Policies

Student Conduct

Student Conduct works with students to uphold the Puget Sound community’s expectations for academic and residential life as stated in the Student Integrity Code. Student Conduct maintains, implements, and assesses the procedures that follow an alleged violation of the integrity code. The associate dean works to ensure a fair and timely judicial process for all students.

In addition to processing all judicial conduct, Student Conduct provides training and support for the ASUPS Honor Court, Integrity Code Board, Sexual Misconduct Board, Judicial Peer Boards, and “Decrease Your Risk” training. The associate deans’ office also provides education programs for students concerning alcohol and substance abuse and anger management.

At the annual Matriculation Ceremony, your student subscribes to the Integrity Code by making this public promise:
“I believe that personal integrity is essential. Therefore I accept responsibility for my actions and promise that I will examine the motives and consequences of all that I do, so that my actions consistently reflect my wholehearted commitment to the search for knowledge and self-understanding. I will be fair, civil, and honest with all other members of the university community and respect their safety, rights, privileges, and property.”

In making this commitment, your student publicly acknowledges that the integrity code is the primary measure by which he or she will examine his or her motives and actions and the fundamental mechanism that guarantees the right of all other members of the Puget Sound community to pursue their educational goals successfully. Thus your student matriculates as a full member of the university community, embracing all of its obligations and enjoying all of its privileges.

Click here for more information about Student Conduct and the Student Integrity Code. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found on the website and may be helpful to you and your student.

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The Logger Student Handbook

The Logger, our student handbook, defines the Puget Sound community’s expectations for academic and residential life, the policies and practices that allow us to work well with one another, and the processes by which we deal with conflicts and breaches of community standards. We expect that your student will become familiar with the contents of The Logger and take advantage of additional information about the campus community that is posted on the university’s website.

Encourage your student to read The Logger, and peruse its contents for yourself online.

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Student Rights and Privacy

University of Puget Sound’s policy regarding disclosure of information about students is based on the principle that students must take direct responsibility for their learning experience. Your student bears primary responsibility for directing his or her own progress and achieving his or her own goals. Of course the university expects that you and others will be eager to offer support, and the university expects your student will be eager to receive such support.

University of Puget Sound encourages student responsibility and individual initiative while maintaining compliance with important federal legislation and recommended principles of confidentiality. The university complies with all provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This act was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the rights of students to review their education records, to protect the rights of students to request to amend their education records, and to provide students with the right to file a complaint with the Department of Education concerning an alleged failure by the institution to comply with FERPA.

Normally grades are not reported to parents without a student’s written permission. Because you have significant concern about, and a legitimate interest in, your child’s academic performance, it is important for you and your student to arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement regarding grade reports. If you would like to receive grade reports from the university, then you should request that your son or daughter sign a Request for Parent Grade Report form in the Office of the Registrar. When this form is completed, you will receive grade reports automatically until your student revokes the request in writing.

In conformity with the provisions of FERPA, the university will not disclose the contents of your student’s education record to anyone other than that student or authorized college officials, unless such a waiver is signed. There are exceptions to this general policy. Government officials entitled by law, accrediting agencies, disclosure mandated by judicial order or subpoena, and the Title IV student aid regulations all may result in disclosure of the contents of education records.

If you wish to discuss the application of these regulations in an individual instance, please contact the university registrar at 253.879.3360 to discuss your concerns about disclosure of education records.

Other information about your student is also confidential: Employment records, medical records, psychiatric information, and individual counseling records are considered confidential. Medical and counseling records, kept by Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services, can be available for your student’s inspection, but the university is not permitted to share information in medical records or counseling records with parents without the written permission of the student, nor may these records be made accessible to other professionals unless explicit written permission is given by the student. Exceptions to this policy can be made if your student is considered personally at risk or poses some threat to the welfare of the university community.

At any time when your student is seriously injured or requires hospitalization, a concerted effort will be made to contact you or a designated emergency contact immediately. In matters concerning discipline or other instances where confidentiality is important, parent contact must await receipt of written permission from the student involved.

In accordance with FERPA provisions, the Division of Student Affairs staff does reserve the right to contact parents of a student who violates the university’s alcohol and drug policies. Such notification would be coordinated with communication to the student, apprising him or her of the parental notification.

If you have additional questions about the university’s policies concerning disclosure of disciplinary, counseling, or other records, please address your concerns to the dean of students.

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