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 function as an institution of higher education. As a community of learners and scholars, all are expected to maintain conduct which assures orderly pursuit of educational objectives, 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 standards.
Administrative Council: a hearing body composed of two professional staff members and one faculty member from the Justice Council.
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.
Judicial Officer: a staff member with administrative authority and responsibility for oversight and enforcement of Student Conduct policies and procedures. This responsibility includes formulating and implementing policies and procedures, in cooperation with other appropriate University bodies, for the consideration of conduct violations and the imposition of sanctions in an efficient, consistent, fair, legal, and educationally meaningful manner.
Justice Council: a hearing body composed of eight faculty representatives recommended by faculty senate, six staff members recommended by the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and eight students. Justice Council cases involving academic dishonesty must include only two faculty representatives, two student representatives and one staff representative.
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.