Syracuse UniversityOffice of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Informal Resolution

When the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities receives a complaint that a student has allegedly violated the Code of Student Conduct, the office will contact the accused student(s) and request that they attend an informal resolution meeting with a case manager to discuss the allegations. If an accused student does not attend the meeting without prior notice to OSRR, a decision may be rendered in the student's absence.

There are three (3) possible outcomes from an informal resolution meeting:

  1. The student is found to have no responsibility and/or that there is insufficient basis to proceed against the student. If that occurs, the case does not proceed to a hearing;

  2. The student accepts responsibility and appropriate sanction(s) are agreed upon. If that occurs, the case is considered informally resolved

  3. The student does not accept responsibility and the case manager determines that the complaint warrants a hearings. If that occurs, the case proceeds to a hearing.

More information about the informal resolution process can be found in the Syracuse University Student Conduct System Handbook.


Request for Review By Director

Once an informal resolution is reached, the decision is final and will only be revisited based on one or more of the following:

a. new information not reasonably available at the time of the informal resolution, the absence of which can be shown to have had a detrimental impact on the outcome of the informal resolution;

b. procedural error that can be shown to have had a detrimental impact on the outcome of the informal resolution;

c. errors in the interpretation of University policy so substantial as to deny fair informal resolution;

d. grossly inappropriate sanction having no reasonable relationship to the charges

In such a case, the student or student organization may submit a written petition for reconsideration of the case to the Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities within three (3) business days of the informal resolution meeting. Requests for review must be written and signed by the student. The decision of the Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities upon reconsideration is final.


Procedural Advisors

All students participating in the conduct process are entitled to be assisted by a procedural advisor.

Your procedural advisor is a faculty or staff member of the Syracuse University community who has been extensively trained on the policies and procedures of the Student Conduct System.

Your procedural advisor is primarily responsible for assisting you while preparing for the hearing. This person may attend the hearing, however, they have no standing in Student Conduct System proceedings except to provide advice to you in a quiet, non-disruptive manner. Procedural advisors do not represent or speak for their respective parties except at the request of the board chairperson.

To obtain a procedural advisor, please contact:

Office of Student Assistance
306 Steele Hall
(315) 443-4357
studentassistance@syr.edu


Role of Attorneys

No attorney who is not also a full-time member of the Syracuse University or SUNY ESF faculty, staff, or student body will be permitted to participate in the conduct process on behalf of the complainant or the accused student, except where criminal or civil proceedings are also pending.

When criminal or civil proceedings are pending, both the complainant and the accused student may be advised by an attorney, but the individual parties remain primarily responsible for conducting their own presentations.

Attorneys for the complainant and the accused student, when permitted to participate, are limited to the role of the procedural advisor described in the current Student Conduct System Handbook.

Any attorney who fails to conform his or her behavior to these requirements will be removed from the proceedings and barred from acting as a procedural advisor in future Student Conduct System proceedings. In such circumstances the hearing board will determine whether to proceed with the hearing without the presence of the procedural advisor or to forward the case to the Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for resolution before a hearing officer.