Code of Conduct for Students
The University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir affirms that the central purpose of a Faculty is the pursuit of truth, the discovery of new
knowledge through scholarly research, the teaching and overall development of students. However, the establishment and maintenance of a community where there is freedom to teach and to learn is dependent on maintaining an appropriate sense of order that allows for
the pursuit of these objectives in an environment that is both safe and free of invidious disruption.
Rules and regulations are necessary to mark the boundaries of this needed order
The students, faculty and administration of the University of Azad
Jammu & Kashmir (UAJ&K) are all collectively and individually responsible for maintaining the academic integrity of this institution. This Code of conduct governs the academic conduct
of each student University-wide and it shall be used to govern and
adjudicate all matters of student academic conduct to the extent it
is practicable for it to do so.
Students at UAJ&K are obligated to conduct themselves in a
manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of
higher education. Students are obligated to refrain from acts that
they know, or should know, will impair the academic integrity of
the University. Actions, which may be considered acceptable or
normative outside of University, are not necessarily acceptable at
UAJ&K and shall not interfere in overall academic conduct. All
shall be treated equally and be guided by the current code. This
Code of Conduct may from time to time be revised and amended.
This Code of Conduct has been formulated to provide a clear
statement of the University's expectations of students in respect of
academic matters and personal behavior.
Study at the University presents opportunities for interacting
with other members of the University community. The University
recognizes and values the diversity of student experiences
and expectations, and is committed to treating students, both
academically and personally, in a fair and transparent manner. All
students, in return, are required to comply with the requirements
set down in this Code of Conduct.
The University reaffirms its commitment to:
- high academic standards, intellectual rigor and a high quality
- intellectual freedom and social responsibility;
- recognition of the importance of ideas and the pursuit of
critical and open inquiry;
- tolerance, honesty and respect as the hallmarks of
relationships throughout the University community; and
high standards of ethical behavior.
- All students are required to be aware of and act consistently with
This Code of Conduct applies to all students of the UAJ&K
in respect of all actions and activities (including inaction or
inactivity) relating to or impacting on the University or its
students and employees. It must be read in conjunction with the
statutes, rules, and calendar of the University.
The code applies to the on-campus conduct of all students and
registered student organizations. The code also applies to the off-campus conduct of students and registered student organizations
in direct connection with:
- Academic course requirements or any credit-bearing
experiences, such as internships, field trips, study abroad, or
- Any activity supporting pursuit of a degree, such as research
at another institution or a professional practice assignment;
- Any activity sponsored, conducted, or authorized by the
university or by registered student organizations;
- Any activity that causes substantial destruction of property
belonging to the university or members of the university
community or causes serious harm to the health or safety of
members of the university community; or
- Any activity in which a police report has been filed, a
summons or indictment has been issued, or an arrest has
occurred for a crime of violence.
The university reserves the right to administer the code and
proceed with the hearing process even if the student withdraws
from the university, is no longer enrolled in classes, or subsequently
fails to meet the definition of a student while a disciplinary matter
Students continue to be subject to city, state, and federal laws
while at the university, and violations of those laws may also
constitute violations of the code. In such instances, the university
may proceed with university disciplinary action under the code
independently of any criminal proceeding involving the same
conduct and may impose sanctions for violation of the code even
if such criminal proceeding is not yet resolved or is resolved in the
TERM OF CONDUCT
Students have a duty to familiarize themselves with the rules
and regulations of the University that determine what their
- Students shall abide by the published rules, regulations, and
policies of the University or of any authorized rule-making
body within the University.
- Students shall not interfere, directly, indirectly, or by threat,
with the communication or pursuit of a complaint under the
- Students shall respect the freedom of individuals to study,
teach, work, engage in research and socialize. Students shall
refrain from conduct that attempts to limit these freedoms or
any other freedoms guaranteed by law.
- Student conduct shall respect the lawful rights of others to
possess, use, or enjoy private or University property.
Violation of the aforementioned terms of conduct is an offence
under the Code, subject to disciplinary sanction. The above terms
apply with equal force to individual students and student groups
As members of the UAJ&K, students enjoy the following rights:
Equal Opportunity in Education
- Every student has a right to be free from discrimination
based on race, religion, ethnic origin, political affiliation, age,
gender and disability.
Right to Academic Freedom
Students have the right to freedom of expression as
defined in the University calendar, and a right to
freedom of assembly and association, as long as the
exercise of such freedoms does not interfere with the
effective conduct of classes, complies with University
policies and respect for the rights of others.
Rights Concerning Educational Process
-While students are required to know the material
presented by the teacher, students are also free to
reserve and express personal judgment in a constructive
- While faculty and administrators have decision making
authority in educational matters, students may make
suggestions in a constructive manner regarding revising
and improving the educational process.
- Students have the right to be informed of grading
criteria and to fair evaluation by the teacher, as well as a
right to appeal a grade based on mathematical error or
misapplication of grading criteria.
- Students have a right to protection against unauthorized
disclosure of information contained in their financial,
medical, and educational records.
Rights Pertaining to Student Organizations
- Students shall be free to organize and join student
organizations to promote their common interests
within the framework of the Student Council. Student
organizations shall be free to examine and to discuss all
questions of interest in accordance with laws defined in
- Recognized student organizations may be afforded the
privilege to use available University buildings, facilities
and services after teaching hours in accordance with the
University administrative policies and procedures.
Freedom from Harassment
- Students have a right to be free from any kind of
harassment by any member of the University's
community and have the right to apply to the
Disciplinary Committee for redress.
- Students have a right to due process in any University
proceeding against them. This includes the right to
be heard, a right to review and decision by impartial
persons or bodies, and a right to adequate notice.
- Students have a right to file a grievance regarding the
violation of any student right with the Disciplinary
Committee in accordance with its procedures.
It shall be the responsibility of each student to become familiar
with the provisions of this Code. Upon enrollment at UAJ&K
each student will be given a copy of the Code and will sign a form
acknowledging that he/she has read, understood and agreed to
follow this Code.
- Each student is obligated to refrain from committing any
act of academic dishonesty. These are acts that a student
knows or under the circumstances should know impair the
academic integrity of UAJ&K, as described in detail in this
- A student who commits an act of academic dishonesty is
subject to disciplinary action as described in this Code and
- A faculty member who discovers a violation of this Code may
impose the following measures:
- oral warning to the student;
- written warning to the student;
- reduction in score in the academic evaluation involved
or one of its components;
- retake of the academic evaluation involved or one of its
- failure in the course.
- Disciplinary measures should be applied in a timely manner,
as soon as practicable after the discovery of the violation.
- Faculty should seek, as needed, the advice of the Dean (DSA
or DDSA) on how to handle such violations. If the student
is from a different program or department, faculty members
are encouraged to confer with the Chairman of that program
(or his/her designee) about the student.
- In a particularly serious case (e.g., involving a repeat
offense), the faculty member may recommend that the Dean
request that the student be suspended or dismissed from the
program. The final decision on such matters shall be made by
the Vice Chancellor (or his/her designee).
- In general, students should address their concerns regarding
disciplinary measures under this Code, first to the faculty
member. If the student believes that there has been a serious
error in the application of the disciplinary measure, the
student may discuss the matter with the Dean (DSA or
- After appeal to the Dean (or the Dean's designee), if a
student believes that the disciplinary measure relating to the
violation of academic integrity or misconduct is manifestly
erroneous or grossly unfair, the student may appeal to the
- Each Program/Department shall make an annual report
at the end of each academic year, summarizing on a nonames basis the violations addressed and the corresponding
disciplinary measures applied during that academic year.
All students must:
- treat all employees, honorary appointees, consultants,
contractors, volunteers any other members of the public and
other students with respect, dignity, impartiality, courtesy
- maintain a cooperative and collaborative approach to interpersonal relationships;
- act honestly and ethically in their dealings with University
employees, honorary appointees, consultants, contractors,
volunteers, any other members of the public and other
- respect the privacy of employees, honorary appointees,
consultants, contractors, volunteers any other members of
the public and other students;
- ensure that they do not act in a manner that unnecessarily
or unreasonably impedes the ability of employees, honorary
appointees, consultants, contractors, volunteers any other
members of the public or other students to access or use the
resources of the University, including the University, Library,
lecture rooms and laboratories.
All students must:
- ensure that their enrolment and progress in their award
course is lawful and consistent with the statutes, rule and
calendar of the University.
- read all official correspondence from the University,
- act ethically and honestly in the preparation, conduct,
submission and publication of academic work, and during
all forms of assessment, including formal examinations and
avoid any activity or behavior that would unfairly advantage
or disadvantage another student academically;
- conform to the University's requirements for working with
humans, animals and biohazards;
behave professionally, ethically and respectfully in all
dealings with the University's learning partners during
extramural placements and practicums; and
- use University resources, including information and
communication technology resources, in a lawful and ethical
manner and for University purposes only, unless express
permission has been granted for non-University or private
The individual teacher is primarily responsible for managing the
classroom environment. If a student engages in any prohibited or
unlawful acts or other behavior that results in disruption of a class,
he or she may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class
for the remainder of the class period. Students must be protected
against infringement of their rights and unfair practices.
- Each member of the University community is issued a
picture Identification card, and must wear it at all times while
on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
Identification cards must be presented upon entering
University buildings and must be worn while on University
- Identification cards are not transferable. The owner of
the card will be called upon to account for any fraudulent
use of his or her identification card and will be subject to
disciplinary action by the University if he or she has aided
such fraudulent use. The card will be forfeited if the student
to whom it was issued allows any other person to use the
- Upon card owner's withdrawal from the University, all rights
and privileges related to the identification card automatically
cease. If the student withdraws, or is suspended or expelled,
from the University, the identification card must be
surrendered to the Faculty.
VISITORS AND GUESTS
Students may be held accountable for the acts of misconduct
of their guests while on University premises or at Universitysponsored activities. Visitors, including invitees shall conduct
themselves, at all times, in a manner which is consistent and in line
with maintenance of orderly behavior in the University premises.
In order to maintain academic dignity and sanctity of the
institution, students and staff of the university are required to
wear decent dress keeping in view the local cultural and religious
values. The dress restriction is not to impose any rigidity or
regimentation but is in accordance with the spirit of discipline,
punctuality and religious matter. Purpose of Dress Code is to
establish the basic guide lines for appropriate work dress that
promotes a positive image of UAJ&K and also allow maximum
flexibility to maintain good morale, respect, cultural/religious
values and due consideration for safety while staying at all
campuses. All the female students essentially wear a Gown with
headscarf. The color of the gown and headscarf will be different
for different disciplines.
To abide by the student dress code, student should not:
- Wear tight or see-through dress.
- Wear Shorts, or sleeve-less shirts.
- Wear Tee-Shirts/dress bearing language or Art, which
appears to be provocative or indecent and is likely to offend
- Wear torn clothing.
- Wear jogging or exercise clothing during classes.
- Put on excessive makeup or wear expensive jewellery.
- Wear untidy, gaudy or immodest dress in classrooms,
cafeteria and university offices.
- Wear unprofessional attire in formal programs and
- Draw unnecessary attention to themselves through their
clothing, accessories, hairstyles, body markings or piercings.
- Wear dress which is sexually provocative is not acceptable.
- Sunglasses are permitted but must be removed when indoors.
- Hair must be clean and its style should not draw unnecessary
attention. Long hair must be tied back.
- Bare feet are not permitted.
Students are strictly reminded to follow the accepted social and
cultural norms of the society. Undue intimacy and unacceptable
proximity, openly or in isolated areas will not be tolerated.
Furthermore, the female students are banned to sit with male
teachers in their offices or inside laboratories behind the closed
doors. The exchange of helping material i.e. notes, books, teaching
assignments are only allowed in the classrooms and laboratories.
Even in the class rooms male and female students shall sit in
separately or as advised/directed by the class teacher. Both male
and female will sit in Faculty cafeteria at their allocated places.
They are strictly bound to not mix up or sit on places not assigned
to them. Within the premises of Faculty gender mixing is seriously
prohibited and violation will result major punishments.
The use of cell phone is strictly prohibited within the premises
of the Faculty. All faculty member/teachers are permitted to keep
an eye on the students. Whenever they found any student with a
mobile phone, the student must surrender mobile to the teacher.
Disobedience will results in major penalties.
Any student found to have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any
of the following conduct while within the university's jurisdiction,
will be subject to disciplinary action by the faculty/university. The
following is an illustrative list of the types of conduct, including
actual conduct and attempts to engage in such conduct, which are
prohibited by this Code.
- Causing any condition that jeopardizes the safety of
individuals, groups of individuals, or the University
community; participating in conduct or behavior that
explicitly endangers the safety and well-being of oneself or
- Tampering with safety measures or devices, such as fire
extinguishers, exit signs, locked exterior or interior doors.
- Failing to conform to safety regulations, such as falsely
reporting an incident.
- Falsely reporting the presence or threat of a bomb or any
other dangerous device or condition.
- Having the knowledge of and not reporting an event or act
that would potentially endanger members of the University
- Failure to wear, or to produce or surrender the identification
card upon the request of a Faculty/University official.
- Possession of weapons including firearms, items that eject
projectiles, knives, or any item that any reasonable person
would consider to have the possibility of doing bodily harm.
- Possessing, using, storing, or transporting firearms, other
weapons, explosives, fireworks, ammunition, tear gas or
dangerous chemicals, except as authorized for use in class, or
in connection with University-sponsored research or other
- Engaging in verbal or physical behavior directed at an
individual or group based on national origin, race, creed,
gender, religious beliefs that, according to a person of
reasonable sensibilities, is likely to create an intimidating
or demeaning environment that impedes the access of
other students, faculty and staff to the educational benefits
available to them as a member of the University community.
- Wearing articles of clothing with derogatory, racist,
discriminatory, patently offensive, profane, sexually explicit,
or graphic messages either in words or pictures, which
demonstrate bias or discrimination against any individual or
group within the University community.
Engaging in verbal, electronic, visual, written or physical
behavior directed at an individual or group that, in the view
of a person of reasonable sensibilities, is likely to provoke or
otherwise result in, a negative or injurious response, mental
or emotional distress, or related reaction or consequence.
Creating an intimidating or demeaning situation or
environment or inflicting personal, social, academic,
psychological or emotional harm,or undue stress.
Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury upon the person of
another, when coupled with an apparent present ability to do so,
and any intentional display of force such as would give the victim
reason to fear bodily harm constitutes an assault. An assault may
be committed without actually touching or striking, or doing
bodily harm. Self-defense may be a mitigating factor to this
charge, depending on the circumstances.
An encounter in which physical contact occurs or is threatened
between two or more persons with weapons, blows or other
personal violence and that may include pushing, shoving, and
other acts of physical abuse. Self-defense may be a mitigating
factor to this charge, depending on the circumstance.
Stalking is defined as willfully, maliciously and repeatedly
following or harassing another person in a manner that would
cause a reasonable person to feel frightened, intimidated,
threatened, harassed, or molested.
Stalking is behavior in which a student repeatedly engages
in a course of conduct directed at another person and
makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person
inreasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his
or her family; where the threat is reasonably determined by
the University to seriously alarm, torment, or terrorize the
Stalking can either be physical or electronic.
Hazing is defined as an act, which endangers the mental or physical
health or safety of a student. It may include, but is not limited
to, the destruction or removal of public or private property, or
any activity conducted on or off-campus that causes or intends
to cause an unreasonable expenditure of funds, embarrassing,
intimidating or demeaning behavior, exposure to situations that
could result in physical or emotional harm, or that causes undue
stress, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with,
or as a condition for continued membership in any sanctioned or
unsanctioned group or organization at the University.
Forgery, Fraud, Dishonesty
Forging the name of a University employee, another student or
any other person or entity, altering or misusing official University
forms, documents, records, stored data, electronic data bases and
University enterprise systems, identification of, or knowingly
furnishing false information to University officers, officials,
faculty and/or employees or providing such information involving
or referring to the University to off-campus organizations,
institutions, or individuals. Making false statements in public
or private, including knowingly filing false charges under the
code. Aiding and abetting another individual in the conduct of
such actions also constitutes a violation of this provision. The
University has registered its name, logo and seal as trademarks. As
such, these marks are protected under applicable federal and local laws. Students may not use the seal, logo(s), motto, trademarks,
or other intellectual property of the University without written
permission from the University's Registrar Office.
- The attempt of, or unauthorized removal, use of, or the
defacing of University property, or property under University
custody or control resulting in its destruction or damage.
- Destroying, defacing, removing or damaging the property
of others on University premises or at University sponsored
The stealing or attempted theft of property and/or services;
knowingly possessing or transporting stolen property; or
improperly using or converting the property of another for
Unauthorized Entry, Use, or Trespassing
Entering or using University facilities or property, or property in
the custody or control of the University, for an improper purpose,
or without proper authorization, or assisting others in doing so.
Organization and Event Registration
Failing to comply with policies and regulations governing the
registration of student organizations, events on campus, or the use
of University facilities or resources.
Failure to Comply/Non-Compliance
Failing to comply with or respond to the directions or
instructions of an authorized University official, faculty, or
staff member acting in the performance of his or her duties
or any other person responsible for a University facility
or registered function acting in accordance with those
- The student identification card shall be carried by students
at all times and surrendered upon the reasonable request of
any University Official, Faculty Member, Staff Member and
all Residence Hall Personnel.
- Failure to comply with any disciplinary procedure, within the
identified time frame, will result in a hearing with sanctions
The Campus is a no-smoking area, and at no time in any premises
of the Campus smoking is allowed.
- Acting in a manner that impairs, interferes with, or obstructs
the orderly conduct, processes, or functions of the University
or of any person or persons on University owned or operated
property or at any University-sponsored event.
- Students whose behavior, communi-cations, and/or
attire may be considered disruptive while participating
in academic programs, University activities, programs
and general operations. Behaviors would include: use of
electronic devices such as pagers, cell phones, video games,
walkmans, personal music players, playing computer games
during class sessions, laboratory or clinical practicum's or
clerkships and periods of academic instruction, remediation,
or tutorial assistance. Disruptive conduct would also include
the wearing of apparel clothing in class, or during academic
instruction that is lewd, profane or sexually explicit; attire
that conveys messages in print or in picture form that are
profane, vulgar, patently offensive, racist or discriminatory,
and this conduct disrupts the teacher's ability to maintain
decorum or provide academic instruction in the classroom,
laboratory, or other instructional environments.
- This also includes students who engage in disruptive
behaviors or communications with a teacher, such as
swearing or cursing, which impedes the ability of the
teacher to present academic information in the classroom
or laboratory, clerkship, conduct academic advisement,
counseling, or tutorial assistance.
Unauthorized, Use of Computer or Electronic Communication
Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources including,
but not limited to:-
- Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the
contents, or for any other purpose.
- Unauthorized transfer of a file.
- Use of another individual's identification and/or password.
- Interference with the work of another student, faculty
member or University official.
- Sending obscene, abusive or threatening messages.
- Transmission of computer viruses.
- Interfering with normal operation of the University
- Unauthorized duplication of software or other violation of
- Unauthorized access to, or unauthorized, mischievous or
malicious use of University computer equipment or networks, or
electronic communication devices, or the use of such equipment
or devices to gain unauthorized access to, and/or use of, offcampus computer equipment.
Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials,
information, or study aids in any academic exercise; copying
from another student's examination; submitting work prepared in
advance for an in-class examination; taking an examination for
another person or conspiring to do so.
Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any
information or citation in an academic exercise.
Facilitating academic dishonesty
Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another
to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
Intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of
another as one's own in any academic exercise; failure to attribute
direct quotation, paraphrase, or borrowed facts or information.
Providing, either knowingly or through negligence, one's own
work to assist a student in satisfying a course requirement, or
representing material prepared by or with another as one's own
independent work. In instances where students are permitted
to work jointly to complete an assignment, instructors will offer
clear guidelines about when and how to collaborate; if a student is
unsure, it is the responsibility of the student to ask the instructor.
Use of unfair means generally covers following:-
a. An attempt to have access to the question paper before the
b. Use/possessionof unauthorized reference material during
c. Any form of communication by the examinees with any
one in or outside the test/examination room while the test/
examination is in progress.
Unauthorized entry into faculty's office in un-authorized/unethical or that of his staff with the intention of having an access to
or tempering with the official record/exam paper etc.
Violation of Criminal Codes of the Local, State, or Federal
On or off-campus actions or activities that violate criminal law
also violate the Code.
Unauthorized acquisition and/or use of funds belonging to, or
under the stewardship of, any University unit, organization, or
Contempt of, or Interference with any Disciplinary Program
Actions or Activities
- Failure to respect the disciplinary program or process,
including failing to appear for hearing if called to do so,
interfering with attendance by any person or persons
mandated to attend a meeting or hearing, or interfering with
the hearing or disciplinary process of any disciplinary board
or administrative hearing.
- Acting in a threatening or harassing manner towards hearing
participants before, during or after a hearing.
Students are expressly prohibited from speaking on behalf
of, or for, Faculty/University with any media organization or
publication, or from inviting the same to any University-owned
or operated property, facility, or event without the express written
permission of the Office of University Authorities.
Presenting False Testimony
Knowingly making false statements regarding a disciplinary
matter before, during or after the disciplinary adjudication
Abuse of the Student Conduct System
Abusing the student conduct system including, but not limited
- Failure to obey the notice from a University official to appear
for a meeting or hearing as part of the student conduct
- Falsification, distortion or misrepresen-tation of information
before a hearing body or designated hearing officer of the
- Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a
- Causing a violation of University Code of Conduct hearing
to convene in bad faith.
Political meetings, distribution of posters and political material
and use of loudspeakers are not allowed inside campus premises.
Indecent Behavior at the Campus
Indecent behavior exhibited at the campus including classes,
cafeteria, laboratories etc, defying the norms of decency, morality
and religious/cultural/social values by single or group of students.
- Damage to the university fixtures/furniture, scribbling/
carving on desks, wall chalking, misusing of lab/university
- Use of mobile phone in class rooms, examination halls, labs and
Conduct occurring off University premises be such that it should
not affect the interest/image of the University.
ENFORCEMENT OF CODE OF CONDUCT
Matters of indiscipline would be referred to the Faculty/university
authorities, which are authorized to check indiscipline matters
and decide as per University rules, regulations and policy. Parents of those students who disobey authority and violate the code
of conduct will be informed. Students may be held accountable
for the acts of misconduct of their guests while on University
premises or at University-sponsored activities. Students who are
charged with violations of this Code are subject to disciplinary
action as per Universityrules/regulations/Statutes.
PUNISHMENT OR PENALTY FOR ACTS OF
Punishment or penalty for acts of ill-discipline shall be according
to the gravity of the case and may be any one or more of the
Warning in writing
. Notice to the offender, orally or in
writing, that continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct
may be cause for further disciplinary action.
Probation. Probation for a specific period.
Fine. Fine this may amount up to Rs.3000.
Hostel Suspension / Permanent Removal.
from the hostel for a specified period, or permanent removal
from the residence hall.
Withholding of certificate
Withholding of a certificate of
good moral character.
Removal of privileges.
Deprivation from the privileges
enjoyed by the students.
F Grade. Award of "F" grade in a paper.
. Expulsion from the class for a specific period up
to one semester.
.Fine this may amount up to Rs.10000.
Cancellation of examination result.
. Expulsion or rustication from the University/
college as given in University calendar.
Non conferment of degree/transcript.
.Other sanctions or a combination
of above mentioned punishments as deemed appropriate.
Each case of ill-discipline shall be reported to the Dean through
DSA or DDSA or the warden of the hostel and he will refer the
case to the Disciplinary Committee.
A disciplinary hearing is a formal process conducted by the
Discipline Committee. This formal process is designed to
gather and consider relevant information regarding the alleged
violation/s of the Code and to determine and recommend a
punishment. Every effort will be made to expedite proceedings
pursuant to allegations within a reasonable period.
Discipline Committee will recommend the punishment
according to the gravity of the case after giving full opportunity
to the defaulter to give his point of view before recommending
An appeal against the Discipline Committee's decision can be filed
with the Vice Chancellor within fifteen days of the announcement
of the decision.
Right to appeal
A student found to have violated this code has the right to appeal
the original decision. An appeal of a decision must be submitted
in writing and to the Vice Chancellor, within ten (10) calendar
days after the date on which written notice of the decision is sent
to the student. Each student shall be limited to one appeal. The
decision of the Vice Chancellor is final.
Grounds for appeal
An appeal may be based only upon one or more of the following
- Procedural error;
- Misapplication or misinterpretation of the rule alleged to
have been violated;
- Findings of facts not supported by a preponderance of
- Discovery of substantial new facts that were unavailable at
the time of the hearing; and
- That the disciplinary sanction imposed is grossly
disproportionate to the violation committed.
- The Vice Chancellor shall dismiss the appeal if the appeal
is not based upon one or more of the grounds set forth in
Section (B) above.
- The Vice Chancellor may decide the appeal based upon a
review of the record.
- The Vice Chancellor may ask additional written information
or an oral presentation from any relevant person(s) and then
decide the appeal based upon the enhanced record.
Possible dispositions by the appeal officer
The Vice Chancellor may, after a review of the record, uphold the
original sanction, dismiss the original sanction, or impose a lesser
sanction. Vice Chancellor may also remand the case to the original
hearing body or refer the case to a new hearing officer or panel to
be reheard. If possible, a new hearing officer or panel should be
different from the one that originally decided the case. If a case is
reheard by a hearing officer or panel, the sanction imposed can be
greater than that imposed at the original hearing.
REVISIONS OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AND
1. Periodic Review
The Faculty Code of Conduct Committee will conduct a full
formal review of the Code at least every one (1) year or at such
other times as it deems appropriate to determine if the Code
should undergo a full revision process.
2. Procedure for Revision
If it is determined that the Code is in need of full revision, the
procedure for developing a new document for recommendation
to the Board of Trustees will be as follows:
- A committee composed of faculty, administrative staff and
students will be appointed by Dean to review the "Code"
portion of the document and to make recommendations for
- The draft of the revised Code is completed by Committee
and forwarded to the Dean for review and comment.
- The final draft will be submitted for review to the Academic
3. Forwarding for Approval
The final document will be forwarded, through the Dean to
the Vice Chancellor for final review and for presentation to the
Syndicate for approval.