Certain conduct may be a violation of both the Student Integrity Code and the law. The university reserves the right to initiate and proceed with the conduct process regardless of the prospect of or pending civil or criminal proceedings. The conduct process differs from legal proceedings in that “the ultimate goals of student conduct processes are student growth and development, and preservation of the educational environment.” University processes will move forward prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings, and will not be subject to challenge or change on the grounds that criminal or civil charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced. Additionally, the resolution of any criminal or civil action by settlement or other means will not resolve the conduct process.
The university protects students’ FERPA rights, and cooperates with law enforcement by providing information only as required by subpoena, warrant, or as otherwise directed or permitted by law.