1. What is the Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Office?
The Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Office consists of the Policy & Process Manager, a full-time Residential Life staff member, the Policy & Process Graduate Assistant, a part-time Residential Life staff member, and several student staff members. The Student Conduct Office works in collaboration with the Student Advocacy & Accountability to maintain the Student Conduct Process for on-campus communities managed by the Department of Residential Life. The Student Conduct Office is also responsible for the recruitment, selection and training of the Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Boards.
2. Where is the Student Conduct Office located?
The Student Conduct Office is located in Highland Hall. It is the first door on the right upon entering the front door.
3. What is the purpose of sanctioning students who have violated the LSU Code of Student Conduct?
Sanctioning within the Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Process is meant to provide students with information about LSU’s policies, living within an on-campus community and themselves.
4. I received a charge letter from the Student Conduct Office, what do I do first?
First, students should read the letter thoroughly. Then, students should follow the directions given within the letter, which typically are to contact the Student Conduct Office or Residential Life staff member to schedule either a pre-hearing conference or an administrative meeting.
5. What are my rights as a student?
A complete list of the student’s rights and responsibilities is outlined within the LSU Code of Student Conduct, some of these rights include the following:
• To be given written notification of the charges prior to the meeting
• To appear alone or to be accompanied by an adviser
• To refuse to answer any questions; provided, however, statements made by the Charged Student at any point may be admitted as information at any proceeding under the Code
• To have sanctions imposed that commensurate with the violation
• To accept the Administrative Decision and the sanctions imposed, while waiving the right to have the charge considered my a Student Conduct Board
6. Should I read the LSU Code of Student Conduct prior to my appointment/hearing?
Yes, all LSU students should be aware of the LSU Code of Student Conduct upon becoming a student, but it is very important that all students involved with the Student Conduct Process are aware of their rights and responsibilities as outlined within the LSU Code of Student Conduct.
7. What happens if I refuse to schedule an appointment prior to the deadline given in the charge letter?
Failing to schedule an appointment prior to the given deadline will result in a HOLD being placed on your records and registration and one of the following actions to be taken:
• Decision to be made in your absence.
• Referral to the Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Board for adjudication.
• Referral to the Student Advocacy & Accountability for adjudication.
8. Why can’t I take care of the hearing over the phone?
The Student Conduct Process requires that there is a face-to-face meeting to discuss the situation. The reason for this requirement is that it allows for more direct communication of the policies and processes.
9. What will the administrative meeting and/or Student Conduct Board hearing be like?
The purpose of the Student Conduct Process is to be educational, therefore, the hearing structure for both venues is as follows:
• Introductions of all parties
• Explanation of Students Rights & Responsibilities
• Sharing of all written Incident Reports
• Question and answers with all involved parties
• Discussion to determine responsibility
10. What should I wear to the administrative meeting or Student Conduct Board hearing?
There is no formal dress code for the Student Conduct Process. It is suggested that students wear clothes in which they are comfortable.
11. Can I have an advisor, lawyer, friend, or parent present at the administrative meeting or Student Conduct Board hearing?
All students are allowed to have one advisor present at the time of their administrative meeting or Student Conduct Board hearing. The advisor is not allowed to participate in the hearing procedures, but is allowed to be present for moral support. Students are required to inform the Student Conduct Office of their advisors 24 hours in advance of the administrative meeting or Student Conduct Board hearing.
12. What should I do if I’m being criminally charged for the same incident?
LSU’s Student Conduct Process is separate from the criminal system; therefore all students are responsible for completing both processes.
13. Will I be removed from LSU housing for this incident?
Incidents that involve potential violations of the LSU Housing Contract and/or the Residential Life Substance-Free policy may result in you being relocated to a different on-campus assignment or removed from on-campus housing.
14. Will I be dismissed from LSU for this incident?
All incidents that may result in suspension or expulsion from LSU are adjudicated by the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability.
15. What types of sanctions can be imposed in my case?
The range of educational sanctions utilized within the Student Conduct Process is from a written warning to Deferred Suspension. Sanctions are dependent upon the severity of the incident and the Student Conduct history of the student.
16. What happens if I fail to complete a sanction by the given deadline?
If you fail to complete a sanction by the given deadline, a HOLD will be placed on your records and registration until either completion of the sanction or verification of an extended deadline.
17. Will LSU notify my parents/guardians about this incident?
LSU retains the right to notify parents/guardians regarding alcohol and/or controlled substances incidents. If deemed necessary, Residential Life will send a letter to the parents/guardians regarding any such incidents.
18. Will a notation be placed on my transcript regarding this incident?
Only if a student is placed on Deferred Suspension, Suspension, or Expulsion as a sanction.
19. How long are Student Conduct files kept in the Student Conduct Office?
The Student Conduct Office keeps Student Conduct files for seven (7) years after the date of the incident. The Student Conduct Office reserves the right to keep Student Conduct files longer if it is deemed necessary by either the Office of the Dean of Students or the Department of Residential Life.