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Residential Community Standards

About Us

  • The Office of Residential Community Standards was established in 2005 to serve the needs of a growing residential population at Stony Brook University.
  • In coordination with the Office of University Community Standards, this department is focused on overseeing and policing the Campus Residences’ Terms of Occupancy in addition to the Code of Student Responsibility.
  • The mission of the Office of Residential Community Standards is to support the University's educational goals by promoting a just, safe, orderly, civil, and positive residential climate for learning, both inside and outside the classroom, through behavioral standards, disciplinary processes, training, and intervention efforts.
  • All conduct affairs which occur on the residential footprint falls under the jurisdiction of Residential Community Standards.

The Conduct Process

The conduct process is integral in upholding the policies and procedures for the University. It ensures due process for our students and provides the opportunity to discuss and further investigate the alleged violations.

  • Respondents are any University student or resident who is charged with an alleged violation of the Code of Student Responsibility and/or the Terms of Occupancy.
  • Directives to Appear are emailed to all respondents at the incident at their Stony Brook e-mail address, inviting them to participate in a Disciplinary Conference.
  • The Disciplinary Conference is the opportunity for all respondents to review the incident and provide any further information for the case. The hearing officer will consider all statements and information provided for the case to make an impartial decision.
  • Certain decisions will warrant sanctions to be issued, to serve as educational interventions for our students. Residential Community Standards strives to promote student success while upholding the rules and regulations of the university.
  • Working with the community is integral for our efforts; as such, the Resident Hall Directors (RHDs) and Apartment Living Coordinators (ALCs) assist the Office of Residential Community Standards by participating as hearing officers for designated areas/incidents.


Appeal Process

Students found responsible for offesnes under the Code of Student Responsibilty or Campus Residences Terms of Occupancy can appeal such findings on the following limited grounds:

  1. Significant procedural violations;
  2. Substantive new evidence; and/or
  3. The sanction(s) imposed is/are substantially disproportionate to the severity of the violation.

An appeal must be submitted within seven (7) calendar days from the date on the Disciplinary Conference Summary Letter.

*Note: The Appeals Officer will always be a different individual than the hearing officer for your conduct case. This is to ensure that proper due process is met for all of our students.

Residential Community Standards Appeals Form

Contact Us

Kupenda Palmer 
Assistant Director of Residential Community Standards
(631) 632 - 4693 |


Office of Residential Community Standards
D133 Between O’Neill and Irving Colleges
Next to the Mendelsohn Quad Office
100 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790


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