Student Conduct

Three smiling students walking on campus

Mission

The Office Student Conduct asserts that members of the Shorter University community are responsible for their own behavior, as well as holding each other accountable. The Student Code of Conduct serves as a guide to promote a healthy and spiritual environment for faculty, staff and students. The purpose of such is not to be punitive, but educational and enlightening. Community accountability is a responsibility we all share as servants of Christ as outlined in Matthew 18:15, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”

Objectives

– Communicate the mission and behavioral standards of the University.

– Adjudicate violations of the Student Code of Conduct in a fair and consistent manner.

– Educate the importance of community responsibility and accountability, and consequences of violations

Students

Student Handbook
Conduct Process Chart

Parents

Conduct Process Chart

Shorter University adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  which  protects the privacy of student education records. The Office of Student Conduct welcomes the opportunity to work with parents with the authorization of the student. Such authorization must be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Conduct.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), student conduct hearings are closed to anyone not directly involved with the hearing, and all student conduct files are confidential, unless a student waives his or her right to confidentiality, or under specific exemptions outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Although hearings are confidential, a victim of a crime of violence may request in writing the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the institution against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense.

The Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1998 (HERA) amended the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  to allow institutions of higher education to notify parents or legal guardians of students under the age of 21 the final outcome of an alcohol or drug violation.  In circumstances such as these the Shorter University Office of Student Conduct reserves the right to notify parents at its discretion.

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