Student Conduct

The University is committed to maintaining high standards of behavior. The student conduct process supports the mission of the University and provides a framework within which the University's behavioral standards are applied and reviewed. Students assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution and suitable to members of the University community.

A full list of the student code of conduct violations begins on page 13 of the Student Handbook.

Student Conduct FAQ

What happens when I am documented for violating the student code of conduct in a residence hall?

If you are documented in a residence hall, a report is initiated and reviewed by the associate dean of students the following business day. The case is then assigned to a student conduct hearing officer. Student conduct hearing officers can be a professional staff member/administrator in the Office of Residence Life or an administrator in the Dean of Students Office.

What happens when I am documented for violating the student code of conduct off campus?

Students are held to behavioral standards both on and off campus. If you are documented for an off-campus incident by local or state police, the associate dean of students is notified the following business day. The case is then assigned to a student conduct hearing officer.

What is a procedural interview?

A procedural interview is an initial meeting to provide you, the responding student, with the opportunity to discuss the allegation(s). The hearing officer will clarify your rights and options, as well as describe a range of potential sanctions for the violation(s) in question. You will have the opportunity to accept responsibility or deny the charge(s) during the procedural interview as well as ask questions about the incident or University policies.

What happens if I accept responsibility for violating the student code of conduct?

If you accept responsibility, the hearing officer conducting the procedural interview will discuss and impose sanctions. You will leave the meeting knowing your sanction(s), and an outcome letter will be sent to your Salve Regina email address.

What happens if I deny responsibility for violating the student code of conduct?

If you deny responsibility, the hearing officer will refer you to either an administrative hearing or a student conduct board hearing. This decision is based on the severity of the potential outcome or the circumstances of the alleged violation.

What is the difference between an administrative hearing and a student conduct board hearing?

An administrative hearing is conducted by a single staff member, who is a member of the Residence Life or Dean of Students staff. A student conduct board hearing is composed of a board of your peers: Five students and the hearing chair.

What are my possible sanctions?

Sanctions range from warnings, fines and/or educational and developmental sanctions to suspension and expulsion. A full list of potential sanctions begins on page 20 of the Student Handbook.

What happens if I do not complete my sanctions?

If you are assigned a sanction (such as an educational reflective essay) and do not complete it, you may be charged with failure to comply with requests from University officials, and additional sanctions may be imposed.

Will my parents/guardians find out if I violate the student code of conduct?

The University does notify parents/guardians of students under age 21 regarding alcohol and/or drug violations. A copy of the outcome letter you receive as a student is also mailed home. Depending on the severity of the incident, a phone call may also be made.

Can I appeal a student conduct hearing outcome?

The dean of students reviews all requests to appeal, and an appeal must be based on either a procedural error or new information. The full appeals procedure begins on page 22 of the Student Handbook.