University Student Honor or Conduct Code Violations

The Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Process

Let’s face it. The University of Florida in recent years has become less and less tolerant of unethical, risky student behavior and misconduct. The penalties may even include suspension, dismissal or expulsion for dangerous behavior such as alcohol violations, drug possession and, of course, DUI’s. The University is especially tough on serious crimes or violent behavior and sexual misconduct. Click here for the Student Honor Code and the Student Conduct Code Policies, Violations, Sanctions and Student Rights.

University of Florida’s Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

The University takes a hard line on violations or criminal behavior that endanger the student or others. In most cases, the university requires the student to undergo a formalized process through the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at the Dean of Students Office.

UF Hearing Process

Depending on the severity of the alleged Conduct Code violation, the student may be required to attend, explain and argue his or her case to either the SCCR Director or Assistant Director or the student may choose to present his or her case to the Conduct Code Committee (5-12 UF faculty, staff and students). ​Click here for specific Student Honor Code and Student Conduct Code Violations.

Although the student may not employ a lawyer or anyone else to present their case or call and question witnesses, an advisor (an Attorney, parent, etc. may take this role) may be present, however the advisor may not take an active role. This means the advisor may advise the student directly, be actively engaged behind the scene, attend but not speak, argue or present as part of the hearing. Click here for Student Honor and Student Conduct Code Procedures for Reviews and Hearings.

Sanctions & Penalties for University Student Violations

University of Florida students charged with violating the Student Conduct Code or the Student Honor Code face a range of penalties that directly impact the student’s education, university official positions, housing, internships, transcript access and ranges from conduct probation to suspension and expulsion. See Sanctions here.

Appeals

After a decision is made by UCCR or a recommendation is made by the Student Conduct Committee to Dean of Students, the student may elect to Appeal the Decision. The appeal must be filed in writing and an appointment must be scheduled with the proper Appeal Office within 10 days from the date of the decision. Click here for Appeal Process.

The Student Conduct Hearing Process

  1. An allegation is reported (Ex: University Police Department arrest or sworn complaint, student complaint, etc.).
  2. ​Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR) reviews incident report and determines whether to charge student
  3. Student receives a “Charge Letter” and is directed to schedule an appointment with SCCR.
  4. “Information Meeting” is held with student and SCCR administrator.
  5. In some cases, where the incident is less severe, SCCR may resolve the charges through an INFORMAL HEARING. However where the possible sanctions include suspension, dismissal or expulsion, a FORMAL HEARING will be held.
  6. ​The student chooses a Hearing format type

The Student Conduct Hearing Format

FORMAL HEARING (required in incidents in which sanctions may result in suspension, dismissal or expulsion): If student chooses a Formal Hearing, then the student must choose whether a single SCCR Director or Assistant Director reviews and makes a determination in their case, or the Student Conduct Committee (UF faculty, staff and student volunteers) reviews and resolves their case.

SCCR Director or Assistant Director
  • Investigation is completed. Witnesses are contacted. A formal hearing is held. Student provides witnesses and makes statements and questions witnesses called by SCCR.
  • Decision made in case by SCCR Director or Assistant Director conducting investigation and hearing.
  • Appeals will be heard by the Dean of Students
Student Conduct Committee (5-12 UF faculty, staff and students) more
  • Investigation is completed. Witnesses are contacted. A formal hearing is held. Student provides witnesses and makes statements and questions witnesses called by Committee/SCCR.
  • Committee makes Recommendation and sends to Dean of Students
  • Dean of Students makes decision in case.
  • Appeal will be heard by VP of Student Affairs (filed in writing and meeting scheduled 10 business days after a decision is made)
INFORMAL HEARING (incident likely does NOT warrant suspension, dismissal or expulsion)
SCCR Staff
  • Hearing conducted
  • SCCR staff makes decision in case
  • Appeal will be heard by Dean of Students (filed in writing and meeting scheduled 10 business days after decision is made.

For more, see the UF Conduct Code Violation Process Flow Chart.

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The University may apply the Student Conduct Code and Student Honor Code to Students whose conduct may have an adverse impact regardless of where such conduct occurs, even if off campus.

 – UF Student Conduct and Honor Code, Principles and Scope

 

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