As an educational institution, Susquehanna University seeks to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of its students as scholars and citizens. Therefore, Susquehanna is committed to student engagement in achievement, leadership and service both in and out of the classroom. Choosing to join the Susquehanna University community requires each member to recognize and adhere to a Code of Student Conduct emphasizing personal responsibility, awareness of how one’s actions affect the community, and one’s personal growth both inside and outside of the classroom.
If You Need to Report:
I was just documented. What happens next?
- A documentation means that someone believes a violation of the code of conduct has occurred.
- The documentation will be reviewed by the Dean of Students & Campus Life office. If there is a preponderance of evidence to support a violation, it will proceed to a conduct process.
I just received a letter notification saying I have a conduct process. What does that mean?
- This means that you were named as a respondent in a documentation.
- To view the letter you will need to log in with your student ID number.
- The letter will state if you are going to a Conduct Conference or a Hearing Board process. It will also note whom you can contact with any questions.
- The letter could also be an informal resolution that notes a violation occurred and that if you are documented again that a conduct process will take place.
- Make note of the day and time of your process. If you will not be able to meet at that time, it is important to reach out to the contact person to notify them of the conflict.
What if I don’t show up to my conduct process?
A conduct conference or University Conduct Board Hearing can be held in your absence and a determination made based on the reports and statements collected. You can be held accountable. Please contact the Dean’s Office to reschedule if the need arises. We want you to be engaged in the process and will work with your schedule.
What could possibly happen to me as a result of the conduct process?
- It is hard for a specific result to be given. Each case and meeting is different and depends on many different factors. Conduct is not an A + B =C process.
- When going through a conduct process there are many different sanctions possible and each case is weighed individually.
- A sanction can also be affected by past conduct history.
- The list of possible sanctions are found here.
Can someone come with me to my conduct meetings?
- Yes, we welcome you to bring someone that will help you through this process.
- We define this role as a Silent Support Person.
- Please note the only process that this person can be a parent/guardian or a lawyer is in our Sexual Misconduct and Gender Based Violence Hearing Board Process.
Will you tell my parents?
- FERPA is a law that directs us not to speak with parents about your student status unless you permit us or if there is a separation (interim or permanent) between you and the university.
- We do have a Parental Notification Policy that does tell you as a student when we would notify your parents.
Is this separate from a criminal process?
- Student Conduct processes should not be compared to a criminal process.
- While the University does uphold Federal, State, and Local laws our processes are separate.
- Our process is based on preponderance of evidence and not proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
- The conduct process can move forward while a criminal process also is taking place.
As an educational institution, Susquehanna University seeks to encourage the intellectual and personal growth of its students as scholars and citizens. Therefore, Susquehanna is committed to student engagement in achievement, leadership and service both in and out of the classroom. Choosing to join the Susquehanna University community requires each member to recognize and adhere to a Code of Student Conduct emphasizing personal responsibility, awareness of how one’s actions affect the community, and one’s personal growth both inside and outside of the classroom. As positive community relations and personal responsibility continue to be valued off campus, the university campus should not be viewed as a sanctuary where its citizens avoid responsibility to observe civil law.
This Code of Student Conduct seeks to promote these qualities, both as a means to individual fulfillment and to guide Susquehanna students in “productive, creative, and reflective lives of achievement, leadership, and service in a diverse and interconnected world.” Thus, students are expected to exhibit high standards of behavior and concern for others. The university has established a Code of Student Conduct, as well as other rules and regulations, which individuals, groups of students, and student groups or organizations are expected to observe.