Office of Student Conduct-Complaints
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 Student Code of Conduct, Residence Life Rules and Regulations, or Greek Life Guidelines against a student.
Complaints can be made to the Office of Student Conduct or any hearing officer. Complaints should include a detailed description of the incident with times and date(s), names of those involved, and location. A person filing a complaint can be accompanied by an advisor of his/her choice to any conduct related meeting.
Some actions that violate the Student Code of Conduct may also violate local, state or federal law. Such incidents should be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency in addition to the Office of Student Conduct. Due to the administrative nature of the student conduct process, there is no double jeopardy standard for students going through the conduct process and the legal system for the same incident.
Any immediate threats or concerns should be directed the appropriate police agency; University Police at 724-938-HELP (4357) or California Borough Police at 911.
If a complaint is filed against a student, he or she will be notified of the specific part of the code potentially violated and a meeting will be scheduled the hearing officer designated to investigate the complaint. The respondent to a complaint can be accompanied to any conduct-relaated meeting by an advisor of his/her choice.
When meeting with the hearing officer, the student will have an opportunity to review the complaint, present his/her side and offer any information about the situation. Also, the respondent may be able to accept an administrative resolution to a complaint during the meeting with the hearing officer or request a hearing with the appropriate conduct board as outlined in the code of conduct, Section IV, Subsection B. The student may request time to gather information or consider his/her options prior to deciding whether to accept an administrative resolution or request a board hearing.
Sanctions are imposed after it has been determined a student violated the code of conduct or other behavioral expectations. Sanctions are intended to assist students in developing an understanding of why certain behaviors are unacceptable or cause concern, not to punish. More serious sanctions are intended to be used with repeat violators or serious incidents.
The Student Code of Conduct outlines the range of sanctions available to hearing officers. The specifics of some sanctions - such as restitution service or conditions of probation - may be determined by the hearing officer or board depending on the circumstances of the violation. Hearing officers may impose sanctions not included in the code if they feel it is something that will support a student learning from the situation.
Written notification will be sent to parents or guardians of students under the age of 21 who have been found responsible for violating University rules in regard to drugs or alcohol that are in the code of conduct. Other conduct-related information is considered confidential and can only be released with the student's consent.
Notification will be sent after the conduct process has been completed and a final decision has been reached on an alleged violation. This process is in place so families will be able to support students in making appropriate choices in regards to substance use.