The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards receives, investigates, and
resolves alleged violations of the Code of Student Responsibility involving behavioral
misconduct by students. Through our student conduct processes and outreach, we educate
students on the rights and responsibilities of community membership, and support the
success of individual students and the Stony Brook University community as a whole.
Any member of the University community (student, staff or faculty) may make a complaint
and/or referral or offer information concerning such complaint and/or referral to
the appropriate office or person (i.e. Dean of Students, Division of Campus Residences,
Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputies,
Student Conduct and Community Standards, University Police, etc.).
Community Standards receives and reviews reports of alleged Code violations to determine
whether further action is warranted. Check your student email account on a regular
basis as you may receive an email letter notifying you of a scheduled meeting. Please
follow the directions outlined in the letter. Should you have questions, you can email
email@example.com or call our office at 631-631-6705.
Students charged with alleged violations of the Code will be provided with a written
notice of charges and will have an opportunity to meet with a University official
for a student conduct meeting.
A student conduct meeting provides you with an opportunity to discuss the incident
and allegations and to share your perspective on the matter with a University official.
In some cases, the meeting may resolve the matter and sanctions may be imposed. As
our student conduct process is intended to educational and reflective, we encourage
all students to attend with a willingness to discuss this incident and share any reflections
they have on the matter.
Students charged with alleged violations of the Code that cannot be resolved with
a student conduct meeting will be provided with a written notice of charges to appear
for a hearing. You will be given at least ten days advance notice of the hearing date.
Besides the hearing officer and the student, the following people may be present during
Hearing Board Members- comprised of trained faculty, staff and students
Witnesses—only witnesses who can provide information directly pertaining to the incident
may attend the hearing. Character witnesses are not permitted to attend hearings but
may submit written references for the Hearing Board to review.
Advisor—The advisor’s role is to support the student. Advisors (including attorneys)
who are present at the hearing may not engage in any verbal presentation or questioning.
Complainants or respondents may each select an advisor of their choice to accompany
them during any proceeding. Advisors for either party may only advise or assist but
may not engage in any verbal presentation or questioning. Attorneys may serve as advisors,
subject to the same limitations and conditions.
You can bring a witness, however, at the hearing we only allow witnesses with direct
information of the incident, not “character witnesses.” Witnesses need to be approved
by community standards prior to the hearing. You may submit the names and email addresses
of your proposed witnesses to
Please contact the Student Accessibility Support Center (SASC) to assist you in obtaining
any necessary accommodations.
Should you choose not to attend without obtaining prior approval, the student conduct
process will proceed in your absence and a finding will be reached based on the available
The student conduct process aims to assign purposeful sanctions that support personal
growth and development. Outcomes may range from educational dialogues to expulsion
from the University. More serious sanctions may be imposed for multiple or repeated
violations. A list of possible sanctions is outlined in the Code of Student Responsibility.
University student conduct proceedings are confidential and subject to strict confidentiality
on the part of the University in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.
As a general rule, violations of the Code and the sanctions that may be imposed will
not be routinely reported to parents. However, in the case of serious violations of
Federal, State, or Local law, including alcohol and other drugs violations, or when
instances of medical/psychological emergencies come to the University’s attention,
the University may notify parents in cases where it is believed the student might
However, the University does encourage students to inform their parents if they have
filed a complaint, or have been accused of alleged violations of the Code of Student
When students are suspended or expelled from the University a notation will appear
on their academic transcripts. Notations may also be placed on transcripts when assigned
sanctions are not completed.
When our office receives a request for information related to a background check,
we do share the outcomes of the student conduct matters, provided we have a copy of
a signed release from you. Student conduct files are kept for seven years from the
incident date. However, if you have been suspended or expelled from the University,
those records are kept indefinitely.
Please refer to the Appeals section of the Code of Student Responsibility.
If a student does not follow the conditions of the decision, a student conduct hold
may be placed on their account which may prohibit them from registering for classes
and/or housing. Another possibility is to face additional conduct charges for refusing
to comply with the terms of the original outcome.
The student conduct process is completely independent of legal proceedings and both
procedures may take place concurrently. The student conduct process is administrative
and educational in nature and uses a lower standard of proof called a preponderance
of evidence, or “more likely than not” to determine responsibility.
In cases of suspension or expulsion, Stony Brook University’s institutional refund
policy will apply. Campus Residences (for on-campus students) and Financial Aid will
follow their respective policies also. Please refer to their specific offices for
This Code may be applied to off-campus violations when students are participating
in University-sanctioned activities, such as sporting events, field trips, conferences,
or are exercising privileges granted to Stony Brook students. In addition, this Code
may be applied to off-campus violations if such violations are deemed to adversely
affect the safety and security of the University, University property or individual
members of the University community.