Information for Students & Families

Office of Community Standards

What is the Office of Community Standards? 

UAlbany’s Office of Community Standards administers the student code of conduct, called Community Rights & Responsibilities, and ensures students understand how to uphold those principles.  

If you violate the code of conduct and are referred to our office, we will meet with you to explain the University’s student conduct procedures and how you can repair the breach. 

We also are available to speak with students and their families on various issues, such as questions related to our process or requests for help with conflict resolution. 

Students can volunteer with Community Standards. Serving on a Student Conduct Body is an excellent opportunity for professional development and for supporting our campus community. 

Contact Community Standards at 518-442-5501 or [email protected]

 

About the Student Conduct System

The University promotes a sense of community both on and off campus, so students are expected to exercise good judgement regardless of their location. This means serious incidents that happen off campus may still be adjudicated through the Student Conduct System. 

Students may have one advisor of their choice join them during the student conduct process. The advisor may be a family member, fellow student, faculty or staff member, or an attorney. However, the advisor serves a supportive role and may not represent or speak for the student. 

The Student Association’s Student Legal Services can advise undergraduate students in some cases. 
 

What is a Student Conduct Referral?

When a campus community member believes a student has violated the code of conduct, they notify the Office of Community Standards. Our team will review the circumstances of the alleged behavior and determine whether it was a violation.  

If the alleged behavior is prohibited, our office creates a Student Conduct Referral — a document outlining the alleged misconduct and the specific code violations.  

The student is notified they have been referred to Community Standards and asked to meet with our staff. During that meeting, you will: 

  • Review the Student Conduct Referral, sign it and receive a copy 

  • Learn about the student conduct process 

  • Provide your perspective on the incident, as well as any relevant evidence and/or witness names 

Learn more about the referral process.

How are referrals resolved?

There are three ways to resolve a Student Conduct Referral: 

  • Administrative Resolution, in which the student accepts responsibility or a review shows the preponderance of evidence standard has already been met 

  • Student Conduct Hearing before a Student Conduct Body, a formal proceeding during which evidence and witnesses are presented and the referred student represents themselves 

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, which would involve either a behavioral meeting and conduct notice, mediation, or a restorative justice process 

Learn more about the resolution process.

Note: Criminal proceedings are entirely separate from the Student Conduct System. Cases are resolved with the University independent of the results of any criminal charges. 

What are the consequences for violating the code of conduct?

Students who admit to violating the code of conduct and students who are found in violation receive appropriate sanctions, based on the severity of their behavior. 

Sanctions are meant to be educational. They range from warnings or probation to suspension or dismissal, and often include community service, educational programs and/or reflection essays.  

Only suspensions and dismissals are noted on students’ transcripts. Students who have been on Disciplinary Probation for at least three months without further incident may apply through the CoRe Program to end their probation early. 

Learn more about sanctions.

What's shared with parents, guardians and families?

We encourage students to discuss their student conduct cases with their families. However, with limited exceptions, it is the student’s choice whether their parents, guardians and/or family members are notified. 

The federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the University from sharing educational records, such as disciplinary information, with any third party — including parents, guardians, families and attorneys — without the student’s written consent. 

There is a notable exception to this law: If a student under the age of 21 is involved in a drug- or alcohol-related incident, or if any student threatens to harm themselves or others, the University will notify their parent(s) and/or guardian(s). 

Visit the University’s FERPA & Families webpage for more information, including the Student Consent to Release Information Form. Students who want our office to share their conduct information with a third party should complete that form and send it to [email protected]

How do I report a code of conduct violation?

If you believe a student has violated UAlbany’s student code of conduct, Community Rights & Responsibilities, you may formally refer the student to Community Standards for investigation and, if necessary, adjudication. 

To refer a student, you must send a detailed, written description of the incident —including the specific behavior(s) leading to the referral — to [email protected].  

Once we receive your report, our staff will then work with you to identify whether the code of conduct was allegedly violated. This conversation can take place over the phone, via email or in person. 

For detailed information on the Student Conduct System, please review Community Rights & Responsibilities

 

Community Re-engagement (CoRe) Program 

Any student who is placed on Disciplinary Probation may elect to participate in the Community Re-engagement (CoRe) Program. 

This voluntary, self-directed program allows students who have made a serious conduct violation to demonstrate they have reflected on their behavior and become a more productive, engaged member of the campus community. 

Students who successfully complete this restorative justice program will end their Disciplinary Probation early. 

To get started, please review these documents: 

Completed program packets should be sent to [email protected].  

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