Student Life

Judicial Affairs - FAQs

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS AS A STUDENT?
As a public institution of higher education, Cleveland State University
seeks to advance knowledge, promote scholarship and create an environment
conducive to the intellectual and personal growth and development
of all its students. In keeping with these aims, the University recognizes
the following rights of students:

Nondiscrimination- Students have the right to be free from
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or veteran's
status.
Freedom of Expression- Students have the right of expression
to the extent permitted by law and University regulations as summarized
in the University Handbook and Student Handbook.
Freedom of Assembly- Students have the right to assemble, provided
that the operation and functioning of the University is not disrupted,
the movement of individuals is not restricted and the activity complies
with applicable laws, statutes, University Rules and Regulations.
Due Process - Students have the right to be treated in an impartial
and judicious manner by the University, as provided for by law and
the University's policies and regulations.
Participation- Students have the right to establish and elect
a democratic student government, to organize and join student organizations,
and to be selected or appointed as members of appropriately designated
University committees, in accordance with University regulations and
procedures.
Redress of Grievances - Students have the right of access to
copies of University regulations directly affecting them and to petition
for the redress of grievances, within the University's grievance procedures.

All of the above rights can be exercised only in accordance with University
regulations and federal, state and local laws, statutes, rules and
regulations.

HOW CAN I MAKE A JUDICIAL COMPLAINT?
If you feel the need to make a complaint involving a violation of
the Student Conduct Code, information on filing a complaint is available
in the Office of Judicial Affairs. The complaint usually results in
a formal charge which describes the incident or action and states
the violation as it relates to the Code. This is the first stage of
the judicial process.

WHO HEARS CASES AND APPLIES SANCTIONS?
Students accused of violating the code are given the right to answer
to any formal charges during an impartial hearing. They are given the
option between an Administrative hearing or a University Judicial Board
hearing. The Administrative hearing is conducted by the Student Conduct
Officer who is appointed by the Provost. The University Judicial Board
hearing is conducted by seven students elected by the student body and
two faculty members appointed by Faculty Senate. The President of the
University has delegated the authority of these two entities to apply
sanctions suitable for each case that warrants sanctioning.

WHAT TYPE OF RECORDS ARE KEPT?
Student conduct records are included as part of the academic record.
The initial charge letter and all correspondences to the student are
the initial records added to the file. Subsequent records would be materials
submitted for the hearing and the tape recording of the hearing. All
student conduct records are kept on file within the Office of Judicial
Affairs and protected by FERPA (Federal Educational Rights Privacy Act).

WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF THE Student
Conduct Code?

You can either go to the Department of Student Life, MC 106 and ask
for Valerie Hinton Hannah, Judicial Affairs Officer, to pick up a copy.