Student Code of Conduct Violation Appeal

All questions or allegations of student misconduct on any campus are referred to the Dean of Students (Prohibited Conduct). The Dean of Students investigates allegations, and if the dean, in his or her discretion, finds significant basis for the allegation, then the dean will deliver to the student a written notification that disciplinary proceedings are being initiated. The Dean of Students or his or her designee informs the student of his or her right to choose the forum before which he or she can defend the allegation or, if the student admits to the violation, the forum in which their punishment will be decided: (1) in a hearing before the Dean of Students or his or her designee or (2) in a hearing before the student judicial council (The Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Conduct). The Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Conduct, Disciplinary Sanctions, and Prohibited Conduct are found in the Student Survival Guide.

All disciplinary actions can be appealed by either party (Disciplinary Procedures for Prohibited Conduct). Such appeals are heard by the University Appeals Committee, whose decisions can likewise be appealed to the University President, who may elect to hear the appeal or designate another university official to do so. In cases of expulsion, decisions of the University President may be appealed to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, which oversees the public universities in Mississippi.