FAQ for Parents & Families

We, in Student Advocacy & Accountability, want to partner with parents and families to support our LSU students.  Sometimes it can be challenging to know exactly how to advise and coach our students to be successful.  Below are a list of questions and answers that may get you started; please visit our Resources page for additional information.

What is the best way for me to support my student during an accountability matter?
Talk the matter over with your student.  Ask clarifying questions and try to gain some context about what happened, then consult the LSU Code of Student Conduct to learn more about the potential violations.  Help your student to determine if responsibility is theirs and if so, discuss how LSU may hold them accountable.  You are your student’s best “mirror” in discussing behavior that may violate University policy and how they can accept responsibility for their actions (be held accountable). Even if this is difficult, our mission is to engage students in responsible decision making and accountability.  If you need to call us to ask hypothetical questions about the process or outcomes, please do.  We will not be able to discuss details about your student's case without a signed FERPA WAvier (see below).

Can I call your office to discuss a situation involving my LSU student?
Yes. We encourage students to engage in healthy support systems including parents and families when a situation involving potential misconduct occurs.  In order to protect our students’ FERPA rights, we will ask that the LSU student complete and submit the FERPA waiver form to our office via e-mail at dossaa@lsu.edu or fax at 225-578-5637 prior to the conversation.

May I accompany my LSU student to accountability meetings?
Yes.  Each student is permitted to have one (1) advisor to support them in the accountability process at LSU.  In this role, advisors may not represent students or participate in the meeting.  Having support is valuable to all students and that is an advisor’s role in this case.

Does my student need a lawyer for the accountability process at LSU?
No.  Our process is not a court proceeding and lawyers are not permitted to “represent” students during the process.  If your family would prefer to have a lawyer present, that person may serve as an advisor during the process.  Students may only have one (1) advisor to support them at accountability meetings and hearings.

Can my student appeal your accountability decision?
There are several appeals that LSU students can submit throughout the accountability process at LSU.  Written in the Code of Student Conduct, the appeal procedures are clear and your student may ask questions in our office for clarification.  Deadlines are important in the appeal process.

How will academic misconduct issues impact my student’s job or graduate school search?
Students found responsible for academic misconduct violations will have a notation on their academic transcripts, as well as a grade impact for academic work in question.  Students may also fail the course or be placed on suspension as a result of academic misconduct.  LSU takes cases of academic misconduct very seriously; however, most students do not repeat these types of violations.  Therefore, once the probationary period has ended and educational sanctions have been completed, the transcript notation will be removed.  Students who apply for jobs and/or graduate school will need to be honest that they have violated University policy. We have not seen that single misconduct violations have negatively impacted a student’s future goals.

How long does LSU retain my student’s accountability file?
Seven (7) years.  The accountability file will be retained in full for seven (7) years and will be referenced for background checks.  It is important that students complete all educational sanctions, outcomes and retain good accountability standing prior to graduation.

If my student withdraws from LSU do they still need to meet with your office?
Yes.  All students who are contacted by SAA regarding a potential violation of the Code of Student Conduct will need to meet with a SAA hearing officer to discuss the incident.  If a student withdraws prior to the meeting, he or she still needs to resolve the matter.  Unresolved matters will result in hold placed on the student’s account and transcript.  Students also need to complete educational outcomes and sanctions in a timely manner to remove holds.

How can I get help for my LSU student who is in crisis or distress?
Call us at 225-578-9442 or complete a CARE report online.  The advocacy side of our office assists LSU students dealing with a range of distress (or even crisis).  We want to help our students persist and have resources to offer your student.  We just need them to contact us, or for you to do so on their behalf, to get started.

How does my student register a disability or medical need with LSU?
The best contact is Disability Services at 225-578-5919 or via email at disability@lsu.edu.  The staff is knowledgeable and can point you and your student in the right direction to get disabilities registered and secure the accommodations needed for your student to be successful at LSU.  Check out their website for forms and information at www.lsu.edu/disability.