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Disiplinary Procedures

Administration
Administrative responsibility for student disciplinary procedures is assigned to the vice president for student and university affairs.

Misconduct Complaint

Any member of the university community may file a complaint alleging student misconduct. Complaints are filed using an Incident Report form, which is available at the Office of Judicial and Mediation Services, Room 204 Egbert, or at the Nair or Givan Hall 24-hour service desks.

Misconduct Notice

When, as a result of a complaint by a member of the university community or as a result of a disciplinary investigation, there is reason to believe a student has violated conduct regulations, the student will be so notified in writing. The student must respond as required by the notice.

Informal Hearings

Cases not involving the sanctions of dismissal or suspension may be heard informally, as specified by university procedures, with notice and the opportunity to be heard afforded students. An adjudication officer, appointed from the professional staff of the Office of Student and University Affairs, will discuss the charges with the student and afford the student an informal hearing. Should the adjudication officer find justification, an appropriate disciplinary sanction will be issued. Should the adjudication officer find that the charges require further examination, or should the alleged misconduct merit consideration of suspension or dismissal, the matter will be referred for a formal hearing.

Parent/Guardian Notification

Clarion University of Pennsylvania recognizes that students, parents, guardians, and the University are in a partnership in which each has the responsibility to promote a healthy and productive educational experience.

Due to the recent amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) / Buckley Amendment by the U.S. Department of Education, it is now permissible for Clarion University to notify the parent or guardian of students under the age of 21, when those students have been found responsible for alcohol and drug related offenses.

Disciplinary sanctions are implemented by presenting to the student a letter explaining the decision. A copy of the letter will be placed in the university disciplinary files. Appropriate university offices and personnel will be notified when necessary for sanction implementation.

Probation

Probation is a written reprimand for a violation of specific [University] regulations.  Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe sanctions if the student is found to be in violation of any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period. 

Suspension

Suspension occurs when a student may be suspended for a definite period of time, not less than the remainder of the current semester in which he or she is enrolled. The student who has been suspended may apply for a readmission hearing at a time provided by a University Conduct Board. A hold is placed on the student account and students may not come back to campus unless they have approval by Judicial & Mediation Services or by University Police.  Entrance without approval is thought to be trespassing.

Expulsion

Expulsion is a permanent separation of the student from the University. A student who is expelled may not be allowed to reenter the University and a hold that notes the expulsion will be listed through Student Information Systems. Students may not enter campus while under expulsion.  Entrance to campus without approval of Judicial & Mediation Services or University Police will be treated as trespassing.

Interim Suspension

1.      A student is placed on Interim Suspension for specific reasons related to a behavior or set of behaviors impacting the safety of self or others as defined by the Student Rights, Regulations, & Procedures Online.

2.      Students placed on interim suspension residing in University or University Affiliated Housing will have their bedroom, suite, or apartment bedroom secured, overall condition of the room and University owned property inspected for damages, and any roommate(s) possibly relocated to assist in securing the property of the interim suspended student.

3.      Items in the room/apartment which are known to belong to the student on interim suspension will be boxed and/or bagged and inventoried to assist in securing personal items and to assist the person designated by the student to remove items.  Typically, items will be boxed and/or bagged and inventoried 3-5 business days following the student's notification of interim suspension.

4.      A student on interim suspension should designate a person who will be able to address business with the University in their absence should they be unable to easily communicate with University Officials.  This may be any person designated by the student, in most cases a parent, who will be able to remove items for them from a residence hall room, suite, or apartment, check out of University or University Affiliated Housing, conduct business with the Office of the Registrar, etc.

5.      A person designated by a student to act in their place will either need to show 'Power of Attorney' documentation, or have a signed note from the student as authorization.

6.      A student on Interim Suspension should expect correspondence related to an upcoming University Conduct Board Hearing.  A hearing should be scheduled to be held within ten business days of the date when the letter was issued, however, this hearing may not take place until after a preliminary hearing has occurred so that public information is available for full use by the student and by the University.

7.      Students have the opportunity to withdraw from the University prior to a University Conduct Board Hearing.  A hold will be placed on their account by the Office of Judicial & Mediation Services as a hearing will need to be completed prior to actively taking classes at Clarion University again. 

8.      While on Interim Suspension; a student is not permitted to enter campus in any way.  Being found on the campus would constitute an act of defiant trespass.  A student is given special permission to be on campus for the date and time of a University Conduct Board Hearing or as authorized by Student Affairs Staff.

9.      See the Student Rights, Regulations, & Procedures Online for more information related to a University Conduct Board Hearing and for more information related to the rights of an accused student.