Dean of Students Parent Resources

Dean of Students Parent Resources


Current university trends

Currently, there appears to be a rise on several issues regarding student life on campus. Of the many issues and concerns the University has for the students, we are most concerned about the increase of certain activities. Presently, we are witnessing an increase in alcohol violations/issues, disorderly conduct, retail theft, academic integrity violations and harassment via social networking sites (Facebook and Twitter).

How to encourage success

The number one way a parent can help facilitate success is through understanding. Realize that many students come to college having never understood the freedom of "making the rules". This newfound freedom sometimes causes students to make careless mistakes.

Be the parent who gives their student the freedom to make mistakes. Be there for your student, but try not to take over for them if they make an error in judgement. Be there to support them, but understand that it's time for them to learn how to be an adult. It's time to start letting go.

University vs. Legal Process

If your student got in trouble through the University, it's important for them to realize they are most likely going through two seperate processes. For example, a student who receives an underage will be responsible for facing the repurcussions associated with the legal process as well as sanctions placed on them by the University for violating the University's Code of Conduct which all students are responsible for upholding.

The good news is that some of the legal requirements (community service, Youthful Offenders Program) may count towards the University sanction. It is, however, important to recognize the difference between the two.

What does probation mean?

What probation means is that if a business, campus organization or club were to check on yourstudent's disciplinary status with the university, we would be required to inform them your student is not in “good” disciplinary standing with the University. Though we want your student to make good decisions all the time, it's very important they make really good ones while on probation.

Certainly, if similar offenses to the University Code of Conduct were to occur, the University would pursue more strict sanctioning. However, once all requirements of probation have been met, he or she is considered in “good” disciplinary standing with the university. For a fist time minor violation of policy, probation typically lasts the length of semester. At the student’s request, probation may be longer than a semester.

What is a formal hearing?

All students have the right to a formal hearing. In a formal hearing, your student will be given the opportunity to present their version of the charges that were brought up against them. Often times, students feel they are responsible for the charges that were brought up, so they pursue an informal hearing with one of our members of staff.

During a formal hearing, the student will have the opportunity to bring witnesses or a counselor (parent/guardian or lawyer), though not necessary because the role of counselor in a formal hearing setting isvery minimal. The student will be tried by a panel of three individuals that may consist of University staff, faculty or students. The student will be notified of the results of the hearing within three days. If you have any specific questions, please contact Donald Young, director.

Why did my student lose their housing?

Bloomsburg University does not want to sever its student's housing. However, when certain situations arise where the housing provided by the University is causing an issue for your student or for other students, Bloomsburg University will sever its housing arrangements. Your student will immediately be responsible for finding housing off- campus. The University's newest policy on DRUG USE or POSSESSION is one such example that may force your student to search for new housing.

What's next?

So you found out your student got in trouble and you want to know the process your student will be going through.

First, your student will be summoned to have a meeting with one of our staff in the office. Currently, we have a Director, Mr. Donald Young, an Assistant Director, Ms. Jen Raup and three grad students who serve as judication officers. After your student meets with one of these individuals, they will have a discussion regarding their probation and any sanction associated with this probation.

The student will receive a letter sent to their campus address outlining everything that was discussed in the meeting. Under certain circumstances, the parent may receive a copy of that letter and will be encouraged to contact our office with any questions. Once the student is placed on probation, it will be up to them to complete all their terms. It's important for you to encourage your student to complete their requirements where needed.

Your student, most likely, will be responsible for completing educational programming as well as community service among other things.

Our biggest suggestion to parents or guardians is to be there for your student as support. However, do not take all responsibility away from them. We want your student to learn the dangers of some of their decisions. We find that taking all responsibility away can, at times, stand in the way of their learning process.

Reasons for suspension?

The University in no way wants to suspend a student. However, when a student's actions dictate movement in that direction, the University is prepared to take a stand wherever necessary. Certain violations of the University's Code of Conduct that may warrant a suspension may include: furnishing/providing alcohol to a minor (keep in mind a, a minor can still furnish alcohol to a minor), selling/providing drugs or a controlled substance, physical or sexual assault, having firearms or creating a safety hazard, hazing, detrimental patterns of behavior or behaviors that adversely affect others.

Will I be notified when my student is in trouble?

Due to certain restrictions placed on the University by federal legislature, a parent may only be notified under certain circumstances. Some of those circumstances include the following: serious violation of policy, DUI, hospitalization, high blood alcohol content, repeat alcohol offenses, ALL DRUG OFFENSES, mental health challenges, and under certain circumstances, the Town Police may issue parent letters at their own discretion.