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Non-Academic Conduct Process

"All students are responsible for conducting themselves in manner that helps enhance an environment of learning in which the rights, dignity worth, and freedom of each member of the academic community are respected." 

- Section 1.3, ECU Student Code of Conduct

As members of the ECU academic community, students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct (Code)which identifies behavioral expectations for all ECU students both on- and off-campus. The community standards found within the Code are established to create a culture of respect, responsibility, and civility.

When students act in a way that violates community standards, OSRR uses this as an opportunity to clarify the University's behavioral expectations and to educate students about what it means to be a community member accountable for one's choices.

ECU students have a responsibility to review the Student Code of Conduct and other policies.

Non-Academic Conduct Process Outline

Any member of the East Carolina University community may file a complaint against any student for misconduct. The complaint must be prepared in writing and directed to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR). Any student who has a complaint filed against them for an alleged violation of the Code is referred to as the respondent. The person who has filed a complaint is referred to as the complainant. 

Upon receiving the complaint, OSRR Director or designee will review it to determine if the reported behavior is governed by the Code. A conduct case will be initiated if the initial review indicates a possible violation took place. The respondent will be notified in writing of the charge and will be supplied with a brief summary of the allegation, possible sanctions, and the meeting time and date.

During the meeting the conduct administrator will review all available, relevant information and will determine whether or not a violation of the Code occurred. If further information is needed, another meeting will be scheduled at a time when all relevant information has been reviewed. If the conduct administrator believes that there was no violation or there is insufficient information to make a determination, the conduct case will be closed.

If the administrator believes that the respondent violated the Code, s/he will assign appropriate sanctions within 45 calendar days of the initial hearing. The final administrative decision will be shared with the respondent in writing within ten calendar days of the date the decision was made. The letter will include a brief summary of the information upon which the decision was based and will outline respondent's appeal rights.

If the student does not agree with the determination of the administrator, s/he will have the opportunity to challenge that decision by appealing to a Review Committee. In cases where suspension or expulsion have been assigned as a sanction and the student challenges that decision, a Conduct Board hearing will be scheduled to independently evaluate the case. For a full description of hearing procedures please review the Student Code of Conduct.