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FAQs for Students

  1. Will my parents be notified?
  2. Are parents or attorneys permitted to attend the hearing?
  3. I was put on Conduct Probation, what does that mean?
  4. What if I do not complete an assigned sanction?
  5. Will disciplinary sanctions be recorded on my academic transcript?
  6. I need a lawyer, where do I go?
  7. My court case was thrown out, why am I still being referred?
  8. I was involved with an off campus incident, so why am I being referred?
  9. I would like to refer someone and/or a situation to the student conduct system, what should I do?
  10. I am having a problem with my roommate, what should I do?
  11. How can I get involved?
  12. What violations are likely to result in a suspension or dismissal?


Question: Will my parents be notified?
Answer: The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (F.E.R.P.A.) prevents us from disclosing information regarding student conduct charges to parents unless the charge is related to alcohol or drugs.  The College at Brockport notifies parents when a student:

  • Is under 21 and found responsible for an alcohol or drug violation, on or off campus;
  • Is considered a threat to self and/or others;
  • Is transported to the hospital

Question: Are parents or attorneys permitted to attend the hearing?
Answer: Students may choose an advisor to support and guide them through the student conduct process, including any preliminary meetings and Administrative or a Conduct Board Hearing. Students have the right to an advisor of their choosing. An advisor or attorney may speak privately with their advisee during the student conduct proceedings. Advisors or attorneys may act as a consultant for the student, but may not speak on behalf of the student. Students are responsible for presenting their perspective while participating in a meeting or hearing.  While parents and others may assist the student in preparing their presentation, only the student may present the information. Under the discretion of the student conduct officer, other parties, including advisors, may be excluded from participating in any part of the process, especially if the advisor is being disruptive.

Question: I was put on Conduct Probation, what does that mean?
Answer:Conduct probation is a specific period of time in which a student has to complete sanctions and demonstrate the ability to be a responsible member of the community. Any additional violations of the Code of Student Conduct or the conditions of probation committed during the probationary period may result in further disciplinary action.

Question: What if I do not complete an assigned sanction?
Answer:Failure to complete an assigned conduct sanction will result in a judicial hold being placed on your student account. This hold may prevent you from registering for classes, changing your classes, or requesting your transcripts. The hold will remain in place until all conduct sanctions are completed.  Remember that sanctions are placed as a result of your violation of the Code of Student Conduct, and are designed to educate you about the expectations and norms of the campus community.

Question: Will disciplinary sanctions be recorded on my academic transcript?
Answer: The only sanctions that appear on transcripts are suspensions and dismissals. The notation for suspensions is “Suspension after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation” with the period of suspension specified on the transcript. The notation for dismissals is “Dismissal after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation”. Disciplinary probation, educational sanctions and other outcomes do not appear. In some situations where a student withdraws from the college with pending student conduct charges, a notation of “Withdrew with conduct charges pending” may be placed on your transcript.

Question: I need a lawyer, where do I go?
Answer: The Brockport Student Government retains a lawyer who is available for consultation to all students. Go to the BSG office is the Student Union for additional information. 

Question: My court case was thrown out, why am I still being referred?
Answer: Criminal proceedings are completely separate from the Student Conduct process. Cases are resolved with the College conduct system independent of the outcome of the criminal hearing. 

Question: I was involved with an off campus incident, so why am I being referred?
Answer: The College promotes a sense of community not only on campus but off campus as well. The College at Brockport expects all students to represent themselves, the college and good judgment wherever they may live. Therefore, all incidents which become known to the college and occur off campus may be adjudicated through the student conduct system.

Question: I would like to refer someone and/or a situation to the student conduct system, what should I do?
Answer: The Student Conduct website has an Incident Report Form and you may complete the form online and submit to the Assistant Director of Student Conduct. You may also report an incident by coming directly to the Student Conduct office located in Thompson Hall, Residential Life/Learning Communities Department. If you live on campus you may also report an incident to your Resident Assistant and/or Resident Director.

Question: I am having a problem with my roommate, what should I do?
Answer: The first thing you should do is discuss your concerns with your roommate. If you are still having difficulties and the situation is not resolved to mutual satisfaction, you can discuss the matter with your Resident Assistant and/or your Resident Director who will provide support and discuss options for resolving the concerns.

Question: How can I get involved?
Answer: We recruit students annually to be trained and to serve as a member of the Conduct Board. The role of a Conduct Board member is to adjudicate serious incidents and make a determination on a case through a Formal Conduct Board Hearing.  We are also always looking for on and off campus community service sites so if you know of one, let us know and we will reach out!

Question: What violations are likely to result in a suspension or dismissal?
Answer:

  • sexual misconduct
  • possession and/or use of weapons (including firearms, guns, air rifles and paint guns, throwing stars, nunchucks, etc.)
  • falsely pulling a fire alarm
  • setting a fire
  • theft
  • drug sales
  • physical assault
  • provision of alcohol to minors with injury or endangerment resulting from the use of the alcohol
  • hazing
  • stalking
  • any repeated pattern of violations

 

CONTACT US
Campus Location: Thompson Hall - West Wing
Phone Number: 585-395-2122 or 585-395-2108
Fax Number: 585-395-2732
Email: studentconduct@brockport.edu