Students FAQs Regarding Student Conduct Matters
If I am being charged with a violation, what will happen?
You will receive a letter from us asking you to make an appointment or assigning you a time to meet with the Hearing Officer. The letter will also describe any charges. It is important to make an appointment and keep it. Ignoring the situation will not make it go away. If you don't respond, a decision can be made in the case without your input. This decision could affect your status as a student. In the meantime, our office may place a "hold" your student account, this may prevent you from registering for classes. The hold may remain on your account until the case has been resolved and if necessary sanctions have been completed.
What if I don't show up for my meeting with the conduct officer?
The hearing officer will make a decision in the case without the benefit of your involvement and perspective.
What if I was not aware of a rule and didn't know I was breaking it?Lack of knowledge of a rule is not an excuse for misconduct. Every student is responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Rules of Conduct. It is important for you to read your 2013-14 Student Handbook containing the Rules of Conduct. If you are unsure about any policies, ask for clarification.
Will my parents be notified of any sanctions I receive?
Not necessarily. Conduct proceedings conducted by the University are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Generally, under FERPA conduct records may not be released or disclosed without the expressed written permission of the student whose conduct record is being sought unless provided by law. Release of student conduct records is permitted without prior consent to University officials with legitimate educational interest; victim/s of an alleged crime of violence or of an alleged sexual assault; and parents of a student who can provide written documentation that the student is financially dependent or if the student violates the drug or alcohol policy and is under 21 years old.
What if I do not complete an assigned sanction?
Additional sanctions may be added and a hold may be placed on your record. In some cases, failure to complete sanctions may result in suspension or expulsion. In addition, a hold will be placed on your registration and records. Remember that sanctions are placed as a result of your violation of the Student Rules of Conduct, and are designed to educate you about the expectations and norms of the University community.
Will potential employers have access to my conduct record?Your conduct record will only be accessible to them if you provide written permission allowing it.