As a student at Park University, you should be aware of the rights you have as a student and of the responsibilities associated with being a Park student. These policies apply to ALL Park University students, regardless of whether the student is taking classes online, at a Campus Center, or on the Parkville campus – all delivery modes and all locations, both undergraduate and graduate students. The Student Code of Conduct is based on respect for self and others, and was developed to challenge students to embrace high ethical standards, and interact with other students, faculty, and staff with integrity.
Students are expected to accept their obligations to the entire Park community to honor and respect the value and integrity of each person and to conduct themselves accordingly. In addition, students are responsible for making themselves aware of Park University policies and procedures, all of which are outlined in the Catalog and on the Park University website.
Park University's mission is to transforms lives through accessible, student-centered, quality higher education. In order to maintain an environment where this mission can be achieved effectively and equitably, Park University promotes civility, respect, and integrity among all members of the community. Choosing to be a member of the Park University community obligates each member to follow these standards and ensures that a community of civility is maintained. In that light, the Student Code of Conduct will follow established processes for insuring fundamental fairness and an educational experience that facilitates the development of the individual and/or group.
The primary intent of this Code is to set forth community standards necessary to maintain and protect an environment conducive to learning. Park University standards reflect higher expectations of behavior than may be prevalent outside the University community.
A suspicion of wrongdoing, based on probable cause, must exist before a student shall be subject to disciplinary review. Throughout the judicial procedures, staff will ensure that students receive adequate due process and make sure that their rights are protected.
Any complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within one (1) week of the incident. A form for this purpose is available.
The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:
1. Warning – A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
2. Probation – A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
3. Loss of Privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
4. Fines – Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
5. Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
6. Counseling – Mandatory counseling sessions related to conduct behaviors. The student may be referred to either an on or off-campus resource.
7. Assessment – Student may be required to complete an alcohol or drug assessment (at his/her own expense). The assessment results would guide decisions on counseling needs.
8. Discretionary Sanctions – Work assignments, essays, service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments.
9. Interim Suspension – Interim Suspension from the residence halls and/or other campus facilities or programs may be imposed to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community, to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being, or if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University. The Interim Suspension does not replace the regular process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a Student Conduct Board Hearing, if required.
10. Residence Hall Suspension – Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
11. Residence Hall Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
12. University Suspension – Separation of the student from Park University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
13. University Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from Park University.
14. Revocation of Admission and/or Degree – Admission to or a degree awarded from Park University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of University standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
15. Withholding Degree - Park University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Conduct Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.