The primary focus of Student Conduct and Community Standards is to administer campus judicial procedures in support of the university's efforts to promote a disciplined community.
Student Conduct and Community Standards encourages equality, dignity and mutual respect among members of the campus and the adjacent communities.
Student Conduct and Community Standards serves students, parents, faculty and staff as well as the university's community constituents to address student conduct issues by:
- Assisting in the development, dissemination, interpretation and enforcement of University policies;
- Ensuring that the student's right of due process is applied fairly, consistently and effectively;
- Collaborating with University and community constituents to address student behavioral issues;
- Providing leadership opportunities for students participating in the Student Conduct process;
- Offering learning opportunities for student violators of University policies and regulations;
- Initiating preventative educational activities that address conflict and potential violations of University policies.
Cited in town?
Students are held responsible for their behavior both on campus and off campus. If you are cited in town, you may face Student Code of Conduct charges as well. For more information regarding off campus student behavior, please review the ESU Student Handbook - Student Code of Conduct. A diversion/accelerated rehabilitative disposition or similar action for the court is considered the same as pleading guilty as it relates to your University conduct charges. If you wish to use one of the courts diversion programs it may be in your best interest to contact the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standard to schedule your university hearing as quickly as possible so you can have access to University resources that may be needed to complete court-mandated activities.
Because the University Student Conduct process is distinct from the courts, students should keep in mind that the University may pursue or enforce disciplinary action even if criminal charges are reduced or dismissed.
Your Sanctions can be Found on Your Decision/Hearing Form
Academic Integrity Seminar
It is your responsibility to contact the administrators of the Academic Integrity Seminar via email email@example.com. You need to allow at least two weeks for completion of this course. Upon completion of the course you and the Student Conduct Office will receive a completion notification by email. Print a copy for your records. You are responsible for any fees or costs associated with the completion of the Academic Integrity Seminar.
Alcohol and Drug Evaluation and Compliance
You are required to undergo an alcohol/drug evaluation performed by a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. You must comply with any and all recommendations issued as a result of your evaluation. You must submit to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards documentation indicating that you have completed an assessment and all recommended treatment by the due date on your Disciplinary Incident Notification Form. You are responsible for all charges and fees related to this service. You must submit verification of completion by the date on your Disciplinary Incident Notification Form. Need help finding a place to get an assessment, contact the Student Conduct Office
Alcohol and Drug Education or Counseling
You are required to complete the sanctioned number of hours by obtaining either counseling or attending drug and alcohol education classes. Counseling must be obtained by a certified licensed counselor; you must submit to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards documentation indicating the number of counseling hours you have completed. Your health insurance company may be able to assist you in locating drug and alcohol classes and/or counseling. You are responsible for all charges and fees related to these services. On-line programs will not be accepted for the completion of this sanction.
(BASICS) Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students at ESU
BASICS is a program being used at college campuses to help students think about their drinking habits and alcohol use.
What will a student do?
- Schedule a one-hour appointment with an ESU BASICS Facilitator who is assigned by the ESU Student Conduct Office
- Meet with the assigned BASICS Facilitator to discuss alcohol use and learn some facts about alcohol physiology, risk factors associated with alcohol on college campuses , and health issues associated with substance use
- Consider the pros and cons of alcohol use
- Schedule a second appointment about two weeks from the first appointment
- Monitor alcohol use over two weeks with a phone app or a written card
- Complete online alcohol self-assessment at http://basics.passhe.edu
- Bring the self-monitoring cards or phone application to the second session
- Bring the print-out from the on-line survey to the appointment
- Compare drinking frequency and quantity to ESU on-campus drinking facts and national normative information
- Develop a personal plan to increase college success and make healthy choices in life
- Gather resources to help you meet your goals
What will the ESU BASICS Facilitator Do?
- Schedule an appointment upon request
- Guide the student through the BASICS process, which typically increases the student’s self-awareness regarding alcohol
- Facilitate any steps toward change the student is interested in making
- Report to the ESU Student Conduct office if a student completes (or misses) appointments
You may complete your community service at a non-profit agency of your choosing. You must submit to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards documentation indicating you have completed the required hours of service. Documentation must be on official letterhead or from an official email. You must submit verification of completion by the date indicated on your Disciplinary Incident Notification Form. For some community service suggestions check here.
You are to write a 2-page investigative paper on copyright infringement. The paper should address: what copyright infringementis, what are legal penalties for illegal downloading of protected materials (nusic, videos, artistic productions), alternative means for acquiring copyright materials and what you have learned from this research. As with any written assignment, you must properly cite material taken from outside sources
Any future violations will result in complete loss of University network access (including, but not limited to email, WebCT, Blackboard, Internet, etc). For information on how to uninstall file sharing software please contact Academic Computing (570) 422-3324.
You are to watch the four videos at www.campus-firewatch.com and write a one-page reflection on each video. These papers can be submitted as one for a total of four full pages. For further instructions see Written Assignments.
Marijuana 101 is an online marijuana education class. To receive credit you must follow enrollment instructions and enter the correct control number. Go to www.3rdmilclassrooms.com select begin enrollment and select college, the control number is ESBUMJ. The course fee is $35.00 and you can pay online by debit/credit card. You will receive a password immediately on the screen and by email. Or Send check or money order with completed mail-in form to: 3rd Millennium Classrooms - 6507 Grove Creek Drive - San Antonio, TX 78256. It takes about 3 hours to complete the course and you can login and out as needed. You must pass the final test with a minimum of 70%. Upon completion of both the course and the follow-up portion, you and the notifying administrator at your school will receive a completion notification by email. Print a copy for your records. You are responsible for all charges and fees related to this service.
Under the Influence
Under the Influence is an online alcohol education class. To receive credit you must follow enrollment instructions and enter the correct control number. Go to www.3rdmilclassrooms.com select begin enrollment and select college, the control number is ESBU7. The course fee is $35.00 and you can pay online by debit/credit card. You will receive a password immediately on the screen and by email. Or Send check or money order with completed mail-in form to: 3rd Millennium Classrooms - 6507 Grove Creek Drive - San Antonio, TX 78256. It takes about 3 hours to complete the course and you can login and out as needed. You must pass the final test with a minimum of 70%. Upon completion of both the course and the follow-up portion, you and the notifying administrator at your school will receive a completion notification by email. Print a copy for your records. You are responsible for all charges and fees related to this service.
You are required to attend the number of programs as assigned in your hearing. Only University-sponsored programs will be accepted. For a list of some of the activities available on campus you can review the following at:
There may also be activities occurring in your residence halls; ask a Resident Advisor for more information.
You must write a one-page review of each activity you attended/participated in; the total number of pages must be at least equal to the total number of programs you were required to attend (4 programs=4 full pages). For further instructions see Written Assignments. You are responsible for any fees or costs associated with the completion of this sanction.
All written assignments must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct. You are responsible for submitting your paper by the due date(s) assigned in your conduct hearing. Written assignments must be Times New Roman font-sized 12, double-spaced, with one inch margins to the end of the page, only one header should be first and last name only in the upper right hand corner and the title of the paper on the next line should be centered. Bibliography and works cited pages do not count toward your required total number of pages. A page must be at least 3/4 full to be counted as a page. All material within the assignment must be properly cited, for citation assistance please visit the Writing Studio website. Failure to cite sources may result in further conduct sanctions.
You are to write a 1-page apology letter to the "harmed/offened" individuals(s). The apology letter must contain: an acknowledgement of responsibility, a delineation of how the behavior was harmful/offensive, an expression of sincere remorse, AND a coommitment for future socially responsible behavior.
You are to create a 2-page plan that will guide you to a successful experience at ESU. This plan should address academic and non-academic goals as well as a statement about your purpose in obtaining a higher education degree. For further instructions, see Written Assignments.
You are to write at least a 2-page paper addressing the importance of making responsible decisions as an ESU student. This paper is to be a reflective exercise which exhibits an understanding of your personal responsibility and accountability as an ESU student. For further instructions, see Written Assignments instructions above.
You are to write a 2-page reflection paper, addressing the following questions:
- What role does alcohol play in your life?
- How has drinking impacted your reputation?
- Have you ever had police/student conduct difficulties because of alcohol use?
- How has alcohol affected your relationships? (family, friends)
- How has your alcohol use affected your academics?
For further instructions see written assignments instructions above.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) prohibits the release of Student Conduct Records and related information, without the written consent of the student.
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