CONDUCT OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
A Student Organization is any group of students who 1) are registered or been recognized as a student organization by the College; 2) athletic teams; 3) fraternities or sororities; and 4) any group affiliated with or supervised by an academic program or department. Student organizations are subject to the conduct expectations detailed above. Any member of the College community may file charges against a student group/organization for violation of Community Standards. For cases involving any registered student organization, social fraternity or sorority, the case may be referred to the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life. The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities or the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life may investigate to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be addressed administratively by informal resolution of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life. Disposition upon informal resolution will be final and there will be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges are not admitted and/or cannot be disposed of by informal resolution, the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life staff, the Interfraternity Council Judicial Board, or the Panhellenic Judicial Board will adjudicate the case. Informal resolution may not be used in cases of violence, hazing, bullying, bias, harassment or intimidation.
The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities or the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life may confer with the student group/organization’s advisor(s), inter/national headquarters and/or other faculty and staff with a relationship to the student group/organization to solicit advice and recommendations regarding the case. In cases involving fraternities and sororities, the International headquarters and alumni advisors may accept agreements of informal resolution on behalf of the undergraduate organization.
The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities or the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life will determine if a violation of policy has occurred and assign sanctions. The Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic Judicial Boards may be convened by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities or the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life to serve in an advisory role. In cases where the Interfraternity Council or Panhellenic Judicial Boards serve in this role, the findings and sanctions determined by the board are recommendations to the person convening the board. The sanctions will be imposed by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities or the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life.
The College may impose interim measures upon a Student Organization during the course of an investigation or resolution of an alleged policy violation. Interim measures will be imposed where appropriate to preserve the integrity of the conduct process or to protect against a threat to health, safety, or substantial disruption of College operations.
Sanctions - Student Organizations
The following sanctions may be imposed upon Student Organizations who have been found to have violated the Community Standards:
Loss of Social Host Privileges. A loss of privilege to host social events on campus, in fraternity chapter houses or off-campus for a specified period of time. Social probation may include all events or only social events with alcohol.
Loss of selected rights and privileges for a specified period of time. This includes use of the College’s name, use of College facilities and services, use of College or Student Senate funds, participation in College events, participation in intramural sports, and recruitment of members.
Organizational Suspension. Loss of all privileges, including College recognition, for a specified period of time. When a College organization fails to fulfill the College’s expectations or violates the terms of previously imposed conduct probation, the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students may decide to terminate the recognition of or suspend the organization.
Organizational Expulsion. Permanent loss of privileges, including College recognition. When a College organization fails to fulfill the College’s expectations of previously imposed conduct probation or has what a reasonable person would consider an egregious violation of College policy, the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students may decide to permanently terminate the recognition of the organization. This could include actions taken by unauthorized/unrecognized members, or violations by individuals acting on behalf of the group while suspended from campus.
Appeals – Student Organizations
Appeals may be filed with the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students or their designee who may hear the appeal or assign to another designated person. Please see the appeal criteria in the Appeal section of the Community Standards document.