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Policies Governing Student Conduct

Note: The policy below has been superseded by the JHU Student Conduct Code: https://studentaffairs.jhu.edu/policies/student-code/

Disclaimer: Effective August 19, 2015, these procedures no longer apply to cases of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Complaints of sexual misconduct are processed pursuant to The Johns Hopkins University Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (see http://sexualassault.jhu.edu/policies-laws/).

In addition to maintaining good academic standing and integrity, students are expected to refrain from conduct that injures persons or property; impedes in any way the orderly operations of the School; prevents the work of its faculty, staff, or students; or disrupts the intellectual exchange in the classroom. The School expects students to be law-abiding citizens, to respect the rights of others, and to refrain from behavior which tends to impair the School’s purpose or its reputation in the community. Students who have committed acts that are a danger to their own personal safety or that harm or have the potential of harming others, or who destroy, impair, or wrongfully appropriate property, will be disciplined and may forfeit their right to be members of the University community.

(1) Regulations Governing Student Conduct

The School of Education prohibits the following types of conduct. Students and student organizations that engage in such conduct will be subject to the disciplinary proceedings and sanctions and penalties outlined below. Specifically, students and student organizations are expected to refrain from:

  • Acts which disrupt or interfere with the orderly operation of teaching, administration, research, and other academic activities.
  • Intentionally or recklessly interfering with normal School or University activities or emergency services.
  • Behavior that causes, or can reasonably be expected to cause, physical harm to a person.
  • Abusive language and/or physical, verbal, or written threats against; intimidation of; or persistent, unwanted contact with any member of or visitor to the University community.
  • Conduct that violates the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy (available at http://sexualassault.jhu.edu/policies-laws/), including, but not limited to conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, abuse, assault, or rape of another person. (Students are also expected to abide by all Maryland state laws relating to the abuse of minors and, where applicable, the regulations of school district systems with whom the School of Education partners pertaining to teacher-student relations.)
  • Conduct that constitutes discriminatory harassment of another person in violation of the University’s Anti-Harassment Policy (available at http://oie.jhu.edu/discrimination-and-harassment/general-anti-harassment-policy.html).
  • Refusing to comply with the directions of School or University officials, faculty, administrators, or staff acting in performance of their duties.
  • Refusing to appear or giving false statements when asked to present evidence or respond to an investigation involving student conduct.
  • Theft, vandalism, or deliberate misuse of School or University property, or the property of others, or knowingly possessing stolen property.
  • Falsifying, forging, altering, destroying or otherwise misusing official School or University documents or seals.
  • The unauthorized use, possession, or storage of any chemicals, weapons, or explosives, including fireworks, on School or University property.
  • The unauthorized distribution, possession, or use of any controlled substance (including, but not limited to, illegal drugs) on School or University property.
  • The possession or consumption of alcohol by individuals under the legal drinking age in Maryland (21 years of age), or the provision of alcohol to minors on School or University property. (Students are also expected to abide by the University’s policies regarding the use and abuse of alcohol.)
  • The unauthorized or improper use of School or University property, facilities (leased or owned), equipment, keys, identification cards, documents, records, or resources. (This includes any misuse of electronic resources and equipment defined in the University’s Use of IT Resources Policy.)
  • Failure to observe policies regulating the use of School or University buildings, property, or other resources.
  • Violations of criminal law that occur on School premises or in connection with School functions, that affect members of the School or University community, or that impair the School’s or University’s reputation.
  • Violations of any other University-wide policies or campus regulations governing student conduct, including orders issued pursuant to a declared state of emergency.

Other behavior may be equally inconsistent with the standard of conduct expected of a student in the School of Education and the School’s commitment to providing an environment conducive to learning and research. To remain in good standing, students are also expected to abide by the academic regulations outlined in the Policies Governing Academic Conduct .

(2) Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment (including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence, collectively, "Sexual Misconduct"), Dating Violence and Domestic Violence ("Relationship Violence"), and Stalking

The University prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, creed, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, sex (including sexual misconduct), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, and/or genetic information. Conduct that violates the University's Anti-Harassment Policy or Sexual Misconduct Policy (both available at http://oie.jhu.edu/policies-and-laws/jhu-policies/index.html) is misconduct within this policy and will be investigated by the University's Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). Complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking can be brought to the attention of the University's OIE Title IX Coordinator (contact information below), School of Education Office of Student Affairs (contact information below), or other responsible employees. Complaints of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking (collectively, “sexual misconduct”) will be investigated and resolved in accordance with the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (available at http://sexualassault.jhu.edu/policies-laws/). Complaints involving non-sexual discrimination and harassment will be investigated and resolved in accordance with the University's Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment (available at http://oie.jhu.edu/discrimination-and-harassment/harassment-and-discrimination-complaint-procedures/). [Note: Effective August 19, 2015, these procedures no longer apply to cases of sexual misconduct, only to cases involving non-sexual discrimination and harassment.] Once a complaint is brought to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator, OIE will conduct the investigation. The School of Education’s Office of Student Affairs will assist the investigation as directed by OIE. 

Joy Gaslevic
Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator
Joy.Gaslevic@jhu.edu
410-516-8075

Office of Institutional Equity - Anonymous Sexual Harassment Hotline
Telephone: 410-516-4001
Toll Free: 1-800-516-4001

Information on filing a complaint with OIE can be found on the JHU Sexual Assault Response and Prevention website: http://sexualassault.jhu.edu/index.html.

Jennifer Eddinger
Office of Student Affairs
Johns Hopkins University School of Education
6740 Alexander Bell Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Telephone: 410-516-6027
Email: Jeddinger@jhu.edu

(3)  Procedures Governing Student Conduct Complaints

A member of the faculty or staff, a student, and other aggrieved persons may file a complaint alleging misconduct by a student and/or student organization for a non-academic related matter (as outlined above in the Regulations Governing Student Conduct) with the School of Education’s Office of Student Affairs (SA). (To file a complaint alleging academic misconduct, please refer to the Policies Governing Academic Conduct.)

Complaints alleging violation of certain campus policies, which provide procedures for handling matters within the purview of the policies, will be referred to the appropriate University office for handling. For example, complaints involving discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking, will be referred to University's Office of Institutional Equity. For these complaints, the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures will be followed (available at available at http://sexualassault.jhu.edu/policies-laws/). See Section (2) above for more details.

For cases that do not involve complaints discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking, SA will notify the student and/or student organization of the allegations and will schedule a personal meeting within seven working days of receipt of a written complaint. If the student and/or student organization cannot be reached, a certified letter will be sent to the student and/or student organization outlining the allegations.

In such cases, within 30 days of receipt of a written complaint, SA will conduct an inquiry into the matter to determine the seriousness of the allegations and whether sanctions are necessary. The student’s faculty adviser and the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (or designee) will be notified, on a need to know basis, of the complaint and/or investigation. Depending on the severity of the allegations, the student may be asked not to attend classes during the investigation.

A complaint may be resolved informally or formally. If mediation or other informal mechanisms of resolution are used to resolve complaints of discrimination or harassment, these informal mechanisms may be used only on a voluntary basis. A complainant may end an informal process at any time for any reason and initiate the formal hearing process described in Section (4) below.

For other complaints, if it is determined that sanctions are not necessary, the School of Education’s Office of Student Affairs and the student and/or student organization may arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement concerning the disposition of the charges. However, if it is determined that sanctions are necessary, SA will meet with the student and/or student organization to present the imposed sanctions.

All allegations that a student and/or student organization has violated School of Education policies or campus regulations are intended to be resolved as expeditiously as possible. Accordingly, the procedures outlined here in the Academic and Student Conduct Policies will not be delayed pending the resolution of any criminal or other legal proceedings arising out of the same incidents.

(4)  Procedures for Convening a Hearing Committee

For cases that do not involve complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking, if no agreement is reached as provided for above, SA will notify the Dean of the School of Education. In such cases, the Dean (or designee) will appoint a hearing committee to consider the matter. The hearing committee shall comprise at least three members, drawn from the faculty and senior administrative staff. In some cases, another student enrolled in a School of Education program may be asked to serve on the hearing committee. At the hearing, the committee will meet with the accused student and/or student organization and the complainant to make findings of fact, determine whether there has been a violation of the School’s student conduct policies, and, in such cases, makes decisions concerning sanctions within seven working days of being convened.

The evidence considered by the hearing committee shall be open to review by the accused student and/or student organization and the complainant prior to the hearing, as will the records of all proceedings of the hearing committee itself. Otherwise, the committee’s proceedings will be closed. Neither the accused student and/or student organization, nor the complainant, will be allowed to make copies of the records or to keep them.

(5)  Procedures for Appealing Hearing Committee Decisions

For cases that do not involve complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking, following notification of the decision of a hearing committee, the complainant or the accused student and/or student organization may submit a written appeal within seven working days to the Dean of the School of Education. When such a request is submitted by the party contesting the decision, the Dean (or designee) may send a copy of the request to the opposing party, who, within seven working days of receiving it, may submit a written response to the Dean (or designee).

A request for appeal must be based on procedural error that had a significant, substantive effect on the outcome of the proceedings, or on newly discovered evidence that was not available at the time of the initial hearing. When the request is based on new evidence, the case may be referred back to the hearing committee for further consideration. After final review of all documentation and the final recommendation of the hearing committee, the Dean (or designee) shall make the final decision in the matter.

(6)  Sanctions and Penalties for Violating Student Conduct Policies

Students violating the School of Education student conduct policies may be subject to the following sanctions:

  • Warning: written notice to a student that continued or repeated violations of specified School or University policies may be cause for further disciplinary action (censure, suspension, dismissal, restitution). A permanent record of the violation will be retained in the student’s file.
  • Censure: written reprimand for violations of specified School or University policies, including notice to the student that repeated violations may be cause for further disciplinary action (suspension, dismissal, restitution).
  • Suspension: termination of student status for a specified period of time, including an academic semester or semesters, with reinstatement subject to specified conditions, the violation of which may be cause for further disciplinary action, normally in the form of dismissal.
  • Dismissal: termination of student status at the University.
  • Restitution: reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of School, University, or private property, which may be imposed exclusively or in combination with other disciplinary actions. (Such reimbursement may take the form of monetary payment or appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages. Restitution may be imposed on any student who, either alone or through group or concerted activities, participates in causing the damages or costs.)