Parents

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

Student Conduct Process

  • Student has an alcohol or controlled substance violation
  • Student’s health, safety, or welfare are in an imminent risk
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:
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 you about my student’s case?
The Office of Student Conduct can discuss your student’s case if s/he fills out the records release form and allows you access to his/her 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, not a legal process; a student does not need to be accompanied by an attorney. However, a student may choose to be accompanied by any advisor.
How are sanctions determined?
Sanctions are given on a case-by-case basis, and are determined by the information presented to the hearing officer or hearing panel 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 academic misconduct.
If a student is charged criminally, why does he/she have to go through the Office of Student Conduct too?
The criminal 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 Code of Conduct 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 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 he/she 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.