Conduct Issues

Rights and Responsibilities

Students are expected to become positive, responsible members of the university community. Each student enrolled at the University of St. Thomas enjoys rights related to academic classes and services. They are guaranteed due process in their dealing with violations of the student code of conduct or other university policies. The Dean of Students and staff are available to consult with students about these rights and responsibilities.

University Discipline Process

The university has a set of community standards that all students are expected to follow both on and off campus. The office is responsible for overseeing the discipline process and adjudicating students who have violated policy. The Dean of Students Office assists students in understanding and protecting their rights and responsibilities within the community as well as providing a due process when violations to the code of conduct have occurred. The student code of conduct can be found in its entirety within the Student Policy Book.

What to Expect

If you have received a Notice of Violation or another request to schedule a meeting with a judicial officer, you may be wondering what to expect. This Notice of Violation is one of the initial steps of the judicial process and should be read closely and carefully.

While some students may experience a level of anxiety and stress over receiving a Notice of Violation, one goal of our office is to provide an atmosphere of mutual respect throughout the process. While students are expected to be respectful of the judicial officers and the judicial process, students can also expect to be treated with respect.

You can also expect to be informed of any pending charges, options for resolving your case, and any potential sanctions, or consequences, for your behavior. During the hearing, the judicial officer will allow you to review any evidence that has been presented against you. You will then be presented with your Notice and Rights as a student going through the disciplinary process. You will be asked whether you admit or deny responsibility for the charges and to provide your account of the incident(s) in question. You also may be asked additional questions to further clarify understanding of the incident. Following the hearing, you will be notified of the outcome and any related sanctions if you were found responsible for violating university policy.

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