The Philosophy behind Pathway Plans and Pathway Projects
If a student or student organization is found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, they will be able to create a pathway plan to help them learned from their policy violation. They may also receive or choose to complete one or more pathway projects. Students or organizations not completing or adhering to assigned or selected pathway projects may be subject to additional Student Code of Conduct violations, pathway projects, and suspension.
The Office of Student Conduct at the University of Montevallo (UM) is looking to change the perception our office. Many students feel our office is a repercussive office. We want to change that narrative and demonstrate that we are a resource to and for students. We will accomplish this by working with students when they accept responsibility for violating a policy. Too often students view sanctions as pre-determined punishments for violating policy. In light of this, students who accept responsibility will be provided a menu of pathway projects (educational sanctions) to choose from which will allow them to participate in developing their own learning experience. The pathway projects have been grouped into specific categories called pathways.
All pathway projects will fall under one of five pathways. The pathway projects listed in the Accountability Pathway are assigned by the Conduct Educator (Conduct Officer) and are not optional.
The purpose of a student status is to provide students with a more precise representation of where they stand with their conduct and the University. The status in which a student is assigned will be based on the context and severity of the policy violation(s).
Informal Warning- a verbal or written notice indicating a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred, but will not be reported as part of the student’s conduct record.
Formal Warning- a written notice indicating a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred, but will not be reported as part of the student’s conduct record.
Conduct Probation- a written notice indicating a more serious violation or second violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred; the student is informed that further violations may result in suspension. This status may prevent a student from participating in other student leadership opportunities that require a student to be in good standing with the University.
Deferred Suspension- – a written notice indicating a severe violation or multiple violations of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred; however, the Conduct Educator (Conduct Officer) does not feel the student should be separated from the University. The student is informed that further violations will result in suspension. The student can convene classes as normal due to the suspension being deferred and not active. This status may prevent a student from participating in other student leadership opportunities that require a student to be in good standing with the University.
Suspension- a student is removed from the University for a specified period. The status of suspension is not placed anywhere on the student’s transcript. When a student is suspended and required to leave the University community due to discipline, he or she may not re-enter without an interview with the Dean of Students and the Chair of the Justice Council or appropriate designees of either party. Upon their recommendation, a student may regain full student status.
Expulsion- permanent termination of student status at the University
Pathway Plan Descriptions
Accountability Pathway-This pathway will provide a journey of accountability to the student who has accepted responsibility for a policy violation or to the student whom it has been determined has violated the Student Code of Conduct. The Conduct Educator (Conduct Officer) selects these pathway projects.
Understanding Pathway-This pathway will provide the student with insight to influence good judgment in their future decisions. It will also help students understand why certain policies and rules are in place.
Perspective Pathway-This pathway will allow the student the opportunity to reflect on their decision-making to gain personal insight. This pathway will also allow students to see and understand other perspectives.
Restorative Pathway– This pathway will provide the student with an opportunity to renew or repair any harm their actions may have caused to individuals, the UM community, or the Montevallo community.
Well-Being Pathway– This pathway will allow the student to focus on their well-being. This pathway encourages students to explore the necessary resources to have a positive experience, be happy & healthy, and a productive member of the UM Community.
Accountability Pathway Projects
This is not an exhaustive list and the Conduct Educator (Conduct Officer) can assign other pathway projects under the Accountability Pathway.
Counseling Assessment- a referral to UM Counseling Services for an assessment
Fines- payment made to University due to policy violations; these can range from $50, $100, or $150
Housing Points- points given for violations that occur in or near the Residence Halls (refer to Housing and Residence Life Handbook 2018-2019 (PDF))
Loss of Privileges- prohibition from use of specific university buildings and services, or participation in specific groups or events
Removal from Residence Halls- a loss of the privilege of living in the Residence Halls for violations that occur in or near the Residence Halls
Restitution- reimbursement for damages or loss incurred
Social Probation- prohibition from participating in any officially recognized extracurricular activity and/or holding office in any University registered organization
Other Pathway Projects
Please see the list of pathway projects available for students may include in the development of their pathway plans. This is not an exhaustive list, but displays some of the most popular selections of students.
Autobiography Essay- You will write an Autobiography essay about your life at UM. This essay will focus on what your life was like prior to attending UM, what your life has become during your time at UM and how you found yourself in this current situation. Finally, you will write what you have learned from this experience and how you will make a positive contribution to the UM community.
College Alcohol Statistics Online Fact Finder– You will use links provided to you to educate yourself on the use of alcohol amongst college students and minors by completing an alcohol statistics worksheet. After completing the worksheet, you will select one fact and write a brief reflection on the importance of this fact. This exercise will help you understand trends related to alcohol consumption by college students.
Consequences Worksheet- You will complete a worksheet that will help you analyze the potential consequences of being suspended from UM. The worksheet also provides you with an opportunity to set goals and develop strategies for the future.
Letter to Future Self- You will write a letter addressed to your future self-using the website www.futureme.org. The letter should aim to remind your future self about values, feelings, lessons learned, hopes for the future, and/or wanted change.
Personal Reflection Essay- You will complete an essay reflecting on an agreed upon topics, such as your decision‐making process, understanding of a policy, or purpose of a policy. Your essay will address the following questions: (1) How you feel about your actions? (2) What would you have done differently to avoid making this decision? (3) How do you plan to restore the harm caused from this incident? (4) How do you plan to move forward from this incident? (5) What advice would you give someone who finds themselves in a similar situation? This paper should not serve to justify your actions or evaluate the actions of others, and it is not an opportunity to debate the validity of the Student Code of Conduct or the expectations of Housing and Residence Life.
Potential Employer/School Conduct Questionnaire- You will answer the attached questionnaire in order to better prepare you to answer questions about your conduct history to future employers and graduate schools.
Ted Talk Video– You will watch the assigned Ted Talk and write a short essay on what you learned from the video. You will answer three questions which will demonstrate your level of understanding of what you learned from the video and also how you can apply concepts from the video to your life.