Students FAQs Regarding Student Conduct Matters
If I am being charged
with a violation, what will happen?
You will receive an-e-mail via your butler address asking you to
make an appointment or assigning you a time to meet with
the conduct officer. The e-mail will also describe any
charges. It is important to make an appointment and keep it.
Ignoring the situation will not make it go away. If you don't
respond, a decision can be made in the case without your input.
This decision could affect your status as a student. In the
meantime, our office may place a "hold" your student account, this
may prevent you from registering for classes. The block may remain
on your account until the case has been resolved and, if necessary,
sanctions have been completed.
If I am being charged in
court, why do I also have to deal with Butler University? Isn't
this double jeopardy?
It is not double jeopardy which only applies to the criminal court
system. As a student, the University holds you responsible for your
behavior under the University Rules of Conduct, rather than
Do I need an
Informal conduct review meetings and other proceedings at an
educational institution do not follow the same procedures used in
courtrooms. The university does not employ lawyers to "prosecute"
students, or apply the rules of evidence used in civil or criminal
trials. Instead, charges are investigated and resolved in an
atmosphere of candor, truthfulness, and civility. You may have an
attorney present if you desire, but you are not required to have an
attorney. When facing serious allegations, however, some students
find it helpful to have the expertise of an attorney in responding
to allegations. Attorneys may only serve in an advisory role and
may not address the board. Students may have an
advisor with them; the advisor is there for support and advice but
not to represent the student.
What do I need to do to
prepare for a conduct review?
Visit the Conduct Review Preparation page for
What if I don't show up
for my meeting with the conduct officer?
The conduct officer may make a decision in the case without
the benefit of your involvement and perspective. You will be held
to the decision that he/she has made.
What if I was not aware
of a rule and didn't know I was breaking it?
Lack of knowledge of a rule is not an excuse for misconduct. Every
student is responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of
Butler University's Rules of Conduct. It is important for you to
read your Student Handbook containing the Rules
of Conduct. If you are unsure about any policies, ask for
Can't I just lie about
the situation and get away with it?
Maybe, but it is not a good idea. If it should be found that you
lied, there can be additional conduct charges or consequences.
Will conduct sanctions
appear on my academic transcript?
Will my parents be
notified of any sanctions I receive?
Not necessarily. Conduct proceedings conducted by the University
are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA). Generally, under FERPA conduct records may not be released
or disclosed without the expressed written permission of the
student whose conduct record is being sought unless provided by
law. Release of student conduct records is permitted without prior
consent to University officials with legitimate educational
interest; victim/s of an alleged crime of violence or of an alleged
violation of the sexual misconduct guidelines; and parents of a
student if the student violates the drug or alcohol policy and is
under 21 years old.
What if I do not complete
an assigned sanction?
Additional sanctions may be added and a hold may be placed on your
record. In some cases, failure to complete sanctions may result in
suspension or expulsion. In addition, a hold will be placed on your
registration and records. Remember that sanctions are placed as a
result of your violation of the Rules of Conduct, and are designed
to educate you about the expectations and norms of the University
Will potential employers
or graduate schools have access to my student conduct
Your conduct record will only be accessible to them if you provide
written permission allowing it.