Philosophy and Purpose
The University of Montevallo strives to maintain an educational community that fosters the development of students who are ethical, civil and responsible persons. Students of the University are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the University’s Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct, and Student Handbook. As a community of learners and scholars, all are expected to maintain conduct which assures orderly pursuit of educational goals, positive regard for the rights of others, and a safe environment. The purpose of this document is to set forth the specific authority and responsibility of the University in maintaining behavioral expectations and standards.
Business Day: the days of the year the University is officially open and functioning, which does not include weekends, days the University is officially closed or official University holidays.
Complainant: the individual or group affected by the alleged incident. The terms complainant and victim may be used interchangeably. In some situations, the complainant and the reporter may be the same individual or group.
Conduct Educator: a staff member trained in the conduct review process to adjudicate cases and who has the administrative authority and responsibility for oversight and enforcement of Student Conduct policies and procedures and the imposition of sanctions in an efficient, consistent, fair, and educationally meaningful manner.
Reporter: the individual or group filing an incident report for an alleged violation.
Student: an individual who is admitted, enrolled or registered for study at the University of Montevallo for any academic period including time periods between academic sessions. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing student relationship with the University of Montevallo are considered students. A person shall also be considered a student during any period while the student is under suspension from the institution or when the person is attending or participating in any activity preparatory to the beginning of school including, but not limited to, fraternity or sorority recruitment, orientation, placement testing, and residence hall check-in.
Student Organization: an organization which has been fully approved by the Campus Life Advisory Committee and has registered with the Student Life Office by September 30th of the current academic year. More information about student organizations can be found at https://www.montevallo.edu/campus-life/student-life/student-organizations/
University Conduct Council: a hearing body composed of faculty, staff, and students that hear cases involving alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. University Conduct Council cases involving academic dishonesty must include two faculty representatives, two student representatives and one staff representative.
The University’s interest in enforcing its Student Code of Conduct extends beyond UM’s campus and property to off-campus functions, events, and activities that are sponsored, endorsed, or supported by the University (e.g., athletic events). Students may also be subject to disciplinary measures for conduct occurring off-campus when the behavior violates the Code and:
- Takes place while the student is acting or functioning as a representative or an extension of the University (whether or not the student has been formally designated as such); or
- Reflects negatively and directly on the University’s image or reputation or threatens to undermine public support for the University or fulfillment of its educational mission; or
- Impedes, interferes with, or compromises the University’s goals of preventing violence, promoting the health and safety of UM students and all members of the University community, and of providing timely support and resources to assist those struggling with substance abuse or addiction; or
- Conducts one’s self in a manner inconsistent with generally accepted standards of behavior, including those set forth or implicit in the University’s statutory charter, its policies, and official publications.
Procedures governing the disposition of Code of Student Conduct violations will apply to off- campus violations, but may be modified as necessary to accommodate practical considerations and limitations created by the nature of the off-campus conduct (e.g., incarceration).