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Student Code of Conduct

The Student and the University

This section deals with certain general topics of interest to UI students. Section A is original to the 1979 Handbook. Section B was added July, 1996, B-1-5 revised in July 1998 and in 2006 edited to reflect changes in university committees listed in FSH 1640.  In 2009 this section was revised to refer individuals to each respective committee as listed in FSH 1640.  In 2014 the Dean of Students Office, General Counsel, and a sub-committee of University Judicial Council and Faculty Senate, conducted a thorough review of all policies related to the Student Code of Conduct (Code).  Revisions to this policy were made to extend the jurisdiction of the Code beyond the physical boundaries of campus and to also add a statement of student values "B" at the request of the ASUI Senate.  For further information, contact the Dean of Students (208-885-6757). [rev. 7-98, 7-06, 2-09, 7-14]

By enrolling at the University of Idaho, students voluntarily accept responsibility for compliance with all university policies as well as local ordinances, state laws, and federal laws. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct at all times from the time the university grants admission through the actual awarding of a degree. This includes the period before classes begin or after classes end, and periods between terms of actual enrollment. Conduct that is not discovered until after a degree is awarded is also included. [rev. 1-14, 7-14]

The university's part is to carry out its commitment to higher education, to fulfill its responsibilities in pursuit of the academic goals and objectives of all members of the university community, and to meet its obligation to provide an atmosphere in which students will have an opportunity to be heard in matters affecting their welfare.  The university reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community.  Students shall have the rights and responsibilities outlined in this policy and in FSH 2200, 2300, and 2400. [rev. 1-14, 7-14]

(Passed by ASUI Senate in April 2014). The Statement of Student Values is a step toward formally conveying our common University of Idaho educational and community goals. The Statement articulates the community we aspire to be, expresses our shared values, unites us as Vandals, and encourages collaboration with faculty, staff and the administration. 

We come together as Vandals, a diverse community embracing individuality and striving for equity. We hold each other accountable to conduct ourselves with integrity and honesty, to foster excellence in education both in and outside the classroom, and to treat each other with respect. [add. 7-14]

Disciplinary action may be taken for (1) any violation of local ordinances, state or federal law; (2) on campus conduct that violates the Student Code of Conduct; and (3) off campus conduct that violates the Student Code of Conduct and that adversely affects the university community or the pursuit of the university’s educational mission, process, or function, as determined by the Dean of Students. Students may be subject to civil and criminal penalties in addition to any university sanctions for the same violation.  University proceedings may occur before, during, or after any civil or criminal actions are concluded and are not subject to challenge based on the action or inaction of any non-university authorities. [add. 1-14, ren. 7-14]

The following university-level standing committees (given along with their functions) are of particular interest to UI students.  Further information on these committees, along with a full listing of other university-level standing committees, is to be found in Faculty-Staff Handbook section 1640. [ren. 1-14, 7-14]

D-1. ACADEMIC HEARING BOARD (AHB) [1640.02]

D-2. ACADEMIC PETITIONS COMMITTEE (APC) [1640.04]

D-3. ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING BOARD (AdHB) [1640.06]

D-4.  ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE [1640.08]

D-5. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ADVSIORY COMMITTEE [1640.10]

D-6. HONORS PROGRAM COMMITTEE [1640.53]: [ed. 6-09]

D-7.  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE [1640.55]

D-8.  OFFICER EDUCATION COMMITTEE [1640.64] [see 1565 F]

D-9. PARKING COMMITTEE [1640.66]

D-10.  STUDENT DISCIPLINARY REVIEW BOARD (SDRB) [1640.93, 2400 B-2][ren. 6-09, rev. 7-14]

D-11. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID COMMITTEE [1640.84][see 2900]

D-12.  TEACHER EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE [1640.86] [see 4300 E]

D-13.  TEACHING AND ADVISING COMMITTEE [1640.87]

D-14.  UBUNTU [1640.58]

D-15.  UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE FOR GENERAL EDUCATION [1640.89][Information on the University Core Curriculum can be accessed at the core website: http://www.webs.uidaho.edu/core/]

D-16. UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE [1640.91] [see 1540 B and C, 4110, and 4120] [ren. 6-09]

Statement of Student Rights

The regents recognize that students enjoy the same inalienable rights as other citizens under the constitution and laws of the United States, and have, therefore, adopted the following statement. In 2014 the Dean of Students Office, General Counsel, and a sub-committee of University Judicial Council and Faculty Senate, conducted a thorough review of all policies related to the Student Code of Conduct.  All disciplinary language from FSH 2200 Statement of Student Rights and FSH 2300 Student Code of Conduct was consolidated into FSH 2400 and updated removing redundancies in policy. For further information, contact the Dean of Students at (208) 885-6757. See also the preamble to 2300.  [rev. 7-14]

  1. Students shall be free to organize and join associations to promote their common interests.
  2. UI may require student associations to submit a list of officers and objectives, but they shall not otherwise be required to disclose their membership.

1. Students and student associations shall be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express their opinions publicly or privately, subject only to civil and criminal law.

2. Students shall be free to support causes by any lawful means.

3. Student associations shall be free to invite and to hear any person at their meetings.

4. All official student communications media shall have the right to establish and maintain internal control of operations and content, free from prior censorship. Only for proper and stated causes will editors and managers be subject to removal, and then only by procedures prescribed at a prior date.

1. Student conduct regulations shall be approved by the faculty and shall be codified and published under the title "Student Code of Conduct" (FSH 2300).

2. Violations of any rules imposed by University Housing are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

3. No disciplinary regulation shall discriminate against any student in violation of FSH 3200, 3210, 3215, 3220.

4. "Disciplinary action" is defined as any sanction imposed for misconduct pursuant to FSH 2400.

a.  Disciplinary action shall not be taken against any student until it has been determined that a code violation has occurred, except when action is necessary to stop a violation or when the situation merits an interim suspension.  Procedures for review of code violations are described in FSH 2400.

b. Disciplinary actions shall be commenced only for alleged violations of regulations that have been properly enacted and that are in force at the time of the violation.

5. Except where new material information is discovered, no student shall be brought up on alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct a second time for the same alleged incident where a previous review/hearing was fully exhausted for the same alleged incident.

6. Any party to a disciplinary action shall have the right to appeal the decision using the appeal processes detailed in FSH 2400.

7.  Review/hearing bodies must include adequate notice to the parties and sufficient opportunity for the parties to prepare their arguments.

Student Code of Conduct

The university disciplinary system is part of the educational process of students focusing on behavior within a community.  Sanctions are imposed for violations to the Student Code of Conduct to teach students how to be better and more responsible members of a community.  Sanctions also serve to protect the UI community.  The Student Code of Conduct is UI's manifestation of Section III, P-12, of the State Board of Education's Governing Policies and Procedures which states: ‘Each institution will establish and publish a statement of student rights and a code of conduct.  The code of student conduct must include procedures by which a student charged with violating the code receives reasonable notice of the charge and is given an opportunity to be heard and to present testimony in his or her defense.  Such statements of rights and codes of conduct, and any subsequent amendments, are subject to review and approval by the chief executive officer.’  The original of this code was created during the 1969-1970 school year.  It was amended, at the suggestion of an ad hoc Faculty Senate committee in July 1992, July 1993,  July 1998 (Article II), and July 2005 (Article II, section 2).  In 2014 the Dean of Students Office, General Counsel, and a sub-committee of University Judicial Council and Faculty Senate, conducted a thorough review of all policies related to the Student Code of Conduct.  All disciplinary language from FSH 2200 Statement of Student Rights and FSH 2300 Student Code of Conduct was consolidated into FSH 2400 and updated removing redundancies in policy. For further information, contact the Dean of Students (208-885-6757).  [rev. 7-98, 7-05, 7-14, ed. 7-09]

The University of Idaho is committed to creating and maintaining a productive living-and-learning community that fosters the intellectual, personal, cultural and ethical development of its students.  Self-discipline and respect for the rights and privileges of others are essential to the educational process and to good citizenship.

A. Definitions:

A-1. Consent: as used in this code, is informed, freely given, and mutually understood.  Consent requires an affirmative act or statement by each participant.  If coercion, intimidation, threats and/or physical force are used, there is no consent.  If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the person cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption or being asleep or unconscious.  Whether one has taken advantage of a position of influence over another may be a factor in determining consent. Consent to any one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to any other form of sexual activity.

A-2.  DOS:  the Office of the Dean of Students, which is responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct, and includes the Dean of Students and his/her designees.

A-3. Disciplinary action: any sanction imposed for misconduct pursuant to FSH 2400.  

A-4. Educational Setting: refers to all the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic and other programs of the University of Idaho, whether those programs take place in a University facility, at a University class or training program, or elsewhere.

A-5.  Policy: the written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, Residence Hall Handbook, the Apartment Handbook, the University web pages and computer use policy, and Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs.

A-6. Student: includes all persons admitted to the University, either full-time or part-time, to pursue undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, and includes non-degree seeking students.  The following persons are also considered “students”:

a. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code of Conduct;

b. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University;

c.      Individuals participating in the American Language and Culture Program; and

d.     Individuals participating in Independent Study of Idaho sponsored by the University of Idaho or taught by a University of Idaho instructor.

A-7.  Student Code of Conduct: herein referred to as “Code”.

A-8. University Official: includes any person employed or contracted by the University performing assigned duties.

B. Standards of Behavior. Attendance at the University of Idaho is optional and voluntary. When students enroll at the University, they voluntarily accept obligations of performance and behavior that are consistent with the University’s lawful mission, processes, and functions.  In general, these obligations are considered much higher than the obligations imposed by civil and criminal law for all citizens.

By enrolling at the University of Idaho, students voluntarily accept responsibility for compliance with all University policies, including but not limited to this Code.  Disciplinary action may also be taken for any violation of local ordinances, state or federal law, or on or off campus conduct that adversely affects the University community or the pursuit of the University’s lawful educational mission, process, or function.  The University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. 

C. Purpose of the Code. The purpose of the Code is to educate students about their civic and social responsibilities as members of the University community.  The primary focus of the disciplinary process is on educational and corrective outcomes; however, sanctions such as suspension or expulsion from the University may be necessary to uphold community standards and to protect the campus community. Extensive, organized, serious, or repeated violations of this Code are taken into account when determining sanctions.

D. Interpretation and Revision. Any question of interpretation regarding the Code shall be determined at the discretion of DOS in consultation with General Counsel.  The Code shall be reviewed periodically under the direction of DOS.

E. Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity. Please refer to FSH 3060 and 3065 for other relevant policies and procedures.

F. Nondiscrimination.  Please refer to FSH 3200, 3210, 3215 for other relevant policies and procedures.

G. Applicability of the University Student Code of Conduct.  The Code applies to students pursuant to FSH 2100.

A.  Rules and Regulations. The following list describes actions that detract from the effectiveness of a University community and for which students are subject to disciplinary action.  Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary process outlined in FSH 2400:

A-1.  Academic Dishonesty. Academic honesty and integrity are core values at a university and the faculty finds that even one incident of academic dishonesty may merit expulsion. Instructors and students are jointly responsible for maintaining academic standards and integrity in university courses.  In addition to any disciplinary sanctions imposed under the Code, additional consequences for academic dishonesty may be imposed by the course instructor, including issuing a grade of “F” in the course.  Any grade issued by the course instructor, whether as a result of academic dishonesty or not, constitutes an academic evaluation and is not disciplinary action.  All instructors must report incidents of academic dishonesty to DOS by email or using the reporting form on DOS website.  Acts of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to the following:

 a. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) using any unauthorized assistance in, or having unauthorized materials while, taking quizzes, tests, examinations or other assignments, including copying from another’s quiz, test, examination, or other assignment or allowing another to copy from one’s own quiz, test, examination, or other assignment;

(2) using sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;

(3) acquiring, without permission, tests or other academic material belonging to the instructor or another member of the University faculty or staff;

(4) engaging in any behavior prohibited by the instructor in the course syllabus or in class discussion; or

(5) engaging in other behavior that a reasonable person would consider to be cheating. 

b.     Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1)    using, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment;

(2)    using materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials without prior authorization by the instructor; or

(3)    engaging in other behavior that a reasonable person would consider plagiarism.

c. Furnishing false information or false representations to any University official, instructor, or office.  Submission of false information or withholding information at the time of admission or readmission may make an individual ineligible for admission to, or continuation at, the University. 

d. Forging, altering, reproducing, removing, destroying, or misusing any University document, record, or instrument of identification.

e. Violating any provision of university policy regarding intellectual property and researchAll data acquired through participation in University research programs is the property of the University and must be provided to the principal investigator.  In addition, collaboration with the Office of Research and Economic Development for the assignment of rights, title, and interest in patentable inventions resulting from the research is also required [see Faculty-Staff Handbook 5400.]

A-2. Misuse of University Resources or Property, or Personal Property of others.

a.  Theft or other abuse of University computer facilities or resources.  This includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(1)  Unauthorized entry into, or transfer of, a file;

(2)  Using another individual’s identification and/or password;

(3)  Using computer facilities or resources:

(i)  to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or University official,

(ii)  to send obscene or abusive messages,

(iii)  to interfere with the normal operation of the University computing system or resources, or

(iv)  in violation of copyright laws.

(4)  Any violation of the University Computer Use Policy.

b.  Attempted or actual theft of or damage to property of the University or of another person.

c.  Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of University keys, computers, lock combinations or other access codes or passwords that can be used to access University property or facilities.

d.  Unauthorized entry into or use of any University building, facility, vehicle, equipment room or area, including, but not limited to, unauthorized entry into any private office or space of a member of the faculty, staff, or student body, heating tunnels, elevator shafts, shops, mechanical rooms, trunk rooms, storerooms, roofs, fire escapes, and other restricted areas identified in APM 35.35.E.

e.  Building or setting fire(s) without proper authorization as required by APM 35.25.

f.  Removing or otherwise tampering with fire equipment or fire-alarm systems, or failure to promptly vacate building(s) when a fire alarm sounds.

g.  Possessing or using firearms, explosives, other weapons, projectile or explosive devices, explosive substances, or dangerous chemicals in violation of APM 95.12. [ed. 7-14]

A-3.  Threat of Harm or Actual Harm to a Person’s Physical or Mental Health or Safety.  Living together in a University community requires respect for the rights of fellow members of that community to pursue their academic goals and to participate in lawful campus or University activities. As in any community, certain forms of responsible conduct must be adhered to in order to ensure the physical functioning and safety or security of that community.

a.  Physical violence of any nature against any person, on or off campus.  Physical violence includes, but is not limited to, (i) fighting; (ii) assault; (iii) battery; (iv) the use of a knife, gun, or other weapon except in reasonable self-defense; (v) physical abuse; (vi) restraining or transporting someone against his/her will; or (vii) any action that threatens or endangers the physical health or safety of any person or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm.

b.  Persistent or severe, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, bullying, derogatory comments, vandalism, or other conduct that threatens or endangers the mental or physical health or safety of any person or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm.  A single instance may be considered severe enough to merit sanctions.

c.  Hazing, which includes, but is not limited to, any action or participation in any activity that (i) causes or intends to cause physical or mental discomfort or distress, (ii) may demean any person, regardless of location, intent or consent of participants, or (iii) destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense.  Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are also violations of this rule.

d.  Sexual misconduct, which is a broad term encompassing any non-consensual contact of a sexual nature (see Article I, Section A-1, for the definition of consent).  Sexual misconduct may vary in severity, and consists of a range of behavior or attempted behavior including, but not limited to, the following examples of prohibited conduct (see APM 95.20 for more information about resources available and procedures for responding to sexual misconduct):

(1) Unwelcome sexual conduct.  This includes, but is not limited to,

(i)  touching an unwilling or non-consensual person’s intimate parts (such as genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks, mouth, or clothing covering the same);

(ii)  touching an unwilling or non-consensual person with one’s own intimate parts;

(iii)  forcing an unwilling or non-consensual person to touch another’s intimate parts;

(iv)  indecent exposure, which includes, but is not limited to, exposing one’s own intimate parts to an unwilling or non-consensual person; and

(v)  voyeurism, which includes, but is not limited to, any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio, video, or photographic record of another person without his/her prior knowledge and without his/her prior consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress to the other person, or involves the other person’s intimate parts or sexual conduct.

(2)  Sexual violence, which refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against another person’s will or where another person is incapable of giving consent or is incapacitated.  This includes, but is not limited to,

(i) rape, which includes, but is not limited to, the unwilling or non-consensual penetration of another person’s bodily opening with any object or body part that is committed either by force, threat, intimidation, or through exploitation of another person’s mental or physical condition (such as intoxication, age, or disability) of which the assailant was aware or should have been aware;

(ii) sexual assault, which is the unwilling or non-consensual penetration of any bodily opening of another person with any object or body part;

(iii)  sexual battery; and

(iv)  sexual coercion.

All acts of sexual violence are also forms of sexual harassment.

e.  Sexual harassment, which is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (see FSH 3205 for the requirements of the consensual relationship policy).  It includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:

(1)  Submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication is a term or condition of educational benefits, employment, academic evaluations, or other opportunities;

(2)  Submission to such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;

(3)  Such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment or negatively affecting a student’s educational opportunities.  A single instance may be considered severe enough to merit sanctions.

f.  Gender-based and sexual orientation harassment (see FSH 3215), which is defined as any act of verbal, non-verbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex, sex-stereotyping, gender, or gender-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

g.  Stalking, which includes, but is not limited to, the persistent, severe, or pervasive harassment of another person in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to feel frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested.  This may include, but is not limited to, repeatedly contacting another person through any means (such as in person or by phone, electronic means, text messaging, etc.), following another person, or having others contact or follow another person on your behalf.  A single instance may be considered severe enough to merit sanctions.

A-4.  Discrimination and Retaliation.

a.  Discrimination, which includes conduct that violates the Board of Regent’s or the University’s nondiscrimination and antidiscrimination policies contained in FSH 3200, 3210, 3215.

b.  Retaliation, which includes conduct that intimidates, interferes with, threatens, coerces, or otherwise discriminates against any individual because that individual opposes or reports a perceived wrongdoing, inequity, or violation of law or University policy, files a complaint alleging illegal or prohibited discrimination, participates in a grievance or appeals procedure, or participates in dispute resolution.

A-5.  Disruption, Obstruction, or Interference with Normal University Activities.  Members of the University community have the right to a campus that is free from unreasonable disruption, obstruction, or interference.

a.  Disrupting or obstructing normal University activities, including, but not limited to, all academic activities, University facilities or resources, disciplinary proceedings, University administration, and fire, police, or emergency services

b.  Classroom disruption, which is behavior that a reasonable person would view as significantly or repeatedly interfering with the instructor’s ability to teach the class or the ability of other students to benefit from the instructional program.

c.  Failure to comply with directions of University, law enforcement, fire department, or other government officials acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

d. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on campus.

e.  Disorderly conduct, which is behavior that is disorderly, lewd, indecent, or a breach of peace.

f.  Abuse of the student conduct system, which includes, but is not limited to, any of the following:

(1)  Failure to cooperate with DOS’s investigation, except when doing so would require the student to speak against him/herself, where the student failed to notify DOS that the student will not cooperate for this reason;

(2) Falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information provided to DOS;

(3) Disrupting or interfering with DOS’s investigation;

(4) Making false allegations;

(5) Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system;

(6) Harassment (verbal or physical) or intimidation of any person participating in DOS’s investigation prior to, during, or after the investigation concludes;

(7) Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed pursuant to FSH 2400.

g. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit any violation of the Code.

h.  Failure to appear or refusal to speak as a witness, which occurs when a student fails to appear or refuses to speak as a witness at a disciplinary proceeding or review, unless such act would require the student to speak against him/herself, and fails to promptly notify the chair of SDRB that the student will not appear or speak for this reason.

A-6.  Housing and Living Groups.  Violations of any rules imposed by University Housing or living groups are also violations of the Code.

A-7.  Use and Misuse of Substances.

a. Smoking in violation of APM 35.28.

b. Using, possessing, manufacturing, cultivating, selling, or distributing any state or federally controlled drug, substance, or paraphernalia, including, but not limited to, marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances, in violation of any applicable law or University policy.  Inhaling or ingesting any substance (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc.) that is intended to alter a student’s mental state without a prescription is also prohibited.  See the University’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Education publication (available through the Office of the Dean of Students) for more information.

c. Consuming, possessing, manufacturing, or distributing alcoholic beverages in violation of any applicable law or University policy (see APM 80.01 for alcohol permit requirements).  Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be consumed or possessed by, or distributed to, any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.  Except at permitted events pursuant to APM 80.01, alcoholic beverages may not be possessed or consumed by any student under any circumstances on campus in areas open to the general public, which areas include, but are not limited to, lounges, student union buildings, recreation rooms, conference rooms, athletic facilities, and other public areas of University-owned buildings or grounds.

d.  Public intoxication.

A-8.  Violation of Laws or University Policy.

a. Any violation of federal law, state law, or local ordinance occurring on campus or on any University property is a violation of the Code.

b. Any violation of University policy is a violation of the Code.

B.  Violation of Law and University Discipline.

B-1.  University disciplinary action may be instituted against a student accused of conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Code independent of the status of any civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution.  When allegations include sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual orientation, or gender-based harassment, University disciplinary action will be carried out promptly.  Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.

B-2.  When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student.  If the alleged offense also gives rise to University disciplinary action, the University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the University community.  The University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators provided that the conditions do not conflict with University policies or sanctions.  Individual students and other members of the University community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate. 

Disciplinary Process

This section outlines UI's student disciplinary system to inform students of the University process for resolving alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.  In July 1993, membership and quorum was changed on the disciplinary review committee and in July 2008 the committee composition was moved into FSH 1640 Committee Directory.  This section dates from the 1979 Handbook with relatively minor revisions as noted until 2014.  In 2014 the Dean of Students Office, General Counsel, and a sub-committee of University Judicial Council and Faculty Senate, conducted a thorough review of all policies related to the Student Code of Conduct.  All disciplinary language from FSH 2200 Statement of Student Rights and FSH 2300 Student Code of Conduct was consolidated into this policy and updated removing redundancies in policy.  The objective of this policy is to provide a process that allows for fact-finding and decision-making that balances the rights of the individual with the legitimate interests of the University. For further information, contact the Dean of Students (208-885-6757). [rev. 7-08, 7-14]

The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is to educate students about their civic and social responsibilities as members of the University community. The primary focus of the disciplinary process is on educational and corrective outcomes; however, sanctions such as suspension or expulsion from the University may be necessary to uphold community standards and to protect the campus community. Any and all matters consistent with the Student Code of Conduct (“Code”) [FSH 2300] and the Statement of Student Rights [FSH 2200] are handled by the system under the following rules and regulation.

A-1.  Definitions:

a. Advisor: the person of the student’s choosing who has agreed to advise a student during the University disciplinary process and attend scheduled meetings with the student. Students should choose an advisor who is available to attend any scheduled meetings, because advisor availability is not considered in scheduling meetings.

b. Days: days when the university is open for business, not including Saturday, Sunday, and University holidays. Time deadlines may be extended during breaks, University holidays, and for extenuating circumstances (e.g., non-Moscow locations) at the Dean of Students’ discretion.

c. DOS: the Office of the Dean of Students, which is responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct, and includes the Dean of Students and his/her designees.

d. “Educational Setting” refers to all the academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic and other programs of the University of Idaho, whether those programs take place in a University facility, at a University class or training program, or elsewhere.

e. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”) is a federal law that governs the confidentiality of student education records.

f.  Group: a number of students who are associated with each other, but who have not complied with University requirements for registration as an organization.

g.  Interviews/meetings/hearings:  Students at the Moscow campus will meet in person with DOS or hearing boards.  Students at other locations will have the option to connect with DOS or hearing boards via visual medium (i.e. Lync or Skype). Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.

h. Notice:

(1)Any notice required by the Student Code of Conduct shall be provided in writing via email to the student’s official email account (i.e., *@vandals.uidaho.edu).

(2)  Students who do not have an official email account will receive notice via any email account the student provided the university.

(3)  Notice is deemed received the day after it is sent by email.

i.  Organization: any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition.

j.  Student: includes all persons admitted to the University, either full-time or part-time, to pursue undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, and includes non-degree seeking students. The following persons are also considered “students”:

(1)  Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code of Conduct;

(2)  Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University;

(3)  Individuals participating in the American Language and Culture Program;

(4)  Individuals participating in Independent Study of Idaho sponsored by the University of Idaho.

k.  Student Code of Conduct: herein referred to as “Code” (see FSH 2300).

l.  SDRB: Student Disciplinary Review Board (see FSH 1640.93).

m.  UI’s Office of General Counsel:  herein referred to as “General Counsel” and includes any staff members.

n.  University: University of Idaho, which includes all campus locations, extension programs, and distance education programs.

The disciplinary system consists of the following: SDRB, Faculty Senate, President, and Regents.

B-1. SDRB.  (see FSH 1640.93)

a. Scope of Responsibility.

(1) SDRB adjudicates the following:

(a)  Any alleged violation of the Code that may not be appropriately handled within the living-group disciplinary body or that is not otherwise resolved by DOS.

(b)  Any alleged violation of ASUI rules and regulations not specifically designated to be adjudicated elsewhere.

(c)  Any matter that a living-group disciplinary body declines to adjudicate.

(2)  SDRB adjudicates requests for review of decisions of living-group disciplinary bodies and requests for review of decisions of any ASUI disciplinary bodies.

b. Range of Sanctions. The SDRB has the full range of sanctions set forth in D below.

B-2. Faculty Senate. (see FSH 1580) The Faculty Senate adjudicates requests for review of SDRB decisions that include a sanction of suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree.

B-3.  President. The President’s office adjudicates requests for review of Faculty Senate decisions.

B-4.  Board of Regents.  The Board of Regents adjudicates final decisions made at the institutional level in accordance with Board of Regents policies.

All deadlines provided below are default provisions and are subject to change by written agreement of both parties. Failure to abide by any deadline will not be grounds for dismissal of the allegations.

C-1.  Reporting of Alleged Violations and Initial Investigation by DOS.

a.  Reporting Alleged Violations.  Any person who has knowledge of an alleged violation of the Code should inform DOS of such alleged violation as soon as possible.

b.  Initial Investigation.  DOS shall receive all reports of alleged violations and investigate to determine whether the allegation is credible.

(1)  Students who are suspected of violations may be interviewed by DOS, but they must be informed by DOS at the beginning of such interview of the right to not speak to DOS and the reason for the interview. No form of coercion or harassment shall be used in the interview.
(2)  When a student is being interviewed by a third party and DOS is observing such interview, the student must be informed of the fact that DOS is observing and informed of the right to not speak to DOS.
(3)  DOS may speak with witnesses of the alleged incident, as well as the persons injured by the alleged violation.  Any witness or other person having knowledge of the alleged violation may provide DOS with any relevant information or materials.
(4)  When the allegations in a student’s complaint include Sexual Harassment or Gender-Based Harassment, DOS must investigate the incident and take immediate steps to protect the persons who were injured by the alleged violation in the Educational Setting.

(5) DOS may delay fact-finding while law enforcement authorities are gathering evidence; once notified that law enforcement has completed gathering evidence, DOS must promptly resume fact finding. DOS may not await the ultimate outcome of a law enforcement investigation or the filing of charges before resuming or beginning fact finding.

c.  Notice of Alleged Violation.  If DOS determines that the allegation is credible, DOS shall provide the student accused of violating the Code with written notice of the allegation. Such notice shall include:

(1) the alleged misconduct,
(2) the section of the Code alleged to have been violated,
(3) a time and date that does not conflict with the student’s class schedule to meet with DOS to discuss the allegation(s),
(4) a statement that the student may have an advisor present with him/her at the meeting,
(5) a statement that the student does not have to speak with DOS about the allegation(s),
(6) a statement that failure to show up for the meeting or to contact DOS to reschedule the meeting will be presumed to be the student’s exercise of his/her right to not speak with DOS, and

(7) a statement that the investigation and determination regarding the allegation will proceed regardless of whether the student speaks with DOS.

d.  Meeting with DOS.  The student is given an opportunity to meet with DOS regarding the allegations, unless DOS has already interviewed the student (see C-1. b above). Except where the student agrees otherwise, the meeting with DOS may be scheduled no sooner than 2 days after receiving notice by email.

At this meeting, the student is given the opportunity to give his/her account of the incident leading to the allegation(s), and to provide DOS with the names and contact information of individuals who have personal knowledge of the incident or circumstances pertaining to the allegation(s). The student may have an advisor present at this meeting. If the student does not appear for his/her meeting and fails to contact DOS to reschedule before the meeting time, it will be presumed that the student has exercised his/her right to not speak to DOS.

e. Investigation & Determination. After the meeting time has passed, DOS shall continue its investigation of the allegations. DOS may speak with witnesses of the alleged incident, as well as the persons injured by the alleged violation.  Any witness or other person having knowledge of the alleged violation may provide DOS with any relevant information or materials.  When allegations include sexual harassment or gender based harassment, both parties should receive periodic updates from DOS. Many factors influence the time spent on investigating allegations with most being concluded within 60 days following receipt of the allegation(s).  

Once the investigation is concluded, DOS shall make a finding as to whether the alleged violation occurred by a preponderance of the evidence (the “standard”). If DOS finds that the alleged violation occurred by that standard, DOS shall determine the appropriate sanction(s) and provide the student with written notice of the determination, the factual basis for the determination, any sanction(s) and information referencing this policy and timeframe.

(1) If the student accepts the determination made by DOS and the sanctions imposed, the student will sign an agreement to that effect within 5 days of receiving notice of the determination and sanctions.  This agreement will contain language that informs the student of the following:

(i)   that the determination and sanctions are final;
(ii)  that the sanctions go into effect immediately; and
(iii) that the student waives his/her right to request a review of the determination and sanctions.

(2) If the student does not accept the determination made by DOS and the sanctions imposed, and does not sign an agreement to that effect within 5 days of receiving notice of the determination and sanctions, then:

(i) If the sanctions determined appropriate by DOS does not include suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree, then the process continues in accordance with C-2.
(ii) If the sanctions determined appropriate by DOS include suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree, then the process continues in accordance with C-3.

(3)  At the conclusion of each semester, DOS shall provide a descriptive written report to the SDRB summarizing the accepted determinations entered into during the course of the semester. This report will also be forwarded by DOS to the Faculty Secretary.

(4) When allegations include sexual harassment or gender based harassment both parties receive a response regarding the outcome of the complaint within 10 business days following the decision.

C-2. Requests for a SDRB review for sanctions other than suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree.

a. The student must submit a written request for a SDRB review to DOS no later than 5 days after the student receives notice of the determination and sanctions via email.  Any student who fails to submit the written request for a SDRB review by the deadline will be informed by DOS of the following in a Failure to Seek Review Letter:

(1) that the determination and sanction imposed by DOS is the final institutional decision,

(2) that the sanctions go into effect immediately, and

(3) that the student may request a review by the Board of Regents pursuant to C-9.

 

b. The written request for a SDRB review must cite at least one of the following reasons for the review and must provide supporting arguments and documentation as to why a SDRB review should be granted on those grounds:

(1) DOS failed to properly investigate the allegation and such failure was both substantial and to the student’s detriment;

(2) There is such a clear factual error that DOS could not possibly find that a violation of the Code occurred

(3) The sanctions are excessive for the violation given the circumstances. Simple dissatisfaction with a sanction is not grounds for appealing a sanction under this provision;

(4) New information that could substantially affect the outcome of DOS’s investigation and determination has been discovered since the determination was made. The information must have been unavailable at the time of DOS’s investigation. Failure to inform DOS of information that was available is not grounds for requesting a SDRB review under this provision;

(5) DOS committed a substantial procedural error that materially impacted its investigation and determination to the student’s detriment.

c. DOS shall provide the Chair of SDRB with all received requests for a SDRB review, along with a statement of whether DOS believes each received request meets the requirements above.

d. SDRB shall review each request for a review within 5 days of receipt and make an initial determination of whether the request meets the requirements above.

(1) For requests that fail to meet the requirements above, SDRB will deny the request and inform both the student and DOS of its decision. The determination made by DOS and the sanctions imposed will become final, this is deemed a final institutional decision, and the student may request a review by the Board of Regents pursuant to C-9, within 5 days of receiving notice of the SDRB denial.

(2)For requests that meet the requirements above, SDRB will determine whether to adjudicate the request based on written submissions only, or whether to adjudicate the request through a hearing, and will inform both the student and DOS of its determination. SDRB may request additional information or documentation from the student or DOS independent of the form of adjudication chosen.

(i) For reviews involving written submissions only, SDRB will provide DOS with a reasonable amount of time to present any information or materials (generally no more than 5 days).
(ii) For reviews that involve a hearing, the Chair of SDRB will schedule the hearing to occur no later than 10 days after the SDRB decision to adjudicate the request through a hearing, at a time that does not conflict with the student’s class schedule. The Chair of SDRB shall not consider the availability of any advisor in setting the hearing date and time. Both the student and DOS must submit any materials intended to be introduced and considered at the hearing to both SDRB and the other party by noon pacific time of the day before the hearing. Only materials submitted to both the Chair of SDRB and the other party by the deadline may be introduced and considered at the hearing. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with C-4.  

C-3. Scheduling a SDRB hearing for a student sanctioned with suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree.

a. DOS will notify the Chair of SDRB that a hearing is necessary because the student did not agree to the determination made by DOS and the sanctions included suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree.

b. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the Chair of SDRB will schedule the hearing to occur no later than 10 days after being notified by DOS of the need for a hearing, at a time that does not conflict with the student’s class schedule. Both DOS and the student may have an advisor present at the hearing. However, SDRB shall not consider the availability of any advisor in setting the hearing date and time.

c. Both the student and DOS must submit any materials intended to be introduced and considered at the hearing to both SDRB and the other party by noon pacific time of the day before the hearing. Only materials submitted to both the Chair of SDRB and the other party by the deadline may be introduced and considered at the hearing. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with C-4.

C-4. SDRB Disciplinary Hearing Process: The purpose of a SDRB hearing is to determine whether it is more likely than not that the student violated the Code.

a. In hearings involving more than one student, the SDRB chair has the discretion to permit the hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately.

b. The chair of SDRB may issue a notification to any UI student requiring such individual to appear at a SDRB hearing as a witness. Such notification will be delivered in accordance with A-1.f. The notification shall inform the student that it is a violation of the Code to

(1) fail to appear or to refuse to speak as a witness, unless such act would force the student to speak against him/herself, in which case the student must promptly notify the chair of SDRB that the student will not appear or speak for this reason;

(2)      disrupt, impede, threaten, or disregard the procedures of the SDRB; and

(3) provide information to the SDRB that the student knows or should know to be false.

When a student notifies the chair of SDRB pursuant to (1) above, the chair shall promptly notify both parties.

c. A student’s failure to appear at the SDRB hearing or to speak as a witness will have no bearing on the question of whether the student violated the Code and may not be used to conclude that a violation occurred, except as to allegations of failure to appear (see FSH 2300 Article I.A-5.h).

d. SDRB shall record the audio of the SDRB hearing. The audio record will be the property of the UI, will be maintained by DOS, and will be used in accordance with applicable privacy laws.

e.  Relevancy is the only criteria by which information submitted is evaluated. Relevancy is determined by the Chair of SDRB. All oral or written information statements, records, etc., as well as copies of the same, shall be considered by members of the SDRB as long as the Chair of SDRB determines that such items are relevant.

(1)      Second-hand information is relevant if it is of the type commonly relied upon by prudent persons in the conduct of their affairs.

(2)      Character witnesses who lack knowledge of the incident being heard or circumstances pertaining to the allegation(s) lack relevant information and therefore may not be witnesses at the hearing.

(3) Any person present at the SDRB hearing may ask the Chair of SDRB to determine whether any oral or written information, statement, record, etc. or question or answer is relevant.

(4) All questions regarding SDRB hearing procedures and determinations of relevancy are subject to the final decision of the Chair of SDRB.

f.       The Chair of SDRB may request assistance by General Counsel regarding any questions of SDRB hearing procedures and determinations of relevancy.

g.       Hearings shall be conducted in private. The following individuals are permitted at a SDRB hearing:

(1)      the student,

(2)      the student’s advisor,

(3)      members of the SDRB,

(4)      DOS,

(5) DOS’s advisor,

(6) General Counsel,

(7) persons who reported or were injured by the alleged violation, and their advisor,

(8)      except for the student and the persons who were injured by the alleged violation, witnesses are allowed only during their testimony,

(9)      any person approved by the chair.

h. If the student fails to appear at the SDRB hearing despite proper notice, DOS shall present any information, materials, and witnesses to support its determination of a violation of the Code. Based on the DOS presentation, the SDRB shall make its determination.

i. The Chair of SDRB shall ensure the smooth operations of the SDRB hearing, and may remove any individual who disrupts the SDRB hearing.  

j. DOS has the responsibility of providing sufficient information, materials, and witnesses to support its assertion that the student violated the Code. The student has no obligation to provide any information, materials, or witnesses, and is presumed to not have violated the Code

k. Generally, the SDRB hearing shall be conducted in the following order:

(1) The Chair of SDRB will ask each individual present at the SDRB hearing to identify him/herself by providing his/her name and role at the SDRB hearing

(2)      The Chair of SDRB will remind the student of:

(i) the right to have an advisor,

(ii)      the right to refuse to speak as a witness, and

(iii) that the refusal to speak as a witness will have no bearing on the question of whether the student violated the Code and may not be used to conclude that a violation occurred

(3)      DOS will have the opportunity to make any opening remarks.

(4) The student will have the opportunity to make any opening remarks.

(5) DOS will have the opportunity to present any information, materials, and witnesses.

(i) The student and SDRB members will have the opportunity to ask questions of any witnesses, except as described in (ii) below.

(ii)      When the allegations involve sexual harassment or gender-based harassment, neither the student nor his/her advisor will be permitted to directly question the persons injured by the alleged violation. Instead, questions from the student or his/her advisor may be submitted in writing to the Chair of SDRB who will ask any questions determined to be relevant.

(6)      The student will have the opportunity to present any information, materials, and witnesses.

(7) DOS and SDRB members will have the opportunity to ask questions of any witnesses.

(8)      DOS will have the opportunity to make any closing remarks.

(9)      The student will have the opportunity to make any closing remarks.

(10)    DOS will have the opportunity to respond to the student’s closing remarks.

(11)    The SDRB shall meet in a closed session to discuss and make its decision. The chair of the SDRB, or the designee in the event of absence of the chair, is permitted to vote only in the event of a tie vote.

C-5. Results of SDRB.

a. Within 3 days of completing its adjudication, whether through written submission only or through a hearing, SDRB will issue a written determination of its findings to the student and DOS.

(1)  The SDRB decision must be based on a majority vote,

(2)  For SDRB review of matters involving sanctions other than suspension, expulsion, withholding or revoking a degree, the SDRB decision must

(i)  identify the stated basis for SDRB review,
(ii)  state the SDRB’s conclusion as to that basis, and
(iii) identify the facts, conduct, or circumstances it found to support its conclusion.

(3) For SDRB review of matters involving sanctions of suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree, the SDRB decision must

(i) state whether the DOS conclusion that the student more likely than not violated the Code is supported by the information, materials, and witnesses presented at the SDRB hearing, and
(ii) identify the facts, conduct, or circumstances it has found to support its conclusion.

(4) SDRB can:

(i) uphold the decision and sanction(s),
(ii) uphold the decision but revise the sanction(s),
(iii) return the matter to DOS for reinvestigation and reconsideration, or
(iv) dismiss the decision and the sanction(s) after consulting with General Counsel.

 

b. As to students whose sanctions do not include suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking a degree, the SDRB decision is the final institutional decision and any sanctions go into effect immediately. Such SDRB decision may be appealed to the Board of Regents pursuant to C-9.
 
c. As to students whose sanctions include suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking of a degree, the student may request, in writing, a review of the SDRB decision by the Faculty Senate pursuant to C-6.

C-6. Requests for Review by Faculty Senate.

a. Written requests for a faculty senate review must be delivered to DOS no later than 3 days after the student is provided notice of the SDRB determination via email.  Any student who fails to submit the written request for a faculty senate review by the deadline will be informed by DOS of the following in a Failure to Seek Review Letter:

(1) that the determination and sanction imposed by SDRB is the final institutional decision,
(2) that the sanctions go into effect immediately, and
(3) that student may request a review by the Board of Regents pursuant to C-9.

b. The written request for review must cite at least one of the below reasons and must provide supporting arguments and documentation as to why a faculty senate review should be granted on those grounds:

(1) SDRB could not reasonably determine that there was no substantial and detrimental failure to properly investigate by DOS;
(2) SDRB could not reasonably determine that there was no clear factual error that would prevent concluding that a violation of the Code occurred;
(3) Sanctions imposed by the SDRB are excessive for the violation given the circumstances.  Simple dissatisfaction with a sanction is not grounds for appealing a sanction under this provision;
(4) New information that could substantially affect the outcome of DOS’s investigation and determination has been discovered since the SDRB’s determination was made. The information must have been unavailable at the time of DOS’s investigation. Failure to inform DOS of information that was available is not grounds for requesting additional review under this provision.
(5) There was substantial procedural error that materially impacted the SDRB decision to the student’s detriment.

c. DOS shall provide the Faculty Senate Leadership with all requests for a senate review, along with a statement of whether DOS believes each request meets the requirements above.
 
d. The Faculty Senate Leadership shall review each request within 5 days of receipt and determine whether the request meets the requirements above.

(1) For requests that fail to meet the requirements above, the Faculty Senate Leadership will deny the request and inform the student, the Chair of SDRB, and DOS of its decision. The determination made by the SDRB will become final and the sanctions imposed will become effective immediately as of the original date of the SDRB determination, this is deemed a final institutional decision, and the student may request a review by the Board of Regents in accordance with C-9.
(2) For requests that meet the requirements above, the Faculty Senate Leadership, will, within 10 days from receipt of the request, appoint three of its members to a review panel. The chair may not be a student. Persons appointed must have no interest in or involvement with the parties to or the subject matter of the situation under review.

e. The senate review panel is a review of the materials submitted only; there is no hearing, although the panel may request additional materials from the parties.
 
f. DOS will provide the senate review panel with the audio recording of the SDRB hearing, along with the DOS response to the student’s submission within a reasonable amount of time (generally no more than 5 days). [ed. 1-15]

C-7. Results of Faculty Senate Review Panel.

a. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the review panel will review all materials submitted, and provide a written decision to both parties within 10 days of receiving all the materials from DOS.

(1) The review panel’s decision must

(i)  be based on a majority vote,
(ii)  identify the stated basis for faculty senate review,
(iii)  state the faculty senate’s conclusion as to that basis, and
(iv) identify the facts, conduct, or circumstances it found to support its conclusion.

(2) The review panel can:

(i) uphold the SDRB decision,
(ii) uphold the SDRB decision but revise the sanction(s), 
(iii) return the matter to DOS for reinvestigation and reconsideration or to SDRB for reconsideration, or
(iv) dismiss the decision and the sanctions after consulting with General Counsel.

b. If the decision of the senate review panel is to uphold the SDRB decision the sanctions are effective immediately as of the original date of the SDRB determination.

C-8. Request for Review by the President.

a. Students whose sanctions include suspension, expulsion, or withholding or revoking of a degree may request a review of the faculty senate decision by the president.

b. Written requests for review by the president are accepted and must be delivered to both DOS and the President’s office no later than 3 days after the student is provided notice of the faculty senate determination via email.
 
c. The president has complete discretion whether to engage in any review of the faculty senate decision, including what materials to consider and from whom.
 
d. The president’s decision after a review, or the president’s decision to decline to engage in any review, is the final institutional decision. 
 
e.  The president will provide a written decision to both parties.

C-9. Requests for Review by the Board of Regents. Any student may appeal a final institutional decision to the Board of Regents in accordance with Idaho State Board of Education Governing Policies and Procedures Section III.P.18.
 
C-10. Requests for Review by DOS. DOS may request a review of any decision of the SDRB, faculty senate, and President in the same fashion as that provided to a student in C-6, C-8, and C-9 asserting any of the following:

a.  The decision contained clear factual error;

b.  Sanctions imposed by the decision are insufficient for the violation given the circumstances.  Simple dissatisfaction with a sanction is not grounds for appealing a sanction under this provision;

c.   New information that could substantially affect the outcome of the decision has been discovered since the determination was made;

d.  The decision contained substantial procedural error.

C-11. Disclosure of Outcome Involving Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Harassment.

a. Both parties will be notified, in writing, of the outcome of an alleged violation and any review.  “Outcome” for these purposes means whether the harassment was found to have occurred. The University will only disclose information to the harassed student about the sanctions imposed when they directly relate to the harassed student, such as a sanction of no contact with the complainant.
 
b. When the allegations include a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense (as defined by FERPA), the University will disclose to the alleged victim of such crime or offense the final results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the University against a student who is an alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph. The University may disclose to anyone, upon written request, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding if the University determines that the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, and, with respect to the allegation made, the student has committed a violation of the institution’s rules or policies. “Final results” for these purposes means the name of the accused student, any violation found to have been committed, and any sanction imposed against the accused student by the University.
 
c. When the allegations include a sex offense (as defined by FERPA), both parties must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding (APM 95.20).  “Outcome” for these purposes means the University’s final determination with respect to the alleged sex offense and any sanctions imposed.

D-1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student determined to have violated the Code:

a.  Warning: a written notice to the student.
 
b.  Probation: a written reprimand accompanied by a probationary period during which the student must not violate the Code in order to avoid more severe disciplinary sanctions.
 
c.  Loss of Privileges: denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
 
d.  Restitution: compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
 
e.  Educational Sanctions: completion of work assignments, essays, service to the University, community service, workshops, or other related educational assignments.
 
f.  Administrative Fees: minimum of $150.
 
g.  Housing Suspension: separation of the student from University Housing for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for return may be specified.
 
h.  Housing Expulsion: permanent separation of the student from University Housing.
 
i.  University Suspension: separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for return may be specified.
 
j.  University Expulsion: permanent separation of the student from the University.
 
k.  Revocation of Admission and/or Degree: admission to or a degree awarded from the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of University standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
 
l.  Withholding Degree: the University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of all sanctions imposed.

D-2. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
 
D-3. A student who fails to comply with the sanction(s) imposed shall have a disciplinary hold placed on his/her record until the student complies with all sanctions imposed.
 
D-4. Disciplinary sanctions other than suspension, expulsion or revocation or withholding of a degree shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s disciplinary record. Such sanctions shall be expunged from the student’s disciplinary record seven (7) years after final disposition of the case.
 
D-5. The Regents of UI adopted guidelines for enforcing alcohol restrictions which include sanctions for violation of these restrictions. The sanctions below are the minimum sanctions imposed on students who have violated alcohol restrictions as described in the Code.
 
D-6. The University may notify parents of students under the age of 21 when a student has been found to have committed a drug or alcohol-related violation. The student will be responsible for administrative and educational costs of any and all sanctions imposed for alcohol related violations.  

D-7. Sanctions imposed for alcohol related violations:

First infraction: Open container or minor in possession violations.

Sanction: Completion of educational program.

First infraction: Illegal distribution of alcohol.

Sanction: Completion of community service, period of probation, and educational programs.

Second Infraction: Without injury; or without conduct likely to lead to injury.

Sanction: Completion of a treatment and/or educational program.

Second Infraction: With injury; or conduct likely to lead to injury.   

Sanction: Notification to the criminal justice system, strict probation, and, a treatment or educational program.

Third Infraction: Without injury; or without conduct likely to lead to injury.

Sanction: Referral to the appropriate administrative body of the institution for appropriate action, which must include, at least, suspension from school for one semester.

Third Infraction: With injury; or conduct likely to lead to injury.  

Sanction: Referral to the appropriate administrative body of the institution for appropriate action, which must include, at least, referral to the criminal justice system and expulsion from the institution for one year

In certain circumstances, the Dean of Students may impose an interim suspension on a student prior to completing the investigation described in C-1.e. The interim suspension is effective immediately. During the interim suspension, the student shall be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other University activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Dean of Students may determine to be appropriate and as provided in the written notice.

E-1. Interim suspension may be imposed only:

a.  To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community or preservation of University property;

b.  To ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or

c.  If the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University.

E-2. A student placed on interim suspension shall be given written notice of this action, which shall include:

a.  the reasons for the interim suspension, and

b.  information concerning the right to appeal the decision for interim suspension.

E-3. Interim Suspension Review Process:

a. The student must submit a written document to DOS outlining the basis for the review and supporting documentation and/or other information.

b.  The DOS will submit all documents received, as well as DOS response, to the Chair of SDRB within 1 day of receiving the student’s documents. 

c.  The Chair of SDRB and at least two other SDRB members will review all submitted materials and render a decision within 3 days. This decision is a final institutional decision subject to review by the Board of Regents in accordance with C-9.

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