Our Mission and Philosophy
The mission of the Office of Student Conduct is
to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as
community members, help students understand the balance between
individual and community rights, and help maintain a community
atmosphere conducive to academic success.
The philosophy of the Office of Student Conduct
staff is a simple one: ensure that each individual student, through
counseling and disciplinary
- has pertinent information regarding outcomes and consequences to make positive, informed
choices around behavior and
- has the opportunity to seek out those support services at campus to become positively
re-invested in their community
Collaborating with OSC
The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) can be very useful because there are clear, specific
- OSC informs the student of the alleged academic misconduct.
- OSC provides an opportunity for the student to respond to the academic
misconduct claim and present information as to the incident.
- OSC allows for a determination of responsibility by an impartial hearing officer or
- OSC provides for an outcome or sanction intended to correct the misconduct and ensure
(For full details, refer to Disciplinary Procedures in the Code of Student Community
There are many advantages for students and faculty when the Office of
Student Conduct is used for processing academic misconduct including the
- OSC has and uses an established system for due process that ensures the student’s
rights are being protected.
- OSC is an established third-party process for determining responsibility, which provides
neutrality for the incident.
- OSC has established benchmarks for providing an administrative response
such as referring the student anonymously to the Educational and Career
for corrective measures (or in certain circumstances, sanctions
such as disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal).
- OSC affords a transference of the time and resource commitment required to process
an academic misconduct matter.
- OSC is a centralized system for tracking academic misconduct and
preventing recidivism as faculty in one department may not know that a
student is behaving poorly
in another department.
Faculty must remember that the Office of Student Conduct cannot provide an academic
outcome for academic misconduct.