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Student Community Standards

Student Standards


Academic communities exist to facilitate the process of acquiring and exchanging knowledge and understanding, to enhance the personal and intellectual development of its members, and to advance the interests of society. In order to realize these goals, community members must be free from the threat of personal injury or harm; bias or harassment; intimidation or coercion; the threat of damage or loss of their property; the disruption of community educational and social activities; unreasonable interference with the exchange of concepts and ideas; and unreasonable interference with the administrative and supporting services offered by the University.  The function of the Office of Community Standards and Compliance is to support the educational mission of the University by addressing and resolving situations in which the behavioral choices of students are negatively impacting others in the community, as well as themselves, and through efforts to educate those students on the rights and responsibilities of community membership so that they might refrain from such problematic conduct in the future.

Core Functions:

The Office of Community Standards and Compliance, within the Division of Student Affairs has five core functions at New York University: General Student Conduct, Student Sexual Misconduct, Student Grievance Procedure, Compliance, and Student Conduct Records.

The office has jurisdiction over matters involving alleged violations of the University Rules of Student Conduct and related University policies.  The office also oversees the management of violations of Residence Hall policies by coordinating the resolution of cases at the residence hall level or by directly adjudicating cases in the Office of Community Standards (utilizing Department of Residence Life and Housing Services procedures) as the circumstances warrant.  The Office also oversees the management of allegations of violative behavior by recognized student groups by coordinating the management of such cases through the Office of Student Activities or by directly adjudicating cases in the Office of Community Standards as the circumstances warrant.  Finally, the Office serves in a consulting and advisory capacity to other units of the University to support their conduct related responsibilities and by maintaining a central repository of student conduct records.

Should it be determined that disciplinary action against an alleged student perpetrator is necessary/appropriate, the Office of Community Standards may take such action. Learn more.

The Office of Community Standards has responsibility for overseeing (through the University Judicial Board) the final appeal phase of the Student Grievance Procedure which affords students a venue to address complaints that an administrator/office has failed to follow the established policies and procedures in a matter involving that student. Learn More.

Student conduct records may be kept for a minimum period of time or permanently, depending upon the nature of the disciplinary action in which the student was involved.  Students are strongly encouraged to consult the University Records policy for information concerning the retention of disciplinary records and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for information concerning the manner in which student records are protected with respect to disclosure.

Community Standards and Compliance Administrators


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Thomas W. Grace - B.A., M.S., Ed.S., D.Ed.
Director of Community Standards and Compliance
726 Broadway, Room 768
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-4403

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Adam Fertmann - B.S., M.A.
Associate Director of Community Standards and Compliance
726 Broadway, Room 769
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-4887

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Jill L. Creighton - B.A., Ed.M
Assistant Director, Global Community Standards
726 Broadway, Room 770
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-4430

Colleen M. Maeder - B. A., M.S.
Community Standards Administrator
726 Broadway, Room 728
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-4032

Graduate Assistant Office
726 Broadway, Room 727
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-4312



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