Organization and Philosophy

Part 1.

1.1 The Trustees and Chancellor of Syracuse University have delegated authority to the University Student Conduct System to adjudicate cases alleging violations of the Code of Student Conduct by Syracuse University students.

1.2 The procedures included herein apply to the resolution of social misconduct and related matters. Academic integrity cases are handled through a separate process administered by the Academic Integrity Office.

1.3 Oversight of the University Student Conduct System is the responsibility of the Senior Vice President for the Student Experience. Implementation of these procedures is the responsibility of Community Standards.

1.4 Syracuse University is an institution of higher learning where individual growth and development are fostered, excellence is pursued, and the highest standards of integrity are expected in all areas of life. Syracuse University is committed to providing an environment where persons are safe, property is secure, individual rights of all persons are respected, and education of the highest quality is achieved.

1.5 The Code of Student Conduct outlines the behavior that is expected of all students at Syracuse University. Having voluntarily enrolled at Syracuse University, all students have entered into an agreement to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Code of Student Conduct. Each student is responsible for conforming their conduct to the requirements of this code and applicable federal, state, and local laws.

1.6 Syracuse University considers student leaders to be those that hold positional offices in organizations (i.e., president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, recruitment chair) or those that influence the behaviors and decisions of an organization (i.e., unofficial membership coordinator or event planner).

1.7 Syracuse University considers its Code of Student Conduct as a statement of minimal expectations and seeks to foster a commitment to the highest standards of ethical behavior by the coherent, consistent, and fair manner in which it enforces its rules and regulations. The University views its student conduct process as a learning experience that is intended to result in the growth and understanding of individual responsibilities on the part of all persons.

1.8 Individuals who pursue allegations of student misconduct through the University Student Conduct System are deemed to have accepted the University’s philosophy that any potential sanctions will be designed to address the safety and security of persons and property and to educate students with regard to higher standards of behavior.

1.9 Violations of the Code of Student Conduct will be adjudicated by the University Student Conduct System, which is designed to reflect and to support the educational mission of the institution and ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all individuals and groups charged with or reporting student misconduct.

1.10 Requests for disability accommodations should be made to Community Standards. Students may also work directly with the Center for Disability Resources (CDR). Since accommodations may require early planning and are not provided retroactively, students should contact Community Standards regarding accommodation needs or the Center for Disability Resources as soon as possible.

1.11 Timeframes mentioned in these procedures are estimates only. Conduct cases and specific components of cases may take shorter or longer depending on various factors, including but not limited to, the nature and complexity of the case; availability of parties and witnesses; time of year; numbers of parties; etc.