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Community Standards and Conduct supports JWU's academic mission by enhancing your academic achievement through personal, ethical and character development. 

Community Standards and Conduct programs and services are designed to maintain and promote community standards of behavior and foster a positive and productive living and learning environment where civility and respect for all individuals are the hallmarks of our richly diverse and flourishing university community.


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Student Code of Conduct

The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is to support the university in maintaining a safe, healthy and positive environment for living, learning, and working, where individuals act lawfully and in compliance with university policies and rules, and act with honesty, integrity, civility, and respect for themselves and others. 

Any behavior that is inconsistent with these goals, whether on or off campus, is prohibited and constitutes a violation of the Code of Conduct. For more information, review the policies outlined in the Student Handbook.


Conduct Review Process

The Conduct Review Process is used to support and enforce the Student Code of Conduct by providing procedures for determining whether a student is responsible or not responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The university administers the Conduct Review Process in good faith, making every reasonable effort to be fair to all involved. For more information, contact Community Standards and Conduct. 

Student Rights and Obligations

Students have the right to participate in the Conduct Review Process without having past student conduct review decisions discussed or used when a decision of responsibility is being made concerning a current alleged violation; however, past violations may be considered when determining a sanction for an individual found to be responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. 

All students have the obligation to participate in the Conduct Review Process, as a witness or otherwise, when asked by a university representative. Community Standards and Conduct generally follows the procedures under the University Communications with Students Policy whenever contact with students is necessary. 

Cooperation with Law Enforcement

The university’s Conduct Review Process does not serve as an extension of or replacement for the local, state, or federal civil or criminal court system. In addition, the outcome of civil or criminal proceedings concerning a violation will not control or be binding on the outcome of the university’s Conduct Review Process for the same violation. 

All students should be aware that it is the policy of the university to cooperate with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities in the investigation of crime. The university will not provide a sanctuary against criminal prosecution.

 

Reports of Violations 

Any individual who witnesses or becomes aware of an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct should report the violation to Campus Safety & Security, any member of the Residential Life staff, the dean of students, or Community Standards and Conduct. 

Once an alleged violation is reported, an incident report will be prepared describing the nature and circumstances of the incident and the parties involved. Campus Safety & Security may conduct further investigation if additional or supplemental information is needed. 

Hearings

All incident reports are reviewed in Community Standards and Conduct and those that warrant action are then referred for either an educational conversation or hearing, depending upon the nature of the alleged violation.

For more information about the Conduct Review Process, please visit the Student Handbook.