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Overview of Process

Allegations of Standards Violation

If you have been alleged of violating the Radford University Standards of Student Conduct (Standards), you will be asked to meet with a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students or Residential Life. Generally the meeting will follow the outline below:

  • Introductions and getting to know you.
  • Discuss the incident and hear your understanding of what occurred
  • Provide you with a written form that will outline the alleged charges and discuss how the noted Standards sections apply to the allegations.
  • You will have an option to accept responsibility or not accept responsibility for the charges.

Please Remember: You do not have to accept or deny responsibility during this initial meeting. You may take up to 48 hours to think about your decision. During this time, you can:

  • You can speak with a student advisor to discuss the incident and/or conduct process.
  • You can speak with a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students to get additional information and/or discuss questions you may have.

*Students who know or believe their actions did not violate the Standards are encouraged to deny responsibility and participate in a conduct hearing.

If you do not accept responsibility for the allegations then a conduct hearing will be convened to determine if it is “more likely than not” that a violation of the Standards occurred and, if so, what sanctions are appropriate.

In incidents that involve allegations related to academic integrity charges under the Standards, most often the initial meeting will be held with the instructor of the course in which the violation may have occurred. If you accept responsibility for your actions and the related charges, the faculty member will assign a grade penalty as a sanction. If you do not accept responsibility, then the faculty member will refer the case to the Office of the Dean of Students. All other process options outlined above apply in incidents involving academic misconduct.

For more information about conduct hearings, see the Standards of Student Conduct (PDF).