The Student Conduct Process

 

Know Your Rights

  • You can view the report before your hearing
    • To do so, email the Coordinator of Student Engagement (CSE) to set up an appointment for your conduct conference
  • You can have an adviser to help you through the process
  • You can appeal the decision of your hearing agent if
    • You did not receive a fair hearing
    • You have new evidence to present that may change the outcome of the hearing
    • Please read the Appeal Process for more information
  • For more information, please read Rights & Responsibilities of Students Subject to Disciplinary Hearings

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Conduct Process?

The Conduct Process usually begins after the CSE receives a report that you might have been involved with. The Conduct process is then used to assess what happened, hear your perspective, and determine if College policy was violated.

I just got a Notice of Allegations Letter, what do I do?

Read it! The letter will tell you to meet with the CSE, their email address to contact them at, and the date you need to contact them by to set up a conduct conference.

What does an allegation mean?

Being alleged with a policy violation means that with the information the CSE received, it’s possible a policy violation(s) occurred. It is not an assumption of responsibility, and just because you are charged with a policy violation(s) doesn’t mean you will be held accountable for it.  If you have a question about specific policies, you can look up each policy in Section II of the Student Handbook.

What is a Conduct Conference?

Conduct Conferences are a time where you and the CSE meet to discuss the conduct process, go over your rights throughout the process, review the incident you were involved in, and inform you of your choices within the conduct process. For more information, please read the Conduct Conference page of the Student Handbook.

I received my Conference Summary Letter, what do I do now?

Nothing in this letter should be a surprise to you because it will cover everything discussed in the conduct conference.  This letter is mostly a reminder to keep you on track throughout the process so just follow the instructions!

What is a hearing?

Hearings are a time where you and your hearing agent meet to discuss the report. The CSE knows how important it is to hear your side of a situation and this is the time to do it. Being honest about what happened will help you in the long run.

What is Alternative Resolutions?

The Conflict Resolution Process works within the Conduct Process and provides you with an opportunity to discuss instances of disagreement or harm with another party and develop your own plan to address the incident. This option may not be available in all cases, depending on the nature of the alleged violation, availability of facilitators, and other factors.  The CSE will tell you if this option is available during your conduct conference.  Please read Alternative Resolutions, for more information.

I received my Outcome Letter, now what?

Follow the instructions! If you were given any sanctions make sure you complete all the required tasks by the deadline that is noted in the letter. If you have multiple sanctions you may have multiple deadlines so be mindful!

What is a sanction?

Sanctions are any tasks or directions given to you after the outcome of your hearing has been determined. Often times, the sanctions issued to you will help you process or learn from the events.

Have a question that’s not on here?

Email Maddy Adolf, the Coordinator of Student Engagement, and she will be more than happy help! StudentConduct@alma.edu

Last Updated 8/3/2018