How the student conduct review process works

Thursday, March 4, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 12:15 p.m. CST, Friday, March 5, 2010

COLUMBIA — Although he could not comment on the specific case of the two MU students arrested Tuesday night, Donell Young, senior coordinator of MU's Office of Student Conduct explained Wednesday how the process works in cases where students have violated M-Book policy.

The process begins when the Office of Student Conduct is notified of a breach in policy, Young said.


  • Young reviews the report to determine whether the violation in question actually occurred. The university has 12 codes of conduct, and his office handles all but the first, which deals with plagiarism and cheating. "Most violations that happen on a college campus will fall under one of these 12 codes," Young said.
  • If it's determined the violation did occur, Young sends the accused student a letter telling the student to meet with him within five days. In cases where he needs to see the student sooner, he might e-mail or call the student. If the student doesn't attend a meeting, a hold will be placed on his university account, making it impossible to register for classes or use student charge.
  • At the informal meeting, Young gives the student the opportunity to tell his side of the story. In the meeting, Young is "trying to engage (the student) to think: What would you do differently?" he said.
  • After meeting with the student, Young decides whether the student violated university policy. If so, the student receives a letter explaining the action Young decides is appropriate. This ranges from a letter of warning to expulsion from the university. The student has five days to accept or disagree with Young's decision. If the student does not contact Young, his decision becomes formal by default.
  • If the student agrees with the sanction, Young's decision will become formal and the student will complete the required sanction. If, however, the student disagrees, the student has the option to go before the Student Conduct Committee, a body of students and faculty appointed by Chancellor Brady Deaton. The committee is the only formal hearing body at MU, Young said.
  • At least five faculty members must be present to hold a hearing. Students are included in the committee only at the request of the accused. The accused student also has the right to an advisor, who can be present with the student at the hearing.
  • Young said it's rare for students to request a hearing and normally only occurs when the sanction involves suspension or expulsion. "If I can work out a deal, I'm going to do whatever I can not to (send the student to the conduct committee)," he said.

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