Students are often unwilling participants in the student conduct process. As an parent, you might have questions about the equity and fairness of the conduct process, and you may want to be included in it. Please choose from the categories below to get answers to your most frequently asked questions.

General Information

What is the best way to contact the Office of Student Conduct?
Visit our office between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays in the Central Desert Complex Building 1, call us at 702-895-2308, or email us at officeofstudentconduct@unlv.edu.

Student Conduct Process

Will I be notified if my student is charged with violating the Student Conduct Code? Parents/guardians may be notified if their son or daughter is under the age of 21 and any one of the following occurs:
  • Student has an alcohol or controlled substance violation
  • Student’s health, safety, or welfare are in an imminent risk
Please review the university’s alcohol response policy and controlled substance response policy. Parents/guardians of minors (under the age of 18) will also be notified is their son or daughter is placed on suspension or expulsion from the university.
What is FERPA?

FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and is the federal law that protects student educational records, including student conduct records. For more information, please visit the US Department of Education.

How can I talk to your office about my student’s case?

The Office of Student Conduct can discuss your student’s case if they fill out the Student Information/records release form and allows you access to their file, or if the parent/guardian has received a parental notification letter. Records release forms are handled on a case-by-case basis, meaning a student can only complete this form after they have had a case referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Do I need to hire an attorney to represent my student?

The Student Conduct process is an educational administrative process, therefore a student does not need to be accompanied by an attorney. However, a student may choose to be accompanied by any advisor of their choosing.

How are sanctions determined?

Sanctions are determined on a case-by-case basis, and by the information presented to the hearing officer or hearing board related to the incident. Some factors that may affect sanctioning are the student’s role in the incident, the nature of the violation, and the impact of the incident on others and the university community.

Does the outcome of a conduct hearing go on my student’s record?

A student’s transcript will be marked in instances of conduct suspension or conduct expulsion. A student’s transcript may be marked in certain instances of intentional and egregious academic misconduct.

If a student is charged criminally, why do they have to go through the Office of Student Conduct too?

The justice system and the Student Conduct process are not mutually exclusive. Persons found in violation may be accountable to both civil and criminal authorities and to the University for actions that constitute violations of the Student Conduct Code. At the discretion of UNLV officials, conduct action at the University may be delayed or continue to move forward while civil and/or criminal proceedings are pending or in progress.

If an incident takes place off campus, why does the University get involved?

The UNLV Student Conduct Code is designed to enable the University to protect against the conduct of those who, by their actions, impair or infringe on the rights of others or interfere with the orderly operations of the University. It addresses off-campus conduct to the extent that such conduct has arising out of the student’s membership in the campus community, impacted or is likely to impact the UNLV community; including, University-sponsored events, trips, and activities that may occur at off-campus locations.

Academic Misconduct Process

The instructor said my student plagiarized when they just forgot to properly cite a source (i.e., forgot quotation marks, forgot to attribute to source). How is that misconduct?

UNLV’s definitions of academic misconduct include acts that are both intentional and unintentional.

What are the consequences of being found responsible of academic misconduct? Will my student get suspended from UNLV?

UNLV does not typically suspend students for first time academic misconduct violations. Get a list of all potential sanctions.

Common Conduct Terms

Academic Good Standing

Students enrolled at the university who maintain a UNLV grade point balance of zero or above, that is, a UNLV cumulative grade point average necessary to be considered in good standing. The university will place a student on probation in the UNLV grade point balance falls below zero. Students should seek advice from their academic advisor for the most current information on UNLV cumulative grade point average requirements.

Cheating

Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids.

Coercion

To compel or unduly influence in any way an action of another.

Controlled Substance

A drug or substance listed in the schedules contained in the Nevada revised Statues.

Disciplinary Good Standing

Students enrolled at the university who are not currently under disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion. Failure to maintain disciplinary good standing may result in exclusion from participation in privileges and extracurricular activities.

Distribution

Sale, exchange, transfer, delivery, or gift or sale or exchange for personal profit.

Endanger

To bring into danger or peril.

Faculty

All employees of the university and community college system of Nevada in teaching, research, or service, whose notice of appointment is as lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, professor or otherwise designated as faculty on the notice of appointment.

Greek Life

Any student affiliated with a social Greek-letter fraternal organization, or that organization itself; specifically those fraternities and sororities recognized by the University.

Hazing

Any method of initiation into or affiliation with the University community, a student organization, a sports team, an academic association, or other group engaged in by an individual, whether on or off campus, that intentionally or recklessly endangers another individual or that destroys or removes public or private property. Such activities include, but are not limited to, paddling in any form, physical or psychological shocks, late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities, advocating or promoting alcohol or substance abuse, tests of endurance, submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances or activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury, or any activity which by its nature may have a potential to cause mental distress, panic, human degradation, or embarrassment.

Organization

A number of persons who are associated with each other and who have complied with university requirements for recognition.

Plagiarism

Representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Predicated

Based upon.

Reckless

Conduct which one should reasonably be expected to know would create a substantial risk of harm to persons or property or which would otherwise be likely to result in interference with university or university-sponsored activities.

Sanction

Conditions, measures and/or activities assigned as a result of being found responsible for a code violation, the clear purpose of which would be to redirect behavior.

Solicitation

Any unauthorized seeking of trade, contributions, attendance or support.

University Official

Any member of the campus community holding an office or position that authorizes them to perform functions of or uphold any university codes, rules and/or regulations.

University-Sponsored Activity

Any activity on or off campus, which is initiated, approved, or supervised by the university.