For Students

Overview

Students at Youngstown State University may interact with the Office of Student Conduct in a few different ways. Below is more information to describe each role a student may play in our process.

 

Complainants

A complainant is a student who has chosen to file a report of an alleged violation of The Student Code of Conduct against another student. The complainant may make a report to their RA or Housing staff, to the YSU Police Department, to the Title IX Coordinator, directly to the Office of Student Conduct, etc. 

Every report is investigated by one or more campus offices. The investigating office will determine if the charges have merit. If they do, then the case is forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct for further action. If the charges do not have merit, the initial report is kept on file with the Office of Student Conduct in the event that additional information becomes available at a later time.

Each complainant has rights under The Student Code of Conduct, see the Complainants page for more information.

 

Respondents

A respondent is a student who is being charged with an alleged violation of The Student Code of Conduct. The complaint against the respondent may be made by another student, a faculty or staff member, the YSU Police Department, a campus office, etc.

Every report is investigated by one or more campus offices. The investigating office will determine if the charges have merit. If they do, then the case is forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct for further action. If the charges do not have merit, the initial report is kept on file with the Office of Student Conduct in the event that additional information becomes available at a later time.

The respondent has rights under The Student Code of Conduct, see Respondants page for more information.  As a university, we ensure that our student conduct process respects the respondent, and their due process rights.

 

Board Positions

Annually students can apply for and be selected as representatives for the Academic Grievance Subcommittee and the Student Conduct Board. 

The Academic Grievance Subcommittee sits under the Academic Senate and oversees all hearings that involve complaints brought by students against faculty members and all complaints of academic dishonesty brought by faculty members against students. One student is selected to represent each of the academic colleges, including the Graduate School. During a hearing, the panel determining the outcome of the case may consist of up to 15 faculty or student representatives.

The Student Conduct Board consists of a variety of faculty, staff, and students from across the university who oversee all hearings for alleged violations of The Student Code of Conduct that have not been resolved through a Conduct Conference with a Conduct Officer. During a hearing, the panel determining the outcome of the case will consist of three individuals- two faculty or staff members and one student representative.

 

YSU Academic Dishonesty Violations

Academic Dishonesty Hearing Flowchart (Printable Version PDF*)
See Article 5, section A of the Student Code of Conduct for a written description.

 

YSU Student Code of Conduct Violations

Student Conduct Case Flowchart (Printable Version PDF*)
This process is outlined in the Student Code of Conduct Article 4, sections A through I.