Conduct Process

Conduct Process


  • Referral – A report of an incident that may have violated the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Notice – A letter emailed to the student stating the date, time, and location of the hearing. The alleged violation(s) of the Code are also indicated in this notice.
  • Hearing – A proceeding before a decision-making body. The Administrative Hearing is conducted by a Hearing Officer—who is often a resident director. The Conduct Officer and Assistant Conduct Officer hear cases for off-campus students. The student is able to explain his or her perception of the incident at this hearing.
  • Finding – Decision reached as the result of the hearing process. If the student is found responsible for the violation(s), sanctions will be discussed. If the student is found not responsible, the process ends.
  • Sanctions – Penalty imposed upon students who are found responsible. Sanctions can range from a disciplinary reprimand to dismissal from the University. We strive to make the conduct process educational, so we aim to impose sanctions that promote learning and development.
  • Appeals – A challenge to the decision(s) of the Hearing Officer and/or the sanctions imposed. Students should contact the Student Conduct Office for further instruction on how to proceed with an appeal.

Commonly Cited City of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Law Violations


Public Intoxication: When an individual appears in any public place under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.


Providing Alcohol to Minors: When an individual purchases or serves alcohol to those under the age of 21.


Underage alcohol possession/consumption: When an individual, being less than 21 years of age, attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses, or knowingly and intentionally transports any liquor or malt or brewed beverages.


Open Container of Alcohol: No persons shall consume, carry or possess an open container of alcoholic beverages in the public right-of-way or on private property without the consent of the landowner or tenant.


Carrying a False ID Card: An individual, being under 21, possesses an ID card falsely identifying that person as being 21 years of age or older or obtains or attempts to obtain liquor or malt or brewed beverages by using the ID card of another or by using an ID card that has not been lawfully issued to or in the name of that person who possesses the card.


Possession of Marijuana: When an individual possesses marijuana, the sentence is dependent on the amount of marijuana in possession.


Sale, Distribution and/or Cultivation of Marijuana: When an individual is accused of selling or manufacturing marijuana, the potential sentence depends of the amount of marijuana in question.