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Student Responsibility and Community Standards

As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, Saint Louis University holds high standards regarding the conduct of its students both on and off campus.

Our mission in the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards is to help you, as students, think reflectively and act respectfully, both in how you care for your fellow community members and the ways you care for yourself. We actively support educational initiatives and restorative justice that prioritizes your learning and long term success. We also support play a central role in educating and training students, faculty and staff about our community standards, values and expectations.

Student Responsibility Office

Fall 2021 Hours 

During the Fall 2021 semester, our office staff will be working in our office in Wuler Hall during University business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Our office will resume meeting with students in person; however, arrangments may be made to meet via Zoom under certain circumstances. 

Student Handbook

All of the University policies that pertain to you as a student, University community standards and residence hall policies are online in the Student Handbook. It is your responsibility to review and understand the policies and expectations for your behavior as a student at Saint Louis University.

Access the Student Handbook      Access Previous Year's Handbook

Incident Reporting

Please provide detailed information regarding the incident you are reporting involving a Saint Louis University student. For incidents involving faculty members, please contact the dean for the corresponding college. For incidents involving Saint Louis University staff members, please contact the human resource division’s automated line at 314-977-2360. For all emergencies, contact the DPS dispatcher at 314-977-3000 or dial 911.

Only current students, faculty or staff members of the SLU community may file a report via the incident report form. If you are not a current SLU community member, please contact the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards at 314-977-7326 to speak with a staff member. 

Reports filed through this online incident report are immediately received and viewed the next business day.

If you have any questions regarding filing an incident report, please contact the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards at 314-977-7326.

 *Example of incidents that should be reported can be found under the University Policies and Procedures in the Student Handbook.  

Report an Incident to the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards

Provide an Update to a Previously Submitted Incident Report

Community Standards Process

Individual Hearings

If an incident report is submitted to the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards from housing and residence life, the department of public safety or another member of the community, it will be investigated by our office. If your name is associated with an incident, you will be scheduled to meet with a hearing officer to discuss the incident. This meeting is to discuss what happened and to gather additional information. All meetings and hearings, until further notice, will occur virtually via Zoom.

If it is determined that there was a policy violation during this meeting, you will have the opportunity to take responsibility for your actions. If you take responsibility, the appropriate sanctions may be given to you. If you are found responsible, you may also receive sanctions. You will have the opportunity to appeal the outcome three days from the date of the hearing.

Learn More About the Conduct Process

Appeals

Appeals for "non-suspendable" offenses are reviewed by the Community Standards Appeal Board (CSAB). The appeal board is made up of SLU students who will decide upon the final determination, unless school is not in session, in which case, appeals may be heard by a University Appeal Board. Appeals for "suspendable" offenses are heard by a University Appeal Board (UAB), which consists of a panel of faculty and staff. The Director of the Office of Student Responsibility, or designee, is responsible for determining whether a violation is "suspendable" or "non-suspendable."

Students and Student organizations may appeal decisions made by a Hearing Officer or a Hearing Panel. Students must appeal by the date provided in their outcome letter. The grounds for appeal may only be based on the following:

  1. There was a material deviation from the procedures set forth in the Community Standards that would significantly impact the outcome of the case or may have resulted in a different finding;
  2. New or relevant information, not available at the time of the hearing, has arisen that would significantly impact the outcome of the case. 

The CSAB or UAB will review the request for appeal to determine the validity of the request in accordance with the criteria described above. If the appeal is determined to be valid, the CSAB or the UAB will complete a review of the original hearing process and the materials provided therein (incident reports, notification and outcome letters, appeal request, case notes). The CSAB or the UAB will then issue a determination which may include:

  • Affirm the Hearing Officer's or the Hearing Panel's decision
  • Remand or refer the case back to a hearing officer for a new hearing
  • Change or amend any sanctions or outcomes
  • Overturn the Hearing Officer's or Hearing Panel's findings and sanctions

Appeal a Decision

Behavioral Concerns Committee

Housed in the dean of students’ office, the behavioral concerns committee reviews cases involving students who could pose imminent harm to themselves or others. The committee is made up of staff representatives who work with the student to develop a course of action that best suits their needs and the needs of the University community.

Get Involved in the Process

The Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards has many opportunities for students to develop their leadership and communication skills through involvement in the student appeal board or serving as a peer educator. If you want to get involved, be proactive and make a difference, there are a few ways to be part of the decisions that impact our campus through policy and justice.

Student Appeal Board

The Student Appeal Board is made up of undergraduate students who decide the final determination of disciplinary cases.

Peer Education

Peer educators help teach our awareness workshop, a class students receive as a sanction that focuses on skills about alcohol, drugs and bystander intervention. In this role, you will share information with other undergraduates about the importance of safe drinking habits, skills for bystander intervention and how to help out fellow Billikens in need.

Internships

An internship in our office normally lasts a semester. It's an opportunity to learn about how the conduct process works at the University.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please e-mail conduct@slu.edu and a representative from the office will be in touch.

Community Standards Forms