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The Community Standards Process

There are four main stages in the Community Standards Process.

The information below provides general information about the process. Please refer to the Student Handbook for detailed information about the Community Standards process.

Charge of violation of Code of Conduct

The Community Standards Review Team reviews an alleged violation of University policy. If the Review Team determines that a policy violation may have occurred, they send a charge letter to the student.

Intake meeting

Once the student receives a charge letter, he/she will meet with a Community Standards staff member. This meeting allows a student  the opportunity to ask questions, clarify information, describe circumstances and accurately share information related to this incident. The student will have the opportunity to read the report received by the Review Team and have a conversation about the alleged policy violation and issues surrounding the incident. The student will be asked to admit or deny violating the policy.


If the student takes responsibility for violating a policy, the staff member will appropriately sanction the student using the guidelines in the Student Handbook. If a student denies responsibility, the staff member will give the student the opportunity to participate in a Community Standards Council Hearing.


Community Standards decisions may be appealed to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. Appeals must be filed in writing with the VP within 72 hours of receiving the written notification of the decision. The VP will decide whether or not there is a basis for appeal and, if so, upon consideration of the appeal may change any determination. The decision of the VP is final.