Students should read the Student Code of Conduct which is located in the Student Handbook. If you have additional questions about the process or you do not have a Student Handbook please contact the Office Administrator at (850) 474-2384 or visit the Student Code of Conduct web site at http://www.uwf.edu/JudicialAffairs/documents/StudentCodeofConduct-2007edition.pdf. Return to top.
Upon receiving notification that you have been charged, you should call the appropriate administrator to schedule an appointment within five working days. It is important to remember that at this point in the conduct process, this charge is only an allegation. You have not been found responsible for the charge and will have an opportunity to explain your side of the incident prior to a decision being made. Return to top.
At this meeting, the administrator will introduce himself/herself, review your rights within the conduct process and discuss the incident with you. Once a determination has been made by the hearing officer about whether a violation has occurred, a sanction may be imposed if you are found responsible. A sanction is only imposed in cases where a student has been found responsible for a Code of Conduct or Housing violation(s). Return to top.
The goal of the conduct process is to educate the student about their obligations under our university rules and policies and to hopefully ensure that a violation does not occur again. Sanctioning can take many forms including restrictions on contact, restitution, counseling and educational programs. Return to top.
A full disclosure
of your rights within the conduct process can be found in the Student
Handbook. However, some of
the essential rights that you have include the right to receive notification
of the charges and allegations against you, the ability
to review any information contained in your file, and the right to
present information and witnesses on your behalf at the hearing. You
are also allowed to have an advisor present during your hearing.
However, the advisor's role is limited during the hearing to helping
and advising you. They cannot examine or cross-examine those giving
testimony or participate in the hearing. Return
It is expected that you will attend all conduct meetings and hearings, tell the truth, assume responsibility for mistakes and complete all required sanctions. Additionally, it is important for you to realize that it is your responsibility to provide any and all information and witnesses on your own behalf at the meeting or hearing. Return to top.
Within five working days, you will receive a written copy of the decision. A student can appeal the decision of a meeting or hearing by submitting a written request for review within fifteen working days after the receipt of your written decision. (This may vary in the housing judicial process. Please consult the housing guidelines for appeal information on that process). Return to top.