was not aware of a rule and didn't know I was breaking it?

Every student is responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the University. These rules are based on common courtesy, respect for others and general rules of society; therefore, lack of knowledge of a specific rule is not an excuse for misconduct. It is important that you familiarize yourself university policy, particularly the standard of conduct, the information technology acceptable use policy and the housing policy if you live on campus. If you are unsure about any policies, ask for clarification.

 

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What if the incident happened off campus?

Generally, the jurisdiction of the University is limited to conduct which occurs on the University of Missouri premises, at University sponsored or supervised events and when representing the University off campus. The main concerns are behaviors that may impact the university community. Therefore, even an incident that occurred off campus may still be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and fall under the jurisdiction of University policies and procedures.

 

If I just lie about the situation I will get away with it right?

It is always best to be truthful. Other sources are consulted during the course of the investigation. If it is found that you lied, you may face additional disciplinary charges or consequences that would be a direct violation of the Student Standard of Conduct.

 

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I was put on probation. What does that mean? Will I be assigned to a probation officer?

Probation is notice to you that any violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other condition of probation may subject you to progressive disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Probation lasts for a specific period of time and may be implemented by semester.

 

Will disciplinary sanctions appear on my academic transcript?

Generally sanctions do not appear on an academic transcript. However, with recent modifications to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), in certain instances some information may be provided to another institution about past student conduct. A student will have to provide written permission to allow the sharing of information from a their conduct record. Examples of when this would be required are on admission to graduate school, law school, medical school, state board exams, government employment or employment with a law enforcement agency.

 

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What happens if I do not complete an assigned sanction?

Since this would be another violation of the Student Code of Conduct for a failure to comply with directions of a University official, additional sanctions would likely be imposed and may result in suspension or expulsion from the university. A hold will also be placed on your registration and records. Remember that sanctions are placed as a result of your violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and are designed to educate you about expectations and norms of the University and community at large.

 

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Is there an appeal process?

Students may appeal a sanction rendered either during the informal or formal process. It is usually in the best interest of the student to consider all possible outcomes prior to appealing a sanction. In some instances, an appeal may yield a more severe sanction. Details of the appeal process are outlined in the Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters (200.020).

 

Will potential employers have access to my conduct record?

Employers requiring a background investigation or security clearance will request access to your conduct record. You will have to sign a release authorizing access.

 

 

What violations of the Student Code of Conduct are most likely to result in mandatory separation from the University?

Basically, any incident involving sexual misconduct, violence, weapons, drugs, hazing, stalking or repeated violations of University policy may be grounds for suspension, expulsion or dismissal; however, each case is reviewed independently and decided on an individual basis. Depending upon the severity of the incident an immediate suspension may be requested until formal proceedings take place.

 

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