Q: What changes were made to SCampus, Part B, otherwise known as the Conduct Code, on January 1, 2022?
A: We recognize that not all violations of the Conduct Code are the same, and modified our review process to reflect the nature of the violation. To distinguish between lower-level Conduct Code violations from more serious violations, we have created the new Informal Review Process, which allows students to engage with us in an educational manner and examine the nature and quality of the decision-making process. The goal of the Informal Review is to allow students to learn from their experience, without finding them responsible for a Conduct Code violation.
We have also made updates to the language that we use in our communications with students, in order to make our process easier to understand, and resolve reports in a timely manner.
Q: What types of cases are eligible for the Informal Review Process?
It is important to note that not all conduct cases are eligible for the Informal Review Process, and we will determine which reports are eligible based on factors such as the severity of the conduct, the impact on the community, and the health and safety risk caused by the conduct. Generally, conduct that is deemed to be “low-level”, such as noise violations, roommate conflicts, and misuse of Trojan Check, may be eligible for the Informal Review Process.
Q: Does this mean the University is no longer holding students accountable for violating the Conduct Code?
It is important to note that we are not lowering our expectations for student conduct. Students are still required to adhere to the University’s behavioral and academic standards. We have only modified the manner in which we process reports of misconduct once they are received.
Q: I had a case with SJACS last semester and was unhappy with the outcome. Can I have my case reheard under the new process?
No. The new process will not change the findings or the outcome of your case, as it does not lower or change the expectations the University has for student behavior in the classroom and in the community. The new process only changes the type of review you receive.
Q: Do the changes modify the process for reporting student misconduct?
No. The reporting options detailed here remain the same.