HH 2 - Residence Hall Disciplinary Process

2 - Residence Hall Disciplinary Process

Students living in the university's residential communities are responsible for their actions as well as the actions of their guests. It is the expectation of the university community that each member of the community will respect all community members and their property. However, some members of the community may, either by error or intent, violate community standards. At these times it will be necessary to hold the community members responsible for their actions. It is the intent of the university to approach these violations from an educational perspective when appropriate. However, other sanctions or requirements may be necessary to ensure that the residential community continues to be a conducive living and learning environment. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the policies and expectations the university community has for individual action. Any residence hall student who violates a policy faces the possibility of being charged with allegedly violating the Code of Student Conduct. When students are allegedly involved in incidents which occur in university residences and violate the Code of Student Conduct, they will be involved in the Residence Hall Disciplinary Process. More information concerning the University Code of Student Conduct and the Office of Student Conduct can be found at www.kent.edu/emsa/studentconduct.

2.1 - Discipline Meetings

A discipline meeting is conducted as part of the Residence Hall Disciplinary Process. Discipline meetings will be held between a member of the Residential Communities staff and the student who was allegedly involved in a policy violation to discuss and, if possible, resolve the student's alleged misconduct. This required meeting provides students with the information necessary to make informed decisions about the discipline process, including the options available to them. Failure on the part of a student to schedule and/or attend a discipline meeting may result in resolution being made in his/her absence and/or further disciplinary action.

There are several disciplinary responses that may be given by the residential communities staff when violations occur. These include:

  • Residence Hall Warning - This constitutes a written notice to the student that his/her behavior is inappropriate within the community living environment.
  • Behavioral Contract - This is a written agreement designed to resolve problems and/or correct inappropriate behavior.
  • Student Conduct Referral - When a more serious violation of policy occurs, or when a student repeatedly violates university and/or residence hall policies a student may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

2.2 - Good Samaritan Provision

The health, safety, and well-being of Kent State University students are of primary concern.

Therefore in 2009 the university adopted this provision intended to support responsible decision-making in emergency, possibly life-threatening, situations.

Specifically, this provision stresses the importance of students obtaining timely medical assistance for a highly intoxicated/impaired student or guest in need of such immediate aid. In such a case, where time is of the essence, calling 911 for professional emergency assistance is the appropriate course of action.

In the past, students may have been reluctant to call for help when help was truly needed for fear of being subject to university disciplinary actions related to the alcohol incident. The Good Samaritan Provision allows a student to take action in the best interest of another without concern of a disciplinary consequence. Rather than a disciplinary consequence the involved student(s) may be referred to complete an appropriate alcohol evaluation, counseling, and/or treatment. In these cases, non-compliance could result in a referral to the University Office of Student Conduct.

It is also worth noting that the Good Samaritan Provision does not preclude disciplinary action regarding other university violations such as harassment, property damage/vandalism, sexual abuse, threats, etc.

2.3 - Resident Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

To be a mature adult is to accept responsibility for one's welfare and the welfare of others. It is the responsibility of all students to be familiar with the policies and regulations of Kent State University and their impact within the residence halls. Students are expected to read this handbook. Ignorance of university and residence hall policy will not be accepted as an excuse.

Questions about these policies should be directed to a residence hall staff member. Students may be held accountable for actions that are either intentional or negligent, for something they have done or have failed to do. In order to be a responsible community member you must understand the impact of your actions and not just the intent of the actions.

Each resident is guaranteed the following Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Enjoyment of life in a residence hall will depend, to a large extent, on the thoughtful consideration that residents demonstrate for one another.

The Rights of a Resident Include:
  1. The right to read and study in one's room free from undue interference.
  2. The right to sleep without undue disturbances.
  3. The right to expect that the roommate(s) and other residents will respect one's personal belongings.
  4. The right to a clean environment in which to live.
  5. The right to free access to one's room and facilities without pressure from the roommate(s) or suite-mate(s).
  6. The right to privacy whenever possible.
  7. The right to host guests (with my roommates permission) with the expectation that your guest will respect the rights of all roommate(s), suite-mate(s) and other hall residents.
  8. The right to voice concerns with residence hall staff including assistance in filing a grievance.
  9. The right to be free from fear of intimidation and physical and emotional harm.
  10. The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of "room- shared" items (microfridge, university furniture, etc.).
  11. The right to assistance and support from Residence Services staff.