The Office of University Community Standards receives, investigates, and resolves alleged violations of the Code of Student Responsibility involving (non-academic) misconduct by students, including any person who has accepted admittance to the University, undergraduates, graduates, professional students, and certificate program participants, matriculated and non-matriculated students, regardless of number of credits the person is enrolled in.
For policies/procedures regarding Academic Dishonesty, contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, at (631) 632-7090. For policies/procedures regarding Scholarly Misconduct, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research, at (631) 632-7932.
Any member of the University community (Student, Faculty, Staff) or visitor to the campus, may bring a complaint to the attention of the Office of University Community Standards. The 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, as noted in the preamble, the 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.
The Office of University Community Standards is completely independent of criminal proceedings, and procedures under both may take place concurrently. The Office of University Community Standards is administrative rather than criminal, or civil in nature. It does not use technical "rules of related information" and requires lower standards of proof to reach a conclusion. This lower standard of proof is known as a "preponderance of evidence" and indicates that it is "more likely than not" that an incident did, or did not, occur.
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.
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, University Community Standards, University Police, etc.).
The Office of University Community Standards or Division of Campus Residences, will send correspondence to the involved parties to indicate that a complaint has been filed. This correspondence requests an investigative meeting and/or hearing with each party to review the allegations and related information.
Each party (Complainant or Respondent) is allowed to have an Advisor (who can be an attorney) to assist them throughout the student conduct process, but the responsibility for presenting information to the University Official or the Hearing Board rests with the Complainants and Respondents.
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 benefit.
The University does encourage students to inform their parents (as a courtesy) if they have filed a complaint, or have been accused of alleged violations of the Code of Student Responsibility.
The Vice President for Student Affairs (designee) may direct a student to participate in an individualized psychological and/or medical assessment whenever the behavior of the student is alleged to pose a threat to the health and safety of themselves, or others, or to significantly disrupt University activity. The process is designed to assess the factors which contributed to the student’s behavior and to assist the student in accessing resources in order to maintain appropriate behavior.
For further information, please contact:
Office of University Community Standards
Room 347, Administration Building
Phone: (631) 632-6705
Fax: (631) 632-5757