Our mission is to promote the developing character, conscience,
citizenship, civility, and individual and social responsibility of our
community at Seattle University (SU). We are responsible for managing the student judicial process,
educational programs, and campaigns to promote reflection on ethics and to
foster integrity development.
A student who has allegedly violated a policy or policies
found in the Student Code of Conduct will be notified and invited to a student
conduct hearing. The hearing is an opportunity for the student to appear and
communicate on her/his own behalf and respond to the alleged violations.
The Seattle University Integrity Board (I-Board)
provides opportunities for leadership and service in addition to developing life-long skills in facilitating
and resolving conflicts, as well as promoting civility and citizenship
within the University community. During student conduct hearings, I-Board is
responsible for: determining the facts in alleged violations, deciding whether
facts constitute a violation of the Code of Conduct or other applicable rules
and regulations, recommending a reasonable sanction if a violation is found,
and have the opportunity to develop programming. If you would like more information, please click here for details.
If a student fails to attend, the hearing will continue in
her/his absence and a decision on sanctions will be made.
Appointments cannot be rescheduled except for extreme
circumstances, in which a doctor's note or some type of documentation should be
Students participating in a hearing have the right to
Sanctions are meant to be educational in nature for the certain. When determining sanctions, the hearing officer and/or board chair consider the nature of the incident and previous violations if applicable. Sanctions can include but are not limited to: essays, letter of apology, community service, restitution, alcohol and drug education, and meeting with faculty and staff at Seattle University.
Only a member of the university community may serve as an
advisor to the student during a hearing.
In cases involving alcohol and/or drugs, parents/guardians
are notified that their student has violated alcohol and/or drug policy at Seattle University.
The Student Code of Conduct applies as long as the student
is a member of Seattle
University. Students are
responsible for their behavior off-campus, and will participate in the judicial
process if found violating policy outside of Seattle University.
A Student Conduct hearing begins with the Conduct Officer
notifying the student of her/his rights in the judicial process, and follows
with a conversation about the alleged violations. The student will have the
opportunity to give her/his perspective about the incident in question and the
conduct officer may ask any clarifying questions. A notification of the conduct
officer's decision will be sent via email to the student within a week after
After a decision has been made in the conduct hearing and
the Respondent receives the decision letter, the respondent or in cases of
assault, the alleged student victim, may file an appeal by 4:30 PM on the third
(3) business day following receipt of the decision from the hearing. The
request should be submitted by email to the Dean of Students/designee.
Basis for Appeal: Appeals are not re-hearings, and they are
not granted based on disagreement with the original decision. An appeal must
meet one of the following to be granted:
All educational records, including judicial files, are kept by the Dean of Students and Seattle University. These records are cumulative and will be kept forever.
Student who do not complete assigned sanctions, or do not
complete assigned sanctions before the given deadlines will be in further
violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in additional
sanctions and/or fines.
Students who have gone through the university judicial
process will have a judicial record at Seattle University. Certain companies, government
organizations, and graduate or professional schools may ask for background
checks on students. Therefore, depending on the intended access of those records, they can or can not have an affect on graduate/law school acceptance or employment prospect.
Attorneys do not and will not have any involvement with any conduct hearings held at Seattle University.
Students should read over their conduct hearing notification
letter and any other supplemental documents sent on behalf of the university. The incident report associated with the case will be made available upon request by email after receiving the notification letter. Additionally, students should be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct
prior to their hearing.
If a student has personal knowledge about a reported
incident, he/she may appear as a witness. During a hearing, witnesses will be
present only during the time they are providing statements and being
questioned. Please contact the conduct officer in charge of the particular
hearing to arrange participation in the judicial process.
Attorneys have no involvement in the judicial process at Seattle University.
Attorneys cannot be present at the student's conduct
FERPA protects the privacy of all students' education
records, which are defined as any records which are directly related to a
student and are maintained by an educational agency or institution.
Only an advisor or witness in the incident (who must be a member of the University
community) can be at the student's hearing.
Advisors may not actively participate in the hearing, but
may consult with the student during the hearing. The advisor is not permitted
to present information on behalf of a student. Additionally, the advisor may
not function as a legal counsel to the conduct process.