Terms and Definitions

The following terms and definitions may help you to better understand the conduct system. 

  • Code of Student Conduct  - The set of rules that govern the conduct of students at Miami University. 
  • Procedural Review - A meeting with a staff member from Community Standards to review the conduct file, explain the process, answer questions, and clarify options. These are reserved for cases where suspension or dismissal is the proposed sanction.
  • Administrative Hearing - A hearing with a staff member from Community Standards to adjudicate Code violations.
  • Student Court Hearing - A hearing with a board of students to adjudicate Code violations (non-suspendable cases only).
  • Disciplinary Board Hearing - A hearing with a board of faculty and students to adjudicate Code violations (suspendable cases only).
  • Administrative Hearing Panel - A hearing with a panel comprised of an administrator and faculty to adjudicate Code violations of Sexual Misconduct and Title IV offenses (suspendable cases only).
  • Sanction - An educational or disciplinary penalty received as a result of a violation.
  • Appeal - A request by a student for a decision or sanction to be reviewed. Appeals are only for those cases in which suspension or dismissal is the sanction.
  • FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. A federal law that protects access to a student’s records, including conduct records. Miami will only notify parents in the case of alcohol and drug violations where the student is under 21 and found responsible, which is permitted under FERPA. Community Standards uses an additional Disciplinary FERPA release for disciplinary records.