Office of Student Conduct
Student Code of Conduct
One of the ways California University of Pennsylvania fosters individual learning and growth is by setting behavioral expectations. The University's Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or Student Code of Conduct, outlines these expectations for students both on and off campus.
The Office of Student Conduct, which is part of Student Affairs, assists students by offering clear guidance on acceptable behavior, provides procedures that respect individual rights and allows students to reflect on their decisions and actions.
The office supports the University's mission of building character and careers by assisting students in making mature, responsible decisions that:
- maintain an appropriate educational environment
- protect themselves and others
- demonstrate respect for property
The Student Code of Conduct is intended to provide guidance and structure for students in their relations with others, use of University and other's property and development of appropriate decision-making abilities. Students learn from each situation they are involved in to refine decision-making and problem-solving skills and reflect on actions and decisions. In addition, students come to understand how their actions impact others and future career goals.
All students should be aware of the Student Code of Conduct and the University's methods of handling alleged violations.
Allegations of Violations
California University utilizes a variety of means to resolve allegations of violations including mediation, administrative hearings and various hearing boards.
- Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party or mediator assists students in developing a resolution to a conflict or dispute. The mediation process is structured and guided by the mediator in order for a mutually acceptable settlement to be reached.
- Administrative Hearing, conducted by a University administrator designated as a hearing officer, allows alleged violations to be adjudicated informally between the administrator and student by mutual agreement.
- University Conduct Board, composed of faculty, staff and students and chaired by the associate dean for student conduct, deals with alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Inter-Residence Hall Conduct Board, composed of residence hall students and advised by one of the residence hall directors, adjudicates alleged violations of the residence life rules and regulations.
- Greek Judicial Board, composed of students who are members of Greek organizations and advised by the Greek Life adviser, adjudicates violations of Greek Life Guidelines.
Role of Hearing Officers
Hearing officers are responsible for investigating complaints, conducting preliminary meetings with students, explaining the conduct process, informing students of their rights and responsibilities, and helping to resolve complaints through administrative hearings or by referring students for a conduct board hearing.
Residence hall directors and the Greek life adviser act as hearing officers for violations of the Residence Hall Rules and Regulations and Greek Life Guidelines, respectively. Both may also act as hearing officers for Student Code of Conduct violations dealing with student groups with whom they work.
Under the Student Code of Conduct, any member of the University community or interested person may file a complaint of a possible violation of the Code, Residence Life Rules and Regulations, or Greek Life Guidelines. Read more about how to file a complaint, what to do if a complaint is filed against you, sanctions, and how parents are notified.
If you have questions about mediation and the Student Code of Conduct, contact:
Associate Dean for Student Conduct
117 Residence Hall B
Student Code of Conduct
Read the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or Student Code of Conduct
Under the Student Code of Conduct, any member of the University community or interested person may file a complaint of a possible violation of the code, Residence Life Rules and Regulations, or Greek Life Guidelines. Read more about how to file a complaint, what to do if a complaint is filed against you, sanctions, and how parents are notified.
Learn about the process of mediation and download a mediation request form and instructions.
Review the Student Handbook for more information on regulations governing student life and conduct.
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