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Process and Policies

It's important to know that student conduct processes are not the same as courts. Colleges are determining if a policy has been violated. Courts are determining if a law has been broken. 

SUNY Oswego ensures that every student – those harmed by others and those who are accused of causing harm to another person or the community – is guaranteed due process. Due process is emphasized in the effort to ensure that all involved parties receive equitable and fair treatment.

Every student has the right:

  • To be notified in writing of the allegations against them;
  • To respond to the allegations and have an opportunity to share their perspective of the incident
  • in question;
  • To be notified in writing of the outcome, and
  • In cases where Suspension or Expulsion has been imposed, at least one level of appeal.

1. Reviewing Incident Reports

Once a complaint has been reported and/or filed and received by the Office of Student Conduct, a preliminary review into the nature of the incident, the evidence available, and the parties involved will be initiated.

The preliminary review may lead to:
• A determination that there is insufficient evidence or no indicated policy violations;
• Further investigation when it is clear more information must be gathered;
• An Alternative Resolution and bypass the conduct process, or
• An Informal or Formal Resolution and referred to the appropriate Student Conduct Officer or Hearing Body.

2. Notification of Alleged Violations

A notice of alleged violation(s) is the document that a student, student organization, or student group will receive if they have allegedly violated the Student Code of Conduct. This notice will include the date, time, and location to attend an information session which will discuss the alleged violations as well as the student conduct process. Failure to respond to the notice of the charges by the time designated in the charge letter shall result in the hearing scheduled without the benefit of the respondent's choice of hearing option.

3. Resolution Options

If an investigation reveals the need for disciplinary action there are multiple resolution options depending on the severity of the allegation.

Informal Resolutions

When the Director of Student Conduct determines that outcomes are not likely to include College Housing Removal, Suspension, or Expulsion, the matter will be referred for an Informal Resolution.

When cases are referred for Informal Resolutions, the following opportunities are available for students to respond to the allegations against them:

Formal Resolutions

In cases where the Director of Student Conduct determines that outcomes could reasonably include College Housing Removal, Suspension, or Expulsion, the matter will be referred for a Formal Resolution.

When cases are referred for Formal Resolutions, the following opportunities are available for students to respond to the allegations against them:

Amnesty Policies