Code of Student Organization Standards
Code of Student Organization Standards
- Policy Statement
- Student Organization Standards
- Action Plans and Outcomes
- Responsible Department
Salisbury University’s Code of Organizational Standards is adapted from The Dyad Strategies Model Code of Organization Standards and is used here with permission.
I. Policy Statement
The Code of Student Organization Standards Policy (the “Policy”) sets out the standards of behavior for all Student Organizations that promote the safety and welfare of the Salisbury University (the “University”) community. It applies to all conduct by Student Organizations on University Property, at University-sponsored events and activities, and off campus when the Dean of Students or designee determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial University interest.*
Student Organizations that have lost University recognition may still be subject to provisions in this Policy. Individual Students who are members of a Student Organization are still subject as individuals to the Code of Community Standards and may be held individually accountable for behaviors also attributed to the Student Organization. Individuals who are members of a Student Organization may, through their actions, subject the Student Organization to disciplinary action under this Policy, whether or not those individuals are also resolved under the Code of Community Standards.
On occasion, Students may form groups or organizations that operate separately from the University’s approved structure for Student groups and are therefore not recognized by the University. These organizations typically choose to operate as an unrecognized Student group because they are unwilling to follow University expectations and standards for membership, operation, and adherence to the University’s rules of behavior. A Student who is a member of any unrecognized Student organization and does not adhere to the policies and regulations of the University is in violation of the Code of Community Standards based on the violation, not on affiliation.
The Code of Student Organization Standards may be applied to behavior conducted online, via email or other electronic media. Student Organization members should also be aware that online postings such as blogs, web postings, chats and social networking sites are in the public sphere and are not private. These postings may subject a Student Organization to allegations of conduct violations if evidence of policy violations is posted online. The University does not regularly search for this information but may act if such information is brought to the attention of University officials.
The Code of Student Organization Standards applies to guests of the Student Organization and the Student Organization may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests. Visitors to and guests of the University may seek resolution of violations of the Code of Student Organization Standards committed against them by a Student Organization and/or members of a Student Organization in accordance with this Policy.
When alleged violations of the Code of Student Organization Standards occur, this set of Policies and procedures protect the interests of the members of the University community, both individually and collectively, and ensures a fair resolution process for those involved. Students and Student Organizations are responsible for knowing this policy and familiarizing themselves with its contents and provisions.
The authority for discipline is vested in the President by action of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. The President has empowered the Dean of Students and/or designees to resolve charges of alleged non-academic misconduct and to impose fair sanctions as provided in this policy and procedures.
The University reserves the right to make changes to the Code of Student Organization Standards, as necessary, at any time. Once those changes are posted on the University website, they are in effect. For the most updated version of the Standards, please refer to the Student Accountability and Community Standards (SACS) website. The University will utilize the most updated version of the Policy in all instances.
*A substantial University interest includes, but is not limited to:
- Any situation which constitutes a violation of local, state or federal law, including, but not limited to, repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the local community; and/or
- Any situation where it appears that the Student's conduct may present a danger or threat to health or safety of him/herself or others; and/or
- Any situation that significantly infringes upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
- Any situation that is detrimental to the educational mission, reputation, and/or interests of the University/College.
SACS is guided by the belief that a community exists based on shared values and principles. We aim to foster a community, at the University and beyond, where diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusivity, integrity, and respect are the established norm, and where each community member understands that this is a responsibility that must be shared by all. Therefore, the University expects and requires of all its Students’ full cooperation in developing and maintaining a campus community in which a core set of values is upheld. These core values are reflected in the “Salisbury University Promise,” which reads:
- I will connect what I learn with how I live.
- I will demonstrate personal and academic integrity.
- I will respect diverse groups and individuals.
- I will strive to bring honor to the University as well as myself.
We encourage every Student to become active members of our community, and we believe that Student Organizations are intended to promote responsible leadership and contribute positively to the campus and greater community. The University holds these organizations to a higher standard because we believe in their benefit and are committed to their success.
The Code of Student Organization Standards is intended to provide Student Organizations with a clear understanding of University expectations and their responsibility to provide a safe and fun environment for Student interaction. We further aim to provide consistent policies and procedures intended to provide guidance in the decision-making process and actions for Students, their advisors, and their inter/national governing bodies (when applicable).
- Advisor. A person who has been asked by the Respondent or Complainant to attend any part of the Student accountability process to provide support and assistance directly to them, but not to participate in the process on their behalf.
- Appeal Officer. Person(s) authorized by the Dean of Students or designee to consider an appeal from a Hearing Authority’s determination. The Appeal Officer must not be the person who investigated the case and must not have been involved in the adjudication of the case.
- Case Administrator. Upon receipt of a Complaint of non-academic misconduct, the Dean of Students or designee will assign to a Staff member the primary responsibility for the resolution of the Complaint. The Staff member will hereafter be referred to as the Case Administrator. Case Administrators include, but are not limited to, the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean of Students, Graduate Assistants for Student Accountability and Community Standards, Student Affairs Administrators, Area Directors, and Resident Directors. The Case Administrator must not be the person(s) who investigated the case and must not be involved in the appellate process.
- Character Statement. Statement, written by a personal reference, addressed to the Hearing Authority discussing a Student Organization’s character and/or qualities. The statement provides outside insight into a Student Organization’s background, contributions to the campus and/or local community, and other knowledge of a Student Organization’s character and/or qualities.
- Community Standards Board. Group of trained Faculty, Staff and Students authorized by the Dean of Students or designee to determine whether a Student Organization has violated the Code of Student Organization Standards and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation has been committed.
- Complainant. Any person or entity that files a Complaint against a Student or Student Organization for violations of University Policy. Staff from SACS or other appropriate University officials may also bring charges against a Student or Student Organization based on information provided to the University.
- Exigent Circumstances. Any situation that demands unusual or immediate action and thus allows for the circumvention of usual procedures. Examples include, but are not limited to, process delays due to parallel criminal proceedings, behaviors that present a threat to the health and safety of members of the campus community, a request to delay proceedings to obtain outside counsel, a break in the academic calendar, etc.
- Hearing Authority. Refers to the person or persons (i.e., Case Administrator or Community Standards Board) designated on a case-by-case basis to administer the adjudication process under this Policy.
- Inter/National Organizational Governing Body. Any known or designated association or body affiliated with any Student Organization. Examples may include national headquarters of Greek-letter organizations, national governing bodies of sports organizations, national honor societies, etc.
- Preponderance of Evidence. The standard of proof that applies to Student accountability proceedings or determinations. A preponderance of evidence does not require information that is beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, it is defined as the degree of proof that will produce a finding that the alleged misconduct “more likely than not” occurred.
- Policy. The term “Policy” means any written standards of conduct applicable to Students and/or Student Organizations as found in, but not limited to, the Code of Community Standards, the Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct and Other Sex- and Gender-Based Discrimination, the Policy Prohibiting Non-Sex Based Discrimination, the Board of Regents Policy V-8.0 on Event-Related Misconduct, Information Technology Policies, Policies Pertaining to Student Groups and Organizations, the Smoke Free Campus Policy, and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
- Procedural Advisor. University Official with detailed knowledge of conduct hearing procedures. This individual sits in on Community Standards Board hearings to ensure the Community Standards Board follows University procedures and to answer any procedural questions any party may have. They do not have any input or vote in any decision-making processes within the hearing, except in the extraordinary event the Board is unable to reach a majority decision. In those instances, the Procedural Advisor can cast a tie-breaking vote.
- Respondent. Any Student or Student Organization charged with violating the Code of Community Standards.
- Sanction Statement. Statement written by the Complainant or Respondent and addressed to the Hearing Authority requesting consideration of specific sanctions should a Student and/or Student Organization be found responsible for a violation.
- Student. All persons enrolled in courses through the University, either full time or part time, online or in person, single or dual enrolled, auditing a course, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies. “Student” also includes all persons who withdraw from the University after allegedly violating the Code of Community Standards, persons who are not enrolled officially for a particular term but who have not officially withdrawn from the University and/or have a continued interest in attending the University in a future term, and persons who have accepted their offer for admission.
- Student Organization. Any registered Student organization, fraternity and/or sorority, intramural, club and/or athletic team. This would include, but is not limited to, unchartered provisional chapters/interest groups.
- Student Organization Advisor. Any individual designated by the Student Organization as their advisor. If there is no Student Organization Advisor designated by the Student Organization, the institution may choose a designee.
- Student Organization Representative. The University will direct communication to the Student on file with the University as the elected/appointed leader of the Student Organization (i.e., president or team captain). However, the Student Organization may choose any Student member to serve as the official representative of the Student Organization at any time during the process as outlined in this Policy. If the individual designated is no longer eligible to serve in that role (e.g., the Student withdraws from the University or is no longer a member of the Student Organization) or if the Student Organization dissolves prior to or during the investigation/adjudication process as outlined in this Code, the University may designate a Student Organization representative of their choosing.
- Responsible Employee. A Responsible Employee is any person employed by the University (in a full or part-time capacity) who:
- Has the authority to act to address any violation of policy; or
- Has the duty to report any type of misconduct to appropriate officials; or
- Is someone a Student could reasonably believe has this authority or
- Sponsored event. Sponsored events, whether on or off campus, include, but are not limited to:
- Any event that the Student Organization registers with the University or otherwise notifies the University that it is sponsoring/hosting
- Any event that meets the criteria of an event that should be registered with the University or that the Student Organization should have otherwise notified the University
- Any event that the University determines may qualify as a sponsored event based on, but not limited to, the following factors: the nature of the event, the number of Student Organization members in attendance at the event, the level of organization/advertising undertaken by members of the Student Organization, etc.
IV. Student Organization Standards
The behaviors listed below are specifically applied to the behaviors of Student Organizations by virtue of the conduct of the members of the Student Organization. Individuals who are members of a Student Organization may, through their actions, subject the Student Organization to disciplinary action under this Policy, whether those individuals are also addressed under the Code of Community Standards, when the Student Organization aids, abets, incites, organizes, approves, or otherwise participates in any behavior that would constitute a violation of University policy.
As stated, individual Students who are members of a Student Organization are still subject as individuals to the Code of Community Standards and may be held individually accountable for behaviors also attributed to the Student Organization.
- Abuse of Process. A Student Organization or someone acting on behalf of a Student Organization, violates this Code by directly or indirectly abusing or interfering with the University investigation/adjudication process by engaging in one or more of the following: falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information or colluding to do the same in the investigation/adjudication process; destroying or concealing information; attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in the investigation/adjudication process; harassing or intimidating (verbally or physically) any person involved in the University processes before, during, and/or following proceedings (including up to, throughout, and after any outcome); unauthorized disclosure of a reporting party’s identifying information; failing to comply with a temporary measure or other sanction; distributing or otherwise publicizing materials created or produced during an investigation as a part of these policies or procedures, except as required by law or as expressly permitted by University; or influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit abuse of process.
- Acts of Violence and/or Extremism, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Aiding in Academic Misconduct, as defined in the Student Academic Misconduct Policy.
- Alcohol Violations, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Arrest Policy Violations. Student Organization leadership fails to notify the Dean of Students Office and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership within 48 hours if a member of the Student Organization is arrested and detained because of any actions or behaviors taking place at or arising out of a Student Organization-sponsored event.
- Civil Rights-Based Harassment/Discrimination, as defined in the University’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct and Sex and Other Gender-Based Discrimination and Policy Prohibiting Non-Sex Based Discrimination.
- Disorderly Conduct, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Disruption of the Academic Process, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Disruption of University Operations, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Drug Violations, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Endangerment. The Student Organization aids, abets, incites, organizes, approves, or otherwise participates in any activity that would constitute physical abuse or would endanger the safety, health or well-being of other individuals or groups or would cause reasonable apprehension of such harm, constitutes a violation of this policy. For the purposes of this policy, Endangerment would include observation of activities that might endanger the safety, health, or well-being of individuals by Student Organization members in a position to intervene but who fail to intervene.
- Failure to Comply, as defined in the Code of Community Standards. This would include failure to comply with any interim measures instituted during any investigation/adjudication process, or failure to comply with any outcomes assigned to a Student Organization at the completion of the conduct process.
- Failure to Meet Financial Obligations. Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the University, including, but not limited to, failing to pay monies owed in a timely manner, passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the University or to an official of the University acting in an official capacity or misusing funds obtained through the University (i.e., Student activity fees).
- Fire, Health and/or Safety Violations, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Gambling, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Guest Behavior Violations, as defined in the Code of Community Standards. For the purposes of this policy, “approved or otherwise participates” would include observation of hazing activities by individuals in a position to intervene but who fail to intervene, including organization officers/leaders who are aware of planned hazing activities and condone or fail to prevent that hazing from occurring, regardless of their participation.
- Hazing, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Intimidation , Bullying and/or Threatening Behavior, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Involvement in a Code of Community Standards Violation, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Misuse of Computing and Network Resources, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Prohibited Dangerous Items, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Providing False Information, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Retaliation, as defined in the Code of Community Standards. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, verbal or implied threats, physical or psychological abuse, intimidation, harassment (verbal or written), or any other action intended to create a hostile environment for the intended target of the retaliation. In addition, isolation may constitute retaliation under this policy if the target of the isolation is deprived of an educational opportunity or benefit as a result of that isolation.
- Social Host Responsibility Violations, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Violations of Other Policies and Regulations, as defined in the Code of Community Standards. Examples include, but are not limited to, policies and regulations related to: Athletics; Ethical or Professional Code Violations, Violation of Licensure Board Rules and Regulations, and/or Other Applicable Regulatory or Privileges Issues; Event-Related Misconduct; Housing and Residence Life Regulations; Smoke-Free Campus Policy; Student Employment; Student Groups and Organizations; Traffic Rules and Regulations; and Unrecognized Student Organizations.
- Violations of University or Another’s Property, as defined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Violations of the Law , as defined in the Code of Community Standards .
Referring Student Organization Behavior for Student Accountability Review
Notice to the University. The University may receive notice of an allegation or potential violation of this or other related policies in several ways, including, but not limited to:
- The filing of an incident report with the appropriate University department or official, including self-reporting.
- Any Responsible Employee is made aware of any potential violation of this or other related policies.
- Any Responsible Employee observes any potential violation of this or other related policies.
Any Responsible Employee is aware of a Student Organization’s climate or culture that may indicate a probability of violations of this or any other related policies.
Complaints must be submitted in writing to SACS. Whenever possible, the Complainant should utilize the Complaint Form provided by the SACS to register a Complaint; however, at a minimum, the following information, if available, should be provided in writing:
- Name(s) of Student(s) or Student Organization(s) alleged to have violated the Code of Community Standards;
- Description of the incident, including dates, times, and location;
- Names and contact information of Witnesses, if any;
- supporting documentation, if available (photographs, video, documents, statements, etc.); and
Name and contact information of those filing the Complaint.
Complaints should be submitted as soon as possible after the discovery of the alleged violation. Please note that the University’s ability to respond may be limited if too much time has passed.
Anonymous Reporting. The University may receive anonymous information regarding the behavior of Students through a variety of means, including, but not limited to, unsigned notes, emails from anonymous accounts, messages on social media and unidentified phone calls. An anonymous report will be investigated to the best of our ability based on the information that is available, but the University’s ability to investigate and/or respond to the matter may be limited. If an individual prefers to file an anonymous report, they are encouraged to contact University Police.
Self-Reporting of Individual Misconduct and Amnesty. Student Organization leadership are encouraged to immediately report any violations committed by members of the Student Organization of this or other University policies to SACS and the appropriate University department(s) (i.e., Athletics, Campus Recreation, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, etc.). This report should provide a detailed description of the events that transpired, the names of any individuals involved, and a description of any internal disciplinary actions taken by the Student Organization. If Student Organization chooses to self-report behavior in this manner, the Dean of Students or designee will only investigate the individual(s) implicated in the report. Unless information discovered in the investigation suggests that the incident was aided, abetted, sanctioned, or organized by the Student Organization, the investigation will be limited to the individuals implicated in the self-report and not the Student Organization. However, if information is uncovered in the investigation that suggests that the Student Organization aided, abetted, sanctioned, or organized the event, the Dean of Students or designee may launch a formal investigation of the Student Organization.
Students who make a complaint under this policy or who participate in an investigation related to this policy will not be charged with other minor University policy violations that are brought to light in the course of the investigation that arose out of, or were committed as a direct result of, the incident(s) under investigation (i.e. Students forced to consume alcohol as part of a hazing incident will not be charged with violations of the University’s alcohol policy) as long as those behaviors do not represent a threat to the health, safety or well-being of others. The University reserves the right to follow up with Students related to those issues as appropriate in a non-disciplinary setting.
Expectations for Confidentiality. Any Student accused of an alleged violation is provided information about the allegations to allow them a fair opportunity to respond. This includes, to the extent applicable by law, the identity of any Complainant(s) and/or Witness(es), where available, and the nature of the information provided by them to the designated Hearing Authority, including the statement of facts in its entirety. When a Student Organization is alleged to have violated University policy and a formal investigation is launched by the University, the Student Organization will have an opportunity to review the investigative report. In those instances, every effort will be made to protect the identity of those providing information in this matter, including complainant(s) and witness(es).
The Role of Complainants in the Student Accountability Process. To serve as a Complainant for a Student accountability matter, one must, at a minimum, be willing to provide a written Complaint regarding the incident in question. If the Respondent denies responsibility and opts for a hearing to further explore the facts and circumstances surrounding the Complaint, Complainants will be given an opportunity to participate in the Student accountability process related to the incident, including answering questions by individuals involved in the incident and the Hearing Authority at formal hearing proceedings. Complainants are not required to participate in the Student accountability process beyond the initial Complaint; however, it is the responsibility of the Complainant to provide enough information for a determination that a violation of the Code of Student Organization Standards has occurred. Complainants, whether they opt to participate in the hearing, will be given an opportunity to provide a Sanction Statement in writing for the Hearing Authority’s consideration as part of the sanctioning process.
If a Complainant is unwilling to participate in the Student accountability process, the University reserves the right to bring charges against a Student Organization on its own behalf when the reported conduct or behavior is in violation of University policy our would otherwise threaten the safety or integrity of the institution and/or its members. A Complainant, whenever possible, will be notified if the University elects to pursue the matter.
Disclosure of information to Complainants. Educational records related to an individual Student, including disciplinary records, are maintained by SACS, and are protected in accordance with FERPA. There are exceptions to FERPA, such as when a Student gives their consent to disclose information. Any information regarding the resolution of a report of misconduct pertaining to individual Students will not be shared with a Complainant without the written consent of the Student(s) involved or pursuant to one of the limited FERPA exceptions.
Disciplinary records related to Student Organizations are maintained by SACS and are not subject to FERPA. Information regarding the resolution of a report of misconduct pertaining to a Student Organization may be shared with a Complainant.
Notification of Alleged Violation and Pre-Hearing Meeting
Reviewing a Complaint. Once the Complaint has been submitted, the Dean of Students or designee, in consultation with the appropriate University departments, will conduct a preliminary assessment to determine if there is a possibility that a violation of University policy may have occurred and whether there is enough information to refer the matter to the Student accountability process. This initial assessment will include a review of the information reported. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Interview(s) with the person(s) who made the report;
- Review prior conduct history of the Student Organization and relevant members;
- Gather information that would corroborate elements of the report; and/or
Review of any materials related to the report.
Once a determination has been made that the alleged violations warrant a more comprehensive investigation or response, a Case Administrator will be appointed, and that individual will have primary responsibility for the resolution of the Complaint. The Student Organizations will be notified in writing to outline the alleged violations, the resolution options based on alleged violations, and of the date, time and/or location for the Pre-Hearing Meeting, if applicable. This notification will also be sent to Student Organization Advisor(s), any relevant University departments, and if applicable, the Student Organization inter/national governing body.
Complaint Dismissal. In certain cases, the Dean of Students or designee may determine that there is insufficient evidence to proceed with an investigation, and/or the information collected, even if true, would not constitute a violation of policy. In those instances, the report is documented and administratively closed. This action does not constitute a determination of responsibility and is not recorded as a prior determination of such. However, if the behavior may constitute a violation of policies of inter/national governing bodies with which the Student Organization is affiliated, and SACS is aware of this affiliation, they may, at their discretion, forward the information to the appropriate body.
In these cases, the appropriate University Official may meet with the Student Organization representative and any other appropriate parties to discuss behavioral expectations. The University Official may suggest proactive educational and/or developmental measures designed to assist the Student Organization.
However, if the University receives additional information related to the matter that was administratively closed, the University reserves the right to reopen the matter and proceed with investigation and adjudication.
- Resolution Options. Upon notice of a potential violation, the Dean of Students or designee will assess the allegations to determine the applicable resolution options available to address the alleged policy violations. The determination of resolution model will include a review of the Violation Rubric (Attachment A), as well as consideration of the following:
- The severity of the alleged violations;
- The risk of harm to other people;
- The conduct history of the Student Organization;
- Status of the Student Organization; and
Any other relevant factors.
The Violation Rubric provides three levels of process associated with resolving alleged violations of this Code:
- Prescribed Resolution;
- Partnership Process Resolution; and
A Pre-Hearing Meeting will be used when the Partnership Process Resolution or Formal Investigation options are utilized. SACS may, at any time, determine that a case should be moved from a lower tier to a formal investigation.
Prescribed Resolution. In certain cases, in reviewing the allegations, the Dean of Students or designee may determine that the allegations constitute a violation of policy(ies), and these violations fall under Level 1 of the Violations Rubric. Violations that fall under Level 1 of the Violations Rubric have prescribed outcomes associated with them. In these cases, the Student Organization Representative and any other appropriate party may receive an outcomes letter outlining the alleged violation(s), determination, the outcomes, and the rationale for both.
Upon receipt of this letter, the Student Organization may do one of the following:
- Accept the determinations and outcomes – in this case, the Student Organization will follow the directives outlined in the outcomes letter and the matter will be considered closed once the outcomes are completed. Failure to complete the outcomes may result in additional disciplinary action; or
Decline to accept the determinations and outcomes – in this case, the matter will be forwarded for formal investigation and adjudication.
The Student Organization must notify the Case Administrator of their choice of resolution from the above within two (2) business days of receipt of the letter.
In certain cases that might otherwise constitute a Level 1 violation, the Dean of Students or Designee may determine that a different resolution option is warranted. This determination may be based upon the prior history of the Student Organization or its members, the Student Organization’s status, any patterns of behavior, or other factors as deemed relevant.
The Pre-Hearing Meeting. In those cases where the Violation Rubric would suggest a Partnership or Formal Adjudication Process, or in those cases that began with a Prescribed Outcomes Process, but the Student Organization elects to have the case resolved through the Formal Adjudication Process, the Case Administrator will schedule a Pre-Hearing Meeting with the Student Organization Representative and Student Organization Advisor and other appropriate parties.
This meeting provides an opportunity for the leadership of the Student Organization, the Student Organization advisor(s) and the Student Organization inter/national governing body (if applicable) to discuss the nature of the allegations, the rights and responsibilities of the Student Organization, the resolution options available to the Student Organization based on the nature of the allegations, and the specific steps involved in the different resolution options. Participation in the Pre-Hearing Meeting is voluntary; however, the Dean of Students or designee, may proceed with the process in the absence of participation from the Student Organization.
If the Student Organization needs additional time to select the preferred resolution option, the Student Organization will be given two business days following the Pre-Hearing Meeting to notify the Case Administrator of the preferred resolution option. The Case Administrator will make the final determination on the resolution option to be used in investigating and resolving the alleged violations.
If the Student Organization elects not to participate in the Pre-Hearing Meeting and/or does not indicate their preferred resolution option, the matter will be forwarded for formal investigation and adjudication.
Potential Outcomes of Pre-Hearing Meeting
Partnership Process. For this resolution process, the Student Organization is given the opportunity to conduct an internal investigation. The Partnership Process will include the following:
- The Dean of Students or designee will, in consultation with the Student Organization representative and Student Organization advisor and other appropriate parties, develop an investigation scope and timeline based on the nature of the allegations;
- The Student Organization must investigate and submit a written investigative report within the agreed-upon timeline, barring Exigent Circumstances as determined by the Dean of Students or designee, or as otherwise specified in writing by the University.
The investigative report, which must be submitted as instructed to the Case Administrator, should be detailed and specific, including the names of specific individuals involved in the alleged violation and any internal disciplinary action the Student Organization has implemented relative to those individuals.
- The Case Administrator will review the Student Organization’s investigative report and will make one of the following determinations:
- The Case Administrator agrees that the report is complete and schedules a resolution meeting to discuss the report and findings and review next steps; or
- The Case Administrator agrees that the report is complete, that the behavior in question is individual in nature, and the individuals implicated in the Student Organization’s investigative report are forwarded for adjudication under the Student Code of Community Standards and the case involving the Student Organization is closed; or
- The Case Administrator determines that the report is insufficient or incomplete, and provides feedback to the Student Organization and provides instruction for further investigation; or
The Case Administrator determines that the Student Organization has intentionally provided inaccurate or incomplete information, obstructed the process, or is otherwise non-compliant or uncooperative. The Case Administrator will then determine whether to move forward with investigation and adjudication of the allegations under the Formal Resolution Process.
Once the Case Administrator has determined that the report is complete, the Dean or designee will meet with the Student Organization representative and/or advisor (and other parties as appropriate i.e., inter/national governing body) and one of the following determinations will be made:
- No Policy Violation – If the Student Organization report determines that no policies were violated by the Student Organization, and the Case Administrator accepts this determination, the process concludes for the Student Organization. Individuals implicated in the report may be forwarded for individual adjudication as outlined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Responsibility Fully Accepted – If the Student Organization report determines that the Student Organization was responsible for all policy violation(s) that were alleged, and the Case Administrator accepts this determination, the Dean of Students or designee will initiate the Determination of Outcomes process.
Responsibility Partially or Not Accepted – If the Student Organization report determines that the Student Organization was responsible for some but not all, or for none of the policy violation(s) that were alleged, the Dean of Students or designee will make one of the following determinations:
- The Case Administrator may accept the determinations from the report and will move forward to the outcomes process solely on the allegations for which the Student Organization accepted responsibility if applicable; or
The Case Administrator may not accept the determinations from the report and will move forward in investigating and resolving the matter under the Formal Investigation Process.
- If individual Students are identified at any point in the partnership process to have potentially violated any University policies, they may be individually referred to the Dean of Students or designee for investigation and adjudication.
- Determinations of responsibility through the Partnership Process are final and may not be appealed.
Formal Investigation. If the Dean of Students or Designee determines at any point that a formal investigation is necessary, the Dean of Students or Designee may assign the case to an investigator(s) for a formal investigation. The Dean of Students or designee will notify the Student Organization, the Student Organization advisor, and other appropriate parties that a formal investigation is being initiated.
During the investigation, up to and including the five (5) day review period, the Student Organization may request to enter information into the record and may recommend specific witnesses to the investigator. Determinations of relevance of information or witnesses will be determined by the investigator.
In completing the investigation, the investigator(s) may:
- Make contact (if possible) with the individual(s) who submitted the initial information.
- Interview any individuals with relevant information.
- Request relevant information from Student Organization members (i.e., screenshots of text messages or pictures/videos) and note whether Student Organization members were compliant in sharing requested information.
- Provide relevant information at any point during the investigation to the Dean of Students or designee related to interim measures.
- Require Student Organization members, or a select group of Student Organization members (i.e., all new members of the Student Organization) to participate in an interview and may restrict communication between Student Organization members during the interview (for example, sequestering Student Organization members in a room and prohibiting interview participants from using their cell phone or other devices during the interview/sequestration).
Request Students to undergo a physical examination by a campus health center staff member or other appropriate medical professional of the University’s choosing and to sign a waiver allowing that medical professional to share a summary of the relevant results of that examination (e.g., physical abuse, BAC, drug usage, etc.). When possible, personally identifying information will be limited or redacted.
The University will complete the initial investigation in a period of no more than 30 days, barring any Exigent Circumstances. If Exigent Circumstances arise that will require a delay beyond 30 days, the University will notify the Student Organization representative of the delay, including the reasons for the delay and the anticipated timeline for completing the investigation.
At the completion of the investigation, the investigator(s) will provide a written draft of the investigation report to the Dean of Students or designee. The Dean of Students or designee will review that report for accuracy or thoroughness and, once complete, the investigator will share the draft of the report (with necessary redactions) with the Student Organization representative, Student Organization advisor, and any other appropriate parties for review and comment. The Student Organization must provide any comments related to the investigative report in writing to the investigator within five (5) business days of the receipt of the report, barring Exigent Circumstances as determined by the Dean of Students or designee. Upon receipt of these comments (if applicable) the investigator will generate the final report and share it with the Student Organization representative, Dean of Students or designee, advisor, and any other appropriate parties at least five (5) days in advance of any formal resolution. The Dean of Students or designee will make the final determination of the relevance of any information gathered during the investigation.
Upon completion of the final report, the Dean of Students or designee will schedule a meeting with the appropriate Student Organization representatives to determine the appropriate adjudication process. At this meeting, the Student Organization may choose one of the following options for adjudication:
- Administrative Conference – the Student Organization may accept the findings of the investigation and determinations of the Dean of Students or designee based on the investigation report. If this occurs, the process will move forward to the outcomes process.
Formal Accountability Hearing – the Student Organization may not accept the findings of the investigation and/or determinations made by the Dean of Students or designee. If this occurs, the Student Organization may choose to have the matter resolved through either an Administrative Hearing before a Case Administrator or Community Standards Board Hearing. Regardless of the hearing body selected, the Student Organization will be given notice of the time, date, and location of the hearing at least seven (7) days in advance of the hearing.
Procedures for Formal Accountability Hearings
- Hearing Notification. SACS will notify the Student Organization Representative (and other appropriate parties) of the date, time, and location of the hearing. Notification will also include the specific charge(s) under consideration, a statement of rights and responsibilities, and, in instances of Formal Administrative Hearings only, the name of the Case Administrator.
- Advisors. Student Organization(s) and Complainant(s) in a Student accountability matter may have an individual of their choice serve as their Advisor at any disciplinary meeting. Student Organization Representatives must notify SACS at least one (1) business day in advance of the meeting regarding their intent to have an Advisor present at the hearing by completing an Advisor Form (provided by SACS). At no time will the advisor be permitted to address the Case Administrator, the Community Standards Board, or other parties in a hearing directly. All Advisors will be required to review and agree to the Role of the Advisor form prior to participating in the University resolution process. If an Advisor is an attorney, the role of the attorney is the same as the role of the advisor, and Counsel for the University may also attend the hearing. Students must notify SACS as soon as possible, but no later than three (3) business days before the hearing, of their intent to have an attorney serve as their Advisor by submitting a Notice of Legal Representation form.
- Witnesses. Student Organization Representatives and/or Complainants must notify SACS at least two (2) business days in advance of the hearing regarding their intent to have Witnesses present at the hearing by completing a List of Witnesses form (provided by SACS). The Student Organization Representative and/or Complainant are responsible for bringing their Witnesses to the hearing at the specified place, date, and time. Please note that the Hearing Authority cannot compel your Witness(es) to appear on your behalf. Character witnesses (those with no information related to a finding of responsibility) will not be permitted to speak before the Case Administrator or Community Standards Board but may submit a written statement for consideration during sanctioning, if applicable.
- Written Materials. The Student Organization Representative and/or Complainant have the option to submit written documentation, including, but not limited to, a written statement, documentation related to the Complaint, information related to mitigating or aggravating circumstances, Character Statements and Sanction Statements, for the Hearing Authority’s consideration to SACS prior to the hearing. Documentation must be submitted at least two (2) business days in advance of the hearing. Character Statements and Sanction Statements may be considered by the Hearing Authority if the Respondent is found responsible for a violation for sanctioning purposes only.
- Standards of Evidence. The Student Organization is presumed not responsible until a determination regarding responsibility is made by the Hearing Authority. Based on all information available, the Hearing Authority will determine responsibility using a Preponderance of Evidence (“more likely than not”) standard.
Failure to Appear. Student Organization Representatives and/or Complainants are not required to attend formal disciplinary hearings. If a party chooses not to attend or fails to attend the hearing after being properly notified, the hearing will proceed as scheduled and a decision will be made in their absence.
Procedures for Administrative Hearings
A Formal Administrative Hearing typically consists of an individual meeting between the Student Organization Representative, their Advisor, if applicable, and a Case Administrator. The Student Organization will be given the opportunity, in person or in writing, to submit or give a statement to the Case Administrator and to respond to any information provided by witnesses. The Case Administrator may elect to call and question witnesses as necessary, including the investigator(s) who compiled the investigative report. The Student Organization may question any witnesses called by submitting written questions to the Case Administrator. If the Student Organization is found responsible, the Case Administrator determines appropriate sanction(s).
Procedures for Community Standards Board Hearings
- Participants. The following participants may attend Board hearings:
- The designated 3-5 Community Standards Board members, which could be composed of faculty, staff, and Students;
- A Procedural Advisor assigned by the University;
- Student Organization Representative(s);
- Advisor(s) (and University Counsel if the Advisor is an Attorney); and
Witnesses, including the investigator(s) who compiled the report.
Format. A Community Standards Board hearing typically consists of the following components:
- Introduction and procedural rules presented by the Procedural Advisor;
- Presentation of information and introductory statement by Complainant(s), if present;
- Questions asked by the Student Organization Representative(s), if any;
- Questions asked by the Board, if any;
- Witnesses presented by the Complainant(s), if any;
- Questions asked by the Student Organization Representative(s), if any;
- Questions asked by the Board, if any;
- Presentation of information and introductory statement by the Student Organization Representative(s);
- Questions asked by the Complainant(s), if any;
- Questions asked by the Board, if any;
- Witnesses presented by the Student Organization Representative(s), if any;
- Questions asked by the Complainant(s), if any;
- Questions asked by the Board, if any;
- Closing statement by the Complainant(s);
- Closing statement by the Student Organization Representative(s); and
Closed session deliberation of the Board.
- Participants. The following participants may attend Board hearings:
- Witnesses. Witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the Board. The Student Organization Representative(s) or Complainant(s) may propose questions to the Procedural Advisor to be asked of the other party or Witnesses. The Procedural Advisor will determine whether proposed questions or information will be presented based on their relevance to the incident being reviewed.
- Written Materials. Subject to applicable privacy laws, the Complainant(s) (s) and Student Organization Representative(s) have the right to review, but not copy, all documentation that will be presented at the hearing at least one (1) full business day prior to commencement of the hearing. If additional documentation previously unknown is identified within that period, the parties will be notified and given an opportunity to review the information prior to the commencement of the hearing. Considering the latest information available, the parties may request that the hearing be suspended for an agreed-upon amount of time.
- Hearing Format. When the alleged victim is serving as the Complainant or as a Witness, alternative testimony options may be available, such as allowing the alleged victim to testify via electronic means.
- Multiple Charged Parties. In incidents where multiple Student Organizations are charged, there may be one hearing for all Student Organizations charged.
- Hearing Records. There shall be a single record (such as a digital recording) of all Community Standards Board hearings excluding deliberations for the purposes of appeal only. No party may record the hearing. Student Organizations that appeal and, if applicable, their Advisor may request to listen to the recording of the hearing in SACS. The Advisor may only review recordings with the Student they are advising. Recordings cannot be copied, removed, or shared with others and will be destroyed 10 business days from the date of final action.
Deliberations. In a closed session, the Community Standards Board will determine, by a majority vote, if the Student Organization is responsible for each charge. The Community Standards Board will notify the Procedural Advisor of the determination and any assigned sanctions. A sanction of Suspension or Termination/Loss of Recognition will be reviewed by the Vice President of Student Affairs. Character Statements and Sanction Statements will be provided to the Community Standards Board if the Student Organization is found responsible for a violation for sanctioning purposes only. In the extraordinary event the Board is unable to reach a majority decision, the Procedural Advisor can cast a tie-breaking vote.
Notification of Outcome
- Notice to the Student Organization. The Case Administrator or Procedural Advisor will notify the Student Organization Representative (and any other appropriate parties) of their decision typically within five (5) business days of the hearing. The decision letter will include the rationale for the finding(s); sanction(s), if applicable; and information on the appeal process, if applicable. Decisions by a Case Administrator or Community Standards Board hearing shall be final, pending the appeal process.
- Notice to Victims. A victim may notified by the University of the final results of a disciplinary proceeding against an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence, regardless of whether the University concluded a violation was committed.
Notice to the Public. Pursuant to FERPA, the University may, in its discretion, release publicly the name of the organization, the violation committed, and any sanction imposed if the violation is a Crime of Violence.
Formal Appeal Procedures
All appeals must be submitted within five (5) business days of being given notice of the results of the original hearing, barring Exigent Circumstances as determined by the Dean of Students or designee. Appeals may only be based on the following three (3) criteria:
- Procedural error(s) occurred that may have substantially affected the outcome; and/or
- New and significant information has become available and could not have been discovered and/or provided by a properly diligent Student Organization Representative before or during the original hearing; and/or
The Student Organization requests an evaluation of assigned sanction(s).
All appeals must be completed in writing using the appropriate Appeal Form (provided by SACS). A typed narrative must be submitted along with the form providing specific information relevant to the ground(s) for appeal. Any documentation the Student Organization Representative wishes to be considered in their appeal must be provided in writing at the time the appeal is turned in for review. It is the Student Organization’s responsibility to show the grounds are met using the preponderance of the evidence standard.
The Dean of Students, if they have had no significant prior involvement in the matter, will typically serve as the Appeal Officer in non-academic misconduct cases. At their discretion, the Dean of Students may assign the appeal review to a designee or to an appeal board.
The appeals will involve a review of all documents and any other evidence related to the incident, as well as any information submitted with the Appeal, including Character Statements. The Appeal Officer may also consider information related to the Student Organization’s conduct history when determining appropriate sanctions. An appeal does not typically involve a meeting with the Student Organization Representative or other people unless requested by the Appeal Officer.
If there is another party involved in the matter (e.g., when an individual serves as a Complainant in the matter), the Dean of Students or designee may share all or part of the appeal with the party to allow them to respond. They will be required to respond within five (5) business days, barring Exigent Circumstances as determined by the Dean of Students or designee, of notice of the request for appeal.
If there is a challenge to any member of the process (e.g., a challenge of bias by an investigator or hearing officer), the Dean of Students or designee may share all or part of the appeal with the party in question to allow them to respond. They will be required to respond within five (5) business days, barring Exigent Circumstances as determined by the Dean of Students or designee, of notice of the request for appeal. If any new grounds for appeal are raised in any response, the Dean of Students or designee will determine whether to allow a brief time for the Student Organization to submit a response.
The Appeal Officer will review all documentation associated with the case and may take any other action necessary to corroborate the Student Organization Representative’s statements and determine whether sufficient grounds exist to reconsider the case. The Appeal Officer will take one of the following actions:
- Uphold the original action. The original decision stands, including finding of responsibility and sanctions.
- Modify the sanctions. The finding of responsibility stands, but sanctions are then modified to be fair to the facts or findings of the case. Modification can increase or decrease sanctions.
- Refer the matter back to the Case Administrator or Board. The case may be referred to the Hearing Authority who may hear the case again and uphold, modify or reverse the original decision based on the information included in the written appeal and/or shared in the appeal hearing.
- Reverse the finding of responsibility. The appeal is granted, and the original decision is overturned, including finding of responsibility and sanctions.
The decision rendered by the Appeal Officer is final and not subject to further appeal, except when the matter is referred to the Case Administrator or Board. In those circumstances, the Student Organization(s) will have the right to a second appeal.
Student Organization Status Pending Final Action. Except for Interim Measures, hearing outcomes of disciplinary actions that are appealed are placed on hold pending action by the Appeal Officer. A Student Organization who has been issued Interim Measures will continue to be under the same restrictions during the appeal period unless prior authorization from the Dean of Students or designee is given.
Violations of the Law and University Discipline
University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a Student Organization charged with conduct that potentially violates criminal or civil law and the Code of Student Organization Standards. Proceedings under the Code of Student Organization Standards may be initiated and carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings at the sole discretion of the Dean of Students or designee. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Code of Student Organization Standards shall not be subject to change solely because of criminal or civil outcomes. The University reserves the right to sanction any Student Organization found responsible under the Code of Student Organization Standards, regardless of whether individual Students are found guilty (or not) in a criminal matter, found liable (or not) in a civil matter or whether charges or the suit was dismissed.
The University may notify local, state and/or federal authorities when a crime is alleged to be committed, but such notification will not modify the University’s authority to adjudicate the alleged misconduct through its own disciplinary system.
In cases where it is determined that certain continued operations of a Student Organization constitute a reasonable threat of harm to individuals, damage of University premises, or disruption to the educational mission of the University, the Dean of Students or designee may issue interim measures, up to and including an interim suspension of all Student Organization activities, pending final disposition of the matter. Upon issuance of an interim measure, the Dean of Students or designee will notify the Student Organization representative and other appropriate parties in writing.
If a Student Organization wishes to seek a review of these interim measures, the Student Organization must submit a written request for an administrative review to the Dean of Students or designee. This administrative review should happen within five (5) business days of the University’s receipt of the request. This administrative review is not a hearing on the merits of the underlying allegations, but is merely a review to determine what, if any, interim measures are appropriate. The review may lead to a continuance, revocation, and/or modification of the interim measures, including modifications that may be more restrictive than the initial measures. The University will notify Student Organization leadership of the outcome of the review in writing within three (3) business days of the review meeting. This notification will include the University’s decision and the rationale for that decision.
If the University investigation lasts beyond 30 days (as outlined below, beginning from the date of the Pre-Hearing Meeting), the Student Organization may request another review of the interim measures, which will be handled similarly to the initial request for review as outlined above.
Dissolution with Pending Disciplinary Action
A Student Organization facing an alleged violation of the Code of Student Organization Standards is permitted to dissolve/surrender recognition during the investigation/adjudication process. However, the University may continue the investigation/adjudication process even after the Student Organization has been dissolved.
Student Organizations that are suspended from the University for Disciplinary Reasons or choose to dissolve/surrender recognition during the investigation/adjudication shall not be entitled to any refund of payments paid to the University. Once any outstanding debts have been paid, a Student Organization account will be frozen during the organization’s period of suspension.
Counsel to the University
Any legal or other counsel to the University may attend accountability hearings, including, but not limited to, those that involve serious allegations, complex procedural issues, those in which an attorney is in attendance as the Student Organization’s Advisor, and/or those that may result in the suspension of a Student Organization.
Disciplinary Records Retention and Disclosure
The Dean of Students or designee will maintain the Outcome Letter in the Student Organization’s record for a period of no less than seven (7) years. If a Student Organization loses campus recognition, the Dean of Students or designee will maintain the Outcome Letter indefinitely. If applicable, a copy of the Outcome Letter may be sent to their Inter/National Organizational Governing Body or other appropriate parties.
- Student Misconduct. Individual Students who are members of a Student Organization are still subject as individuals to the Code of Community Standards and may be held individually accountable for behaviors also attributed to the Student Organization. In those instances, Complaints and/or reports of individual Student misconduct will be resolved separately in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Code of Community Standards.
- Prohibited Discrimination. All Complaints of alleged prohibited discrimination committed by University Students and/or Student Organizations, as defined in the University’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct and Sex and Other Gender-Based Discrimination and Policy Prohibiting Non-Sex Based Discrimination, are governed exclusively by the rules and procedures established in conjunction with those policies. All those seeking information regarding the resolution of prohibited discrimination Complaints against University Students and/or Student Organizations may contact the Office of Institutional Equity at email@example.com and/or visit their website at salisbury.edu/administration/institutional-equity Some incidents may result in a concurrent investigation between the Office of Institutional Equity and SACS. In those cases, a University Staff member will notify the Student Organization Representative of the process for resolution of any charges.
VII. Action Plans and Outcomes
Upon any final finding of responsibility of a Code of Student Organization Standards violation, the Hearing Authority will develop an Action Plan that addresses any identified structural issues within the Student Organization, promotes Student learning, addresses the impact of the behavior, connects Students with available resources and guides the Student Organization toward contributing positively to our campus community. In developing Action Plans and determining sanctions, the University typically considers the nature and severity of the incident, institutional sanctioning guidelines, the Student Organization’s previous disciplinary history, the impact of the behavior, and mitigating and/or aggravating circumstances.
The Dean of Students or designee and/or the appropriate University department will oversee the completion of Outcomes. If the Student Organization misses any deadlines, fails to complete any Outcomes, and/or has a subsequent violation(s), the RSO may be subject to additional Outcomes and/or disciplinary actions at the discretion of the Dean of Students/designee.
The Outcomes implemented at the conclusion of the disciplinary process may include one or more Status Outcomes, Educational Outcomes, or Structural Outcomes.
- Status Outcomes
Status Outcomes may include, but are not limited to:
Warning . A Warning is given to notify a Student Organization that the behavior and conduct has been inconsistent with the expectations of the University. A warning has no immediate effect upon a Student Organization’s status at the University. However, once given a warning, a Student Organization should expect different Outcomes to result from any subsequent violations, especially while on a current warning status when/if similar behaviors occur.
Disciplinary Probation . Disciplinary Probation serves to notify a Student Organization that it must avoid any further violations for a specified period to avoid additional disciplinary action. Student Organizations on probation are not in good standing with the University. A Student Organization may be prohibited from participating in certain activities or forfeit specific privileges while on probation. If a Student Organization on probation is found responsible for any subsequent violations, the outcomes may escalate. Disciplinary Probation may include Restriction of Privileges.
Deferred Suspension . Deferred Suspension is a status for a specified period during which any subsequent finding of Responsibility for a violation of the Code of Student Organization Standards or any other University policy shall result in the Outcome of Suspension for the Student Organization. Deferred Suspension will include additional, specified Restriction of Privileges.
Suspension . Suspension is a status for a specified period that includes, but is not limited to, the revocation of the University's/College’s registration of the Student Organization for a stated or an indeterminate period, cessation of University funding, restriction of all operations at the University, and restriction of use of University resources. If the Student Organization also holds a charter from an inter/national organizational governing body, the University may also request that the inter/national organizational governing body revoke the charter of the Student Organization.
A Student Organization placed on Suspension is prohibited from sponsoring, co-sponsoring, or participating in all social, intramural, athletic, or other similar activities on or off campus. A suspended Student Organization may not solicit or initiate any new members. Suspension may also include the forfeiture of other specifically listed privileges. Suspension should be for a specific and determined period and will include a written return agreement outlining specific conditions for return. The Suspension may be delayed at the discretion of the Dean of Students or designee.
If the Student Organization dissolves or loses recognition, because of organizational conduct, and then attempts to seek recognition under the guise of a different organizational name, the University reserves the right to deny the request for recognition or withdraw the recognition. This conclusion may be based on any of multiple factors, including but not limited to, overlapping membership, similarity of purpose, and the timing of the dissolution or prior loss of recognition and the request for new recognition.
Continued operation of the Student Organization after suspension or loss of recognition will result in a charge of Failure to Comply and may result in additional outcomes or restrictions, up to and including an extension of the Suspension beyond the terms originally outlined in the initial Outcomes Letter/return agreement.
A Student Organization that has completed a period of suspension and has met conditions for return as outlined in the return agreement may seek reinstatement by complying with the registration requirements of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
Termination and/or Loss of Recognition . Termination and/or Loss of Recognition from the University after a specific date (usually from the point the last active member graduates) and may be a permanent loss of recognition. When the Student Organization loses recognition, they may not operate on campus at all and will be prohibited from utilizing the support, services and privileges afforded a Student Organization as outlined in the Suspension section, above. The University may set a designated timeframe during which the Student Organization will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement/re-recognition. This timeframe may be extended if there are further reports of misconduct by the Student Organization and/or its members while not recognized.
- Educational Outcomes
Educational Outcomes may include, but are not limited to, educational programming, community service, interventions, restrictions, workshops, or other Outcomes determined to help develop the culture and community of the Student Organization. The Dean of Students or designee will determine Educational Outcomes after consultation with the appropriate University Office(s), the governing body and/or affiliated organization of the Student Organization, organizational leadership, advisors, and/or other appropriate stakeholders, as necessary.
- Structural Outcomes
Structural Outcomes are related to the structure, membership, or governance of the organization. Structural outcomes, developed in collaboration with the inter/national organizational governing body (if applicable), may include, but are not limited to, changes to Student Organization operating procedures, a review of Student Organization membership/leadership, an external Student Organization review, and changes to Student Organization advisor support. Structural Outcomes may be included alongside any Status and Educational Outcomes, but only after consultation with the appropriate University department(s), the Student Organization inter/national governing body (if applicable), the Student Organization representative, Student Organization advisors, and/or other appropriate stakeholders, as necessary.
- Restriction of Privileges
Restriction of Privileges precludes a Student Organization from participating in certain activities or may require a Student Organization to forfeit specific privileges for a specified period. Restriction of Privileges may include, but is not limited to, loss or limitation of social events or limitation of ability to participate in University events or activities.
- Status Outcomes
VIII. Responsible Department
The University’s Dean of Students Office is responsible for interpreting and implementing this Policy. Please direct any questions or comments to the Assistant Dean of Students at 410-677-0022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.