The Code of Conduct is designed to create an environment on campus in which all students are able to reach their potential in a safe and responsible environment. The Code sets forth expectations for behavior, and outlines educational procedures regarding student conduct.
The goals for the University's Student Code of Conduct differ from those of the criminal justice systems. Education and accountability to community are the top priorities of the student conduct process. Principles common to a courtroom do not apply here. Rather, we rely on educational procedures that balance individual learning and community welfare.
In resolving issues of student misconduct or violation of stated policies, Delaware Valley University uses the standard of “preponderance of the evidence” to determine a student's responsibility for violations of policies. This means that it is “more likely than not,” that the behavior occurred, based upon the information provided through the course of the review of the behavior in question. Students are entitled to fundamental fairness in procedures to resolve issues of misconduct, which means having the right to receive appropriate notice about specific behaviors of concern and to be able to respond to those concerns. In the case of formal proceedings students are afforded the right to be assisted by an advisor and to appeal the outcome of hearings.
The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students is the person designated by the University President to be responsible for the oversight of the Student Code of Conduct and its administration. The Chief Student Conduct Officer is that University official authorized by the Vice President for Student Affairs to administer the Code and its proceedings.
The University's expectations for student conduct apply to on-campus behavior, to behavior while studying on a University-sponsored program abroad, and to off-campus behavior that occurs while the student is enrolled at the University.
In situations involving violation(s) of law, students are advised that they are responsible for their actions and any consequences imposed by authorities outside the institution. In cases where student behavior is in violation of law and of the Student Code of Conduct, the University reserves the right to take action independent of and in addition to any action by civil or governmental agencies. On-campus resolution does not prevent or limit a student's access to the state and federal justice systems.
Student conduct is considered open for review under this policy from the time that a deposit is placed for admission to the University.