Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has its Office of Student Conduct that upholds its code of conduct as specified in the university’s student handbook, the Source. The Source enumerates various offenses that a student can commit, and any student found guilty would be subjected to disciplinary sanctions issued by the university. Any member of the IUP community is permitted to report a student’s behavioral misconduct by filling out and submitting a complaint form provided by the Office of Student Conduct.
Before a case proceeds to the hearing stage, it undergoes review by the Office of Student Conduct to assess whether there are sufficient grounds for hearing it. The assigned adjudicator will also examine whether an Informal Resolution Conference or another method should decide if conduct in question requires a Student Conduct Board Hearing.
Informal Resolution Conference:
An Informal Resolution Conference may be conducted between the parties involved to attempt at settling disputes at an early stage with minimal involvement from legal officers. An assigned Adjudicator handles these conferences between themselves and tasked students as they take into consideration two aspects; charges faced and suspension or penalty to be charged on those indicted, negotiations result taking either or both into correction. More severe matters do not fall under a conference.
Student Conduct Hearings:
A student’s case may be heard through one of two approaches: via Hearing Officer format or through a Student Conduct Board structure, prescribed based on distinct procedures associated with them.
The Hearing Officer carries out, convenes and decides on hearings for cases presented before them directly as they’ll hear all witnesses’ accounts from both involved parties (referring party/accused). After gathering enough information and clarifications surrounding all remaining questions pertaining to evidence provided at hand then dismiss such cases with deemed agreement reached amongst proceedings or decide penalties appropriate for convicted accused students with violations levied against them.
Student Conduct Board:
The Student Conduct Board comprises four to six board members made up of one student, a faculty member or staff. Such structures will inquire from members to get a clear picture of what happened on events leading to convenience of hearing panels, clarifications answered for any remaining questions one after the other until sufficient information is gathered. At which point board members responsible in making viable judgments will give verdicts on whether charges are levied or acquit the accused, also proposes penalties.
Whether appearing before the Hearing Officer or Student Conduct Board, students reserve the right to legal representation during proceedings. Hiring an attorney can provide confidence and offer tremendous support through hearings as well as guarantee highlighted and represented well-presented evidence.
Upon establishing that a student or individual is guilty of violating IUP’s policies and procedures with regards to student conduct; disciplinary sanctions would apply. A single sanction or multiple sets thereof may be sanctioned by either body Hearing Officer/Student Conduct Board. TIme limit may be inserted at discretion of hearing officer regarding this case depending on magnitude involved deemeding malicious intent towards various criteria including race,s religion,national origin etc, it results in severe punishment; these can include;
Warnings on disciplinary records
Community service requirements
Disciplinary Probations records
Disciplinary Removal from University Owned/Operated Housing premises
No Visitation Privileges within University Owned/Operated Housing/Facilities
Restraining Orders/Legal No Contact Policies.
Repayment to victims toward damages identifiable at the time.
Fines imposed as monetary settlement.
Written communication sent to parents/guardians subject for services as notification.
Either suspended classes temporarily
Expulsion from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
If due circumstance requires and ongoing issues jeopardize involving a students academic career goals resulting in posing substantial jeopardy via lesser punishments- at discretion certain rules maybe applied. If convicted under Title IX misconduct allegations/severity eg.Stalking,intimate partner violence resulting Sexual Assault meaning violations taking place while Title IX law was been broken will have much more severe sanctions placed against them affecting life terms. Title IX investigations which begin during formal disciplinary actions may require interim protection measures in place for a complainant.
An Experienced Attorney’s Role When Representing an Indiana University of Pennsylvania Student:
In certain situations involving the student code of conduct; IUP works with defense attorneys seeking to achieve satisfactory methods with regards resolution to charges made, avoiding filing official misconduct proceedings entirely. In other cases where charges have been filed, the defendant attorney acts as liaison between students and university administration working collaboratively toward achieving favorable resolutions for clients. Every case is unique in nature, and an experienced attorney will examine all possible strategies most effective for his/her client regarding the objectives intersecting amongst both parties.
Appeals submitted within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of unfavorable hearing result notices will be reviewed by Vice President For Student Affairs). Certain extenuating circumstances may alter that deadline or waive due date requirements altogether bringing up procedural grounds, new information uncovered post-hearing, and inappropriate sanctions issued for appeal procedures not held.
If you are currently facing disciplinary action from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a student contact Mr. Todd Spodek immediately.