Student Conduct & Community Standards
LSU’s residence halls and apartments have established community standards, which are intended to promote the wellbeing and rights of all community members as well as maintain the facilities and physical surroundings in which the community exists.
All members of our community are responsible for supporting an atmosphere that appreciates individual differences and recognizes each person’s unique contribution to the university.
View the entire student conduct process and appeal process in the Residential Life Operating Policy 69 (RLOP 69).
After going through the conduct process, students have the right to appeal decisions. Before appealing, be sure to view all Residential Life and university policies.
Contact the Residential Life Student Conduct Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 225-578-7185, or in 206 Grace King Hall.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records.
When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”).
When going through the conduct process, certain terms may be used. Here’s a helpful guide to those terms:
Incident Report – written documentation of alleged situation occurring within an on-campus community
Charge Letter – written correspondence sent to all students who may have been involved with an incident occurring within an on-campus community or involving an on-campus resident; provides information regarding alleged LSU Code of Student Conduct charges
Decision Letter – written correspondence sent to student after a hearing has been conducted
Responsible – accountability officer/body has found that a violation of the LSU Code of Student Conduct occurred and that the student was involved in the violation; appropriate educational sanctions will be assigned to students found responsible
Not Responsible – accountability officer/body has found that either a violation of the LSU Code of Student Conduct did not occur or that the student was not involved in the violation
Administrative Hearing – formal hearing conducted by an Accountability officer, in which information regarding the situation is shared by the student and the Accountability officer. A decision of responsible or not responsible will be rendered by the hearing officer within two working days of the conclusion of the hearing
Assistant Director of Residential Life Conduct, Advocacy and Policy – full-time professional staff member who oversees the administration and implementation of student conduct processes for on-campus communities and residents; works in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office and Student Advocacy and Accountability
University Hearing Panel – hearing body consisting of 3-5 students who are residents of an on-campus community.
University Hearing Panel Hearing – formal hearing conducted by the University Hearing Panel, in which information regarding the situation is shared by the student and the hearing board. A decision of responsible or not responsible will be rendered by the hearing board at the hearing.
Student Conduct HOLD – if a student fails to do one of the following, a HOLD is placed on his/her records and registration until the completion of the student conduct process: (1) failure to schedule a meeting; (2) failure to attend a scheduled meeting; (3) failure to complete an assigned sanction.
Sanctions – educational consequences assigned to students who are found responsible for violating the LSU Code of Student Conduct. Examples of which include the following:
- Warning – written warning that indicates that a Student has been found Responsible for violating the LSU Code of Student Conduct
- Disciplinary Probation Without Restriction – Disciplinary Probation is a status for a specific period of time which any further violation of the Code or University policy jeopardizes the Student(s) status with the University; For more information, refer to in Section 11.2 of the LSU Code of Student Conduct
- Disciplinary Probation With Restriction – Disciplinary Probation is a status for a specific period of time which any further violation of the Code or University policy jeopardizes the Student(s) status with the University; For more information, refer to in Section 11.2 of the LSU Code of Student Conduct
- Written Sanction – typically an essay that relates to the policy violated; may or may not include research
- Ethics & Decision Making Class – three-hour class that meets one time taught by Department of Residential Life staff members that discusses theories and practices regarding ethics and decision-making skills
- Wellness & Health Promotion Referral – one on one meeting(s) with a Health Promotion Coordinator, during which personal behaviors regarding alcohol and/or other personal Wellness related topics are discussed
- Mental Health Referral – one on one meeting(s) with a Mental Health staff member to discuss anger management, stress, substance abuse
- Psychological Services Referral – one on one meetings(s) with a member of the Psychological Services staff to discuss a variety of topics, including alcohol, drugs, stress
What is the Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Office?
The Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Office works in collaboration with LSU Student Advocacy & Accountability to maintain the Student Conduct Process for on-campus communities managed by the Department of Residential Life. The Student Conduct Office is also responsible for the recruitment, selection and training of the Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Boards.
What is the purpose of sanctioning students who have violated the LSU Code of Student
Sanctioning within the Department of Residential Life’s Student Conduct Process is meant to provide students with information about LSU’s policies, living within an on-campus community, and themselves.
What are my rights as a student?
A complete list of the student’s rights and responsibilities is outlined within the LSU Code of Student Conduct.
What happens if I refuse to schedule an appointment prior to the deadline given in the charge letter?
Failing to schedule an appointment prior to the given deadline will result in a HOLD
being placed on your records and registration and one of the following actions to
• Decision to be made in your absence.
• Referral to the University Hearing Panel for adjudication.
• Referral to the Student Advocacy & Accountability for adjudication.
What will the administrative meeting and/or University Hearing Panel hearing be like?
The purpose of the process is to be educational, therefore, the hearing structure
for both venues is as follows:
• Introductions of all parties
• Explanation of Students Rights & Responsibilities
• Sharing of all written Incident Reports
• Question and answers with all involved parties
• Discussion to determine responsibility
Can I have an advisor, lawyer, friend, or parent present at the administrative meeting or University Hearing Panel hearing?
All students are allowed to have one advisor present at the time of their administrative meeting or hearing. The advisor is not allowed to participate in the hearing procedures, but is allowed to be present for moral support. Students are required to inform the Student Conduct Office of their advisors 24 hours in advance of the administrative meeting or University Hearing Panel hearing.
What should I do if I’m being criminally charged for the same incident?
LSU’s Student Conduct Process is separate from the criminal system; therefore all students are responsible for completing both processes.
Will I be removed from LSU housing or dismissed from LSU for this incident?
Incidents that involve potential violations of the LSU Housing Contract and/or the Residential Life Substance-Free policy may result in you being relocated to a different on-campus assignment or removed from on-campus housing. All incidents that may result in suspension or expulsion from LSU are adjudicated by the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability.
What types of sanctions can be imposed in my case?
The range of educational sanctions utilized within the Student Conduct Process is from a written warning to Deferred Suspension. Sanctions are dependent upon the severity of the incident and the student conduct history of the student. If you fail to complete a sanction by the given deadline, a HOLD will be placed on your records and registration until either completion of the sanction or verification of an extended deadline.
Will LSU notify my parents/guardians about this incident?
LSU retains the right to notify parents/guardians regarding alcohol and/or controlled substances incidents. If deemed necessary, Residential Life will send a letter to the parents/guardians regarding any such incidents.
Will a notation be placed on my transcript regarding this incident?
Only if a student is placed on Deferred Suspension, Suspension, or Expulsion as a sanction.
How long are student conduct files kept in the Student Conduct Office?
The Student Conduct Office keeps student conduct files for seven (7) years after the date of the incident. The Student Conduct Office reserves the right to keep student conduct files longer if it is deemed necessary by either the Office of the Dean of Students or the Department of Residential Life.