Dean of Students

Student Conduct Committee

STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEE

HOW TO APPLY!
Download an application here. Or you can email us at deanofstudents@usm.maine.edu or call us at 207-780-5242 and we'll be glad to get you an application. 

 

The Student Conduct Committee:

The Student Conduct Committee (SCC) is the hearing board that is responsible for reviewing cases from students who have been sanctioned by a conduct officer for violations of the Student Conduct Code. When a review hearing is held three to students and one to two faculty or staff from the Student Conduct Committee hear the case. The chairperson of the SCC may be a student, faculty or staff member. The SCC makes decisions on whether or not policies were violated and what if any sanctions should be imposed. The SCC decides sanctions ranging from a Disciplinary Warning up to and including dismissal from the University of Maine System. They also decide on any educational sanctions such as counseling, community restitution hours, or research projects.

Additionally the student members of the Student Conduct Committee (SCC) comprises the student membership of the Academic Integrity Board (AIB). The AIB is responsible for hearing cases involving cheating, fabricating and plagiarism of academic assignments.

Applications for the SCC are now available and can be download from this page. Application packets may also be picked up in our office at 113 Upton Hall in Gorham or you may email the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@usm.maine.edu and request that an application be sent to you. If you download the application please remember to turn in a completed Application, the Confidential Personnel Information Sheet, and two completed Reference Forms. Please provide the people who are completing your Reference Forms with a position description sheet and the Reference Cover Letter. For additional information, please contact Pat Murchie at (207) 780-5242.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Student Conduct system is based upon the educational mission of the University. The three premises of the system are:

  1. Discipline is implemented as a step toward a safe and secure living/learning environment.
  2. Discipline is a route to community development.
  3. Discipline is taken as an educational objective.

The Student Conduct system holds students accountable for inappropriate behavior and encourages the modification of behavior deemed inappropriate.

Position Description: The Student Conduct Committee (SCC) is the hearing board responsible for reviewing cases from students who have been sanctioned by a conduct officer for violations of the Student Conduct Code listed on the Dean of Students website. When a review is held three to seven members of this committee come together to hear the case. The SCC makes decisions on whether or not policies were violated and any sanctions that should be imposed. The SCC decides sanctions ranging from a Disciplinary Warning up to and including dismissal from the University. They also decide on any educational sanctions such as counseling, community restitution hours, or research projects. Finally, the students on the SCC comprise the student membership of the Academic Integrity Board (AIB). The AIB is the board of faculty and students who hear cases of cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication on academic assignments.


Qualifications: Any undergraduate or graduate student (must be registered for 1 or more credits each semester you serve with an overall 2.5 GPA) in good disciplinary standing with the University is eligible to apply. Applicants must uphold all policies in the Student Conduct Code. Other expectations include: the ability to work with others, sensitivity to and respect for others, openness to difference, a strong sense of impartiality and objectivity, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all student conduct information.


Training: Newly selected committee members will receive training on the conduct system of the University, improving skills in listening, questioning, and decision-making, standards of evidence and due process issues. Additional training sessions are periodically offered to develop and improve skills and knowledge, and to share information to enable SCC members to serve effectively. Training will occur the semester you are selected and you will begin serving on the committee upon completion of your training.


Time Commitment: Committee members must attend all training sessions. The basic training is approximately eight hours of training. In addition there is on going training for all members and specialized training for those interested in serving on specifialized cases (e.g. sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking)When hearings are needed, members of the SCC are contacted and asked to serve on the review board. Most hearings last between one and a half and four hours. Except for urgent cases, hearings are not held the first and last week of classes, or during final exams week each semester. Depending on the semester and the number of members on the SCC each member may able to serve on up to ten hearings per semester. In addition, members may be trained to lead educational programs in the Residence Halls and to be advocates for students appearing in front of the committee.