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Student Conduct

Tips for Parents

How To Help Your Student Through The Student Conduct Process

Before your student arrives on campus:

  • Have an open discussion with your student about the process of making good decisions, taking responsibility for your actions, and responding to peer pressure.
  • Make sure your student knows clearly what you expect and what you value.
  • Remember that your student 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 student has been accused of violating the Butler University Rules of Conduct:

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