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Dean of Students

The mission of the Dean of Students is to support students as they manage academic, personal, social, and emotional issues and concerns, represent their legitimate needs to others, and represent the University’s interests to them.  The Dean of Students has administrative responsibility for the Honor Code and Student Judicial processes.

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Administrative Hearings

Administrative hearings are the most common process by which violations of University policy are addressed, allowing for swifter resolution than is afforded by hearing boards. Administrative hearings are conducted by the Dean of Students (or designee).

HAVEN - UNDERSTANDING SEXUAL ASSAULT™

With data from the National Institute of Justice showing that one in five college women (and one in 16 men) will experience some form of non-consensual sexual activity by graduation, the widespread impact of sexual violence on students presents an urgent and pressing challenge for our nation’s campuses. Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault™ is an interactive online program that addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, which impact countless college students across the country. All Southwestern students are required to complete Haven before or during their first semester at SU.

Honor Code Council

One of the chief responsibilities of the Honor Code Council is to serve as a Hearing Board to guarantee the integrity of the Honor Code, by serving as the tribunal for hearing alleged cases of violation of that Code. The Board determines responsibility or non-responsibility and imposes appropriate sanctions. It follows procedures outlined in its constitution, which is included in the Student Handbook.

If a student commits a violation of the Honor Code, a non-judicial resolution to the matter is available under certain conditions. For a summary of how Southwestern handles Honor Code violations, see this document.

Privacy

Southwestern University is committed to the safekeeping and accurate maintenance of student records. The University complies with all federal and state privacy laws, which impact the way the University communicates about students, with students, and with other interested parties. Detailed information can be found here.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Southwestern University affirms the rights of its students to live, work, and learn in an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from the threat of sexual assault or any other form of sexual contact without mutual consent. Accordingly, any form of sexual misconduct will not be tolerated.  The University is committed both to a campus-wide program of education and prevention, and to a timely and appropriate response to any reports of such activity.

In compliance with Title IX, whenever a University official learns of any sexual misconduct, an investigation must be pursued, even if the victim does not want to file a complaint. The goal behind Title IX’s mandate is to maximize the safety of all students on campus.

STUDENT COMPLAINTS & CONCERNS

In compliance with the United States Department of Education’s (DOE) Program Integrity Regulations, Southwestern University offers students the right to have complaints and disputes resolved through the procedures described under section XIII of the Student Handbook, Academic Policies and Information, and through judicial processes including Administrative Hearings, the University Committee on Discipline, the Honor Code Council Hearing Board and the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board. 

Students may contact the Dean of Students directly, submit an electronic complaint to the Dean of Students via this online submission form, or report anonymously through the Confidential Hotline at 1-866-943-5787.

Students who have a concern about their own welfare, or that of another student, are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students for assistance and support.

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINE (UCD)

The University Committee on Discipline (UCD) is the judicial body that adjudicates all student violations of University policies that may result in suspension or expulsion, with the exceptions of violations of the Honor System, and sexual misconduct and sexual harassment policies, which are adjudicated by other bodies. UCD also hears all judicial cases against student organizations, with the exception of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment violations.