Student Conduct and Community Standards


Community Standards

The Role of Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards encourages responsible community conduct of all university students and their guests.  We strive to resolve allegations of misconduct under our student handbook, Daniel’s Dictionary, in a manner consistent with fairness and student development.  Our office acknowledges the importance of balancing the interests of a student’s academic, intellectual, and social development, while maintaining a vibrant and responsible community, as well as protecting the integrity of the institution and its values. We expect our communities to be respectful, open-minded, and safe environments for our students to thrive and these additional community standards help us reach this end. Our processes foster ethical standards, critical thinking, and responsible decision-making.


The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards enforces University policy for all residential and commuter students including College of Liberal Arts, Graduate, and Theological School students.  Through consistent application of the University’s conduct process, the office aims to develop and support responsible student behavior by:

  • Providing guidance to students through the conduct process
  • Addressing student behavior inconsistent with community standards with critical inquiry and diplomacy
  • Engaging students in a process that is prompt, fair, and meaningful
  • Issuing sanctions that promote adherence to policies, protect the University community, and encourage learning
  • Referring students to resources available to assist in managing the academic and social pressures of the college experience
  • Assisting students in moving forward to positive pursuits at the University through thoughtful evaluation of choices
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders invested in the success of students including other University staff members, faculty, and parents.

The University’s academic integrity policies are managed through each academic dean’s office.  Please refer to Daniel’s Dictionary to learn more about the policies at Drew University.

Guide to the Student Conduct Process

The information below is meant to provide a broad overview of the student conduct process. Please refer to Daniel’s Dictionary for a more comprehensive description of the process.The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is responsible for administering a fair, impartial process to address student misconduct. Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to the policies contained within the University’s student handbook, known as Daniel’s Dictionary.

When Student Conduct and Community Standards staff review reports of misconduct by students, a determination is made as to whether that behavior constitutes a potential violation of University policy. Staff will then begin the process by referring the case for appropriate action.

The purpose of any student conduct proceeding is for the conduct officer or board to discuss the allegations with the involved parties and evaluate all available information in order to determine if the accused student is “Responsible” or “Not Responsible” for violating University policy. In order to reach this finding, the conduct officer or Board will apply the “preponderance of the evidence” standard in deciding if a violation occurred. In other words, is it more likely than not that a policy was violated.

Students found “Responsible” for violations will be assigned sanctions, as appropriate to the underlying conduct, course of conduct, and overall student conduct history. Sanctions range from less stringent measures such as warnings to more severe penalties such as suspension or expulsion from the University. The purpose of sanctions is typically educational and rehabilitative, but some matters will necessitate sanctions that protect the Drew community.

The following link provides a visual model of the process, from the time an incident is reported to the completion of sanctions:

Understand Your Role in the Process

This information is provided as a resource for participants in the student conduct process.  Please refer to Daniel’s Dictionary for a more comprehensive description of the process.  If you have any concerns or questions about your role in the process, please direct them to the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Completing the Community Service Sanction

Community Service

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards seeks to actively engage and involve students in the student conduct process via community service. These sanctions allow students to repair harm to the community, positively impact campus departments, and give back to the Drew University community.  Another outcome is that the student is able to develop and foster a positive relationship with another part or individual of the campus community. When community service is assigned in an administrative meeting, students are notified through their Outcome Letter, which is delivered via email. The Outcome Letter will list the community service sanction and the due date. It is important that the requirements are completed within the given due date. Students are encouraged to contact their administrative meeting officer should he/she be unable to complete or turn in documentation for his/her assigned service within the deadline. Failure to complete the assigned community service may result in fines of $25 per missed hour of service, and may result in additional violations of policy, such as failure to comply. Once a student’s community service has been completed, he/she must submit proper documentation reflecting the successful completion of the assigned service. To provide proper documentation, students will:

  • Fill out the Community Service Form.
  • Receive a signature from the assigned supervisor upon completion of service.
  • Turn in the form to Joshua Phillips, the Coordinator of Student Conduct for Student Success in Ehinger Center rom 147, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 

These steps must be completed before the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards can verify the completion of the student’s community service in order for the student to be in compliance with assigned sanction(s).

Community service engages students with various campus offices and works to positively contribute to the Drew Community.  Some examples of prior community service include working with Facilities, Admissions, Sustainability, Campus Recreation, Residence Life, and Alcohol and Drug Awareness.

Frequently Asked Questions: Community Service