Possible Outcomes of a Disciplinary Conference
Most incidents referred to Student Conduct & Community Standards or Residential Life and Housing for resolution are addressed either through an informal resolution process, or a disciplinary conference.
The Code of Conduct outlines the adjudication process for students in Section 17 and Disciplinary Conferences in Section 22.
If a student is found responsible for a violation of the Code, all possible outcomes, or sanctions, are listed in Section 13 of the Code. The most common outcome of a disciplinary conference is an educational sanction designed to achieve specific learning goals that are consistent with the mission of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Students and Conduct officers can use the Sanction Guidebook to select meaningful educational opportunities for students.
Adelphi University’s Sanction Guidebook
Student Conduct and Community Standards’ primary purpose is to be educational. In a recent assessment, when students were asked what they hoped to gain from the conduct process, the primary theme that emerged was a desire for learning and education. In light of this view and the office’s mission, students are provided with a menu of educational sanctions to choose from that will allow them to participate in developing their own individualized learning experience. The goal of this process is to provide a framework for intentional and purposeful sanctioning consistent with the Department’s identified learning goals.
Departmental Learning Goals
The conduct process is designed to facilitate departmental learning outcomes. Educational sanctions should be linked to the following learning goals:
- Student possesses knowledge of University policies.
- Student relates University policy to daily life.
- Student considers alternative perspectives and solutions.
- Student applies information and experiences to a new situation.
- Student articulates a rationale for personal behavior and learns from past experiences.
- Student accepts personal accountability.
- Student articulates the values and principles involved in personal decision-making.
- Student demonstrates consideration for the welfare of others.
Using the Sanction Guidebook to select Sanctions
In a face-to-face meeting, the Conduct Officer and the student should identify the individual learning goals. This process should be collaborative. The student and the Conduct Officer should agree on learning goals based on the individual needs of the student and the circumstances of the incident.
When selecting sanctions, the Conduct Officer should take into consideration the student’s demonstrated level of ability in relevant domains. Based on the student’s individualized need, the student and the Conduct Officer should agree on the knowledge acquisition level from which to complete sanctions. Students should select sanctions that will meet their learning goals in, or just above, their demonstrated level of ability.
The process of selecting sanctions may happen in one, or multiple meetings. The sanctions selected should be approved by the Conduct Officer prior to completion.
For students looking to submit their sanctions please submit here.