Case Referrals

Any person may refer students or student groups or organizations suspected of violating any part of the Code of Student Conduct to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities (SRR) at this website, by calling (202) 994-6757, or by email at [email protected]

Any person who witnesses a violation in progress should report it immediately to the University Police Department at (202) 994-6111. 

 

Please refer to the Code of Student Conduct for full details about case referrals. Basic information follows.

In cases where the Director of SRR or designee determines that outcomes are not likely to include removal from housing, suspension, or expulsion, the matter will be referred to a Student Conduct Conference for resolution. Information on Student Conduct Conferences follows:

  • Informal, non-adversarial meeting between the respondent and a university administrator or experienced member of the University Hearding Board;
  • The administrator or member of the Hearing Board is assigned the roles and responsibilities of a "presiding officer" in the Code of Student Conduct. 

In cases where the Director of SRR or designee determines that outcomes could reasonably include removal from housing, suspension, or expulsion, the matter will be referred to a University Hearing Board (UHB) for resolution. Information on UHBs follows: 

  • Composed of 3-5 full-time students selected from a pool of at least 10 full-time students according to the Code of Student Conduct;
  • Whenever possible, a faculty member or administrator will be included on the board;
  • Respondents scheduled for a UHB may elect to have a Student Conduct Conference instead. In this case, the conference will be considered a Board-Level Student Conduct Conference, in which the full range of sanctions may be assigned, including removal from housing, suspension, and expulsion.

Student Conduct Agreements are applicable in cases where the respondent wishes to accept responsibility. Information on conduct agreements follows:

  • Respondent submits a statement accepting a finding of "in violation" for all alleged violations;
  • Includes sanctions appropriate to the totality of the information known about the case;
  • Can include any status sanction up to and including suspension and expulsion;
  • Respondent waives all rights to appeal;
  • Takes effect when signed by the respondent and the Director of SRR or designee;
  • If declined by the respondent, the case will proceed as originally referred.