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Conduct Process FAQ

Find answers below to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the University of Idaho's Student Code of Conduct and disciplinary process that follows a Student Code violation.

Disciplinary Process FAQ

As a University of Idaho student, we expect you to comply with the Student Code of Conduct. The goal of the Code is to educate students about their civic and social responsibilities as members of the university community (2300 C). The Code applies to conduct that occurs both on campus and off campus. This conduct may be documented by university authorities or police if you are involved in an incident. The Dean of Students Office and Conduct and Community Standards assist the university with the investigation of these incidents by working with you to determine your role in the incident.

If you are involved or alleged to be involved in a violation of the Student Code, you will be sent an invitation to meet with a representative from Conduct and Community Standards via your Vandal email. This letter will outline your rights as a student and the specific charges and provide an overview of the conduct process. You will be given a date and time for your meeting.

At the meeting, you will review the informal or formal investigation options and you can decide how you would like to proceed. You can read more about these two options here.

Yes, you are welcome to have a friend or advocate join you for support but be advised that the individual will not be able to speak on your behalf.

You are not required to meet with the conduct administrator, and you can choose not to engage. If you fail to appear for your appointment and do not respond to a request to reschedule within a reasonable period, the decision as to whether a violation has occurred may be reached in your absence.

We will not discuss your case with your parents unless you provide written consent or if the situation falls under one of the exceptions for parental notification. We encourage you to let them know if you need extra support.

FERPA is the Family Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law that provides confidentiality of student educational records. Your conduct record is internal but is part of your overall educational record. It cannot be released without your permission.

In short, disciplinary actions will not appear on your transcript. The only outcomes that appear on transcripts are suspensions and expulsions.

No, it is highly unlikely that you will be expelled for violating the Student Code of Conduct. At the end of the investigative process, you may be found responsible or not responsible for the violation. If responsible, educational outcomes may be assigned and an administrative fee of $150 assessed to your student account.

An educational outcome is a sanction that is assigned during the conduct process and is determined using factors such as the nature and severity of the violation and the impact on the campus and larger community. It could range from writing a reflection paper to participating in a service project.

A student may be involved in a criminal court proceeding and also engage in our process for the same alleged conduct. Our process uses a preponderance of the evidence standard to find students in violation, which is not as high as the standard used in criminal justice proceedings.

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