About the Student Conduct System

The Trustees and Chancellor of Syracuse University have delegated authority to the Student Conduct System to adjudicate cases alleging violations of the Code of Student Conduct by Syracuse University students. Students of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) also are subject to procedures of the Syracuse University Student Conduct System when allegations arise related to the behavior of a SUNY ESF student living in a Syracuse University residence hall or apartment and/or when the behavior of a SUNY ESF student is determined to pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the Syracuse University community.

Once a complaint is filed, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will determine whether or not the complaint concerns a student or student organization of Syracuse University and will also determine whether the complaint demonstrates sufficient evidence of wrongdoing to warrant further investigation and/or commencement of the conduct process.

Upon determining that a complaint meets the technical standards required by the Student Conduct System, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will contact the accused student or recognized student organization. The accused student or recognized student organization will be invited to participate in a meeting with a case manager to discuss the allegations and determine whether an informal resolution can be reached. An informal resolution occurs when a student or recognized student organization accepts responsibility for the alleged violation(s) and an appropriate sanction is determined. Once an informal resolution is reached, the decision is final and will be revisited only if new information becomes available that tends to demonstrate that a substantial error has occurred. In such a case, the accused student or the complainant may submit a written petition for reconsideration of the case to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs and/or the Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The decision of the Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs and/or the Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities on reconsideration is final.

If an informal resolution cannot be reached, then the case will be assigned to an appropriate hearing officer or hearing board for formal resolution.  A student who chooses to withdraw from the University rather than participate in the conduct process will be classified as having been withdrawn for disciplinary reasons. This status will be noted on the student’s transcript as a University-initiated withdrawal. A student who withdraws under these circumstances is not permitted to enter onto Syracuse University owned, operated, or controlled property nor participate in any class or program offered by Syracuse University until the pending matter is resolved.