The following is a list of questions that are frequently asked by students and parents/legal guardians. If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.
1. What do I do if I receive a letter notifying me to contact the Office of Student Conduct? If you receive a letter noting that you need to schedule a meeting, you must call the number listed in the Conduct Officer's letter within 48 hours of receipt of the letter. This will ensure that you have a timely meeting with a Conduct Officer and are not found in violation of failing to comply with the directives of a College official. In preparation for your meeting, you are encouraged to review relevant portions of the Student Handbook and the Office of Student Conduct's Website.
2. My incident happened off-campus. Why is Keystone College involved? - As the Student Handbook notes, the College's jurisdiction in disciplinary matters extends to conduct that occurs on the premises of the College and to any conduct that adversely affects the College community, the College's reputation and/or the pursuit of its mission and objectives regardless of where it occurs.
3. Can I have a parent/ legal guardian present at my primary meeting? – Family members and lawyers are not permitted in a primary meeting, or any subsequent hearing. Students are permitted to have an advisor aid them in the student conduct process, however, this advisor must be from the College community.
4. Will my parents find out about my violation? - Parental notification of a student's disciplinary record depends on the nature of the incident and the record. The Office of Student Conduct views parents and legal guardians as partners in the education of students. Therefore, the College notifies a student's parents or legal guardians when a student violates a policy, such as the alcohol and drug policy. The Office of Student Conduct will also notify parents or legal guardians if their student is placed on disciplinary probation, suspension, or is expelled from the College.
5. What standard of responsibility is used in a conduct hearing? - The College utilizes the "preponderance of the evidence" standard of responsibility in conduct proceedings. The hearing authority will determine, based on the information presented, whether it is more likely than not that a violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurred. This standard is utilized because it balances the rights of an individual student with the rights of a community of scholars.