Department of Student Life

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Does the University have jurisdiction over off-campus incidents?
Seton Hall University has jurisdiction over student conduct that occurs on University property, or involving SHU students or in connection with official University functions (i.e. – basketball games at the Prudential Center) whether on or off University property. The University reserves the right to adjudicate students for off-campus violations that would normally be considered violations of the Community Standards had they occurred on-campus.

2. I have received a “Request to Meet” letter. What does this mean?
This means that the Office of Community Standards has received an incident report, alleging that you have violated the University Community Standards. The initial conference is your opportunity to meet with a student conduct officer to discuss the complaint.

3. Do I have to go to the Initial Conference meeting?
It is certainly in your best interest to be present at the Initial Conference. This is your    opportunity to hear the incident report against you and offer your side of the story, if you choose. You are not obligated to speak at the preliminary review. Ignoring the request will NOT make the problem go away. If you do not attend the preliminary review, the disciplinary process will continue with or without your input.

4. What is a Community Standards Review Board Hearing?
A Community Standards Review Board Hearing is a review of an open community standards case where the evidence and all things related are reviewed. The process is conducted by a panel of two students and one faculty/staff member. A step-by-step explanation of the University Hearing process is available in the Community Standards. If it is believed that a student has participated in the violation of a Community Standard and he or she does not accept responsibility for violating the Community Standard, the matter will be referred to the Community Standards Review Board.

5. What if I am found responsible?
A sanction will be imposed. A list of possible sanctions is available on the Community Standards website.

6. Can I appeal a sanction if I am found to be responsible?
Yes, in your final sanction letter, there will be details about your appeal options. The appeal must meet one of the criteria listed below to be considered;

  1. The severity of the sanction is disproportionate to the violation committed.
  2. There was a significant procedural error before the Community Standards Review Board or applicable Student Conduct Administrator, citing specific examples. 
  3. To consider new information sufficient to alter a decision not brought out in the original hearing because such information and/or facts were not reasonably available at the time of the hearing.

*Information about the appeals process can be found here.

7. Will my parents find out?

In the case of a student who is under the age of 21 and has violated the Community Standard as it related to alcohol, a letter will be sent to the student’s parents only stating that there was a violation of the University Alcohol and or Drug policy, as a part of the educational conversation. This is also true for the violation of the Community Standards as it relates to Drugs.

8. How does your office know when and who violates the Student Code of Conduct?
The Office of Community Standards receives various incident reports from different sources, e.g., Seton Hall University Public Safety & Security, Office of Housing and Residential Life, South Orange Police Department, faculty or administrative offices, and other students.

9. Does a student who has been charged with a violation need an attorney?
Any student (Accused, Complainant, Witness) who appears at a disciplinary hearing/meeting may have an advisor accompany him/her.  The advisor may provide advice but will not be permitted to speak on your behalf, ask questions or present information at the hearing. The advisor must also be a member of the Seton Hall University Community.  (Having an attorney serve as an advisor does not change the role of the advisor.)

10.  If I was unaware of the community standards, will I still be held accountable?
Every student is responsible for knowing what the Community Standards are.  This is why it is important to ask questions if you are unsure of the standards that apply. Ignorance to the Community Standards will no not serve as an excuse.

11. What is the "standard of proof" in the student conduct process?
Decisions with respect to student responsibility for alleged violations of the Community Standards are made based on a preponderance of the evidence; that is, the hearing panel or administrator will determine what is "more likely than not" to have taken place.

Contact Us

Department of Student Life
(973) 761-9076
Bishop Dougherty University Center Rm. 116

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