Understanding the Conduct Process

The mission of Saint Louis University is to help students become men and women for others. Consistent with the philosophy of a Jesuit education and this mission, the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards is committed to developing and nurturing a community that embraces responsibility and prioritizes individual growth and development.

The goal of our office is to work collaboratively with you even if your words and actions come into conflict with the ideals of the University. To this end, we support an educational disciplinary process that assists you in understanding the consequences of your actions and helps to improve your decision-making skills.

The Conduct Process

If you are documented for being involved in a potential policy violation, you will be contacted by email and asked to attend an individual hearing about your conduct. During this individual hearing, you will have the opportunity to discuss the incident with a University hearing officer, a professional staff member who investigates and determines responsibility of any violations.

Failure to attend this meeting will result in the case being decided in your absence, as well as a failure to comply violation, an additional Community Standard violation on your record that may result in a registration hold being placed on your account.

Should you accept responsibility or be found responsible for the charges, you will receive sanctions. These are outcomes designed to educate you about how your actions impact both you and others. A list of possible sanctions can be found in the student handbook in section 2.0: Community Standards. The hearing officer will use the preponderance of evidence standard when deciding a case, which means that the determination is that it is more likely than not that a violation was committed.  

Appeals

If you do not agree with the particulars of the violation or the sanctions, you will have three days to appeal. In most cases, the appeal will be sent to the student appeal board which is comprised of undergraduate students. They will have the final say and their determination is final.

Opening the Individual Hearing Email

Our system will send the meeting letters through a secure email system called Maxient. This email will contain a link to a login screen where you must enter your Banner id (including the three zeros) to retrieve a letter that includes the time, location and hearing officer you will meet with.

Parent Notification

The Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts parents from being contacted directly regarding a violation of policy concerning their child. However, parents will be contacted regarding more serious violations such as underage drinking and illegal drug use.

To allow SLU personnel to discuss any issues outside of alcohol and drug violations with your parents, you will need to grant permission by going to mySLU Share in Banner and checking the conduct box.

Differences from a Legal Process

Saint Louis University's conduct process is designed to teach our students to accept responsibility for their actions, to help them realize the impact of their decisions and to foster positive community values.

For any of these goals to be attained, students must represent themselves in our conduct process. Therefore, attorneys are not permitted to be part of conduct hearings as they would be in a civil or criminal court. Decisions about responsibility are made with a preponderance of the evidence, or "more likely than not," standard.

Consequences of Misconduct

Sanctions are assigned based on the violation and the frequency of the violation. They can include:

  • Disciplinary warning
  • University censure
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Housing probation (restrictions on access to apartment-style housing)
  • Attendance at a workshop or class
  • Attendance at a Choices class given through housing and res life
  • Restorative Justice
  • Community service
  • Counseling referrals
  • Loss of privileges
  • Fines or restitution
  • Research and/or reflection papers

For more severe policy violations such as sexual assault or repeated violations (numerous alcohol or drug violations) students can face suspension or expulsion.

Impact of Misconduct after SLU

  • Numerous employers, graduate and professional schools require a student to release their conduct history before being considered for hire or admittance.
  • Government agencies such as the FBI and all branches of the military perform conduct checks on applicants.
  • Conduct checks also are conducted on any student wishing to participate in study abroad programs or gain admission to licensing agencies such as the Missouri State Bar Association.
  • Several on-campus leadership programs also perform conduct checks on student applicants.

Your conduct record is cumulative for the duration of your time as a student at SLU. The conduct record will remain on file for seven years after your last semester attended.

For other questions on policies, please refer to the student handbook or contact us at conduct@slu.edu.