Disciplinary Proceedings: General Information

General Information

The basic philosophy and approach to student conduct at Moravian College is one of education, focusing on student learning through individual growth and personal responsibility. Our overall goal is to help and encourage students to be successful citizens of the community. Students take many steps through life’s journey that positively contribute to this goal, but there will invariably be some missteps as well. Violations of College policy as outlined in this handbook can be considered in this framework.

Students are expected to abide by the tenets of the Community Standards. A breach in abiding the Community Standards will initiate a student conduct process. Violations of the Community Standards that have been outlined in this handbook generally include but are not limited to the specific behaviors described. Students should interpret the scope of the Community Standards in its broadest sense.

Jurisdiction of the Institution

A student conduct process will be initiated for students whose activities on campus violate institutional policy; it also may be initiated if off-campus behavior adversely affects the institution in the pursuit of its objectives or violates existing federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.

If activities of students result in violations of law, students are responsible for their actions and any consequences imposed by authorities outside the institution. When student behavior is in violation of law and of the Community Standards, the institution reserves the right to take disciplinary action independent of and in addition to any action by civil or governmental agencies. The institution may elect to delay on-campus disciplinary action pending resolution of criminal charges.

Investigation of Student Premises or Property

Except under emergency circumstances and as necessary to conduct repair and maintenance and secure College property, premises occupied by students and their personal possessions will not be searched unless authorization has been obtained from the Office of Student Affairs or an appropriate legal authority. Such authorization must be requested and granted before a search is conducted; the request and the authorization must specify the reasons for the search and must enumerate the objects being sought. Any search should be conducted in the presence of the student unless circumstances make this inappropriate.

Judicial Authority

Responsibility for administration of the disciplinary process rests with the associate dean of students. Upon a complaint or allegation of student misconduct, a judicial body may be appointed by the associate dean of students or an authorized designee to investigate the charge and recommend sanctions if a violation has occurred.

The term "judicial body" shall be used to identify any person or persons authorized by the associate dean of students to determine whether a student has violated the Community Standards and to determine sanctions.

In most cases, the judicial body used to hear a case shall be the director of student development or authorized designee(s); or a Discipline Review Committee, to which a judicial administrator shall be appointed by the associate dean of students to present the case information. The best judgment of the associate dean of students or authorized designee(s) will prevail to establish a judicial body that best meets the needs of the circumstances involved in the case to be heard.

In cases where a violation is admitted, a clear precedent exists, and there are no complicating factors, a decision will be issued by the director of student development or an authorized designee. Cases involving egregious violations of the student code of conduct and students involved in repeated violations will be heard by a Discipline Review Committee.

In all cases, the purpose of the judicial body is to determine whether a violation has occurred, and, if so, to assign responsibility and determine the nature of the sanction.

At the time a complaint is received or at any time thereafter, during, or at the termination of the proceedings, the College may cease student conduct proceedings and leave the complainant to pursue remedies through the criminal or civil authorities.

Academic Information: Education and Nursing

Students pursuing certification and/or degrees in education and/or nursing should be aware that policy infractions could impact their continuance in the programs and eventual state licensure. Please see the department chair for education or nursing for more information.