Philosophy of Student Discipline
The disciplinary process is based on the assumption that disciplinary procedures,
when required, should be an educational process. Disciplinary sanctions are imposed
to help students develop individual responsibility and encourage self-discipline,
to foster a respect for the rights of others, and to protect the rights, freedoms,
and safety of members of the University community. Students who demonstrate an unwillingness
or inability to follow the Code of Conduct will be treated in the same manner as one who has failed academically.
An institution of higher learning is authorized by law to establish and administer codes of conduct and to suspend, expel or dismiss students whose action negatively impact the campus community. The University reserves this right.
Student disciplinary proceedings are not analogous to criminal court proceedings. No particular model of procedural due process is required. However, the procedures should be structured in order to facilitate a reliable determination of the truth and to provide fundamental fairness. Procedures can be very informal in cases where suspension, expulsion, or dismissal, are not a probable penalty; more procedural formality should be observed in serious disciplinary cases. In all situations, fundamental fairness requires that students be informed of the nature of the charges and be given a fair opportunity to respond to them.