Procedures and Appeals

  1. Any staff or faculty member may file charges against a student for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.  A charge shall be prepared in writing and directed to the university official within 30 days of the alleged violation.
  2. Students who are disruptive, damage university property, or pose a threat to any person at the university may be immediately suspended and escorted from the premises or removed from the NAU online classroom by a university official.
  3. If a university official observes or otherwise becomes aware of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the university official or designee may either choose to meet with the student to discuss the concerns or move directly to convene a Student Conduct Committee.  For minor or inadvertent violations, the university official may choose to informally correct the student’s behavior.
  4. The Student Conduct Committee will investigate reported violations of the Student Code of Conduct.  The committee is composed of the university official (or designee), an academic representative and a student support representative.  All members of the Student Conduct Committee must be independent of the incident and student under investigation.  
  5. The student will be provided written notice of the time and date for a disciplinary hearing from the Student Conduct Committee.  The disciplinary hearing will be scheduled within 10 days of notification to the student.
  6. The student is permitted to be assisted by an advisor (such as a parent, relative, or a member of the university community) present during the disciplinary hearing, but the advisor will not be permitted to speak or participate directly in the hearing.  The student will not be permitted to bring an attorney to the hearing.
  7. Witnesses with relevant knowledge of the alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct may be presented on behalf of the student or the university.
  8. The student conduct committee’s decision will be provided to the student on the Student Conduct Form within five days of the hearing.  If the student conduct committee determines that a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred, appropriate sanctions will be imposed. Sanctions of permanent suspension or revocation of admission and/or degree may only be imposed by the provost upon recommendation from the student conduct committee. 
  9. The student has a right to appeal the decision of the student conduct committee to the office of student concerns for all sanctions.  If appealed, the decision of the Student Conduct Committee remains in the interim. The student’s appeal request must be made on the Student Conduct Form and delivered to the office of student concerns within 72 hours of the Student Conduct Committee’s decision.  The office of student concerns will convene a Student Conduct Appeals Committee, composed of three university administrators, to review the proceedings of the Student Conduct Committee.  
  10. The Student Conduct Appeals Committee will render a decision within five (5) days after receipt of the student’s appeal.  Absent provost intervention, the decision of the Student Conduct Appeals Committee is final.