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Student Conduct

The University of Mount Union community is committed to fostering a campus environment that is conducive to academic inquiry, a productive campus life, and thoughtful study and discourse. The mission of the student conduct program is to educate students, reinforce the values of Mount Union, and uphold and educationally enforce the Student Code of Conduct. All conduct officers foster the development of the student through an educational dialogue reflecting on behavioral choices, academic progress, learning, and ultimately student success. In addition, the conduct process encourages the preparation of students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship. 

The Code of Student Conduct as well as the Residence Life Rights and Responsibilities can be found in the Student Handbook.

SUBMIT A CONCERN

  1. Conduct or Behavioral Issue

    Conduct or Behavioral Issue Reporting Form
    Please use this link if you are aware of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct or have a behavioral concern that you would like reviewed. Please note that while you may be contacted for further information, FERPA does not allow for information about the case resolution in most situations.

  2. Concerns about Bias Behavior

    Concerns about Bias Behavior Reporting Form
    Incidents of bias, harassment, and discrimination undermine our efforts to create an inclusive campus that welcomes everyone. We are committed to maintaining an environment that values equity, inclusion, and mutual respect. The information received via this report is reviewed to determine appropriate follow-up in accordance with university policies and regulations. Due to confidentiality and privacy regulations, our ability to follow up with you regarding a specific response to this matter is limited. We understand incidents like this can have an impact and encourage members of the Mount Union community to explore some of the following campus resources for additional support:

  3. Concerns about Behavior related to COVID-19

    Concerns about Behavior related to COVID-19 Reporting Form
    Mount Union has created a plan for our community to return to campus. If you have concerns about how others are following or not following the plan, please let us know at the appropriate link above. We may reach back out to you for more information, however, if we do not, know we are addressing the situation in line with our policies and procedures.

  4. Concerning Student Behavior

    Concerning Student Behavior Reporting Form
    The University of Mount Union maintains a CARE Team (Collaborate - Assess - Respond - Engage) that provides guidance and assistance to students who are experiencing a crisis, displaying odd or unusual behaviors, or engaging in other behaviors that may be perceived as being harmful (either to the student individually or to others).

    The CARE Team accepts referrals and responds to students (and their families, faculty, and staff) when concerns for a student's health, welfare, and safety are identified.

    Please utilize this form if you need to report a student who is struggling with academic, personal, or emotional difficulties or who may be exhibiting hostile, worrisome, or other concerning behaviors. This will create a referral to the CARE Team.

  5. Sexual Misconduct

    Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form
    The University of Mount Union is committed to creating an environment free of harassment and sexual misconduct as well as complying with all requirements as set forth by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Discrimination on the basis of sex or gender will not be tolerated by any of the University’s education programs or activities. This includes, but is not limited to sexual harassment; sexual violence; sex or gender-based bullying; hazing; stalking; relationship violence (including domestic violence and dating violence); as well as failure to provide equal opportunity in admissions, activities, employment or athletics. Sex and gender violations will be addressed by Title IX complaint protocols which are jointly coordinated by the offices of human resources and student affairs.

    This form should be used to report concerns pertaining to possible violations of Sexual Misconduct such as gender-based discrimination, dating violence, domestic violence, hostile environment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, stalking, retaliation, or other forms of sexual misconduct. The University’s Interim Policy for Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination for all Faculty, Students, Employees, and Third-Parties can be found here.

Appeals Process

Appeal requests are limited to the following grounds:

  • A procedural or substantive error occurred that significantly impacted the outcome of the hearing (e.g. substantiated bias, material deviation from established procedures, etc.)
  • To consider new evidence, unavailable during the original hearing or investigation, that could substantially impact the original finding or sanction. A summary of this new evidence and explanation for why it was not available at the time of the original hearing and its potential impact must be included.
  • The sanctions imposed are excessive or substantially outside the parameters or guidelines set by the University for this type of offense or the cumulative conduct record of the responding student.

Appeals must be filed from the student’s Mount Union email with the director of student conduct or designee (via studentconduct@mountunion.edu) on the appeal form within five business days of the notice of the outcome to the hearing, barring exigent circumstances. Any exceptions are made at the discretion of the associate dean of students.

The director of student conduct or designee will refer the request(s) to the University’s designated appeal review officer, the associate dean of students. The director of student conduct or designee will also draft a response memorandum to the appeal request(s), based on the appeal review officer’s determination that the request(s) will be granted or denied, and why.

The appeal review officer will conduct an initial review to determine if the appeal request meets the limited grounds and is timely. They may consult with the director of student conduct or designee on any procedural or substantive questions that arise.

If the appeal is not timely or substantively eligible, the original finding and sanction will stand and the decision is final. If the appeal has standing, the appeal review officer determines whether to refer the appeal to the Appeal Panel, the vice president for student affairs/dean of students or to remand it to the original decision-maker(s), typically within 3-5 business days. Efforts should be made to use remand whenever possible, with clear instructions for reconsideration only in light of the granted appeal grounds. Where the original decision-maker may be unduly biased by a procedural or substantive error, a new administrative hearing officer or Student Conduct Board Hearing Panel will be constituted to reconsider the matter, which in turn be appealed once. Full re-hearings by the Appeal Panel is not permitted. Where new evidence is presented or the sanction is challenged, the appeal review officer will determine if the matter should be returned to the original decision-maker for reconsideration or if it should be reviewed by the Appeal Panel or the vice president for student affairs/dean of students or designee with instruction on the parameters regarding institutional consistency and any applicable legal guidelines. In review, the original finding and sanction are presumed to have been decided reasonably and appropriately, thus the burden is on the appealing party to show clear error. The Appeal Panel or the vice president for student affairs/dean of students or designee must limit its review to the challenges presented.

On reconsideration, the Appeal Panel, vice president for student affairs/dean of students or designee, or original decision-maker may affirm or change the findings and/or sanctions of the original hearing body according to the permissible grounds. Procedural or substantive errors should be corrected, new evidence should be considered, and sanctions should be proportionate to the severity of the violation and the student’s cumulative conduct record.

All decisions of the Appeal Panel or vice president for student affairs/dean of students or designee are to be made within five days of submission by the appeal review officer and are final, as are any decisions made by the original hearing body or officer as the result of reconsideration consistent with instructions from the appeal review officer.