About Student Conduct

  1. What does the college student conduct system do?
  2. How is the College Student Conduct System different from other civil and criminal court proceedings?
  3. What kind of sanctions may be imposed?
  4. How do I file a complaint against a SUNY Oswego student?
  5. What happens after I file a complaint, or if a complaint is filed against me?
  6. What will my role be if I choose to file a complaint or I am accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct by someone else?
  7. What types of hearing bodies are available to process my complaint or the complaint filed against me?
  8. When will I receive the decision from my hearing?
  9. Can I appeal the decision if I am found responsible for the violation?
  1.  What does the College Student Conduct System do?
    The College Student Conduct System resolves alleged violations of SUNY Oswego's Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct ("Code of Conduct") by a student or a student organization. The jurisdiction of the system extends to alleged misconduct in the following locations:
    • on college owned property;
    • at any college sponsored event, including off campus events sponsored by registered student organizations and student groups or by non-registered student groups who advertise on campus;
    • at college sponsored programs off campus; and
    • at any location when the misconduct by a student toward any member of the college community may adversely affect the college's educational purposes.

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  2. How is the College Student Conduct System different from other civil and criminal court proceedings?
    The College Student Conduct System is completely independent of either civil or criminal proceedings but may act simultaneously with either civil or criminal proceedings. The College Student Conduct System is administrative and intended to be educational in nature rather than punitive.

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  3. What kind of sanctions may be imposed?
    SUNY Oswego views its student conduct system as a means of protecting the individual rights and property of the members of its community. The standard of proof required to reach a conclusion is known as "a preponderance of evidence" and indicates that it is "more likely than not" that an incident did, or did not, occur. The college has designed the system to educate all parties to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior. Sanctions are intended to secure these goals, and may range from individually tailored remedial and educational sanctions up to, and including, temporary or permanent separation from the college.

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  4. How do I file a complaint against a SUNY Oswego student?

    Complaints may be filed by any faculty, staff, student or member of the community against any student or recognized student organization by filling out the incident report here (link https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SUNYOswego&layout_id=0). All evidence should be included/uploaded in the incident report.



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  5. What happens after I file a complaint, or if a complaint is filed against me?
    Student Conduct will send a letter to the accused student(s) or student organization and indicate that a complaint has been filed. This letter requests a meeting with the accused student(s) or the president of the student organization to discuss Student Conduct process and the allegations. In some less serious or complex cases, this meeting (known as a disciplinary conference) will be conducted with the Assistant Dean of Students, or designee, who will work with the parties to reach an informal resolution of Student Conduct complaint.

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  6. What will my role be if I choose to file a complaint or I am accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct by someone else?
    If you choose to file a complaint or are accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct, it will be your responsibility to appear before a hearing body and personally present any testimony, evidence, or witnesses that you wish to be considered by the hearing body in reaching its decision.

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  7. What types of hearing bodies are available to process my complaint or the complaint filed against me?
    Depending on the nature of the incident, the severity of the conduct, and prior incidents of misconduct, one of the following conduct hearing bodies will process the complaint.
    • Dean of Students or designee in a Dean’s Level Hearing or Administrative Hearing.  The Assistant Dean of Students will act as coordinator and Code Administrator for such hearings. Suspension or expulsion may be imposed as an appropriate sanction.  
    • Student Conduct Committee which is comprised of 1-3 students, 1 faculty and 1 administrator.  The Assistant Dean of Students will act as coordinator and Code Administrator for such hearings. Suspension or expulsion may be imposed as an appropriate sanction.  
    • Disciplinary Conference which is an administrative meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students or designee or Residence Life staff.  This meeting will be an informal hearing intended on resolving the conduct charges with mutual agreement.
    In all of the hearings, the Code Administrator will assure that all proceedings are scheduled and processed in a fair and timely manner.

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  8. When will I receive the decision from my hearing?
    Within five (5) class days after the adjournment of the hearing or disciplinary conference, the hearing body shall submit written findings of fact, conclusions regarding the charge(s), and imposition of a sanction, if any, to the respondent and any College official who is determined by the Assistant Dean of Students to have a legitimate interest in the result. In the case of sexual misconduct (Section 43.D.) and violations involving physical violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, notice of findings and sanctions imposed shall also be received by the complainant.

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  9. Can I appeal the decision if I am found responsible for the violation?
    Appeals from the decision of a departmental hearing body/officer are only accepted if the decision rendered is suspension or expulsion and shall be directed to the Assistant Dean of Students in writing by the respondent within five (5) class days of the respondent's receipt of the written decision. The Appellate Hearing Committee shall review the decision on the basis of consideration of procedural error, significant new evidence, and/or grossly disproportionate sanction, and shall provide the Assistant Dean of Students with written explanation of any modification of the decision.

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