The Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs takes an educational approach to all conduct cases, not a punitive one. When students are found responsible for the allegations, it is our opportunity to educate the student/student organization on the effects of his/her/their behavior and to affect a change in the student’s behavior for the future. The basics of our philosophy follow:
We protect the educational environment
We are concerned for the quality of the educational environment. We must ensure that the best possible conditions for learning are maintained. It is, therefore, our job to set reasonable limits on student behavior and enforce them consistently.
Conduct should be a learning experience for the student respondent, as it is important for the student(s)/student organization to learn that behavior has consequences, so that they may consider these consequences before taking an action. It is hoped that the conduct process will allow the student(s)/student organizations to become more responsible for their actions in the future, thus developing mature judgment and socially acceptable behavioral limitations.
We ensure that the sanction is appropriate
The sanction should always fit the seriousness of the violation. If a student/student organization commits a major violation that puts their own welfare at risk, they should not receive merely a warning except in very unusual circumstances. It also goes to say that, if a minor violation is committed, a sanction such as suspension would be unnecessary. If we do not respond to varying violations appropriately, the quality of conduct across the entire campus will undoubtedly suffer.
We treat students as individuals
Each student is considered as an individual. There must, then, be a range of sanctions appropriate for a given violation. Whether the sanction given for a violation is relatively high or relatively low in this range depends on a variety of factors, including the degree to which the student takes responsibility, a student’s prior history, a student’s intent, and a student’s cooperation.
We keep in mind the “big picture”
Keep in mind that, in judging the seriousness of a violation and arriving at an appropriate sanction, the University will not always be dealing with questions of morality. The University must ask itself this practical question to guide them in their decision: If we allow this behavior to occur, and it becomes commonplace, what will be the result? In light of this question, some actions not usually considered immoral are ones which could cause serious problems in the community, and which, therefore, should be viewed seriously.
With these principles in mind, the University tries to be as consistent as possible in making decisions.
Possible Sanctions can be found in Article 19. Section E of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities