The University community is committed to fostering a campus environment that is conducive to academic inquiry, a productive campus life and thoughtful study and discourse. The student conduct program within the Student Development Division is committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the University community.
A community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. At Ohio Dominican University, student members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, responsibility, respect, social justice, and community.
- Integrity – All members of the community are expected to exemplify honesty and respect for the truth, and behave in congruence with university standards and expectations in all personal and community interactions.
- Responsibility – Members of the Ohio Dominican Community are expected to take ownership for individual choices and the consequences that occur as a result of these choices.
- Respect – All members of the community are expected to honor the rights and freedoms of each unique individual, and to understand the value and worth of each individual, while demonstrating care for both person and property.
- Social Justice – the University is committed to developing consistent, honest, and just systems and requires a good faith commitment from members of the community to justice and equality.
- Community – Learning to live as a member of a community is an important developmental process for all of our students. Each person must learn to respect the needs of others, voice their own expectations, and resolve conflicts and differences peacefully to promote the common good.
Each member of the University community is responsible for his/her conduct and assumes reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others. When members of the community fail to exemplify these five values by violating any of the rules which follow, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Code of Student Conduct.
The student conduct process at the University is not intended to punish students; rather, it exists to protect the interests of the community and to challenge those whose behavior is not in accordance with our policies. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them bring their behavior into accord with our community expectations.
When a student is unable to conform their behavior to community expectations, the student conduct process may determine that the student should no longer share in the privilege of participating in this community.
The Code of Student Conduct and the student conduct process apply to the conduct of individual students, both undergraduate and graduate, and all University-affiliated student organizations.
For the purposes of student conduct, the University considers an individual to be a student when an offer of admission has been extended and thereafter as long as the student has a continuing educational interest in the University.
The Code of Student Conduct applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at University-sponsored events and may also apply off-campus when the Dean of Student Life or designee determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial University interest. A substantial University interest is defined to include:
- Any situation where it appears that the student’s conduct may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others; and/or
- Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
- Any situation that is detrimental to the educational mission and/or interest of the University.
The Code of Student Conduct may be applied to behavior conducted online, via email or other electronic medium. Students should also be aware that online postings such as blogs, web postings, chats and social networking sites are in the public sphere and are not private. These can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations if evidence of policy violations is posted online.
The University does not regularly search for this information but may take action if and when such information is brought to the attention of University officials.
Most online speech by students involving University networks or technology will be protected as free expression and not subject to this Code, with two notable exceptions:
- A true threat, defined as “a threat a reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon specific individual”;
- Speech posted online about the University or its community members that causes a significant on-campus disruption.
The Code of Student Conduct applies to guests of community members whose hosts may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests. Visitors to and guests of University may seek resolution of violations of the Code of Student Conduct committed against them by members of University community.
There is no time limit on reporting violations of the Code of Student Conduct; however, the longer someone waits to report an offense, the harder it becomes for University officials to obtain information and witness statements and to make determinations regarding alleged violations.
Though anonymous complaints are permitted, doing so may limit the University’s ability to investigate and respond to a complaint. Those who are aware of misconduct are encouraged to report it as quickly as possible to the Student Development Office, Behavioral Intervention Team and/or Public Safety.