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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
The purpose of a community service sanction is three-fold. Community service allows students to:
In an effort to meet educational outcomes, students need to complete their service in a timely manner. This will ensure that the student has the opportunity to reflect on previous incidents and repair any harm that could have occurred as a result of the incident.
Students should do their best to complete all of their hours on time. However, if a student cannot fulfill their hours by the deadline, they should contact Joshua Phillips, Coordinator of Student Conduct for Student Success at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-408-3076 prior to the date. Decisions to grant extensions are based on the circumstances of each student’s situation. It is important to anticipate an extension as early as possible.
Once the student conduct process concludes, a student cannot decide whether or not to complete the sanction as described. This includes community service hours. If a student does not believe that they can or will be completing community service hours, the student should contact the Administrative Meeting officer as soon as possible to speak with them.
Sanctions are specifically tailored to each student and incident so that specific educational goals and outcomes are attained. It is imperative to the student’s growth and learning that they complete the specific assigned sanction. If a student does not complete their assigned sanction, the sanction will still be seen as incomplete.
Failure to complete community service hours will more than likely result in a fine of $25 per hour assigned and may result in another policy violation, such as “Failure to Comply with the Directive of a University Official.” Failure to complete student conduct sanctions can result in a probation period or affect a student’s on-campus housing or status as a student. It is important for a student to contact their Administrative Meeting Officer if the student believes that the hours will not be completed before the due date.
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