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Student Conduct, Process, and Procedures

General:

The Office of Community Standards and Compliance, within the Division of Student Affairs, is one of several disciplinary venues within the University.  The Office of Community Standards manages the University Student Conduct Process through which alleged violations of University (Senate) policies are reviewed.  The office also oversees the administration of conduct actions in several related venues.

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.  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.

Disposition of Complaints Filed with the Office of Community Standards:

A staff member in the Office of Community Standards will review a complaint, report and other materials submitted to that office.  Based upon the preliminary review, the Office of Community Standards, in consultation with the appropriate University offices, may make the determination to dispose of the matter as follows:

1. Dismissal: The matter may be dismissed if the facts alleged in the complaint, even if they are true, do not constitute a violation of a University policy or a policy of the academic or administrative unit in which the matter arose.  

2. Non-Judicial Intervention:  The matter may be resolved through a non-judicial intervention (e.g mediation, educational interventions, administrative actions) if, at the discretion of the University, such a course of action is deemed to be an appropriate manner in which to address the matter.

3. Referral To Alternate University Venue: The matter may be referred to a University office or process (e.g. an academic college/school, Study Away site, office, etc) that is deemed to be the more appropriate venue through which to address the matter.

4. Assignment to Venues/Processes Overseen by the Office of Community Standards:

a. Assignment to Office of Community Standards (University) Student Conduct Process: Matters involving alleged violations of University policies are managed through the University Student Conduct Process which is overseen by the Office of Community Standards.

b. Residential Life Student Conduct Process: Matters involving alleged violations of Residential Life policies are managed through the Residential Life Student Conduct Process which is overseen by the Office of Community Standards.

c. Non-Matriculated Summer Resident Process:  Matters involving alleged violations of the summer housing license agreement by residents who are not matriculated students at the University are managed by Residential Life and Housing Services through a review by a departmental/building administrator who has the authority to render a final decision.  Such cases/individuals are not subject to, or afforded the same rights and responsibilities of, the Residential Life Student Conduct Process.

d.  Assignment to the Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service (CSALS). Matters involving alleged violations of terms of recognition by recognized student organizations are managed through the CSALS Group Conduct Process which is overseen by the Office of Community Standards.

e.  Assignment to a Study Away Site: Matters involving alleged violations of University policies by students at one of the University’s Study Away Sites are managed through the Study Away Site Student Conduct Process.

f. Complaints of alleged sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and/or sexual harassment) which arise at the University, including at the Study Away Sites, are addressed by the Office of Community Standards as one component of the process for Reporting, Investigating, and Resolving Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Complaints Against Students.

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.   

Information about the above-noted  policies and procedures utilized by the Office of Community Standards, the Department of Residential Life and Housing Services, the Office of Student Activities, and Study Away Sites is available below:

I. THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY STANDARDS: UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINARY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Matters involving alleged violations of the University Rules of Conduct and Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order that fall under Senate jurisdiction are addressed through the   University Student Conduct Process

Matters involving alleged violations of the University Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking are addressed through the Process for Reporting, Investigating, and Resolving Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Complaints Against Students

II. OFFICE OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE AND HOUSING SERVICES: ADMINISTRATIVE AND STUDENT CONDUCT, POLICIES, AND PROCEDURES

Depending upon the nature of the alleged policy violation and the disciplinary record of the student, the review of alleged violations of Residential Life policies will be adjudicated through the Residential Life Student Conduct Process in one of the following ways:

A. If the alleged behavior caused significant disruption to the residential community or seriously compromised the safety or well-being of members of the residential community and/or if the disciplinary record of the student alleged to have engaged in the violative behavior places that student at risk for a sanction of dismissal from University Housing, the matter may be managed by an administrator in the Office of Community Standards.

B. If the alleged behavior caused significant disruption to the residential community or if the disciplinary record of the student alleged to have engaged in the violative behavior places that student at risk for a sanction of suspension or deferred suspension from University Housing, the matter may be managed by a senior administrator in the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services. In such cases, the matter will be addressed utilizing the Residential Life Student Conduct Process.

C. Other matters will be managed by an administrator in the residence hall in which the incident occurred or in which the students involved in the incident reside.

D.  If the matter involves alleged violations of University policies as well as Residential Life policies, the matter may be referred directly to the Office of Community Standards and may be managed through the University Student Conduct Process.

The Residential Life Student Conduct Policies, Process, and Procedures are described in detail on the following webpage:  Residential Life student conduct procedures.

III. THE CENTER FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE: CLUB AND ORGANIZATION CONDUCT, POLICIES, AND PROCEDURES (CSALS)

Acting under the guidance of the Office of Community Standards, this office has authority to consider matters involving actions by student 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.   Depending upon the nature of the alleged violation, matters involving allegations of policy violations by a recognized student organization at the University will be addressed as follows:

A.  If the alleged violation is of a University policy, the alleged actions of the group may be reviewed by the Office of Community Standards through the University Student Conduct Process and Procedures.

B. If the alleged violation is of a CSALS standard for recognition as a University Student Organization, for student group activities, or a standard of behavior adopted by the student groups themselves (eg. the Pillars of the Greek Community), the alleged actions of the group will be reviewed through the CSALS Student Group Conduct Process in consultation with the Office of Community Standards.

More information is available at:  CSALS

IV. ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS AND UNITS

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.

V. ACADEMIC SCHOOLS:

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.

VI. STUDENT DISCIPLINARY PROCESS FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED AT NYU's STUDY AWAY SITES/CAMPUSES:

General matters involving alleged violations of University policies by students at one of the University’s Study Away Sites are managed through the Study Away Site Student Conduct Process.  Matters arising in New York involving students whose home campus is NYU-Abu Dhabi or NYU-Shanghai may be referred to Site Administrators or Global Program Administrators as the circumstances warrant.  Information about the Study Away Site student conduct process is available at:  The Study Away Site/Campus Student Conduct Process And Procedures.

Note:  Complaints of alleged sexual misconduct (e.g. sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and/or sexual harassment) which arise at the University, including at the Study Away Sites, are addressed through the process for Reporting, Investigating, and Resolving Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Complaints Against Students


Disciplinary Jurisdictions:

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.

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