Frequently Asked Questions
The following is a list of questions that are frequently asked by students and parents/legal guardians. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.
1. What do I do if I receive an e-mail noting that I need to schedule an Educational Conference? - If you receive an e-mail noting that you need to schedule an Educational Conference, you must call the number listed in the sender's signature within 24 hours of receipt of the letter. This will ensure that you have a timely meeting with a Conduct Officer and are not found in violation of failing to comply with the directives of a University official. In preparation for your Educational Conference, you may want to review relevant portions of the Student Handbook and the Office of Student Conduct's Website.
2. I was charged criminally for this matter. Why do I also have to go through the Office of Student Conduct? - The University's conduct process serves a purpose that differs from the criminal justice system because it is grounded in the education and development of students and focused on ensuring civility in our community. Students at The University of Scranton must abide by the University's Student Code of Conduct in addition to federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. While criminal charges are filed or citations issued when a person is believed to have violated a federal, state, or local law or ordinance, the Office of Student Conduct becomes involved because of an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct stemming from the same incident.
3. My incident happened off-campus. Why is The University of Scranton involved? - As the Student Handbook notes, the University's jurisdiction in disciplinary matters extends to conduct that occurs on the premises of the University and to any conduct that adversely affects the University community, the University's reputation and/or the pursuit of its mission and objectives regardless of where it occurs.
4. Can I have my lawyer and/or parents/guardians present for my Educational Conference and formal hearing, if any? - Neither lawyers nor family members are permitted to be present for a student's Educational Conference and any subsequent hearings. The University's judicial process is grounded in the education and development of the student and thus the Conduct Officer involved with the adjudication of a case will deal directly with the accused student. However, students are permitted to have an advisor to assist them throughout the judicial process. A list of faculty and staff who have been trained in the conduct process is available in the Office of Student Conduct.
5. Will my parents find out about my violation of the Student Code of Conduct? - Parental notification of a student's disciplinary record depends on the nature of the incident and the record. The University of Scranton views parents and legal guardians as partners in the education of students. Therefore, the University notifies a student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of all alcohol and drug violations of the Student Code of Conduct in a manner consistent with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act ("FERPA"). In addition, the University notifies a student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) when a violation of the Student Code of Conduct results in the student being placed on disciplinary probation, behavioral contract, suspension or expulsion.
6. What standard of responsibility is used in a conduct hearing? - The University utilizes the "preponderance of the evidence" standard of responsibility in conduct proceedings. The hearing authority will determine, based on the information presented, whether it is more likely than not that a violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurred.
7. What is a "Conduct Officer"? - A Conduct Officer is a University official authorized by the Vice President for Student Affairs to hear information, present information and/or impose sanctions and provisions upon students or student organizations who are found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct.
8. What kind of sanction(s) will I receive if I accept responsibility or am found responsible? - Students who accept responsibility or are found responsible for violating the Standards of Conduct are generally assigned an administrative sanction and one or more educational or therapeutic provisions. Sanctions and provisions are designed to educate, foster development, encourage thoughtful decision making, and protect the University community. In determining appropriate sanctions and provisions, the University considers the nature of the violation including the impact on the community and its members, the institutional sanctioning guidelines, a student’s prior disciplinary history, and the individual student’s needs. This method of determining appropriate sanctions and provisions balances consistency with the Ignatian ideal of cura personalis, care of the whole person as a unique individual. To view a listing of University sanctions and provisions, click here.
9. For how long does the University report my disciplinary record to others? - In general, student
conduct records are maintained by the Office of Student Conduct for seven (7)
years from the date of graduation to ensure compliance with federal laws and
regulations. Information from these records will be shared, upon request, with
others who have a need to know, in a manner consistent with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act ("FERPA") for one year after graduation. Thereafter, information
from student conduct records will only be released when required by a lawful
judicial order or a subpoena from the courts.
Note that records of students who are suspended or expelled from the University will be permanently maintained in the Office of Student Conduct. Information from these records will be shared upon request, with others who have a need to know, in a manner consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
10. How do I pay my fine to the University, and what are they used for? - Fines are assigned most frequently for Student Code of Conduct violations involving alcohol or drugs. They are charged to a student's bursar account. Fine money is primarily used to support alcohol-free student programming.
11. How can I file a complaint regarding another student? - Any member of the University community may file a complaint against any student or student organization for misconduct. The complaint must be prepared in writing by the complainant and directed to the Office of Student Conduct. Alternatively, a student may file a complaint with University Police. University Police will investigate the complaint before referring it to the Office of Student Conduct.