Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services

Jurisdiction - organizations

Student Clubs and Organizations enjoy rights and privileges associated with official recognition by the University.  They are also subject to disciplinary action for violation of these policies specific to Student Organizations:

  1. Student Organizations, as well as their members, may be held collectively and/or individually responsible for violations if the misconduct occurs: on University property; on premises used or controlled by the organization or its members; or at University, or student organization-sponsored activities.
  2. Student Organizations are encouraged to engage in the practice of effective self- governance.  Student members, organizational leaders, faculty/staff advisors, the University Student Organizations Office, Campus Recreation/Sport Clubs Programs, All University Hearing Board, Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services, and the Vice President for Student Affairs have a shared responsibility for upholding the Student Conduct Code. 
  3. The officers or leaders of a student organization may be held collectively and/or individually responsible when such violations are committed by persons associated with the organization who have received consent or encouragement from the organization’s officers or leaders or if those officers or leaders knew that such violations were being or would be committed.
  4. The officers or leaders of a student organization may be directed to take action designed to prevent or end such violations by the organization or by any persons associated with the organization. Failure to comply with a directive may be considered a violation of the Student Conduct Code, both by the officers or leaders of the organization and by the organization.
  5. Alleged infractions related to the Student Organization as an entity (broader responsibility than the isolated behavior of individual members) will be addressed by the All University Hearing Board.  Responsibilities and standards of Sport Clubs, Greek Organizations and other recognized Student Organizations may appear in their respective conduct codes or policies. 
  6. The appellate jurisdiction over Student Organization conduct hearings will be retained by the Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services or his/her designee. If the Director serves as the original Hearing Officer, the Vice President of Student Affairs shall appoint a three person committee to consider the appeal.  The committee shall then make recommendations to the Vice President of Student Affairs, who will make the final decision regarding the appeal.
  7. All cases may be reviewed by the Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services and ultimately the Vice President for Student Affairs.  In more serious cases or when pervasive patterns of problem behaviors exist, the University may take action concurrently with, instead of, or independently of the All University Hearing Board.
  8. Individual members of student organizations are responsible for their own behavior and are subject to the standards and responsibilities as defined in this policy.  The Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services may choose to initiate disciplinary action against any individual organization member as would be done in the case of any student.

Fraternities and sororities are private, independently chartered organizations that may also be officially recognized student organizations.

  1. Some chapters have members that reside in a housing facility located off University property. These facilities are neither owned nor operated by the University.  Fraternities and sororities are responsible to their Inter/National Organizations through their charter agreements and to the University through the University Relationship Agreement/Statement of Expectations and University recruitment, risk management, and alcohol policies that apply to recognized student organizations through this Student Conduct Code
  2. Fraternities and sororities are encouraged to engage in the practice of effective self-governance. Student members, chapter leadership, student governing councils (Interfraternity, Panhellenic, Multicultural Greek, and National Pan-Hellenic Councils), chapter advisors, University Office of Greek Life, Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Inter/National Organization Leadership have shared responsibility for upholding the Student Conduct Code and disciplinary rules affecting Greek Life.
  3. The Governing Councils have jurisdiction over all member chapters and colonies.  Alleged infractions related to the chapter as an entity (broader responsibility than the isolated behavior of individual members) will be addressed by the All University Hearing Board
  4. The All University Hearing Board will follow the general procedures for hearings, decisions, and sanctions as outlined in this policy and the Student Organization Conduct Board Procedures
  5. The decisions of this board may be reviewed by the Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services and ultimately the Vice President for Student Affairs.  In more serious cases or when pervasive patterns of problem behaviors exist, these University offices may take action concurrently with or independently of the All University Hearing Board
  6. Individual members of fraternities and sororities are responsible for their own behavior and are subject to the standards and responsibilities as defined in this policy.  The Director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services may choose to initiate disciplinary action against any individual fraternity or sorority member as would be done in the case of any student living off campus.

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