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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS)

Student Conduct Process and Procedures

An Administrative Conference is a non-disciplinary meeting with a hearing officer to discuss the alleged
behavior that is of concern. Students will be informed about particular provisions in the The Duke Community Standard in Practice: A Guide for Students that may be violated should the
behavior of concern repeat. The hearing officer may suggest helpful resources for students and
address any further concerns.

Suppose you cannot attend your administrative conference due to class, work, or other university business. In that case, you must email your hearing officer to set a new appointment as soon as possible. If you don't contact your hearing officer to reschedule your administrative conference. In that case, you'll be expected to attend your administrative conference at the above mentioned date and time.

Failure to attend your scheduled administrative conference may result in you facing disciplinary action. 

An administrative hearing is a discussion between a student/student group alleged to be in violation of university policy and a hearing officer. Students/student groups will be notified (typically via e-mail) of the specific violations under consideration in advance of an administrative hearing. The hearing officer will review the report with the student or student group and give the student/student group an opportunity to respond. The hearing officer will determine whether the student/student group is responsible for the alleged policy violation, and, if so, issue (an) appropriate sanction(s). Administrative hearings are conducted in private, except in matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct, in which a student may be accompanied by an advisor of the student’s choice.

Failure to attend your scheduled administrative conference may result in you facing disciplinary action. 

Because the health and safety of students are of primary importance, students are encouraged not only to look out for their own health and safety but also for that of their peers. When a person’s health and/or safety is/are threatened or appear(s) to be in jeopardy, immediate action should be taken to prevent injury/illness/danger. 

  • Formal disciplinary action for a violation of possession or use of alcohol and other drugs will not be taken against students for whom medical assistance is sought, or those who seek medical assistance for themselves or for others.  
  • Students or student groups who are alleged to have violated other University policies are not entitled to amnesty for their non-alcohol or other drug-related misconduct. 
  • A student who receives medical assistance may be required to attend an approved alcohol or drug education program (i.e. BASICS) (this link opens in a new tab), educational assignment, assessment, and/or possible referral for treatment. Parents of such students may also be notified. 

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