Student Conduct System

Allegheny College Student Conduct System

Purpose

Allegheny College is a residential learning community that prepares students for lives rich in meaning and purpose. By attending a residential campus, students have the opportunity to develop connections to the community as they live and learn with others. To that end, the Allegheny College Student Conduct system is designed to resolve conflicts and behavioral issues that are not supportive of community living. The conduct system reflects the mission of the College and is educational in nature. The proceedings are designed to provide a process to determine a student’s responsibility and, when appropriate, assign sanctions for possible violations of College policy. The system is not comparable to criminal proceedings found in a court of law. Our conduct system is designed to engage students in genuine dialogue in order for conflicts to be resolved or behaviors to be altered. Allegheny College values each student as an adult and expects students to be authentic and honest while they participate in informal or formal aspects of the student conduct system.

There are two parts to our Student Conduct System, one for matters related to academic integrity and one for non-academic matters. All disciplinary decisions related to the Student Conduct System are based on a review of relevant information and facts. Decisions made by the Student Conduct Officer or designee, the Honor Committee, the Academic Integrity Board, and the Community Standards Board will use the standard of proof that it is more likely than not a violation of Allegheny College policy occurred. This means there is substantial information indicating it is more probable than not that a student violated College policies and therefore sanctions are assigned. The entire student conduct process can be found in the student handbook, The Compass.