Student Conduct

Tips for Parents

How To Help Your Son or Daughter Through The Student Conduct Process

Before your son/daughter arrives on campus:

  • Have an open discussion with your son/daughter about the process of making good decisions, taking responsibility for your actions, and responding to peer pressure.
  • Make sure your son/daughter knows clearly what you expect and what you value.
  • Remember that your son/daughter will look to you as a role model for dealing with and responding to conflict.
  • Be open to discussing difficult topics such as substance abuse, intimate relationships, and other risky behavior.

When your son/daughter has been accused of violating the Butler University Rules of Conduct:

  • Speak with your son /daughter regarding the situation. Make sure that you listen carefully and critically.
  • Make sure your son/daughter knows the student conduct process. Your son/daughter should review the Rules of Conduct, Standard Sanctions, and the Rights and Responsibilities section of the Student Handbook.
  • Discuss with your son/daughter your expectations for their behavior at Butler University. Discuss ways your son/daughter can modify his or her behavior to meet those expectations.
  • Brainstorm with your son/daughter appropriate resources for help and support (e.g., alcohol education, personal counseling, etc.).
  • Let your son/daughter know where you stand regarding his or her behavior, while continuing to support him or her emotionally.
  • Brainstorm with your son/daughter ways to overcome past mistakes.
  • Be firm in your approach but always keep the lines of communication open


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Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Atherton Union, Room 200
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: (317) 940-9570
Dean of Student
: Sally Click