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Student Conduct Processes

University conduct processes, administered through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), ensure that community standards and university due processes are upheld. Referrals may be made for:

  • Alleged misconduct such as perceived violations of policy, specified in the student code of conduct and by local or federal law. For more detailed information you may access SDBOR Policy 3:4 in the student handbook. Information about the student conduct process begins on page 14.

University Due Process

  • You will receive a written notice of allegations - referred to as a "notification of charges" letter.
  • Electronic notice from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will be sent to your university email account.
  • Hard copy may also be sent to your residence hall, to your local or permanent address or retained for you to pick up at your conduct consultation meeting.
  • Email sent to your USD student account is considered official communication.

Procedural Options

  • University due process requires that you be informed of procedural options.
  • You may waive your right to formal process and opt for informal resolution by accepting responsibility for the charge(s) and any sanctioning – any such obligations will be discussed prior to acceptance.
  • Alternately, you may choose to participate in a formal hearing in order to rebut the charges. Students may be heard informally by SRR staff or opt to participate in a formal hearing coordinated through SRR.
  • A conduct body, either a faculty or staff hearing officer or a convened university conduct board will be assigned to hear the charge(s) in formal proceedings.
  • You may appeal a finding when you believe your due process rights were violated or when facts emerge, unknown at the time of their hearing that you believe may affect the outcome.
  • You may also accept responsibility for the misconduct, but appeal the sanctioning when it appears unduly harsh.
  • Appeals must be made in writing and delivered to the appeal officer within five business days of the hearing; hearing officers will direct students to the administrative point of appeal.