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FAQs – Students

Why do I have a Student Judicial hold on my account?

The Student Judicial hold impacts registration, and your ability to add/drop a course. When you receive a letter from the Office of Student Accountability & Support a hold will be placed on your account. If you are found responsible for a Standard of Conduct violation, the hold will remain on your account until your sanctions are complete and documentation has been turned in to the Office of Student Accountability & Support. If your sanctions are not yet past their due date you can contact the office via email at accountability@missouri.edu and request that your hold be removed for 48 hours. If your sanctions are past their due date your hold will not be removed, and you may be subject to further disciplinary action.

Do I need to hire an attorney?

It is not necessary. However, some students choose to have an attorney accompany them. An attorney may serve as an advisor, but—generally—counsel may not represent the student during the hearing. Once again, attorneys, like parents/guardians, cannot speak on behalf of the student, but can whisper or write notes to the student.

What happens if I don't make an appointment or skip my appointment?

It is in your best interest to attend your appointment with the Office of Student Accountability & Support staff member. However, if you miss your appointment, the staff memeber will make a decision in your absence. If the Office of Student Accountability & Support determines that you are responsible, you will also receive sanctions. In addition, a hold will remain on your MyZou account until all sanctions are completed. This will prevent you from adding or dropping classes. If you are unable to attend your meeting, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of Student Accountability & Support PRIOR to your scheduled appointment time.

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. Furthermore, the jurisdictional statement, contained in the Standard of Conduct, states that the University could take appropriate action for conduct on or off University premises. To review the jurisdictional statement, see CRR 200.010 (A).

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 does it mean for a student to be placed on disciplinary probation?

Probation lasts for a specific period of time, and is usually implemented by semesters. It is notice to the student that any violation of the Standard of Conduct or the conditions of probation, committed during the probationary period, will subject the student to further action up to and including suspension or expulsion.

How can I appeal a decision made by Office of Student Accountability & Support?

Informal dispositions/decisions of the Office of Student Accountability & Support can be appealed to the Student Conduct Committee, provided the student rejects the informal disposition in writing and within the time frame allotted. For further, see CRR 200.020 (E)(2) or the Conduct Process.

How long does a violation stay on my record, and what effect—if any—does this have on applying for jobs or a graduate/professional school?

The Office of Student Accountability & Support maintains records of conduct violations for seven years from the date of 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 held permanently.

With respect to jobs or grad/professional school, the best policy is to be honest on any application. Many applications will specify that they want the student to disclose any and all disciplinary actions, even those where your file has been expunged or you have been found not responsible. Often, failure to disclose this information is viewed harsher than the conduct for which the student was initially charged.

I was charged criminally. Why go through the University process too?

The criminal justice system and the Standard of Conduct are independent from one another. 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.

Isn't the student conduct process double jeopardy for someone also facing criminal charges?

No. The Constitution’s “double jeopardy” clause applies to successive criminal prosecutions for the same offense. The university’s disciplinary proceedings are an administrative system, not a legal one. Thus, students may have to face both criminal charges and university disciplinary charges.

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, the hearing panel or administrator will determine 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.

Why am I not being afforded the same protections that he or she would receive in the criminal process?

The student disciplinary system is not judging criminal guilt, but rather whether 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. Many of the intricate rules and processes found in a court system are not necessary for the campus.

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.