Student Conduct and Community Standards

Student Conduct and Community Standards

Mission

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The Student Conduct and Community Standards Office assists students in their personal development by providing a fair conduct review process that issues consistent sanctions for behavior that is incongruent with the University's expectations for students. The Office addresses academic and non-academic behavior.

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Information about Code of Conduct Violations

Allegations

The Student Conduct and Community Standards Office receives incident reports from various departments within the University, including but not limited to the SMU Police Department, Residence Life & Student Housing, and individual complainants. Each incident report is reviewed to determine whether or not there is sufficient information to warrant an investigation and/or to proceed with the conduct review process.

Notification

If enough information exists to send a notice of alleged violation, the respondent is formally notified in writing (which is sent to the mailing address on file with the University Registrar - ACCESS.SMU) and through his/her SMU email account. The notice shall include the following information: the time, date, and place of the hearing and where further information concerning the incident may be obtained. Notice will be given to the student a minimum of four (4) calendar days (excluding school holidays) prior to the hearing.

Hearings

Conduct Hearings: All offenses are eligible for resolution through a conduct hearing. These hearings are held between a Conduct Officer and the respondent.

University Conduct Board: A Conduct Officer may assign a case to a University Conduct Board.

Case Heard In Absentia

If the student does not appear for his or her hearing, the hearing will be held in the student's absence. The Conduct Officer or the Conduct Board will review the available information to determine whether or not a violation occurred. If it is determined that a violation occurred, those reviewing the case will decide upon the sanctions that will be imposed. The student will then be notified of the decision via mail (which is sent to the mailing address on file with the University Registrar - ACCESS.SMU). The student is responsible for keeping this address current and complying with the assigned sanctions.

Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed in any combination or individually and in a manner that fosters a student's self-reflection, learning, and sense of commitment to his or her community: Conduct Reprimand; Disciplinary Probation; Deferred Suspension; Suspension; Expulsion; Fine; Restitution; Notification of Parents/National Organizations/Authorizing Body; Cancellation of Housing Contract; Disqualification from Holding Official Student Positions or Participating in University Activities; Disciplinary Violation (DV) Transcript Record; Suspension of Privileges; Educational Sanctions; Drug Testing; Referrals to Other Offices; and other sanctions.

Appeals

A respondent who has been found responsible shall have the right to request an appellate review. Such written request must be received in the Dean of Student Life Office no later than four (4) calendar days from the mailing of the written findings to the respondent's address of record or from the date the decision was given to the respondent in person. Grounds for appeal are as follows:

  1. Clearly erroneous findings of fact;
  2. Significant procedural irregularities that denied the respondent a fair hearing;
  3. Substantial new relevant evidence not available at the time of the hearing;
  4. Evidence presented at the hearing for finding of responsibility clearly insufficient to support the charge; and/or
  5. Sanction unreasonably harsh.

The University Conduct Council reviews all cases that are appealed.

This is not the official statement of the conduct review processes at SMU. For the most current information, refer to the online version of the SMU Student Handbook. It is every student's responsibility to read and be fully aware of all campus rules and procedures.

Further comments or questions regarding the conduct review process at Southern Methodist University should be directed to the Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards, 214-768-4563, or send an e-mail to conduct@smu.edu.