Preparing for a Disciplinary Conference and Hearing

In preparation for your conference or hearing, we encourage you to consider the following:

1. Breathe and remain calm

Present yourself professionally and take
the process seriously. You are not 
interacting with a friend so do not use 
foul language or slang or downplay the
situation.

2. Check your email

All official communication from the will be sent directly to your Oswego email account. It is your responsibility to check your email and respond.


3. Review the Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct outlines the conduct policies, processes and procedures. The Code also contains information about your student rights and responsibilities.

Read Code of Conduct

4. Prepare

Be honest and as clearly as possible, explain the details of your involvement (if any) in the incident in question. Some students find it useful to prepare written notes or statements in advance of their meeting to assist them in sharing important information, timelines, etc. This is not required, but may be helpful.

5. Consider bringing a witness or additional documents

Students may present witnesses who have direct information relevant to the incident. Witnesses must provide a statement in advance of and may also be invited by the Student Conduct or Hearing to be present. Any additional documents (emails, text messages, screenshots, etc.) may be taken into consideration if it is relevant to the incident. Character witnesses or letters of reference will not be considered in the conduct process.

6. Read your charge and outcome letters carefully

A Charge Letter outlines the allegations made against you and an Outcome Letter is a decision of Responsible or Not Responsible determined after your conduct meeting or hearing. If you have been found responsible, sanctions will be assigned. If you have been found not responsible, no sanctions will be assigned, the process ends and no further action is required on your part.