Disciplinary action may include written warning, educational sanctions, community service, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the University. Students suspected of committing any violation of University policy are accorded procedures consistent with fair process typically before disciplinary action is imposed. However, in appropriate circumstances, interim action may be taken prior to the initial Conference. Any violation of University policy (including all forms of academic dishonesty) can result in a student being barred from graduate or professional schools at this or other universities. When a violation has occurred, an incident report, including the date, time, and circumstances of the alleged act, must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct. This report includes a description of the actions of all parties involved, names of witnesses available, and documentary evidence that supports the charge. Students wishing to report a violation should file the report online via the Student Conduct page by pressing the Incident Report button or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of the report, the Conduct Officer will contact the student and initiate an Initial Conference. If the Initial Conference indicates that a violation of the code of conduct has occurred, the Conduct Officer will contact the student in writing informing the student of the charges in sufficient detail, including the time and place the alleged violation occurred. The Conduct Officer is responsible for ensuring the student’s right to fair process by notice and the opportunity to be heard. A written warning is used when a student’s behavior is unacceptable, but is considered to be minor. It includes a warning that any other violation of University policy, for which the student is found responsible, will result in more severe disciplinary action. The notification does not result in a conduct record and therefore, is not appealable. The written warning shall be delivered to the email address most recently filed with the Office of the Registrar. Disciplinary Probation is used in cases more egregious than those warranting a written warning, but less than those warranting suspension. Suspension is appropriate in cases of serious misconduct, in cases when a student has violated a condition of disciplinary probation, or has failed to meet the stipulations of lesser sanctions. During the period of suspension, the student charged may not enter any National University campus, other than to attend the hearing regarding the merits of the suspension. Violation of any condition of suspension shall be grounds for dismissal. Dismissal is the most severe sanction that the University may impose, and is permanent. If a dismissed student returns to the campus, they could be charged with unlawful entry and may be arrested. Initial Conference A Conduct Officer will meet with the charged student to explain the conduct process, answer any questions the student may have, and given an opportunity to respond to the allegations contained in the Student Conduct Notice. If a student chooses to bring an advisor to the meeting, it is the student’s obligation to select an advisor whose schedule allows attendance within the time frame designated in the Student Conduct Notice. Attorneys may not act as advisors to students. a. If a student agrees that their behavior constitutes a violation of the Student Conduct Code as outlined in the Student Conduct Notice, the Conduct Officer will discuss with the respondent the facts alleged to have occurred and any aggravating or mitigating circumstances or information that might affect the sanction. After considering any additional information the student has presented, the Conduct Officer shall decide on a sanction. The student waives the right to appeal by accepting this option, unless the outcome is a sanction of suspension or dismissal. b. If a student denies either they engaged in the alleged conduct described in the Student Conduct Notice or that the conduct constitutes a violation of the Student Conduct Code, the Conduct Officer will conduct a review to determine whether a violation has occurred. The Conduct Officer will consider the following in making a determination: the allegations and the charged student’s response to those allegations; any relevant documents and the oral or written statements of any witnesses with relevant information.
Code of Conduct for Online Students Freedom of speech and expression is valued in the academic setting. Equally valued is the respect given to university computer systems and information technology. To that end, students will adhere to the following online code of conduct: • Access National University courses only for lawful purposes. • Respect the privacy of other members of the class and other students. • Respect the integrity of the University’s computer systems. • Respect the diversity of opinions among the instructor and members of the class and respond to them in a courteous manner. Electronic communication consisting of all caps, large font, or bold print may be considered unprofessional and a form of verbal abuse. • Maintain an environment free of harassment, stalking, threats, abuse, insults, or humiliation to the instructor and members of the class. This includes, but is not limited to demeaning written or oral comments of an ethnic, religious, sexist (or sexual orientation), or racist nature; and the unwanted sexual advances or intimidations by email, or on discussion boards and postings in course shells. • Abide by all rules and regulations published by the University and agree to be subject to disciplinary actions as described in the General Catalog. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct Students may also be disciplined for any of the following reasons: • Academic dishonesty • Failure to comply to the directions of a University official • Forgery, altering University documents, or knowingly providing false information • Disruption of the educational or administrative process of the University, by acts or expression • Physical abuse or threat of abuse to students, University employees, or their families • Verbal abuse or intimidation of students or University employees including shouting or other displays of hostility intended to be abusive or insulting rather than a communication of ideas • Theft of University property or the property of a University employee, student, or visitor • Vandalism or unauthorized destruction of University property or the property of a University employee, student, or visitor • Sale or knowing possession of illegal drugs or narcotics • Use of or being under the influence of alcohol on campus • Possession, use, or threats of use of explosives or deadly weapons on University property • Sexually explicit, indecent, or obscene behavior on University property or by any means of communication, including the Internet • Sexual harassment • Sexual assault • Soliciting or assisting another in an act that would subject students to a serious University sanction • Trespassing in an area of the University where the student is not authorized to be, or failure to leave immediately an area when directed by an employee of the University • Using University equipment or networks to violate copyrights • Violation of the University’s visitor policy • Violation of the University’s animal policy • Violation of the University’s computer regulations • Violation of any other lawful policy or directive of the University or its employees. • Any action that would grossly violate the purpose of the University or the rights of those who comprise the University • Violation of the University’s Human Subject Research Policy and Procedures
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