Where is the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity Located?
Student Conduct and Integrity is located above the Commons (Hulman Memorial Student Union). The elevators are across from the information desk and next to the Commuter Student Lounge. Take the elevator to the 8th floor and the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity is located at the end of the hall to your left.
What is the Code of Student Conduct?
The Code of Student Conduct is a set of University regulations that govern student behavior. A paper copy can be obtained from the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity or access it from the website (Code of Student Conduct).
Who can file a complaint?
Any Indiana State University student, faculty, staff or other community member who believes that a student may have violated the Code of Student Conduct should file a complaint against the student. Any person to whom misconduct is directed can file a complaint, as well as anyone who witnesses an alleged violation.
How do I submit a complaint?
A complaint alleging a violation of the Code of Student Conduct must be in writing (preferably typed) and signed by the complainant. Complaints can be submitted directly to the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity, HMSU Room 821. A student living in a residence hall may contact the hall staff about filing a complaint. And finally, any report made against a student to ISU Public Safety that alleges a crime and/or a violation of the Code will also be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity. All complaints should be specific and answer the questions of who, when, where, what, and how in regard to an alleged violation of the Code.
How long do I have after an incident to submit a complaint?
While there is no deadline for filing a complaint, it is always better to begin the conduct process as soon as possible. Evidence is easier to collect, witnesses can remember events, and a resolution to the matter may be obtained in a timely manner.
What if I am not sure if the behavior is a violation of the Code?
The Office of Student Conduct and Integrity should be contacted for assistance in interpreting the Code. That office determines whether alleged behavior can be defined as a possible violation of the Code.
Can I submit a complaint if the accused student is charged in a civil or criminal case?
Yes. The ISU student conduct system is an administrative process and responds to alleged violations of University policy and procedure. Students facing concurrent civil or criminal actions for the same event, may also face adjudication procedures with the University.
Will a complainant have to face the accused student?
A complaint cannot be submitted anonymously. Any student accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct has the right to have his or her accuser identified. A complainant may be summoned to appear at a hearing as it is his or her accusation that is the focus of attention and must be proven.
Will I have to testify?
Though every student accused of a violation of the Code is provided the opportunity to give a verbal statement, he or she does not have to do so. If no statement is provided, a decision will be made without the student’s input.
Can I have an advisor?
Yes. Any student who is accused of a violation of the Code can have an advisor to assist him or her through the conduct process. This advisor must be a member of the Indiana State University (faculty, staff or student) and must not have any vested interest or involvement in the incident under consideration. An advisor is not allowed to represent a student, but may be present at meetings and/or a hearing and may consult with the student. A complainant has the same right.
In those instances where the accused student is also facing concurrent criminal charges for the same alleged behavior, an attorney may advise the student. The attorney is not allowed to represent the student, but is allowed to be present at meetings and/or a hearing and may consult with the student.
Will my involvement in the judicial process go on my academic transcript?
Conduct information is typically not included on an academic transcript, but is considered a part of a student’s educational record. However, a notation may appear on a student's academic transcript if they are accused of violating any Academic Integrity policies.
What type of sanctions can be given to a student accused of violating the Code?
There are a variety of actions that imposed up to and including suspension and expulsion. A listing and definition of the possible disciplinary actions for the formal student conduct process may be found in the Code of Student Conduct or on the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity website (Types of Disciplinary Action)
What can I do if I don't like the decision made?
Both the accused student and the complainant have the right to appeal a formal disciplinary action. Appeals must be submitted to the appropriate administrator within five (5) calendar days of the official notification of the action. The appeal process should be explained to both parties immediately after the action has been taken. Please refer to the Code of Student Conduct for a listing of appeal options.