Syracuse UniversityOffice of Student Rights and Responsibilities

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How to Support Your Student

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 reports that they have been accused of violating the Syracuse University Code of Student Conduct:

  • Speak with your student regarding the situation. Make sure that you listen carefully and critically.
  • Make sure your student knows the conduct process. Your student should review the Code of Student Conduct, Standard Sanctions, and the Student Conduct System Handbook.
  • Discuss with your student your expectations for their behavior at Syracuse University. Discuss ways your student can modify their 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 their behavior, while continuing to support them emotionally.
  • Brainstorm with your student ways to overcome past mistakes.
  • Be firm in your approach but always keep the lines of communication open.