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Code of Conduct

Misconduct Defined

The Roosevelt University Code of Student Conduct makes explicit those activities which are contrary to the general interests of the University community or which threaten to disrupt the teaching and learning in which members of the community are engaged. Students enrolled in the University are expected to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution. Misconduct for which students are subjected to discipline may occur on the University campus or off campus if the misconduct occurs at a University activity or activity related to the University or the misconduct may impact the University or educational environment and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Academic dishonesty such as cheating, using unauthorized material on examinations, submitting the same paper for different classes without acknowledgement, the fabrication of information or making up sources, improper collaboration, and plagiarism;
  2. Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or identification, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University;
  3. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other University activities, including its public service functions, or of other authorized activities on University premises;
  4. Physical abuse, sexual assault, intimidation, verbal abuse, harassment or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person;
  5. Theft or damage to University property or the property of another person;
  6. Unauthorized entry to or use of University facilities;
  7. Violation of University policies or campus regulations, including campus regulations concerning the registration of student organizations; the use of University facilities; or the time, place and manner of public expression;
  8. Violation of acceptable use of electronic resources policy or student email policy;
  9. Violation of rules governing residence in University-owned or controlled property;
  10. Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties;
  11. Conduct which adversely affects the student's suitability as a member of the academic community;
  12. Use, possession or distribution of controlled or illegal substance such as drugs, drug paraphernalia, or look-alike drugs and use of alcohol contrary to law or to University regulations;
  13. The storage, possession or use of firearms, fireworks, explosives or weapons of any kind, including replicas or facsimiles, anywhere on campus. Students who are deputized law enforcement officers and are legally qualified to carry firearms may do so while on-campus after checking in with Campus Safety, and if their presence does not constitute a disruption as defined under Student Code #3.
  14. The assistance or encouragement of others to commit violations of the Code of Student Conduct or failure to report violations.

The University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community.  Such action may include taking conduct action against those students whose behavior off University premises constitutes a violation of this code.

Discipline for the Violation of the Code of Student Conduct

Discipline for violation of the Code of Student Conduct may include:

  1. Oral or written reprimand;
  2. Suspension from the University or a University program or activity for a specific period of time;
  3. Expulsion from the University, a program or activity on a permanent basis;
  4. Denial of re-admission to the University or a University program or activity;
  5. Restitution;
  6. Probation;
  7. Completion of community service.

In addition to the discipline enumerated herein, violations of the Code of Student Conduct may result in criminal charges or civil complaints being filed. Also, academic dishonesty may result in academic penalties or sanctions.

Procedures for the Resolution of Violation of the Code of Student Conduct

Initiation of Complaints

Any person may file a complaint against a student for violation of the Code of Student Conduct with the Office of Student Services on an incident report form available at any security station or on a written report or document submitted to the Office of Student Services. The complaint shall contain a brief written statement of the facts relating to the violation. The complaint should be submitted within 72 hours of the violation of the Code of Student Conduct. However, complaints may be submitted up to 90 days from the date of the incident. After 90 days from the date of the incident, the complaint cannot be reviewed.

Review by the Associate Vice President for Student Services

The associate vice president for student services or his/her designee shall review any complaint and shall give the student the opportunity to present his/her personal version of the incident or occurrence before facilitating a resolution or imposing discipline. The associate vice president/designee may meet with the student whose conduct is called into question, and the student shall attend such meetings as requested by the associate vice president/designee. The student will be notified of all meetings through an official delivery method. Failure to claim the notification will not negate the student's obligations under this procedure. The student shall be given a copy of the Student Review Board procedures at the time of the conference with the associate vice president/designee. If the student fails to schedule and/or attend the conference with the associate vice president/designee within five (5) business days from delivery, the associate vice president/designee will proceed with the administrative resolution based upon the review of the complaint.

The associate vice president/designee may at any time temporarily suspend from the University or deny re-admission to a student, pending final resolution, when the associate vice president/designee, in his or her sole opinion, believes that the presence of the student on campus could seriously disrupt the University; constitute a danger to the health, safety or welfare of the University, its members or the student; or when the student's conduct adversely affects the student's suitability as a member of the academic community.

After review, the associate vice president/designee shall have the authority to impose appropriate discipline and/or act on the University's behalf in facilitating a resolution or refer this matter to the Student Review Board for hearing. The associate vice president/designee shall state the proposed resolution in writing. If the resolution involves discipline, the student shall have five (5) business days from delivery to accept or reject the proposed discipline by signing the administrative resolution form and returning it to the Office of Student Services. The student's failure to either accept or reject such proposed discipline within the prescribed timeline shall be deemed to be an acceptance, and in such event the proposed discipline shall become final.

Appeal to the Student Review Board

If the student does not accept the resolution proposed by the associate vice president/designee, the student shall have the right of appeal to the Student Review Board. The appeal must be filed in writing with the associate vice president/designee within five (5) business days of rejection of the associate vice president/designee's written administrative resolution. The appeal should specify the reason for the appeal and supporting evidence.  While an appeal of the administrative resolution is pending, the enforcement of the decision under appeal will be enforced until a decision on the appeal has been made.

Upon receipt of an appeal for the violation of the Code of Student Conduct, the associate vice president/designee shall notify the moderator of the Student Review Board and provide the student with the Student Review Board procedures if the student did not receive them previously.. The moderator shall call a hearing panel on the campus where the incident being reviewed took place. The Hearing Panel will consist of two faculty members, two students and the moderator as chair. If deemed necessary by the associate vice president/designee, an alternate panel can be formed during break periods or summer. This panel will consist of appropriate representatives from the University community. The moderator shall call the panel, chair the hearing and charge the panel with the review of the appeal. The Student Review Board Hearing Panel will decide whether or not a case warrants a hearing and will either accept an appeal or dismiss it without a hearing. Appeals will be dismissed without a hearing if the panel finds them to be frivolous, inconsequential or otherwise without merit, or if complainants have not followed the proper preliminary steps.

In cases involving more than one student which arise out of the same occurrence, the Student Review Board may establish procedures to hear such cases together. However, the Student Review Board shall make separate findings and determinations for each student. The procedures utilized shall provide for a prompt and fair consideration and resolution of the case. Proceedings are not judicial trials and formal rules of evidence shall not apply, but evidence submitted must be material and relevant to the issue under consideration.

The moderator will summarize the evidence brought before the Student Review Board and write the final decision. The decision shall be sent to the student.

Appeal to the Provost

A decision of the Student Review Board is subject to review only by the provost or his/her designee. Appeals of the decision of the Student Review Board must be received by the Office of the Provost within five (5) business days after notification of the decision of the Student Review Board. The student must submit, in writing, the appeal and supporting documentation to the Office of the Provost.  The provost/designee will examine all the documents relevant to the case and collect additional information if necessary. The provost/designee will make a determination and inform the student of the decision in writing. The Office of the Provost will keep a record of all meetings, conferences and investigations relevant to the case. The decision of the provost/designee is final.

Academic Dishonesty

Acts of academic dishonesty violate the very spirit of the University. They undermine the perpetrator's own learning; they are unfair to other students who do their own work, they violate the trust between professor and student; and they diminish the value of the degree for all students. Therefore, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously at Roosevelt University, with consequences ranging from failing the assignment or the course to being expelled by the University.

Roosevelt University students are responsible for following the Code of Student Conduct published in the Student Handbook which includes the standard of academic integrity. There are many forms of academic dishonesty. In the broadest sense, it is any act that enhances a student's grade unethically and unfairly. Acts of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, submitting someone else's work as the student's own, in whole or in part (plagiarism); failing to acknowledge assistance received; using unauthorized assistance in exams (e.g., using or having notes or having unauthorized advance knowledge of the test); recycling of work without acknowledgment (e.g., submitting the same paper for different classes); the fabricating of information or making up sources; and collaborating improperly.

Students may obtain more extensive guidelines concerning academic integrity from the Office of the Provost as well as from instructors. Depending on the severity of the violation, an instructor may fail a student on the individual assignment or test, may lower the student's grade in the course, or may fail the student in the course.

Students may grieve the decision of the instructor by following the academic dishonesty appeal procedure outlined in this handbook. The instructor may also file a complaint against the student under the Code of Student Conduct which may result in further discipline including expulsion from the University.

Procedures for Handling Final Grade and Academic Dishonesty Appeals

The procedure detailed below should be followed for appeal of final grades and allegations of academic dishonesty. All student appeals must begin with the instructor conference.

Instructor Conference

The student shall first request, in writing, a conference with the instructor, explain the reason for the appeal and seek a resolution. For fall semester grades, the request must be made no later than seven (7) calendar days after the start of the spring semester. For spring and summer semester grades, the request must be made no later than fourteen (14) calendar days after the start of the fall semester. Please note that, in matters relating to grades, the instructor's judgment is normally deemed final and conclusive. Students may appeal the professional judgment exercised by an instructor in assigning a grade only under the following circumstances:

  1. Grades resulting from deviations in the instructor's established and announced grading procedures
  2. Errors in application of grading procedures
  3. Modification of grades for non-academic reasons
  4. Gross error in judgment by the instructor

Department Chair/Program Director Conference

If the student is not satisfied with the instructor's resolution to the grade appeal, the student shall request to meet with the instructor's department chair or program director. This request to meet with the instructor's department chair or program director must be made in writing within seven (7) calendar days of the date of the meeting with the instructor. The written request should specify the student's reason for appeal and provide supporting evidence where appropriate. The department chair or program director shall conduct an investigation, prepare a written report of his/her findings, and deliver the findings through official university correspondence to the student and the dean of the college within fourteen (14) calendar days of the student conference.

College Dean Conference

If the student desires to appeal the findings and decision of the department chair or program director, a written request for a conference with the college dean or dean's designee must be filed by the student within seven (7) calendar days of the issuance of the official university correspondence of the decision of the department chair or program director. The college dean or dean's designee will provide a copy of the appeal to the instructor, and the instructor will respond, in writing, prior to the date of the student conference with the dean or dean's designee. The college dean or dean's designee will confer with the student and prepare a concise, written report of his/her findings and deliver the findings through official university correspondence to the student within fourteen (14 ) calendar days of the student conference.

Student Review Board and Provost

If a student desires to appeal the decision of the college dean, the student may first appeal to the Student Review Board within seven (7) calendar days of the issuance of the decisionof the college dean or dean's designee. To file an appeal to the Student Review Board, the student should contact the Office of Student Services in writing within seven (7) calendar days of the issuance of the decision for the Student Review Board. If a student desires to appeal the decision of the Student Review Board, the student should then contact the Office of the Provost in writing.

Procedures for Handling Student Concerns Other Than Final Grade Appeals*

For discrimination and/or harassment (including sexual harassment) concerns, see the Anti-Harassment Policy in the Student Handbook.

Faculty Member Review

If a student has a concern about a faculty member other than a final grade appeal, the student should first discuss the concern directly with the faculty member.  In many cases, the communication of the concern will lead to an improved understanding between the faculty member and the student and result in an immediate adjustment of expectations on one part or the other. If the student is not comfortable speaking with the faculty member directly, he/she may contact the department chair or program director, whoever is responsible for assigning courses and overseeing the faculty for that subject area. For clarity of communication, it is desirable for the student to submit the concern in writing.

Concerns must be brought to the appropriate person during the academic term when the concern occurred. Students may bring a concern up to thirty (30) calendars days after the conclusion of the course. After thirty (30) calendar days, the concern cannot be reviewed.

Department Chair or Program Director Review

The department chair or program director will review the written concern and/or speak directly with the student regarding the concern. The student will be informed that the department chair or program director will speak with the faculty member to hear his/her point of view before a decision is made about how the issue should be resolved. The department chair or program director will present the concern to the faculty member to verify the facts, hear the faculty member's point of view and seek a resolution. If a student brings a concern about a faculty member to a University official other than the department chair or program director, the official will encourage the student to speak to the faculty member with whom he/she has the concern. If the student is not comfortable doing so, the official will direct the student to the department chair or program director and provide the student with the necessary contact information.

Complaints or concerns that are sent to a department chair or program director anonymously will not, in most cases, result in an investigation. However, if a student brings a concern to the department chair or program director and prefers that his/her name remain confidential, this request will be honored when practical.

Dean Review

If the student is not satisfied with the resolution at the department chair or program director level, he/she may appeal the matter in writing to the college dean within seven (7) calendar days of the issuance of the resolution of the department chair or program director, who will review the matter with the department chair or program director and decide whether to uphold the proposed resolution or to offer a different resolution. The decision of the dean is final.

*For sexual harassment concerns, see the Anti-Harassment Policy on the Student Rights & Responsibilities page.