OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS

Parent/Guardian FAQ

Q: Where is the Code of Student Conduct found?
A: The Code of Student Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook at www.bgsu.edu/studenthandbook.

Q: If a student is charged with violating the Code of Student Conduct, what happens?
A: The student will be asked to set up a meeting with the Associate Dean of Students or designee to discuss the University student conduct process and review the allegations. If the student is found responsible for violating policy, he/she is provided two options for resolving his/her case: the student can accept responsibility and the Associate Dean of Students or designee will assign sanctions or the student may choose not to accept responsibility and to request a formal hearing.

Q: Will parents/guardians be notified if their student violates a policy? Why or why not?
A: We encourage students to speak with their parents/guardians about their choices and actions, and hope they will take responsibility for initiating that conversation. We reserve the right to notify parents if their student has a second or third alcohol violation or any drug violation as allowed by amendments to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This act governs the release of student educational records. BGSU’s policy is to notify parents following a first drug violation or a second alcohol violation due to the fact that additional policy violations could result in a student’s suspension from the institution, depending on the severity of the violation.

Q: If an incident is being handled in court, may the University also charge the student with violations?
A: Yes, the Student Conduct process is not a legal process and handles its cases independently of the legal process. The university student conduct process is an educational administrative proceeding

Q: Can anyone attend hearings with the student?
A: Yes, students are welcome to bring an advisor to either an informal or a formal hearing. The advisor may not represent or speak for the student but may advise the student. An advisor can be a parent, friend, family member, staff/faculty member, attorney, mentor, etc.

Q: How are sanctions decided?
A: Usually, sanctions are determined by considering the following factors: nature of the violation, the student's role in the incident, the effect of the incident on others, the community, and on the student, the student's developmental and educational needs, and the student's prior conduct record.