Dean of Students

Conduct Process

 

Administrators Involved in the Conduct Process

Resident Directors (RDs):

 

RDs are not Conduct Officers; however they do adjudicate many of the violations that occur inside the residence halls. In order to resolve a violation with a charged student, the student must voluntarily admit violating policy and voluntarily accept an agreed upon sanction(s). If the charged student and the RD cannot come to an agreement on what happened and the appropriate resolution, the case will be adjudicated by a Conduct Officer.

RDs typically resolve first violations of the following:

  • Noise, Candles, Hall Sports, Lounge Furniture, Pets, Smoking, Trash Removal, Wall Hangings, Illegal Appliances, and Lockouts.
  • First Alcohol Violations

Staff Associate:

The Staff Associate (a graduate assistant in the Dean of Students Office) resolves cases under the supervision of the Dean of Students and she/he handles violations that occur:

  1. Violations that occur outside of residence halls of the same or similar level of severity as the RDs do for violations inside the halls.
  2. Violations that occur inside residence halls of the same or similar level of severity as the RDs.
  3. Copyright Violations, Broken Parking Agreements, and Failures to Complete Sanctions

Conduct Officer

The Conduct Officers hear cases that could have been heard by any of the people above and all remaining alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code, such as

  1. All violations that may or do result in sanctions of Deferred Suspension, or Suspension or Dismissal from the University of Maine System that occur on any U.S.M. campus (including inside residence halls).
  2. All violations that occur off campus, if:
    1. The University can demonstrate a "clear and distinct interest."
    2. The conduct "seriously threatens"
      1. Any "educational process."
      2. Any "legitimate function of the University."
      3. "The health or safety of any member of the academic community."

U.S.M. Disciplinary Process (When Case is Resolved by a Conduct Officer):

  1. Complaint filed (For example, incident report or police report written and turned in).
  2. Allegation letter sent to the accused students detailing the charges the students are facing and the date, time, and location of their conduct meetings (notice delivered to on-campus student's room and sent to off-campus address for non-residential students).
  3. Individual hearings take place between the accused students and the Conduct Officer in the Dean of Students Office (or alternative location if determined).
  4. Decision by Conduct Officer sent out (delivered to residential student's rooms, e-mailed to student's Maine.edu account or sent off campus by U.S. mail).
  5. Request for Review must be received within 7 calendar days if the student disagrees with the Conduct Officer's decision.
  6. Review Hearing Scheduled (if applicable).
  7. If Suspended or Dismissed by the Student Conduct Committee the student will have 7 calendar days to request an additional review (this one by the President's designee).

Cases resolved by RDs are more informal and require that the Charged Student voluntarily take responsibility and voluntarily agree to accept the sanctions otherwise the case will be sent through the Conduct Process as described above.