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Student Conduct Procedures

The determination against an accused student by either the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Code of Student Character and Conduct.

  • Ordinarily, trained staff in Student Affairs will conduct the investigation whenever the accusation of sexual misconduct involves a student. The investigation of all other sexual misconduct reports will be conducted using the University procedures under Title IX. The investigation of all sexual misconduct reports will be conducted in consultation with one of the Title IX coordinators.
  • In order to provide for equitable treatment in an investigation, all parties are entitled to have an advisor present during any interviews or other hearings.
  • Possible outcomes include the range of sanctions listed in the Griffin Scratch Handbook under Code of Student Character and Conduct.

Appeals Procedures

  1. Determinations made by the Vice President for Student Affairs’ designee may be appealed by the accused student or by the complainant to the Vice President for Student Affairs within five working days of a decision. Such appeals must be in writing and delivered to the Vice President for Student Affairs in the Student Affairs Office, First Floor, Medaille Hall. *Appeals must adhere to the criteria below.
  2. Determinations made by the Vice President for Student Affairs may be appealed by the accused student or by the complainant to the Executive Vice President for Strategy and Operations within five working days of the decision. Such appeals must be in writing and delivered to the Executive Vice President in Ryan Hall, Room 210. *Appeals must adhere to the criteria below. Upon review, the Executive Vice President may either uphold or overturn the original decision in whole or in part. The Executive Vice President’s decision will be final.
  • *Appeals Criteria: Should the accused student or the complainant choose to appeal, appeals must be in accordance with the following criteria:
  1. To determine whether the original meeting and/or investigation was conducted fairly and in conformity with prescribed procedures.
  2. To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision, not known at the time of the original meeting or investigation.
  • In addition, the accused student only may appeal:
  1. To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based on evidence that, more likely than not, was true and accurate.
  2. To determine whether the sanctions imposed were appropriate.

Retaliation Policy

Fontbonne University prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a complaint of discrimination or harassment, opposes discrimination or harassment, or testifies, assists or participates in an investigation proceeding or hearing relating to such discrimination or harassment. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, harassment or treatment based upon retaliatory motive that is reasonably likely to deter protected activity.