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.