University of Vermont

The Center for Student Ethics & Standards

Parent FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
For Parents/Guardians


1. Will parents be notified if their son or daughter violates university policy?
2. What is a student conduct hearing?

3. What is an Academic Integrity Pre-Hearing Meeting?
4. What will it mean if my son or daughter is suspended or dismissed from the university?
5. Can parents be present at the hearing?

6. How can parents be of support during the student conduct process?


1. Will parents be notified if their son or daughter violates university policy?

The University sends written notification to the parents or guardians of students who are under 21 years old at the time of the decision, when they have been found responsible for violating the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug policy. The letter does not include information from prior incidents or any details about the incident. In order for detailed information about student conduct incidents to be shared with any third party, a signed Waiver of Confidentiality from the student is required.

The University does not send written notification to parents or guardians of students found responsible for violating The Code of Academic Integrity. In order for detailed information about Academic Integrity incidents to be shared with any third party, a signed Waiver of Confidentiality from the student is required.


 


2. What is a student conduct hearing?

A student conduct hearing is the opportunity for students with student conduct charges to respond to the written allegations against them and to present evidence in support of their case.

Student conduct hearings are scheduled with Hearing Officer(s). Hearing Officers are professional staff at the university. In addition, Student Conduct Associates (graduate and undergraduate students trained by The Center for Student Ethics and Standards) may participate in the hearing.

For more information on Student Conduct Hearings and the Student Conduct Process, please see The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.


 


3. What is in an Academic Integrity Pre-Hearing Meeting?

An Academic Integrity Pre-Hearing Meeting is a meeting between the student and the Coordinator for Academic Integrity. In these meetings students are asked about the alleged violation and have the opportunity to review the referral and all supporting documentation submitted to CSES. The Code of Academic Integrity is reviewed and students are given information about the AI process and options they have to help them decide how they want to proceed. For more information about the Code of Academic Integrity and the AI process, please see The Code of Academic Integrity


 


4. What will it mean if my son or daughter is suspended or dismissed from the university?

Suspension from the University:
Suspension is a separation from the University of Vermont for a specified period of time. Such a separation prohibits attendance of any classes, social events or other functions, or visiting University grounds or buildings unless by written permission from the University.

Dismissal from the University: Dismissal is a permanent separation from the University of Vermont. Such a separation prohibits attendance of any classes, social events or other functions, or visiting University grounds or buildings unless by written permission from the University.


 


5. Can parents be present at a hearing?

No, parents cannot be present at hearings or Academic Integrity Pre-Hearing Meetings. Students coming to a student conduct hearing have the right to bring an advisor with them to the hearing to provide moral support. An advisor is a member of the University community chosen by a student to provide personal support through the student conduct process. An advisor must have no other role in the hearing, such as a witness, and may not speak or otherwise represent their advisees. Advisors may not be lawyers, although CSES may permit a lawyer as an advisor when related criminal charges are filed and pending.


 


6. How can parents be of support during the student conduct process?

Students can benefit from the support of parents as they go through a hearing. Parents should try to be familiar with The Code of Students Rights and Responsibilities, The Code of Academic Integrity, and the student conduct process. This way, as parents you can direct your student to appropriate campus resources.

Last modified July 10 2012 01:18 PM

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