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FAQs

Here are a few commonly asked questions:

I got an email from the Office of Student Accountability & Support regarding an alleged policy violation. Now what?

If you have received an email from the Office of Student Accountability & Support, it means that it is alleged that you have violated university policy; no decision has been made in your case. The letter will list the alleged policy violation(s) and the Hearing Officer that has been assigned to review your case. You will need to go to MU Connect and schedule your meeting with the person listed in your letter.

Schedule a meeting

Please follow the steps below to schedule your meeting using MU Connect:

  1. Go to MU Connect via Blackboard or log in directly via MU Connect.
  2. Click on “My Success Network,” type “Accountability” in the search bar, click on Office of Student Accountability and Support.
  3. Scroll down to find members to make an appointment.
  4. Click schedule appointment links to view calendars and schedule a date and time for your meeting.
  5. Once you schedule your meeting you will receive a confirmation email.

If you do not schedule your appointment or attend your meeting, a decision will be made in your absence and you will be notified of the decision made in your absence and any sanction(s), if applicable.

This incident happened off campus. Why is the university involved?

The university has an interest in maintaining a safe community and appropriate standards of conduct for its students.  This includes both on-campus and off-campus behavior, which can have an impact on the university community and the university mission.  For more information regarding the jurisdictional statement, please see CRR 200.010 (A).

Are my parents/guardians going to be notified?

The Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents the Office of Student Accountability & Support from disclosing information regarding alleged policy violation(s) to parents/guardians unless the alleged policy violation is related to alcohol or drugs.

Per the CRR 180.025, the Office of Student Accountability & Support notifies parents/guardians of students under the age of 21 of any alleged violation(s) of the Alcohol or Drug policy. Cases that may involve parental/guardian notification include when the student has been found responsible for an alcohol and/or drug charge(s).

Do I need to hire a lawyer?

No.  Our process is not a court proceeding and lawyers are not permitted to “represent” students during the process.  If you or your family would prefer to have a lawyer present, that person may serve as an advisor during the process.  Students are permitted to have one (1) advisor to support them at an accountability process.  In this role, advisors may not represent students or participate in the meeting.  Having support is valuable to all students and that is an advisor’s role in this case.

What happens if I receive notification of an alleged violation of policy that is also a criminal or civil offense?

The Student Accountability Process is entirely separate from the criminal and civil court processes. University proceedings may occur before, during, or after the resolution of a criminal or civil case. The resolution of a case in civil or criminal court has no bearing on the University’s process. By virtue of being a member of the University, you are held responsible for upholding the standards of behavior and following all University Policies, as well as public laws.

The University’s discipline proceedings are an administrative system, not a legal one. Students may have to face both criminal charges and university disciplinary charges at the same time, if the Accountability Process concludes prior to the resolution of the criminal process or civil case, the case in the Office of Student Accountability and Support will not be revisited at the conclusion of the other adjudicative process.

What is the burden of proof in the student conduct process?

Deciding if a student is responsible for a conduct violation is based on a preponderance of the evidence; that is, what is “more likely than not” to have taken place. Keep in mind that preponderance of the evidence requires less “proof” of evidence than proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Thus, having charges dropped or being found “not guilty” in a criminal proceeding does not excuse one from being held accountable in the student conduct process.

The student disciplinary system is judging whether or not a student has violated campus rules. The courts have long recognized the differing interests of the University community from that of the criminal justice process. Although there are basic concepts of fairness that apply to student disciplinary proceedings, the student disciplinary system serves administrative and educational functions relating to the mission of the University of Missouri.

If I withdraw from the University, Do I still need to meet with your office?

Yes.  All students who are contacted by the Office of Student Accountability and Support regarding a potential violation of the Standard of Conduct will need to meet with a hearing officer to discuss the incident.  If a student withdraws prior to the meeting, he or she still needs to resolve the matter.  Unresolved matters will result in a hold placed on the student’s account that will prevent registration of classes.  Students also need to complete educational outcomes and sanctions in a timely manner to remove holds.

How are sanctions decided?

Sanctions are determined by considering the following factors: nature of the violation, the student’s role in the incident, the effect of the incident on others and on the student, the student’s developmental and educational needs, and the student’s prior disciplinary record. Mitigating and aggravating circumstances are considered.

What is the judicial processing fee?

Any student who is found responsible for violating any part of the Standard of Conduct will be charged a $125.00 processing fee by the Office of Student Accountability & Support to off-set the costs associated with the judicial process. At the conclusion of the judicial process, students who are found to be responsible for violating the Standard of Conduct will have the option of paying by personal check or cash, or charges will be automatically applied to the student’s account.  Students who are found “not-responsible” will not be charged a processing fee.

Can I reject the decision that was made?

A student or student organization can reject the informal disposition in writing within 5 business days of the date of the decision letter.  The case will then be forwarded to the Student Conduct Committee for a formal hearing.  For further information, see CRR 200.020 (E)(2) or the Conduct Process.

What if I need help understanding the conduct process?

Please set up an appointment in MU Connect to meet with Lisa Crader, Student Support Specialist.  She provides support to students in understanding the process, their options and next steps as they navigate the accountability process.

Schedule a meeting

Please follow the steps below to schedule your meeting using MU Connect:

  1. Go to MU Connect via Blackboard or log in directly via MU Connect.
  2. Click on “My Success Network,” type “Accountability” in the search bar, click on Office of Student Accountability and Support.
  3. Scroll down to find members to make an appointment.
  4. Click schedule appointment links to view calendars and schedule a date and time for your meeting.
  5. Once you schedule your meeting you will receive a confirmation email.
How does a student disciplinary record affect my application to graduate school, study abroad, etc?

The effect that a student’s disciplinary record may have on a student’s ability to participate in various campus activities, programs (including Study Abroad), positions, to transfer to another institution, or to gain entrance into a graduate program is at the discretion of those managing those positions, programs, or application processes. These positions, programs, and processes may ask for information regarding a student’s disciplinary record. Disciplinary records are maintained for a minimum of seven (7) years from the last University incident for which the student was found responsible, unless the student is expelled, suspended or dismissed, in those cases the records are maintained indefinitely.

The Office of Student Accountability and Support cannot release information regarding a student’s disciplinary record without the permission of the student.

For more information about what will be shared in these circumstances, please contact our office.

Most graduate applications ask for information regarding a student’s criminal or disciplinary history. Some universities require more information, so be sure to carefully read what information the application is requiring. You should be honest about your disciplinary history. On occasion, universities will contact our office to verify the information you have provided on your application. Most applications include this waiver in the fine print and by signing the application you are typically granting access to your disciplinary records.

We do receive requests for background checks from government agencies, state bar associations, and other such entities.  As with the graduate school and study abroad verification forms, the background check forms include a waiver and by signing this you are granting access to your disciplinary record.

How can I get help for a student who is in crisis or distress?

Complete a CARE report online.  Our office assists students dealing with life situations that cause distress (or even crisis).  We want to help our students to persist and have resources to offer students.  Please contact us to get started or visit our Care Team page for more information.

Schedule a meeting

Please follow the steps below to schedule your meeting using MU Connect:

  1. Go to MU Connect via Blackboard or log in directly via MU Connect.
  2. Click on “My Success Network,” type “Accountability” in the search bar, click on Office of Student Accountability and Support.
  3. Scroll down to find members to make an appointment.
  4. Click schedule appointment links to view calendars and schedule a date and time for your meeting.
  5. Once you schedule your meeting you will receive a confirmation email.
What if I have legal questions?

Please set up an appointment in MU Connect to meet with Student Legal Educator. Our legal educator will provide you with information, resources and answer questions relating to your legal issue.  The legal educator works part-time and an available meeting schedule can be found on MU Connect.

Schedule a meeting

Please follow the steps below to schedule your meeting using MU Connect:

  1. Go to MU Connect via Blackboard or log in directly via MU Connect.
  2. Click on “My Success Network,” type “Accountability” in the search bar, click on Office of Student Accountability and Support.
  3. Scroll down to find members to make an appointment.
  4. Click schedule appointment links to view calendars and schedule a date and time for your meeting.
  5. Once you schedule your meeting you will receive a confirmation email.
Is there a fee for meeting with Student Legal Education?

There is a $25 dollar fee for consultations with the legal educator.  This fee helps to provide this service to our students at a reduced cost, while helping you figure out what your next steps might be for your legal issue.