The Office of Student Life has jurisdiction over all allegations of misconduct brought against University of Dallas students. This jurisdiction extends to allegations that occur on- and off- campus, and to allegations brought against all undergraduate and graduate students. Most misconduct complaints are filed by members of the Residence Life staff in the form of incident reports. Faculty, staff, CSO, local law officials, and members of the community can file complaints against University students. All complaints will be handled through the Office of Student Life and held to the following guidelines.
These procedures provide for the orderly administration of the Student Code of Conduct.
University of Dallas community members, including students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors, may file a conduct complaint against a student alleging a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. University conduct complaint forms are available from the Office of Student Life web page. The University may institute an investigation or proceeding based on information it receives even if not filed as a formal student conduct complaint.
A student who engages in misconduct is subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
Responsibility and Authority
Responsibility for student conduct rests with the Director of Student Life. The Director of Student Life reports to the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs and the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs reports to the President, who has ultimate executive authority over all University matters.
When the Director of Student Life receives information that a student has allegedly violated University policies, the Director of Student Life or his\her delegate will determine if the alleged violation is to be investigated by Student Life, Campus Safety, or other appropriate authorities. No complaint will be forwarded for a hearing unless there is reasonable cause to believe a policy has been violated. Reasonable cause is defined as information that supports belief that an offense has occurred; the information may include a credible witness or victim's statement. A complaint wholly unsupported by any information will not be forwarded for a hearing. When it is determined that there is reasonable cause to believe a policy or policies have been violated, the Director of Student Life or his/her designee will attempt an informal resolution. Every notice for complaints referred for informal resolution will be delivered orally or via e-mail. The parties and relevant witnesses will be interviewed. If the allegations can be disposed of by mutual consent of the parties and the Director of Student Life or his/her designee, such disposition will be final and there will be no subsequent proceedings. If an informal resolution is not successful, the complaint will proceed through an administrative hearing.
Every notice for complaints referred for an administrative hearing will be delivered orally or via e-mail. After investigating the alleged violation, the Director of Student Life or his/her designee will hold a hearing conference with the student(s) involved to gain information regarding the incident. If after the conference, the Director of Student Life or his/her designee believes disciplinary action is warranted, sanctions may be applied. The Director of Student Life or his/her designee will inform the student(s) found in violation of the code of conduct of the sanctions in writing.
The Director of Student Life may impose an interim suspension on a student for any of the following reasons:
During interim suspension, the student will be denied access to all University facilities, including classrooms.
When interim suspension is imposed, the Director of Student Life will immediately notify the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs and the dean of the student's college or school or the dean's designee. Within forty-eight hours or two working days the Director of Student Life will confer about the situation with the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs and the relevant academic dean or the dean's designee. The working group will review the situation, including any written appeal of the terms of the suspension or other written submission by the student (which should be delivered by email to the Director of Student Life and the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs no later than twenty-four hours after the student is notified of the suspension), and determine the hearing venue, which of the two forms of hearing is to be followed, and whether and how the terms of the interim suspension will be modified; the Director of Student Life will immediately inform the student of this determination.