Frequently Asked Questions
Students have the responsibility to follow the University’s Standard of Conduct at all times. Behavior that violates this standard can be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students for further investigation and possible disciplinary actions. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about non-academic student conduct and the process. If you have additional questions regarding student conduct, you may contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (573) 341-4209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Standard of Conduct defines the minimal set of behavioral expectations for students and student organizations. As a Missouri S&T student, you are expected to follow guidelines for behavior that adheres to campus community standards. The Standard of Conduct applies to both individual students and recognized students organizations (RSOs). The guidelines have been established to protect a specialized environment conducive to learning and ensure a safe campus community of high achieving scholars that follow and model the university’s mission and expectations.
A person having once been admitted to the university who has not completed a course of study and who is taking or planning to take courses toward through one of the University of Missouri campuses. Student status continues during academic breaks.
Student Conduct violations are defined as any behavior or practice that violates the current Standard of Conduct. This includes disruptive behavior or action that impacts University operations or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other university activities, and/or other authorized non-university activities that occur on and off campus or university-owned property
It most likely means that the Office of the Dean of Students received a report that you may have been involved, or have information regarding a potenital conduct violation. This is your opportunity to meet with the Office of the Dean of Students to share your perspective. Follow the instructions in the email to confirm a meeting time. If a follow-up meeting is necessary, you will be notified via your Univeristy email by a represenative from the Office of the Dean of Students.
The Office of the Dean of Students prefers to discuss the incident with you in person and involve you in the process, but the decision is up to you. The meeting time established is your opportunity to share your perspective/information about the alleged violation(s). If you choose not to attend, a decision regarding your responsibility or involvement will be made based on the information available using a preponderance of the evidence standard, meaning more likely than not. You will receive a letter to your university email address outlining the decision. If you are found responsible for violating the Standard of Conduct, you will be offered an informal disposition that includes any sanctions via your university email address. You will be afforded a specific timeframe in which to accept the informal disposition or reject, thus invoking your rights to a formal hearing
You are strongly encouraged to review the University of Missouri Standard of Conduct, and the Rules & Procedures in Student Conduct Matters.
University of Missouri Standard of Conduct
Rules & Procedures in Student Conduct Matters
- A student is welcome to invite an advisor (parent, staff/faculty advisor, or attorney) to attend the conduct meeting with them.
- The student must complete a release form allowing the advisor to be present for the discussion.
- The student is welcome to seek advice from their advisor during the informal meeting at any time.
- The meeting is between the University and the student. The advisor may not respond on the student’s behalf. A student may choose not to make any statements on advice of their advisor but should be aware that the University will need to make a determination based on a preponderance standard given the information available.
- Advisors may converse with the student at any time.
It is not necessary for a student to have an attorney present during meetings with a Primary Administrative Officer Designee, but an attorney may attend conduct meetings with the expressed permission of the student and follow the same guidelines as an advisor.
The university may take appropriate action when the behavior and/or actions of any Missouri S&T student or recognized student organization presents a need to protect the physical safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors or if there are effects of the conduct that interfere with or limit students' ability to participate in or benefit from the University's educational programs and activities. The university also has jurisdiction when students are traveling for study abroad or university approved travel (i.e. field trips, athletic team travel, design team travel, alternative spring break travel) and during university-sponsored or university-supervised functions.
The informal process is a one-on-one educational administrative review process for the student or recognized student organization (RSO). If a student or RSO is found to have violated the Standard of Conduct, the student or RSO is not admitting guilt, but agreeing to complete the sanctions proposed by the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) outlined in an Informal Disposition.
A formal hearing process occurs when the student or RSO rejects an informal disposition or when the Primary Administrator refers a case directly to the formal process. Alleged violations are decided by the Student Conduct Committee. The Student Conduct Committee makes a determination of findings.
The Student Conduct Committee is the body which is authorized to conduct formal hearings and to determine dispositions under the student conduct procedures.
The Student Conduct Committee is appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and has the authority to impose appropriate sanctions upon any accused student(s) or recognized student organization appearing before it.
The student conduct process utilizes the preponderance of the evidence standard in determining whether or not a violation of the Standard of Conduct has occurred. This standard means more likely than not, or 51% or greater. Unlike criminal charges that rely on the standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Sanctions range from a warning, a discretionary educational sanction, or a separation from the university including expulsion. You can find a list of sanctions within the Rules of Procedures in Student or Student Organization Conduct Matters here. Sanctions are determined by considering the nature of the violation, the student’s or student organization’s role in the incident, the impact the incident had on others, the student’s developmental and educational needs, and the student’s prior disciplinary record. Mitigating and aggravating circumstances are considered.
If you fail to complete the sanctions outlined in the informal disposition within the required timeframe, the Office of the Dean of Students may place an administrative hold on your student account until all issued sanctions are complete and/or review the matter for possible violation of the failure to comply standard.
If you have an administrative hold on your student account, it could be related to not completing an issued sanction. Once all sanctions have been completed, the hold will be removed from the account.
Consistent with the University of Missouri Student Records Policy, 180.025 “Parental Notification of Alcohol and Controlled Substances Violations,” parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may be notified by the University only if:
(a) If the student is under 21 years of age at the time of disclosure; and
(b) When the student has been determined under the Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters, §200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri to have violated the student conduct code concerning alcohol or controlled substances on campus including operating a vehicle on University property, or on streets or roadways adjacent to and abutting a campus, under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance as prohibited by law of the state of Missouri as stated in §200.010 B.8; and
(c) The violation is an initial severe, second or a subsequent violation of the student conduct code concerning alcohol or controlled substances. An initial severe offense is one that, in the opinion and discretion of the individual designated under paragraph 3 below, endangers self, or others, or that may result in the potential loss of campus housing privileges, or have an impact on student status.
(d) The University reserves the right not to notify parent(s) or legal guardian(s) even though the above conditions are satisfied, upon the written recommendation of a health care provider who determines that such notification would not be in the best interest of the student and would be detrimental to the student's health, safety or welfare. Married students and students who demonstrate that they are financially independent of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), are exempt from notification conditions above.
You will be given a period of 48 hours to notify your parent(s) or legal guardian(s), after the determination to notify your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) concerning the violation prior to the University issuing a notification. Also, while the University may notify parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that a violation has occurred, it will not discuss the violation with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) without the student's written consent.
Sanctions are issued when a student or recognized student organization is found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code. More than one sanction may be issued for any single violation. Sanctions include but are not limited to: warning, loss of privileges, restitution, discretionary sanctions, university housing suspension, university dismissal, university suspension, and university expulsion.
No. Transcripts only track academic progress. Student disciplinary records are maintained separately, and are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Student Conduct records are maintained in the Office of the Dean of Students for seven years after the resulting action is complete. Suspension, dismissal, and expulsion records are maintained indefinitely. Additionally, if you are suspended or dismissed from the University, it will be noted on your student account until the separation has expired and any conditions for return are satisfied.
Your disciplinary records may be requested by other institutions when you transfer or apply to graduate school. In these situations, we will only release your conduct records with a signed release from you.
The Office of the Dean of Students facilitates release of information for background or reference checks in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If an employer requests your records, you must complete an authorization waiver before your information can be released to them. Depending on the nature of the reference check, disciplinary history records could have a negative effect on the outcome. The staff in Career Opportunities and Employer Relations can be consulted to help you navigate that conversation.