Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the Department of Residential Lifeís Student Conduct Office?

2. I received a charge letter from the Student Conduct Office, what do I do first?

3. What are my rights as a student?

4. Should I read the LSU Code of Student Conduct prior to my appointment/hearing?

5. What happens if I refuse to schedule an appointment prior to the deadline given in the charge letter?

6. Why canít I take care of the hearing over the phone?

7. What will the administrative and/or Student Conduct Board hearing be like?

8. What should I wear to the hearing?

9. Can I have an advisor, lawyer, friend, or parent present at the hearing?

10. What should I do if Iím being criminally charged for the same incident?

11. Will I be removed from LSU housing for this incident?

12. Will I be dismissed from LSU for this incident?

13. What types of sanctions can be imposed in my case?

14. What is the purpose of sanctioning students who have violated the LSU Code of Student Conduct?

15. What happens if I fail to complete a sanction by the given deadline?

16. Will LSU notify my parents/guardians about this incident?

17. Will a notation be placed on my transcript regarding this incident?

18. How long are Student Conduct files kept in the Student Conduct Office?

19. Where is the Student Conduct Office located?


 




1. What is the Department of Residential Lifeís Student Conduct Office?
The Department of Residential Lifeís Student Conduct Office consists of the Policy & Process Manager, a full-time Residential Life staff member. The Student Conduct Office works in collaboration with the Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability to maintain the Student Conduct Process for on-campus communities managed by the Department of Residential Life. The Student Conduct Office is also responsible for the recruitment, selection and training of the Department of Residential Lifeís Student Conduct Boards.

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2. I received a charge letter from the Student Conduct Office, what do I do first?
First, students should read the letter thoroughly. Then, students should follow the directions given within the letter, which typically are to contact the Student Conduct Office to schedule either a pre-hearing conference or an administrative hearing.

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3. What are my rights as a student?
A complete list of the studentís rights and responsibilities is outlined within the LSU Code of Student Conduct, some of these rights include the following:

ē 72-hour notice of any hearing process
ē The chance to bring witnesses to that hearing
ē The chance to have an advisor present at the hearing
ē The opportunity to delay a meeting if the student has a conflict
ē The right to an appellate process

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4. Should I read the LSU Code of Student Conduct prior to my appointment/hearing?
Yes, all LSU students should be aware of the LSU Code of Student Conduct upon becoming a student, but it is very important that all students involved with the Student Conduct Process are aware of their rights and responsibilities as outlined within the LSU Code of Student Conduct.

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5. What happens if I refuse to schedule an appointment prior to the deadline given in the charge letter?
Failing to schedule an appointment prior to the given deadline will result in a HOLD being placed on your records and registration and one of the following actions to be taken:

1. Decision to be made in your absence.
2. Referral to the Department of Residential Lifeís Student Conduct Board for adjudication.
3. Referral to the Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability for adjudication.
 

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6. Why canít I take care of the hearing over the phone?
The Student Conduct Process requires that there is a face-to-face meeting to discuss the situation. The reason for this requirement is that it allows for more direct communication of the policies and processes.

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7. What will the administrative and/or Student Conduct Board hearing be like?
The purpose of the Student Conduct Process is to be educational, therefore, the hearing structure for both venues is as follows:

1. Introductions of all parties
2. Explanation of Students Rights & Responsibilities
3. Sharing of all written Incident Reports
4. Question and answers with all involved parties
5. Discussion to determine responsibility
 

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8. What should I wear to the hearing?
There is no formal dress code for the Student Conduct Process. It is suggested that students wear clothes in which they are comfortable.

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9. Can I have an advisor, lawyer, friend, or parent present at the hearing?
All students are allowed to have one advisor present at the time of their hearing. The advisor is not allowed to participate in the hearing procedures, but is allowed to be present for moral support. Students are required to inform the hearing body of their advisors 24 hours in advance of the hearing.

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10. What should I do if Iím being criminally charged for the same incident?
LSUís Student Conduct Process is separate from the criminal system, therefore all students are responsible for completing both processes. Students can request that LSUís Student Conduct Process is postponed until completion of the criminal process and vice versa.

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11. Will I be removed from LSU housing for this incident?
Incidents that involve potential violations of the LSU Housing Contract and/or the Residential LIfe Substance-Free policy may result in you being relocated to a different on-campus assignment or removed from on-campus housing.

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12. Will I be dismissed from LSU for this incident?
All incidents that may result in suspension or expulsion from LSU are adjudicated by the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability.

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13. What types of sanctions can be imposed in my case?
The range of educational sanctions utilized within the Student Conduct Process is from a written warning to Conduct Probation to the Dean of Students Office. Sanctions are dependent upon the severity of the incident and the Student Conduct history of the student.

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14. What is the purpose of sanctioning students who have violated the LSU Code of Student Conduct?
Sanctioning within the Department of Residential Lifeís Student Conduct Process is meant to provide students with information about LSUís policies, living within an on-campus community and themselves.

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15. What happens if I fail to complete a sanction by the given deadline?
If you fail to complete a sanction by the given deadline, a HOLD will be placed on your records and registration until either completion of the sanction or verification of an extended deadline.

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16. Will LSU notify my parents/guardians about this incident?
LSU retains the right to notify parents/guardians regarding alcohol and/or controlled substances incidents. If deemed necessary, the Dean of Students Office will send a letter to the parents/guardians regarding any such incidents.

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17. Will a notation be placed on my transcript regarding this incident?
Only if a student is placed on probation to the Dean of Students Office as a sanction.

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18. How long are Student Conduct files kept in the Student Conduct Office?
The Student Conduct Office keeps Student Conduct files for seven (7) years after the date of the incident. The Student Conduct Office reserves the right to keep Student Conduct files longer if it is deemed necessary by either the Dean of Students Office or the Department of Residential Life.

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19. Where is the Student Conduct Office located?
The Student Conduct Office is located in Highland Hall. It is the first door on the right upon entering the front door.

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Department of Residential Life - Student Conduct Office
110 Highland Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225/578-5387
FAX: 225/334-5205

E-mail: rlstudentconduct@lsu.edu
Internet 2 University Member
 

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