Conduct Process

Student Conduct Process

For complete information, refer to the Code of Student Conduct.

The student conduct process focuses on student development by encouraging responsibility and by fostering a respect for the rights of all University community members. The University's student conduct system has two main objectives: to hold students accountable for inappropriate behavior as described in the Code of Student Conduct and to modify those behaviors in order to maintain a safe environment conducive to living and learning.

In keeping with its student development approach, the Office of Student Conduct has taken the lead in helping Binghamton University develop a dual level approach to addressing allegations that the Code of Student Conduct has been violated.

Cases in which possible sanctions include conduct warning and up to four semesters of disciplinary probation are designated as Level I cases. Information regarding sanctions can be found in the University Sanctioning Guidelines.

Cases in which possible sanctions do incude more than two years' disciplinary probation, final probation, suspension, expulsion or removal from University housing are designated as Level II cases. Information regarding sanctions can be found in the University Sanctioning Guidelines.

In both instances the process flows as follows:

  • The student receives a letter to meet with a staff member to discuss the incident.
  • The staff member conducts an investigation to determine if student conduct charges are warranted. The length and nature of an investigation may vary based on the complexity of the case.
  • If the staff member determines that student conduct charges are warranted, the student is offered the opportunity to resolve the case by signing an Administrative Agreement (AA). By opting to sign an AA the student admits responsibility and accepts the sanctions as outlined on the agreement. Once signed, Administrative Agreements can not be appealed.
  • If the student opts not to sign the AA then the case is forwarded for review by a student conduct board.
  • Following the hearing the student is notified of the board's decision.
  • Decisions of Level ll hearing boards may be appealed. Level l cases may only be appealed based on procedural error.