What is the purpose of the Office of Student Conduct?

The Office of Student Conduct has the responsibility implementing University policies that apply to currently enrolled students and student organizations recognized by the University.  As outlined in the Statement of Community Responsibility, students of Bucknell are expected to uphold these policies that support our community standards.

What happens when an alleged violation is reported?

Bucknell University expects the student members of its community to uphold certain standards of community conduct. When the action of a student or student organization violates Bucknell's expectations of community conduct, those actions are subject to a process of review and resolution. The decision as to whether charges are to be pursued under the student conduct system or another system rests with the Dean of Students Office. Reports of conduct violating Bucknell's Community Conduct standards are filed with or forwarded to the Student Conduct Administrator (SCA) who decides on behalf of the University how to move forward. Moving forward could result in a community standards meeting with a University administrator, an administrative hearing with an University administrator or Community Conduct Board (CCB) hearing. 

What is the difference between a community standards meeting and an administrative hearing? 

A community standards meeting occurs when the student or student organization takes responsibility for the alleged violations and its outcome cannot be appealed. An administrative hearing occurs when the student or student organization does not accept responsibility for the alleged charges and wants to have the outcome decided through an extended conversation with an administrator. These are typically reserved for more serious incidents as well as students who are repeat violators and/or sanctions for these could result in suspension or expulsion.

What will happen during my community standards meeting or administrative hearing with a conduct officer?

During a meeting, the conduct officer will review the Code of Conduct and the Statement of Community Responsibility with the student, discuss the conduct process including the report and resolution options, and provide an opportunity for the student to share additional information regarding the incident. 

What's the standard outcome for an alcohol and/or subsequent alcohol violations?

We handle each incident individually and we do not have standard outcomes. The impact and severity of a first time alcohol violation would have an impact on the outcome. If found in violation (or accepted responsibility), a Student Accountability Plan may include but is not limited to: parent/guardian notification, reflection essays designed to educate, restitution fees for damage or expenses as a result of the behavior, service within the University or Lewisburg communities, letters of apology, on-line tutorials to educate on the topic at hand, educational programming, including alcohol and other drugs evaluations, assessment or reflection activities.

Who will be administering the Student Code of Conduct and Conduct Process?

Chip Marrara, Assistant Dean of Students is the Student Conduct Administrator (SCA) and has direct responsibility for administering the Student Code of Conduct. He and members of our Residential Education Office (Community Directors) will hear cases that most likely will not result in suspension or expulsion.

Cases that will most likely result in suspension or expulsion will receive a formal hearing with a Community Conduct Board (CCB) or an Administrative Hearing Officer (AHO).

Why so many conduct officers?

The increased number of trained Division of Student Affairs staff members involved in the conduct process assists in the more time-intensive educational process involved in the conduct process. Utilizing additional professional staff members assists in providing more individualized attention for students. This also allows students with multiple incidents to work with different staff members, reducing any perception of bias.

Why may a student be asked to attend a hearing if they were not there when the incident occurred?

Occasionally incidents may be documented without the full knowledge of a student or the report indicates involvement. If this occurs, students are encouraged to contact the conduct staff member who contacts them to discuss the incident. Not being present may not relieve a student from responsibility, as all residents of a room, suite or MOD, may be responsible to make sure policies are not violated in their assigned space.

Why are drinking games prohibited?

Drinking games typically involve the rapid consumption of alcohol, which has been shown to have significant negative consequences, including heavy intoxication and alcohol poisoning.

Are off-campus violations reported to the Office of Student Conduct?

In locations and at events occurring off campus, including but not limited to off campus residences, local establishments that serve alcohol, study abroad locations and situations involving technology communication. The Office of Student Conduct communicates regularly with the Buffalo Valley (BVPD), Union County and the PA State Police Departments and receives reports of student citations.

What is Medical Amnesty?

Bucknell University encourages students to seek and/or call for assistance for themselves or others when someone is overly intoxicated and in need of medical assistance. Amnesty is available to the student calling as well as the student needing assistance. A call for assistance should be made promptly because the health, safety and well-being of the student that is potentially in danger. Their health is paramount. Bucknell's goal through this amnesty policy is to reduce barriers and alleviate potential consequences to insure that our students seek the appropriate and necessary assistance. When the leadership of a recognized student organization makes a call for assistance of a student attending their organization's function, the organization (and/or the individual calling) will not be subject to University code of conduct sanctions. || Read, download or print the Medical Amnesty Policy (pdf).

Will violations be part of my student record?

Outcomes of community standards meetings that result in educational resolution will not appear on a student or organization's conduct record. However sanctions resulting in warning or probation will. Findings of responsibility in administrative or CCB hearings are also part of a student's conduct record and are maintained in an individual student's file normally for a period of five years following the date of last attendance. 

Will violations be part of my academic transcript?

Violations of the code of conduct are not indicated on academic transcripts. Some violations of academic policies may affect your transcript and should be addressed with your academic dean.

Will anyone ever request to see my conduct record?

The Office of Student Conduct with written permission from the student, processes Dean's Certification requests that may be required of some professional schools (law, medicine, pharmacy, etc.), graduate schools, undergraduate schools for transferring students, and/or other academic programs such as study abroad. Dean's Certification with signed permission from the student provides information that verifies a student's conduct record while at Bucknell University.