- 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.