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CONDUCT FAQ FOR ACCUSED STUDENTS

CONDUCT FAQ FOR COMPLAINANTS

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can file a complaint against a student?

Any member of the University community, including students, faculty, and staff may file a complaint against a student. If the complainant is not a member of the University community, he/she should contact the Dean of Students, who may then choose to initiate proceedings against the student.

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Is the student disciplinary process similar to the state or federal judiciary procedure?

The Student Disciplinary Policy is a code of conduct that provides an outline of due process for cases brought against a student. Unlike the criminal or civil court system, this process serves an educational and administrative purpose that relates to the mission of UIC. Since the two systems serve a different mission, they can have different outcomes. In cases where the student’s actions are subject to both processes, students could be found innocent by the criminal court system but still responsible for the charges on campus.

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Do I need a lawyer?

Generally no. While lawyers are experts at the criminal and civil court system, they typically are not as familiar with campus disciplinary processes. However, if you feel like you need assistance in the process, you are allowed to have an advisor/lawyer. The Office of the Dean of Students can also provide you with a list of trained students who volunteer as advocates for students in the disciplinary process.

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Will I be expelled?

While expulsion is a possible conduct sanction that can be placed on a student by a hearing panel, it is generally reserved for the most severe cases. A full list of the possible sanctions is available in the Student Disciplinary Policy. Since the goal of the University is to provide students with the best possible education, most of the sanctions are designed to educate students about taking responsibility for and learning from their actions.

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Will this affect my chances of getting into a post-graduate program such as law school or medical school?

Possibly. If you are found responsible for the charges, a copy of your conduct record will be kept by our office for 7 years, or permanently if your sanctions include removal from campus. In addition, a hearing panel can place a notation on your transcript. Many graduate programs require that you disclose or give them permission to inquire with our office about whether or not you have a conduct record.

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Will my parents find out?

Disciplinary records are kept private under federal law. This means that information about your case cannot be given out to parents, family, friends, or even other colleges and universities without a signed release form from you, or as allowed by the law.

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How long does the process take?

Every attempt is made to move the student through as quickly as possible. However, the process can take a few weeks to complete. One reason for this is that the process includes time for the student and the complainant to prepare statements and gather evidence. Another reason is that the process was designed so that quick, rash decisions were not made that could adversely affect a student’s future academic success.

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What if I’m about to graduate?

Conduct cases must be completed before a student is eligible for graduation. If you have finished your classes but are still involved in the student conduct process, your date of graduation may be postponed until the matter is resolved.

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What is UIC’s jurisdiction?

The Student Disciplinary Policy states that violations of the law and actions that affect the University’s interest are subject to the Student Conduct process even if they occur off campus. This can include but is not limited to off-campus parties in the area surrounding UIC to events that occur while students are on UIC related trips, such as conferences and sporting events.

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