Office of Student Conduct
Student Code of Conduct
Having and maintaining an atmosphere that fosters learning and personal growth is important for educational institutions. The Office of Student Conduct, under the Associate Dean for Student Conduct, has the responsibility for dealing with incidents, both on- and off-campus, that disrupt this environment at Cal U. The office is part of the Division of Student Affairs. The University developed the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or Student Code of Conduct, which outlines behavioral expectations for all students to encourage this atmosphere and applies to on- and off-campus behavior. The Student Code of Conduct is based on the University's core values of Integrity, Civility and Responsibility and promotes students' academic, social and personal growth and minimizes negative impacts on students and others. The Student Code of Conduct also outlines the process used to address allegations of violations of these expectations which is designed to respect the rights of everyone involved and is separate and independent from any criminal or civil complaints that may come out of an incident. Student Conduct 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.
Allegations of Violations
California University utilizes a variety of means to resolve allegations of violations including mediation and conflict resolution, administrative hearings and 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 to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. The Office of Student Conduct also offers other methods of conflict resolution such as conflict coaching, restorative justice conferences, facilitated dialogues and no contact directives to assist in resolving conflicts or disputes. These methods are not appropriate for all situations.
- Administrative Hearing, conducted by a University administrator designated as a hearing officer, allows some alleged violations to be adjudicated informally between the administrator and student by mutual agreement.
- University Conduct Board, composed of faculty, staff and students and usually chaired by the Associate Dean for Student Conduct, deals with alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
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 resolving complaints through administrative hearings or referrals to conduct board hearings.
The Associate Dean for Student Conduct acts as the primary hearing office while Residence Hall Directors and the Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life act as hearing officers for violations involving the student groups with whom they work for minor incidents. Other University administrators may be designated as hearing officers by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
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 University's behavioral expectations. Read more about how to file a complaint, what to do if a complaint is filed against you, possible sanctions, and how parents are notified. Complaints will be assigned to a designated hearing officer to address at the University's discretion and may be changed as the complaint moves through the conduct process.
Assistance or Accommodations
Students needing any assistance in participating in any part of the conduct process should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities.
Review the Student Handbook for more information on regulations governing student life and conduct.
If you have questions about the Student Code of Conduct, the conduct process or mediation/conflict resolution, contact:
Associate Dean for Student Conduct
311 Natali Student Center