The University student conduct process is an internal administrative procedure that is not tantamount to a criminal or civil hearing and, as such, fundamentally differs in terms of purpose and procedures. Examples of such differences include:
- The standard of evidence utilized in decision-making is that of “preponderance”, whether it is more likely than not that the student is responsible for engaging in behavior that violates University policy.
- The University prefers to hear directly from the student involved in a matter and the procedures utilized by the administrator or panel reviewing the matter are intended to afford students that opportunity. Although a student cannot be compelled to participate, should a student decline the opportunity to be heard or to attend related conduct process meetings/proceedings, the University reserves the right to render a decision in that student’s absence.
- Attorneys are permitted to participate in the University student conduct process only in certain venues and in a limited capacity as an adviser.
- The student conduct process is intended to be both educational and adjudicative. Thus, the role of the student conduct administrator/panel is not only to determine the responsibility of the student for violating a University policy and to impose appropriate disciplinary interventions but also to encourage the student to consider the implications of his/her actions and decision-making and to take steps to develop the capacity to refrain from such behavior in the future.
- The administrator/panel may consider the totality of the evidence/information made available to him/her including statements that might be considered “hearsay” and/or evidence that might be construed as circumstantial in a civil or criminal proceeding.
Each student conduct venue at the University may conduct its proceedings in accordance with the established policies and procedures set forth by that particular administrative unit, school or division. Students involved in disciplinary proceedings are strongly advised to contact the appropriate administrative officer in the unit in which the proceeding is taking place to obtain a copy of the procedures being utilized in that venue.
Described below are the policies and procedures utilized by the Office of Community Standards, in the Division of Student Affairs, The Department of Residential Life and Housing Services, the Office of Student Activities, and certain Global Sites.
Residents who violate Housing administrative policies or Residence Hall or University student conduct policies will be subject to disciplinary action. Matters involving Housing administrative policy violations or minor residence hall student conduct policies are likely to be resolved at the residence hall level through the Residential Life student conduct procedures.
Cases involving allegations of serious violations or repeat offenses may be referred to the Office of Community Standards and will be resolved utilizing either the Residential Life student conduct procedures or the Office of Community Standards University Disciplinary Policies and Procedures.
Acting under the guidance of the Office of Community Standards, this office has authority to consider matters involving actions bystudent clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, thatviolate the terms of their recognition or University programming policies. Behavior by clubs or organizations, or theirindividual members, that compromises the academic or personal well-being of other members of the University community or which involves violations of University policy will be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Compliance. Learn more.
Each administrative office/unit at the University has the authority to address behavior that violates the policiesthat a student is obliged to follow with respect to his/her use of that particular office or service. For example, Coles Sports Center, Bobst Library, and Information Technology Services are examples of units/offices that may resolve complaints concerning astudent's non-adherence to the policies or procedures associated with the utilization of the services offered or administered by that respective office. Matters involving behavior that compromises the academic or personal well-being of students beyond the site orwhich involves violations of University policy that affect more than the site community may be referred to the Office of Community Standards and Compliance.
Each Academic School at New York University has jurisdiction over behavior which occurs within that School and affects the School community. Such matters may include questions of academic integrity as well as allegations of violations of other School or University policy. Please consult the handbook of the School to review its policies. Learn more.
The information presented on this page is intended to provide readers with a summary of the related University policies and procedures and should not be construed to serve as a substitute for the actual regulations. Readers are advised to consult the University Policies page to read the official NYU policies regarding the judicial process.
An overview of the various jurisdictions is as follows:
The University's formal disciplinary system is comprised of two primary jurisdictions under which an alleged policy violation may be considered. If a matter affects only one School, disciplinary action is carried out by the faculty and officers of that School. If a matter affects more than one school, then disciplinary action is carried out under the authority of the University Senate, through its designee the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
In addition to these two primary jurisdictions, if a matter involves a violation of the policies of a specific office/department which a student is obliged to follow with respect to his/her use of that particular office or service, and if the nature of the incident is relatively minor, then that office may take action as authorized, and in accordance with, its respective procedures. For example, the Residence Halls, Coles Sports Center, Bobst Library, and the Academic Computing Facility are examples of offices that may resolve complaints concerning behavior that relates to the student's use of the services offered or administered by that respective office. Questions regarding appropriate jurisdiction are referred to the University Office of Legal Counsel.