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Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) administers the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct, which outlines the rights and responsibilities of the student body at Southeast.  The OSC collaborates with a number of offices within the division of Enrollment Management & Student Success as well as the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Athletics, academic departments, and other campus units to support students in their educational efforts.  Along with adjudicating student cases, the OSC provides information related to student conduct and campus civility to students, student groups, athletic teams and faculty/staff through various outreach efforts.  Also, the OSC offers students the opportunity to Mediate certain student conflicts and incidents rather than adjudicating the case through the judicial process.

The mission of the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is to promote concepts of fairness and due process in judicial settings throughout the University community, while striking a balance between community standards and individual behavior through the educational development of students.

Applications now being accepted for the Spring 2021 semester - DUE FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2021, BY 5:00 P.M.

A panel of peer students who hear cases and determine outcomes, including sanctions, of alleged violations of the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct, as authorized by the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Conduct. The Board is a branch of Student Government and its members are trained by the OSC. All University Judicial Board (AUJB) members serve an extremely important leadership role for the University and they understand the importance of confidentiality related to all judicial matters.

We are specifically looking for applicants who are educationally oriented, honest, and fair-minded. Students who become involved in the judicial process through an alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct can decide to have their hearing in front of their peers on the AUJB. The Board then hears the case and assigns sanctions if necessary. The only appeal beyond the AUJB is the Dean of Students. Please note that students cannot serve on the AUJB and in another position with Student Government at the same time. Students who have had a past disciplinary issue are allowed to serve on the AUJB as long as they are "in good standing" (not on Probation). The link to the application is below.

Certain incidents and/or disagreements can be resolved through the process of mediation. Merriam-Webster Online defines mediation as an intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise. When deemed appropriate by the Office of Student Conduct, a case may be assigned to a University staff member who is specially trained to attempt to resolve the matter using mediation. All persons directly impacted by the case must agree to participate in the process. If a mediated agreement is reached by the parties involved, the case is considered to be resolved and the expectation is that all parties will meet their specified responsibilities. If the mediation process fails, the case will be referred back to the Assistant Dean of Students for adjudication.*

**Information adapted from the Office of Student Conduct Resolution at the University of Michigan.

Academic honesty is one of the most important qualities influencing the character and vitality of an educational institution. Academic misconduct or dishonesty is inconsistent with membership in an academic community and cannot be accepted. Violations of academic honesty represent a serious breach of discipline and may be considered grounds for disciplinary action, up t and including dismissal from the University. For additional information, please see the links below and the Statement of Student Rights and Code of Student Conduct. The University policy for handling cases involving academic honesty are explained in the Faculty Handbook. Please see the link below.

The definition of "Consent" related to sexual contact has been updated in the Sexual Assault Guidelines to read as follows:

  • Consent is an affirmative decision to engage in mutually acceptable sexual activity given by clear actions or words.
  • Students should understand that consent may not be inferred from silence, passivity, or lack of active resistance alone. Furthermore, a current or previous dating or sexual relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent, and consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
  • Conduct will be considered “without consent” if no clear consent, verbal or nonverbal, is given. The perspective of a reasonable person will be the basis for determining whether an accused student knew, or reasonably should have known, whether consent was given. However, being intoxicated or incapacitated does not diminish one’s responsibility to obtain consent and will not be an excuse for sexual misconduct.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact our office. To read the full version of the Sexual Assault Guidelines, please click on the link to the left.

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