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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Outcomes

The Student Rights & Responsibilities process is designed to create opportunities for holistic student living, learning, and growth which results in a safe campus community. Outcomes are intended to be educational and endeavor to encourage student development of self-awareness, social engagement, and a sense of purpose. Individuals found responsible for violating policies will be held accountable and assigned Outcomes which balance the developmental needs of the Respondent and the needs of the University to provide equitable process and promote a safe campus community.

All Decisions will include a "Status" Outcome and at least one appropriate "Educational" Outcome.

Outcome Criteria

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will determine Outcomes for violations of Student Rights & Responsibilities policies utilizing six (6) main criteria:

  • The circumstances and severity of the violation including behavior and conduct that targets a person's perceived or actual identity including race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or veteran status will have an impact on the Student's Outcomes
  • A Student's previous Student Rights & Responsibilities record
  • The intent of the Respondent
  • The impact of the situation
  • The Respondent's level of demonstrated understanding regarding the impact their choice and actions had
  • The influence of alcohol or other drugs

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities assigns Outcomes for the entirety of an incident, not for each violation. All Outcomes will include a "Status" Outcome and at least one appropriate "Educational" Outcome.

Status Outcomes

These Outcomes define the Student's standing at the University. These include the following:

Warning

A warning is given to notify a Student that their behavior and conduct has been inconsistent with the expectations of the University. A warning has no immediate effect upon a Student's status at the University. However, once given a warning, Students should expect to receive different Outcomes for any subsequent violations of the Student Rights & Responsibilities policies.

Probation

Probation serves to notify a Student that they must avoid any further violations for a specified period of time in order to remain a Student at the University. Students on probation are not in good standing with the University. As a result, a Student may be prohibited from participating in certain co-curricular activities while on probation. If a Student on probation is found responsible for any further violations of the Student Rights & Responsibilities policies the Outcomes may escalate as noted below.

Deferred Suspension

Deferred Suspension serves to notify a Student that they must avoid any further violations of the Student Rights & Responsibilities policies for a specific period of time in order to remain a Student at the University. When a student on Deferred Suspension is alleged to be involved with any subsequent violations of the Student Rights & Responsibilities policies, they will more than likely be issued an Interim Suspension until the University can determine their responsibility in the subsequent incident. Students on Deferred Suspension are not in good standing with the University. As a result, a Student on Deferred Suspension may be prohibited from participating in certain co-curricular activities. If the student on Deferred Suspension is found responsible for any further violations of the Rights & Responsibilities Policies, the Student will likely be suspended or dismissed from the University..

Suspension

A Student who has been suspended from the University may not participate in any University activities, academic or otherwise, for a specific period of time, and will be restricted from all University Premises and activities. A suspended Student who wishes to re-enroll must apply for readmission to the University and must also apply to the Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities who will determine whether any and all requirements for readmission have been satisfactorily completed. The University does not accept courses that the Student may have completed at another institution while on suspension.

Dismissal

A Student who has been dismissed from the University is permanently prohibited from participating in any University activities, academic or otherwise, and will be permanently restricted from all University Premises and activities.

Educational Outcomes

Educational Outcomes are intended to facilitate the learning process and encourage a Student to reflect on the impact of the decisions they have made and help Students develop the skills necessary to be successful at the University. If a Student fails to complete any educational Outcome by the specified deadline, the University will place a hold on a Student's registration account with the University, and the Student may be subject to further disciplinary action.

Types of Educational Outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • Written Assignments: A Student is required to, for example, write a reflection paper, maintain a journal, or write a review of a policy.
  • Worksheets: A Student is required to, for example, answer a series of questions designed to help them evaluate the decisions that led to the violation and avoid making similar decisions in the future.
  • Programs & Activities: A Student is required to, for example, complete community service hours, attend a program, or design a poster board.
  • Interventions: The Student is required to, for example, undergo a counseling consultation, assessment, complete a drug and/or alcohol evaluation, or attend a workshop.
  • Restrictions: The Student is restricted from certain locations or activities, for example, a single residence hall or a particular Student Organization.
  • Referrals: The Student is referred to another process, such as mediation, for resolution.