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University policy regarding administration of student conduct

  1. Purpose. The university board of trustees is responsible by law for regulating the use of the grounds, buildings, equipment and facilities of the university. The board of trustees is also responsible for assuring that the conduct of the students, staff, faculty and visitors to the campus permits the university to pursue its educational objectives and programs in an orderly manner.
  2. Requirements.
    1. To meet these responsibilities, the board of trustees shall adopt standards of conduct for the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus and may provide for suspension from classes or employment, expulsion from the university, and/or ejection from university property of persons who violate such regulations.
    2. The board of trustees shall provide for the administration and enforcement of its rules and may authorize the use of state university law enforcement officers and other university officials to assist in enforcing university policy and the law on the campus.
  3. Scope. In accordance with university policy, the president shall have the responsibility and authority for the discipline of all students. The authority to impose the formal sanctions specified in this rule may be delegated to university officials or hearing panels by the president. Disciplinary action under this rule may be taken against a person who has applied for admission as a student to the university, whether or not the individual is registered for classes. Disciplinary action may also be taken against student organizations. The president (or designee) review any case which comes within the purview of the university policy regarding administration of student conduct.
  4. Jurisdiction.  The code of student conduct shall apply to conduct occurring on university premises, at university-sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.  Behavioral conduct is the responsibility of each student from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment.  The code of student conduct shall apply to a student's conduct (or student organization's) conduct even if the student withdraws (or the student organization ceases functioning/loses university-recognized status) from the university while a disciplinary matter is pending. The vice president for student affairs (or designee) maintains discretion to decide, on a case by case basis, whether the code of student conduct shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus.
  5. Procedural standards. Students and student organizations shall adhere to operational procedures for the administration of student conduct under this rule or rule 3342-4-02.1 of the Administrative Code.  The procedural standards shall be readily accessible to all students and student organizations.
  6. Responsibility for administration of this policy. The primary responsibility for the supervision of student conduct at the university has been delegated to the vice president for student affairs. The vice president for  student affairs may establish such administrative procedures as are necessary to fulfill the intent of the code of student conduct. These administrative procedures shall be in writing and published in conjunction with the code of student conduct.
    1. The president authorizes the vice president for student affairs to establish administrative procedures as necessary to fulfill the intent of this rule. The vice president for student affairs may delegate the responsibility to direct the student conduct process to the director of student conduct.
  7. All-university hearing board. In recognition of the student right to self-govern by and through the undergraduate student government, the all-university hearing board is established to administer non-conduct related matters involving students. Accordingly, the all-university hearing board shall not have the authority to intervene in the student conduct process administered by the university, and the purview of such board shall be limited to the scope as currently provided for in rule 3342-2-08 of the Administrative Code.
  8. Revisions. Updates and other changes to the code of student conduct shall be submitted to the vice president for student affairs.  The vice president for student affairs retains the authority to immediately enact and enforce changes to the code of student conduct.
Policy Effective Date: 
Aug. 01, 2016
Policy Prior Effective Dates: 
11/4/1977, 9/11/1979, 1/25/1980, 8/7/1985, 8/30/1985, 10/2/1986, 10/16/1988, 2/24/1992, 10/14/1992, 9/17/1993, 10/28/1994, 5/8/1995, 1/25/1996, 2/14/1997, 9/26/2005, 6/1/2007, 08/07/2007, 10/14/2010, 10/1/2012, 10/2/2014, 3/1/2015