Student Conduct Philosophy Statement
Sacred Heart University strives and aspires to foster an academic community that promotes the intellectual, personal, social and ethical development of its students. To achieve this, the University expects all members of the educational community to create safe environments conducive for the learning, growth and success of everyone. The University community is committed to a campus environment that is conducive to academic inquiry, a productive campus life and thoughtful study and discourse. The student conduct program within the Office of Student Conduct is committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the University community in order to educate students through their decision-making.
A community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. At Sacred Heart University, student members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct & Community Standards. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, social justice, respect, community, and responsibility.
Each member of the University community bears responsibility for their conduct and to assume reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others. When members of the community fail to exemplify these five values by engaging in violation of the rules below, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Code in order to educate students regarding the misconduct.
The student conduct process at the University exists to protect the interests of the community and to challenge those whose behavior is not in accordance with our policies and mission. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them bring their behavior into accord with our community expectations. When a student is unable to conform their behavior to community expectations, the student conduct process may determine that the student should no longer share in the privilege of participating in the University community.
Students should be aware that the student conduct process is quite different from criminal and civil court proceedings. Procedures and rights in student conduct procedures are conducted with fairness to all, but do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts. Due process, as defined within these procedures, assures (1) written notice and (2) an opportunity for a hearing before an objective decision-maker. No student will be found in violation of University policy without information showing that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred and any sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the cumulative conduct history of the student.