The following will attempt to explain Denison's standard student conduct process.
- Upon receipt of an incident report involving alleged violation of the student code, the Office of Community Rights and Standards will investigate the matter to determine if formal charges should be filed against the involved student(s). When it is determined that charges should be filed, the student involved shall be summoned to appear at a conduct meeting to resolve the issue.
- During that meeting, if the student admits responsibility to the charge(s)., then the finding of responsibility shall be final and there shall be no subsequent conduct hearing. In such a case, the conduct administrator may issue university sanctions to the student. If the student denies responsibility for the violation(s), then the incident shall be referred to a formal conduct hearing where the student's responsibility or non-responsibility would be determined by a hearing body.
- In most cases, hearings are administrative and are able to occur immediately at the time of the conduct hearing; students are typically not asked to reschedule to another date. However, some incidents (those alleging major violations of the student code or where the potential sanction for the student could include Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Expulsion) require that the charged student be able to request a conduct hearing before the Community Rights and Standards Board. These cases are deferred to a later date so that the Board can be assembled.
- If responsibility is determined and sanctions assigned to the student, the student shall receive a letter outlining the findings and sanctions, and all applicable deadlines for completion. Under Denison's conduct process, students reserve the right to then appeal that outcome to the University Appeals Board. Information about sanctions and appeals can be found in the Student Code of Conduct and on this website.
- In some cases, a student may choose to withdraw from the University prior to resolution of an alleged infraction for which the student was charged. In such a case, the student shall agree not to re-enroll at the University and the conduct matter shall be considered inactive. Communication of conduct-related information to another institution at which the student intends to enroll would only occur upon request from that institution and would include the alleged infractions and that the student withdrew prior to resolution of the matter. Case files for students who withdraw prior to resolution shall be maintained indefinitely.
Section VI of the Student Code of Conduct provides more detailed information about the conduct process.