Your student is going through the conduct process. What should you do?
Remain calm. College is a time where students are presented with new challenges and temptations. It is a time where they are going to make mistakes. Most of the time, they are more terrified of the conduct process than parents or the officials who manage conduct. It is okay! Our conduct process serves to educate students and aid in the development of their critical thinking skills. As a parent or guardian, there are some ways for you to be a support to your student and some tips to manage your own feelings.
Tip 1: Encourage Them
Students may be confused with the conduct process. Direct your student to contact a staff member, like the Residential Life Coordinator or Area Coordinator, in their residence hall for guidance.
Tip 2: "24-Hour Rule"
You may be contacted by your upset student about the conduct process. You may want to immediately jump in and fix the problem. Practice the 24-Hour Rule. Use the 24 hours to pause, guide, educate, and support your student to resolve the the issue independently.
Tip 3: Learn the Process
Something that could help you support your student is to educate yourself on the institution’s processes. You can go to the Living Guide located under "Costs & Contracts" and/or Student Conduct Code located under "Life on Campus."
Student Rights & Responsibilities
The Student Rights & Responsibilities office is a resource for students who feel their rights have been violated or who need more education on University policies. This office serves as advocates and mentors to students and hold students to responsible when their behavior violates the student safety or poses a risk to themselves or others. Most conduct goes through this office. If you would like more information on the coduct process, sanctions, or how to contact someone in the office, you can click here.