The mission of the Office of Student Conduct is to educate students about their rights and responsibilities
as community members, help students understand the balance between individual and
community rights, and help maintain a community atmosphere conducive to academic success.
Collaborating with the OSC
The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) can be very useful because there are clear, specific
- OSC informs the student of the alleged academic misconduct.
- OSC provides an opportunity for the student to respond to the academic misconduct
claim and present information as to the incident.
- OSC allows for a determination of responsibility by an impartial hearing officer or
- OSC provides for an outcome or sanction intended to correct the misconduct and ensure
(For full details, refer to Disciplinary Procedures in the Code of Student Community Standards.)
There are many advantages for students and faculty when the Office of Student Conduct
is used for processing academic misconduct including the following:
- OSC has and uses an established system for due process that ensures the student’s
rights are being protected.
- OSC is an established third-party process for determining responsibility, which provides
neutrality for the incident.
- OSC has established benchmarks for providing an administrative response such as referring
the student anonymously to the Educational and Career Counseling Center for corrective
measures (or in certain circumstances, sanctions such as disciplinary probation, suspension,
- OSC affords a transference of the time and resource commitment required to process
an academic misconduct matter.
- OSC is a centralized system for tracking academic misconduct and preventing recidivism
as faculty in one department may not know that a student is behaving poorly in another
Faculty must remember that the Office of Student Conduct cannot provide an academic
outcome for academic misconduct.