Recent Code Updates

Updates to the Code for 2019-2020 – August 1, 2019

The Code of Student Conduct is updated from time-to-time to ensure its alignment with best practices as well as legal and regulatory requirements. Substantial revisions were made to the Code of Student Conduct for 2019-2020. These revisions were based on a comprehensive two-year review process that began in March 2017, and involved a university-wide Code of Student Conduct Review Committee comprised of faculty, staff, undergraduate, graduate, and law students.

Summary of Revisions

  • Streamlined the Code. The updated version of the Code is more concise (about half as many pages as the prior version). This was done by including fewer standards of conduct with broader applicability, by referencing certain university policies to their web presence, and condensing repetitive and/or redundant language.
  • Increased transparency and engagement. We created a regular, annual review process for the Code and included a campus-wide committee to assist in revisions. Students will be notified by email when substantive changes are made to the Code.
  • Updated the Redhawk Commitment. The Office of the Dean of Students formed a separate committee of students to revise the Redhawk Commitment, which has been incorporated into the Code.
  • Used inclusive and accessible language and added a definitions section. We clarified the Code by adding a definitions section to define key terms that are used throughout the document. We also updated the Code to use inclusive and accessible language for our student population(s).
  • Provided more information to prepare students for the Integrity Formation process. We have been developing and updating the Integrity Formation website to include information about navigating the Integrity Formation process.
  • Strengthened appeals process. The timeline for appeals has increased to five business days following a decision.
  • Updated the list of potential sanctions and clarified who determines sanctions. Similar to the policies section, we removed redundant and/or repetitive language, as well as added descriptions and clarification of existing sanctions.
  • Inspection of student conduct records. We added a section to describe how students can request access to and inspection of their student conduct records.

Updates to the Code for 2018-19 - March 29, 2019

Minor revisions to the 2018-19 Code of Student Conduct were published and effective on March 29, 2019.  These revisions included: 

  • Updated location of the Department of Public Safety from the University Services Building to the 1313 Columbia Building;
  • Updated Section 4.6 to clarify that consent cannot be obtained from an individual who is incapable of giving consent because the person has a mental, intellectual, or physical disability that renders them incapable of giving consent.  The phrase “…that renders them incapable of giving consent” was added to provide clarity to the policy.
  • Updated job title from “Dean of Students” to “Associate Vice President & Dean of Students”.

Updates to the Code for 2018-19 - September 12, 2018

The Code of Student Conduct is updated from time-to-time to ensure its alignment with best practices as well as legal and regulatory requirements. Minimal updates were made to the Code of Student Conduct for the 2018-19 academic year and were effective September 12, 2018. Proposed changes were reviewed by the Chair of the Code of Student Conduct Review Committee and the Vice President for Student Development prior to publication. 

Key updates reflected in the current version include:

General: Updates to department names, staff names and titles, and department locations. 

Change – Redhawk Commitment (page 5): A new Redhawk Commitment was developed by a cross-campus committee during the last academic year.

Clarified/Added – Section 3.3.5 (page 9): Exposure now includes two examples to assist in clarifying the policy. The examples include public urination and/or defacation.

Terminology – Section 5.1 (page 42): “Supporters” are now referred to as “Advisors.”

Changed – Section 5.2 (page 43): We’ve extended the amount of minimum written notice given to respondents prior to a hearing from 2 business days to 3 business days. This change was made to ensure that students are able to reschedule or pursue needed accommodations.

Changed – Section 5.2.1 (page 47): We’ve extended the appeal window for the Integrity Formation and Sexual Misconduct processes to 5 calendar days. This change was made to ensure that all students have an appropriate and equal amount of time within which to file an appeal request.

Clarified – Section 5.3 (page 48): Examples of possible sanctions listed within the code are now alphabetized.

Clarified/Added – Section 5.3 (page 49): Disciplinary probation as a sanction now clarifies participation in study abroad programs as a possible impact.