Frequently Asked Questions About the Conduct Process
Is this Process Confidential?
Answer: With the exceptions noted in the Student Conduct Manual, as per the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, information from a student's judicial file will not be made available to anyone other than the student without that student's written consent.
Are My Parents or Guardians Notified of Any Charges Against Me?
Answer: The College will release information pertaining to individual judicial cases to the parents or guardians of students who are dependents under the age of 21 if the student is found responsible for a violation. If a student is under 21 years of age, and is found to be responsible for violating campus drug or alcohol regulations, notification will be sent to his/her parent regardless of dependent status.
If I Have Already Been Convicted by the Police Why Does a Case Need to be Adjudicated by the School As Well?
Answer: Criminal charges are just that, criminal. They are filed by the police and adjudicated in a court of law. College charges are filed against you through the college for a violation of college policies. These establishments are two totally separate entities and, therefore, cases must be reviewed independently.
Who Will Be Deciding My Case?
Answer: The Director of Student Conduct, or appointee, is charged with the responsibility for seeing that due process is provided to students accused of violating college regulations. The Director or appointee will be present at a review of the judicial charges and procedures where a student pleads responsible or not responsible for a violation. If a student offers a plea of Responsible at the review then a sanction will be assigned. If a student offers a plea of Not Responsible, the student will be granted either an Administrative or Student Conduct Board Hearing. An Administrative Hearing will be decided by either the Director of Student Conduct or appointee. A Student Conduct Board Hearing is decided by the members of the Student Conduct Board.
Can I Bring a Lawyer or Witnesses to the Hearing?
Answer: Every student has the right to bring witnesses and/or counsel to either the administrative or judicial board hearing. State University policy permits the presence of counsel for privately advising the student at the hearing. Counsel is not, however, eligible to participate in the hearing, e.g. by presenting the student's case of cross-examining witnesses.
How Many Judicial Educator Modules Do I Need to Complete?
Answer: A section can involve one or more Judicial Educator Modules and are expected to complete all modules as they are assigned by their indicated date or a Judicial Hold will be place on your account.
Does the Cost Me Any Money?
Answer: The actual judicial process will not cost any money; however, if restitution is a sanction you will be required to reimburse to cover the cost of damage or loss of property or services. Reimbursement may be partial or complete depending on circumstances, e.g. number of people involved or degree of responsibility. There is a fee associated with each Judicial Educator Module assigned. That fee will be discussed should you be assigned any.
If I am Placed on Probation Will that Affect My Academic Status?
Answer: College judicial sanctions have no bearing on your academic status. However, if your GPA falls below a 2.0, a review of your records, including judicial records, may take place prior to a decision on your continuation as a Plattsburgh State University student.
Can Any Case In or Out of School Affect My Financial Aid?
Answer: Judicial (In-school) sanctions do not have an effect on the status of your financial aid. However, criminal convictions for drug law violations can affect your status. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/criminal-convictions for more information.
What Will Happen If I Do Not Complete the Required Sanction Given to Me?
Answer: If you do not complete the required sanction then a Judicial Hold will be placed on your record. This hold will prevent you from registering for classes, adding/dropping classes, requesting transcripts, and receiving a diploma. Students who do not complete sanctions as assigned may also subject themselves to further judicial referrals.