Code of Conduct Violation
What Happens If I'm Accused of Violating the Code of Conduct / Violation of Disciplinary Rules?
A faculty member is responsible for maintaining discipline in the classroom setting to the extent that all students in that class have an opportunity to participate in the learning process. Free exchange of ideas through appropriate dialogue is a necessary and important part of the learning process. Outside the classroom, other areas of the campus provide support services, which are also important to the total learning process. Sometimes a faculty or staff member may be confronted with a situation where the conduct of a particular student or students is so inappropriate that it impedes the natural and necessary learning process.
All incidents of disciplinary violations of the KSU Student Code of Conduct outside of residence hall property shall be reported to the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI) in accordance with the procedure outlined below. Faculty, staff, or students who are witnesses to or victims of incidents of alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct should contact the SCAI Dept. as soon as possible and submit a General Misconduct Incident Report form.
1. General Disruptive Behavior, Where No Immediate Threat of Danger is Present
- If the situation is not imminently dangerous, the faculty or staff member may control the immediate situation by requiring the student(s) to meet specific criteria (not speaking during the remainder of the class period, leaving the classroom or office area immediately, etc.), or the faculty member may choose to dismiss the class for the remainder of the period to avoid a confrontation.
- The faculty or staff member must contact the SCAI Dept. as soon as possible and submit a General Misconduct Incident Report form, documenting the alleged misconduct and any action taken against the student.
- Once contacted, the SCAI officer will conduct a preliminary investigation and will advise as to the appropriate course of action in each situation.
2. Seriously Disruptive/Dangerous Conduct
- In situations where a student's conduct is both disruptive and poses imminent danger to the health and safety of himself/herself or others, immediately contact the KSU Police at (470) 578-6666. The responding officer at the time of notification shall remove the student from the area immediately.
- Immediately report the incident to the SCAI Dept. and/or the Office of the Dean for Student Success and for possible handling under the "Interim Suspension" policy, described in Section III below.
- The SCAI officer will investigate the incident and will advise as to the appropriate course of action in each situation.