Conduct Process

The following section details specific instructions if you are involved in a Student Conduct matter. Please refer to Student Handbook.

What To Do If You Have Received A Notice To Talk

If a student has received a Notice to Talk, the student will have 48 hours from when the notice to talk was sent (not counting weekends) to schedule a meeting.

The Conduct Meeting Administrator will meet with the student (Respondent) to determine if a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred. If the Conduct Meeting Administrator determines that no violation has occurred, then the decision is final and no further meetings will be held.

If it is determined that more likely than not, a violation may have occurred and the Respondent admits responsibility for engaging in the alleged behaviors or actions, sanctions are given to the student appropriate to the violation(s).

If there is more than one student involved in the same incident, the Conduct Meeting Administrator may make the determination to meet with other students allegedly involved before determining responsibility.


If the Conduct Meeting Administrator determines that more likely than not a policy violation may have occurred and the student does not take responsibility, the Student Conduct Administrator will conduct an inquiry of the alleged violation. After the inquiry, if a determination is made by the Conduct Meeting Administrator that the student is more likely than not responsible for the violation, sanctions shall be assigned.

If You Have Received Sanctions

Make sure you understand the sanctions. Ask your Conduct Meeting Administrator or your Resident Assistant (RA), to explain them to you if for some reason you do not understand them.

You may be eligible to appeal your sanctions. Check the Student Handbook for instructions on the proper procedures to appeal.

If you received "Parental Notification" as part of your alcohol and/or drug sanction, you should tell your parents before the letter gets home.

Don't wait until the last minute to complete your sanction.

If you do not complete your sanction, a hold may be placed on your registration and more sanctions may be added.

If You Are Involved In A Student Conduct Meeting

  1. Do your research and find out what a conduct meeting is and what to expect. Check out the Student Code of Conduct If you are the respondent, complainant or witness:

If you are the respondent, complainant or witness:

  • Dress nicely.
  • Arrive on time.
  • Be prepared. Read the Student Handbook for information.
  • Turn off your cell phone in the hearing.
  • Be honest.
  • Don't discuss the meeting or the case.
  • Be respectful of all persons attending the meeting.
  • If you miss a class for the meeting, the meeting administrator can send a letter to your professor, however it is up to the instructor if they excuse the absence.
  • Inform your professor before the meeting that you will be missing a class.
  • Show up. Skipping a student conduct meeting is a bad idea. It can get you into a real mess.

If You Witness A Possible Student Conduct Violation

  1. Report the incident to your Resident Assistant (RA), the Office of the Dean of Students, Public Safety or another University official.
  2. If you are not comfortable reporting the incident in person, you may do so anonymously through the Silent Witness program in Public Safety.
  3. If you feel comfortable doing so, ask the involved student to report the incident.
  4. Don't worry about getting in trouble yourself if you report the incident. The main concern is the safety and health of the Barry community members.
  5. Be honest.

If You Have Submitted An Appeal

  1. You have 48 hours after receiving your sanctions to file an appeal. Consult the Student Handbook as to the appropriate Student Affairs official to whom to appeal.
  2. All appeals must be in writing.
  3. A response to your appeal will be done in writing
  4. All sanctions are placed on hold pending the outcome of the appeal. You should be making plans just in case your appeal is denied. Remember an appeal should not be based on you disagreeing with the outcome.
  5. Don't discuss your case while the appeal is pending.

Hearing Officers

Hearing officers work to enhance the learning ability of students and help foster holistic development through a conduct process that stresses individual growth and educationally focused outcomes.

Hearing Officers have extensive training on their role and enjoy the connections they build with students on an individual basis.

Students Of Concern Committee

The Students of Concern Committee reviews cases involving students that display behavioral concerns which may pose imminent harm to self, others, or the community. The members of the committee work with the student to develop a course of action that will best suit their needs as well as balance the needs of the community. Examples of situations which may be referred to this committee include substance abuse, suicidal ideation/attempts, disordered patters of eating, ongoing behavioral issues, and other similar behaviors.

The Committee, chaired by the Dean of Students, is made of staff representation from the Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Housing and Residence Life, members from Counseling and Psychological Services, members from Student Health Services, members from the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management as well as other community members who wish to bring concerns before the committee.

To refer or report a case or if you have any questions, contact the Dean of Students at or 305-899-3085.