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Policy STUA-DS-016

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Responsible University Administrator: Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Officer: Dean of Students
Origination Date: N/A
Current Revision Date: 02/05/13
Next Review Date: 02/05/17
End of Policy Date: N/A
Policy Number: STUA-DS-016
Status: Effective




Policy Statement

The Dean of Students may notify parents in certain circumstances.

Reason for Policy/Purpose

This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding parental notification.

Who Needs to Know This Policy

All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.

Website Address for this Policy






The Dean of Students office reserves the right to notify the parents of students under the age of 21 who violate alcohol and other drug provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, or who, in our professional judgment, are considered to be a danger to themselves or others.  Upon receipt of an alcohol or other drug violation by a student under the age of 21, the Dean of Students will staff the case and make a decision regarding parental notification based on the particular circumstances of the offense and the student’s history.  Parents will be notified by letter or phone, depending on the circumstances of the case.




University students who violate articles of the rules will be subject to disciplinary actions that range from probation with educational sanctions through suspension and expulsion.  Students accused of violating these policies and rules are afforded full due process under the university Code of Student Conduct.  The university reserves the right to assign disciplinary sanctions based on the particular circumstances of each individual case.  Sanctions against Southern Miss employees range from a letter of reprimand to termination of employment.  The university may refer violators for prosecution to the appropriate officials. The university may impose multiple sanctions.


The Dean of Students is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review). 






Related Information




Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes


11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website

02/05/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.



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