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Parent FAQ's

My student has a disciplinary case. Can you talk with me about it?
Staff members in the Office of Student Conduct are always able to share information regarding the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline Procedures. A student may sign a release form permitting staff in the Office of Student Conduct to discuss the specifics of his/her case. This release must be made voluntarily and will stay on record in our office for one calendar year unless the student revokes it prior to that end date.


How many students find themselves in the Office of Student Conduct each year?
The data varies annually.  During the 2011/2012 academic year, 586 students were referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Of those 586 students, 307 were freshmen and 192 were sophomores. While Code of Student Conduct violations also vary, 229 of the violations were alcohol related, 89 violations were controlled substances related, and 82 violations were related to Quiet/Courtesy hours in the residence halls.
In all, over 98% of Kent State University Students do not visit the Office of Student Conduct!


Why weren't we notified when the incident happened or before the hearing?
It is our hope that your student will engage in an educational conversation with you, both before and after their experience with the Office of Student Conduct.  The Office of Student Conduct will send a parental notification letter only after there is a finding of responsibility for alcohol or controlled substance violations through a hearing and the student is under the age of 21, as permitted through the Family Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).


Can we attend our student's hearing?
Yes, at the discretion of your student. 


Can I speak for my student at his/her hearing?
No. Students are responsible for presenting their perspective while participating in a meeting or hearing. While parents and others may assist the student in preparing for and attending a hearing, only the student may represent himself / herself.


What if a situation is being handled through the courts as well as the University? Isn't that double jeopardy?
No. There are some behaviors that could be a violation of law as well as a violation of  University Policy. The Kent State University conduct process is an educational process by nature addressing behavior, not a criminal trial. An alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct is not a crime. "Double jeopardy" is solely a criminal law concept and is not applicable to the University student conduct process.


Can my student wait until the court case has been decided?
No. The University student conduct process will proceed in a timely manner, even when a student is also involved in a criminal or civil case related to the incident for which he or she is facing University action. Although students may choose to remain silent, a violation of University conduct regulations may nevertheless be determined based upon the other information presented. Furthermore, a decision by the student to withhold participation in the University conduct process may not later be used to appeal the decisions of the conduct conduct process.


Are student conduct records included on my student's transcript?
No. Notations are not put on students' transcripts for Code of Student Conduct violations. However, future employers and institutions of higher education m
ay ask if the student has had any prior student conduct / disciplinary history.


What can we as parents do to help?
Developmentally, college is a period of exploration and testing for students.  Our goal is that students have an educational experience when interacting with our office, and we find that is best achieved when the students plan an active role in their own process.

We encourage you and your student to communicate with each other about the conduct process. We hope that as parents, you share our goal of creating self-sufficient individuals and that you can openly express your expectations as well as discuss Kent State University's expectations with your student. Parents can help their students by being supportive while still holding them accountable to the University's expectations.