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Student Integrity: Student Resources

According to the Code of Student Integrity, a Student is defined as "an individual who has accepted admission to the University and maintains a continuing relationship with the University by being enrolled in classes or being eligible to enroll in classes."  Any individual that meets that description falls under the jurisdiction of the University and the Code of Student Integrity.  Discussed on this page are: Student Rights, Student Responsibilities, Jurisdiction, Standard of Proof, Sanctions, and Appeals.

Student Rights

Any Student, Student Group, or Student Organization accused of a violation of this Code will have the following rights:

  1. Right to an impartial and fair hearing.
  2. Right to not give testimony against oneself.
  3. Right to review any and all information pertaining to the alleged Code violations.
  4. Right to present relevant information pertinent to the case.
  5. In a Formal Resolution, the right to choose and be accompanied by an advisor. This advisor may not participate directly in the proceedings, except to advise the Accused Student. At no point may the advisor address the Board directly.  If the advisor is deemed to be disruptive by either the chair of the Board or the advisor to the Board, he or she will be removed from the hearing.
  6. In a Formal Resolution, the right to question, through the chair of the Board, any individual providing information to the Board.
  7. In a Formal Resolution, the right to have access to the audio recording of the hearing after the hearing has concluded.

Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to:

  1. Exercise integrity in all matters, both academic and behavioral in nature.
  2. Be fair and courteous with others, treat them fairly and with respect, showing sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity and personal dignity.
  3. Accept personal responsibility for appropriate behavior as defined by the Code.
  4. Know the violations under this Code and potential sanctions for violating them.
  5. Understand they are responsible for knowing and following any additional written or verbal requirements given by their faculty member, which relate to academic or behavioral integrity and which are inherent to the classroom or University functions.
  6. Remember they are representatives of Armstrong State University and they must always conduct themselves in a manner that brings credit upon themselves and the University.

Jurisdiction of the Code of Student Integrity

Any individual defined as a Student under the Code of Student Integrity falls under the jurisdiction of the Code.  For incidents that happen on-campus or online, normal Student Integrity Proceedings will occur.  For incidents occurring off-campus, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee will determine if the interests of the University are affected and thus the incident falls under the scope of this Code.  A Student may not withdraw from the University in order to avoid Student Integrity Proceedings.

Standard of Proof

Standard of Proof means the standard by which it is determined whether or not a violation of the Code of Student Integrity has occurred.  In other words, the threshold that must be met to find a student Responsible.  The Standard of Proof at Armstrong is a preponderance of the evidence.  This means it is "more likely than not" that the violation occurred.

Sanctions

This list of sanctions is not all inclusive and other sanctions may be assigned to Students, Student Groups, or Student Organizations.  Students who fail to complete their sanctions by their determined deadline will receive a hold on their Student account.  Student Groups or Student Organizations that fail to complete their sanctions by their determined deadline may have additional sanctions assigned.  The University is not responsible for any financial loss incurred by the Student, Student Group, or Student Organization for any sanction.

Individual Sanctions

  1. Written Warning: Formal notice from the Office of Student Integrity indicating further violations may result in more severe sanctions.
  2. Restrictions: Exclusion from such specified Student privileges as may be consistent with the violation committed.
  3. Reduction of a Grade: For either the course assignment at issue or for the overall course grade (i.e., complete loss of credit for the course).
  4. Parental/Guardian Notification:  The University may notify parents/guardians of Students under the age of 21 found responsible for drug or alcohol violations.  Exceptions may be made for Students who are financially independent from their parents.
  5. Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property. This may be in the form of appropriate service or other compensations and may be imposed in addition to other sanctions.
  6. Conduct Probation: The Student is not in good conduct standing with the University for a definite or indefinite period of time.  Further violations of this Code could result in removal from housing, suspension, or expulsion from the University.
  7. Housing Removal: Removal and trespass from Housing & Residence Life for a definite period of time.  Removal from Housing due to conduct sanctions may result in loss of any room or board paid for that semester.
  8. Permanent Housing Removal: Removal and trespass from Housing & Residence Life for an indefinite period of time.  Removal from Housing due to Student Integrity sanctions may result in loss of any room or board paid for that semester.
  9. Deferred Suspension: Notice to the Student that any further violations will result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
  10. Suspension: The temporary separation of a Student's relationship with the University.  Students who are suspended are banned from campus and all University Events.  Conditions for readmission may be specified.  Upon completion of the term of suspension, Students must meet with the Office of Student Integrity prior to enrolling for classes.
  11. Expulsion: The permanent separation of the Student's relationship with the University.
  12. Other Sanctions:  May include research papers, letters of apology, educational presentations, reflective essays, interviewing members of campus, or other assignments deemed appropriate.

Group or Organization Sanctions

  1. Written Warning: Formal notice from the Office of Student Integrity indicating further violations may result in more severe sanctions.
  2. Registration Probation: A status in which a Student Organization is considered to not be in good Integrity standing with the University.  The Organization may seek and add members and host activities unless otherwise specified.  Further violations may result in Registration Suspension or Revocation.
  3. Registration Suspension: A status in which the University recognition of a Student Organization is removed for a definite period of time.  During a period of Registration Suspension, the Student Organization may continue to occupy or hold property, but may not seek or add members, hold or sponsor events, or sponsor or attend any events that are social in nature.
  4. Registration Revocation: A status in which the University recognition of a Student Organization is permanently revoked.  The Student Organization may no longer function or have a presence on University property or at University sponsored activities.
  5. Other Student Group or Student Organization Sanctions: Restriction/exclusion from activities, restitution, or suspension of recruitment or intake processes.

Appeals

Academic Integrity Violations

  1. A Student may appeal to the Provost or designee, provided the basis for the appeal is limited to the criteria listed below.  Students who have accepted an Informal Resolution are not eligible for an appeal.
  2. A Student found responsible for violating this Code will have five (5) Days from the delivery of the official outcome letter to appeal.  The appeal packet will be limited to a review of the record of the Student Integrity Board, supporting documents, and the Student’s written appeal. The Student must explicitly state why he or she believes an appeal is warranted. Appeals will only be considered for the following reasons:
    1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly and in conformity with prescribed procedures, including whether any hearing questions were improperly excluded or whether the decision was biased in nature.
    2. To determine whether the sanctions or supplementary requirements imposed were appropriate for the violation for which the Student was found responsible.
    3. To determine whether new information, not available to the Student at the time of the hearing, is relevant to the final decision.​
  3. Any Student wishing to appeal should submit his or her appeal in writing to the Assistant Dean of Student Integrity.  The Assistant Dean of Student Integrity will compile all pertinent information and deliver the appeal packet to the Provost.  The Provost may affirm the findings and sanctions, reduce the sanctions, or remand the case back for a re-hearing.  The Provost will make a decision in a reasonable period of time.
  4. For cases including Deferred Suspension, Suspension, or Expulsion, the decision may be appealed to the President as outlined below. For cases not including Deferred Suspension, Suspension, or Expulsion, the decision of the Provost is the final institutional action. There is no further right of institutional appeal.
  5. When eligible, the decision of the Provost or designee may be appealed in writing within five (5) Days to the President, based solely on Chapter 11, Section A-2. The appeal must be submitted to the Office of Student Integrity. The Office of Student Integrity will compile all pertinent information and deliver the appeal packet to the President. 

Behavioral Integrity Violations

  1. A Student may appeal to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee, provided the basis for the appeal is limited to the criteria listed below.
  2. A Student found responsible for violating this Code will have five (5) Days from the delivery of the official outcome letter to appeal.  The appeal packet will be limited to a review of the record of the Administrative Resolution or Student Integrity Board, supporting documents, and the Student’s written appeal. The Student must explicitly state why he or she believes an appeal is warranted. Appeals will only be considered for the following reasons:
    1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly and in conformity with prescribed procedures, including whether any hearing questions were improperly excluded or whether the decision was biased in nature.
    2. To determine whether the sanctions or supplementary requirements imposed were appropriate for the violation for which the Student was found responsible. 
    3. To determine whether new information, not available to the Student at the time of the hearing, is relevant to the final decision.
  3. Any Student wishing to appeal should submit their appeal in writing to the Assistant Dean of Student Integrity.  The Assistant Dean of Student Integrity will compile all pertinent information and deliver the appeal packet to the Vice President for Student Affairs.  The Vice President for Student Affairs may affirm the findings and sanctions, reduce the sanctions, or remand the case back for a re-hearing.  The Vice President for Student Affairs will make a decision in a reasonable period of time.
  4. For cases including Deferred Suspension, Suspension, or Expulsion, the decision may be appealed to the President as outlined below. For cases not including Deferred Suspension, Suspension, or Expulsion, the decision of the Vice President of Student Affairs is the final institutional action. There is no further right of institutional appeal.
  5. When eligible, the decision of the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee may be appealed in writing within five (5) Days to the President, based solely on Chapter 11, Section B-2. The appeal must be submitted to the Office of Student Integrity. The Office of Student Integrity will compile all pertinent information and deliver the appeal packet to the Office of the President.

Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Violations

  1. An Accused Student or Complainant may appeal to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee, provided the basis for the appeal is limited to the criteria listed below.
  2. A Student found responsible for violating this Code will have five (5) Days from the delivery of the official outcome letter to appeal.  The appeal packet will be limited to a review of the record of the Sexual Misconduct Board, supporting documents, and the Student’s written appeal. The Student must explicitly state why he or she believes an appeal is warranted. Appeals will only be considered for the following reasons:
    1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly and in conformity with prescribed procedures, including whether any hearing questions were improperly excluded or whether the decision was biased in nature.
    2. To determine whether the sanctions or supplementary requirements imposed were appropriate for the violation for which the Student was found responsible. 
    3. To determine whether new information, not available to the Student at the time of the hearing, is relevant to the final decision.
  3. The Complainant in a Sexual Misconduct case also maintains an appeal right.  The Complainant will have five (5) Days from the delivery of the official outcome letter to appeal.  The appeal packet will be limited to a review of the record of the Sexual Misconduct Board, supporting documents, and the Complainant’s written appeal. The Complainant must explicitly state why he or she believes an appeal is warranted. Appeals will only be considered for the following reasons:
    1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly and in conformity with prescribed procedures, including whether any hearing questions were improperly excluded or whether the decision was biased in nature.
    2. To determine whether the sanctions or supplementary requirements imposed were appropriate for the violation for which the Student was found responsible. 
    3. To determine whether new information, not available to the Complainant at the time of the hearing, is relevant to the final decision.
  4. The Student found responsible or Complainant wishing to appeal should submit his or her appeal in writing to the Assistant Dean of Student Integrity.  The Assistant Dean of Student Integrity will compile all pertinent information and deliver the appeal packet to the Vice President for Student Affairs.  The Vice President for Student Affairs may affirm the findings and sanctions, reduce the sanctions, or remand the case back for a re-hearing.  The Vice President for Student Affairs will make a decision in a reasonable period of time.  Both the Complainant and the Accused Student will receive notice of the appeal and the outcome of the appeal.
  5. The decision of the Vice President or his/her designee may be appealed in writing within five (5) business days (as determined by the date of the decision letter) to the President of the institution solely on the three grounds set forth above.
  6. The President may affirm the original finding and sanction; affirm the original finding but issue a new sanction of greater or lesser severity; remand the case back to the Title IX Coordinator to correct a procedural or factual defect; or reverse or dismiss the case if there was a procedural or factual defect that cannot be remedied by remand. The President’s decision shall be issued in writing to both the respondent and alleged victim and shall be issued within a reasonable amount of time. The President’s decision shall be the final decision of the institution.
  7. Should the respondent or alleged victim wish to appeal the President’s decision, he or she may appeal to the Board of Regents in accordance with the Board of Regents Policy 8.6.