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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I report a policy violation?

There are a few ways to report a policy violation.  If it's a possible crime, you can go to the police, however, if you're not sure, please use our reporting form found HERE to provide as much information as you know about the alleged incident. 

What does it mean if I receive a hearing letter from the Office of Community Standards?

If you receive a letter from our office, it means you may have been allegedly involved in an incident.  We strongly encourage that you follow the instructions listed in the letter, as a lack of compliance could lead to possible University action regarding your status as a student.

If I am being criminally charged, why do I also have to deal with the University? Isn't this double jeopardy?

The University Student conduct System is modeled after administrative proceedings and is independent of the legal system.  It resolves alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct and the legal system resolves charges for alleged violations of the law.  Therefore, resolving an incident through the off campus court system and through the University disciplinary system it is not considered to be double jeopardy.  In addition, the University disciplinary system is in place to determine your status as a student at the University.

Will my parents find out about my involvement in an incident?

The Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (1974) includes a student's conduct record within the privacy protections afforded to a college student's educational record.  Generally the University will not disclose a student's conduct history without written permission from the student.  

A student's emergency contact may be notified if there is an imminent risk to the student's health, safety, or welfare.  If a parent or guardian is able to provide current documentation that indicates he or she claims a student as a dependent for tax purposes, FERPA permits the institution to share student-specific information directly with the claimant.

What do I do if I have been the victim of a violation or crime?

We recommend you report it!  You can do this by using the reporting form listed above or contacting the police.  If you're unsure what you want to do, please feel free to reach out via email llowell@jsu.edu or phone 256-782-8080 to talk with someone in our office.  Please remember there are many resources for you as a student and you can always visit the counseling center in Daugette Hall for a confidential space.

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