Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards > Frequently Asked Questions by Students
The mission of the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards at Saint Louis University is to help students aspire to become men and women for others through an educationally focused disciplinary process that assists students in improving their decision-making skills. Consistent with the philosophy of a Jesuit education and the mission of Saint Louis University, the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards is committed to developing and nurturing a University community where responsibility is embraced and one's ideals are shaped by individual growth and development.
Below are some frequently asked questions and answers for students concerning the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions.
How are students notified of policies on campus?
The University Policies, University's Community Standards and Residence Hall Policies are online in the Student Handbook. It is the student's' responsibility to review and understand the policies and expectations of student behavior.
How does the conduct process operate?
If a student is documented for being involved in a potential policy violation, they will receive an email to attend an individual hearing from a representative of the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards or from Housing and Residence Life. During the individual hearing the student will have the opportunity to discuss the incident with the University Hearing Officer. Failure to attend will result in the case being decided in your absence as well as a Failure to Comply violation. Should the student accept responsibility for the charges, they will receive sanctions designed to educate them about how their actions impact themselves and others. If a student does not agree with the violation(s) or sanctions, they have three days to appeal. The appeal will be sent to the Student Appeal Board (SAB). The student appeal board is made up of undergraduate students. They will have the final say, and their determination is final.
How do I open the letter?
Our system sends out the meeting letters to students through email. This email contains a link to a login in screen to retrieve the letter. After clicking this link, the student is taken to a login screen where they must enter their banner id including three zeros to retrieve the letter.
Will my parents be notified if I have to appear in front of the conduct board?
Due to the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA), parents are generally not contacted directly regarding a violation of policy concerning their child. However this parents are notified for more serious violations such as underage drinking and drug violations. In order for University personnel to discuss any issues outside of alcohol and drug violations to parents, students will need to give their parents' permission by going to mySLU share in banner and checking the conduct box.
Are individual hearings similar to court hearings?
Saint Louis University's conduct process is set apart from any civil or criminal legal process. Our objective is to teach our students to accept responsibility for their actions, to assist students in realizing the impact of their decisions and to foster positive community values. Students must represent themselves in our conduct process for any of these goals to be attained. Therefore, attorneys are not permitted to be part of conduct hearings, and decisions about responsibility are made with "more likely than not" standard.
What kind of consequences can result from a student's misconduct?
Sanctions are assigned based on the violation and the frequency of the violation which include: disciplinary warning, university censure, disciplinary probation, housing probation (restrictions on the student's ability to live in apartment style housing), attendance at an alcohol education program, attendance at a Choices class given through Housing, Restorative Justice, community service, counseling referrals, loss of privileges, fines or restitution, as well as research and/or reflection papers. For the more severe policy violations such as sexual assault or repeated violations (numerous alcohol or drug violations) students can face suspension or expulsion.
Will a student's conduct impact him or her in the future?
There are numerous employers, graduate and professional schools who require a student to release to them their conduct history before being considered for hire or admittance. Government agencies such as the FBI and all branches of the military perform conduct checks on applicants. Conduct checks also are conducted on any student wishing to participate in study abroad programs or gain admission to licensing agencies such as the Missouri State Bar Association. There are several on campus leadership programs that also perform conduct checks on student applicants. A student's conduct record is cumulative for the duration of their time as a student at SLU. A student's conduct record will remain on file for seven years after their last semester attended.
For questions on policies, please refer to the Student Handbook.