Frequently Asked Questions from Parents

The Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct recommends that parents read the Code of Student Conduct, which may answer many of the questions listed below.

The Code of Student Conduct can be viewed at or a hard copy can be obtained from the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct located in room 022 Student Union.

1. Why is a particular rule or policy in place?
Policies are designed to support the university's educational mission and to ensure a safe environment where people can work, study, and live without undue interference. They are also designed to build and support the academic and social community, by teaching students responsibility and interdependence, and to promote moral and ethical development.

2. My student is notified of a disciplinary violation. Does he/she have the opportunity to defend him/herself?
Every student notified that he/she may have participated in a behavior that is a disciplinary violation, is afforded the opportunity to explain what happened during the incident and to present additional relevant information-through witnesses and other means.

3. If my student is notified he/she has violated the Code of Student Conduct, what happens?
For further information see Section VIII of the Code.

4. What is my role as a parent in the university judicial process? How can I help my student?
You can help to guide your son/daughter through the process and be supportive while holding the student accountable to your expectations and those of the university. Expect your student to set appointments, attend meetings, and fulfill sanctions. It is not beneficial to the educational development of the student, or resolution of the matter, for you to take over the process for your son or daughter.

5. My student was charged criminally. Why go through the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct too?
Members of the Wright State University community and their visitors are subject to all university rules and regulations, including those contained in the Code of Student Conduct. Additionally, those individuals are also simultaneously subject to all local, state, or federal laws. For further information see Section II of the Code.

6. Do I need to hire an attorney to represent my student?
The accused student has the right to consult an advisor of his/her choice before, during, and after any conference, hearing, or appeal. Advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing, conference, or appeal. The Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct recommends that you confer with an attorney if you are involved in concurrent criminal or civil proceedings regarding the same incident.

7. How are sanctions decided?
Sanctions may be imposed independently or in combination with other sanctions. Sanctions can be assigned to an individual student, group of students, and student organizations. Sanctioning is determined case by case, since it reflects the needs of the individual student, the student's cumulative judicial history, and the impact of that student's behavior on the community. For further information see Section VI of the Code.

8. Can my student appeal a disciplinary decision?
A student may request an appeal on one or more of the following grounds:

1.The student has been deprived of rights as defined in the Code of Student Conduct.
2.The facts appear to be insufficient to establish the violation.
3.The sanction(s) imposed by the officer/body of original jurisdiction was not justified by the nature of the offense.
4.To consider new evidence, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such evidence and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.

9. Does the outcome go on my student's record?
Notations are made on student transcripts when the following sanctions are issued: suspension, dismissal, and expulsion. However, these notations only appear on transcripts during the time of the sanction. Also, a notation on a transcript made may be imposed if the Academic Integrity Hearing Panel (AIHP) determines that a student has committed a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. The AIHP may impose the sanction of a notation, which is placed on the student's academic transcript indicating that he/she received a failing grade in the course or was suspended or expelled due to a violation of academic integrity. A notation of this type will be reserved for cases in which the violation of the Academic Integrity Policy is determined by the AIHP as serious, or when the violation is a repeat offense.

Additionally, a student is considered to have a disciplinary record when any of the following occurs: (1) a hearing panel or conduct officer finds the student responsible for violating one or more of the policies set forth in Section V of the Code, and any appeal taken by the student results in an affirmation of the hearing panel's or conduct officer's decision, or (2) the student is the subject of a hearing pursuant to section 3345.23 of the Ohio Revised Code and is found guilty of the charges that gave rise to the hearing.

10. Will a disciplinary record keep my student from getting into law school, graduate school, etc.?
A disciplinary record does not automatically exclude a student from further study, jobs, etc. That usually depends on the type and severity of misconduct in which a student is involved. A disciplinary record may lead an admissions office to more closely scrutinize the student's application. We will only release information about a student's disciplinary record to another school or potential employer as allowed by the records policy. For further information see Section XIII of the Code.

11. I know my student could not have done this so why is he/she being put through the judicial process?
Developmentally, this is a period of exploration, experimentation, and testing for students. They may be in a period of transition from late adolescence to adulthood. They may also be away from home and the daily influence of their parents for the first time. As students are testing the beliefs and values they learned at home, they may sometimes make choices that are inconsistent with these values. Such testing is part of the development process and is normal, however, students must also learn that the choices they make may not be healthy and may have consequences.

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