Parent FAQ's

Welcome to the student conduct website. This page is designed to help answer some of the questions you may have about our conduct process and give you information that can help you best support your son or daughter.

Please know that we start with a basic assumption that all of our students are by nature motivated, energetic, creative, and good people. We also recognize that our students (like all of us) make mistakes and can utilize poor judgment. We believe that these are opportunities for reflection and learning and strive to create a process that allows space for student growth and development. These mistakes may involve the consumption of alcohol. Other times they may involve a rash decision made at a late hour. Through our process we hope that students will engage in personal growth, self-understanding in relation to one’s values and attitudes, a gained sense of personal responsibility and a greater appreciation for one’s impact on others and the community which will result in changed behavior.

The expectations we have in place for our students flow from our Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities. As students grapple with the developmental tasks identified for their age, they will make mistakes and poor choices. Some of these mistakes violate our Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities. As we all know, actions and choices carry consequences. This is no different at USD. We recognize that some of the most powerful opportunities for learning can often occur when students reflect on disappointments, lapses in judgment and unexpected experiences and conflicts in order to learn what caused them, what can be done about them, and how to avoid these mistakes in the future.

We encourage -but do not require- students to talk with their parents upon finding themselves in a tough situation that may involve a violation of a university policy. The University of San Diego knows that parents and caregivers of students want the best for their sons and daughters and, therefore, play an important role in helping the university develop them into responsible adults. Within the legal framework of FERPA, the university and parents can work in collaboration to support our students as they develop into “leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.”

Obviously there are some cases in which the behavior has a significant negative impact on the university community, poses a safety risk or situations where the student has demonstrated that learning is not occurring. In these situations, our student conduct process will still occur in the context of student learning and development, however, the sanctions may feel more like punishment.

Below are several common questions that our office receives from parents. We hope you find the answers useful. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 619-260-4590.

Thank you,

The Office of Ethical Development and Restorative Practices
University Center 132

  • My student has been asked to come in for a meeting about an allegation of misconduct. What can I do to help?
  • If my student is found responsible for misconduct what will happen?
  • How will this impact my student’s school record?
  • How does violating University policy affect my student's financial aid and/or scholarships?
  • Will my student's college staff (faculty, dean's office, academic advisor) be informed of any student conduct proceedings?
  • Why weren't we notified earlier, such as when the incident happened or before the Administrative Hearing?
  • Can we attend the hearing for our student?
  • Can our family lawyer be involved?
  • What if my student is not satisfied with the outcome of the case?
  • How do other universities respond to Student Conduct?
  • What resources are available on campus to support my student?