Every student enrolled at Drew University is required to read Drew's student conduct policies and is held responsible for understanding their rights and obligations under those policies. Student conduct policies and procedures may be found in Daniel’s Dictionary and include the Student Conduct Policy, the Human Rights Policy, the Drug Policy, and the Alcohol Policy. Drew University reserves the right to supplement or amend its policies and students are held responsible for complying with any additional requirements. Notices may be posted from time to time in The Acorn, the University Catalog, posted bulletins, or distributed via e-mail to Drew University accounts. Attendance at Drew University constitutes a commitment to comply with these requirements.
Statement of Rights and Responsibilities of Students
Drew University is committed to promoting academic, intellectual, and social development, while maintaining a vibrant and responsible community life. By choosing to attend the University, students commit to conforming to basic community standards and complying with the requirements of University policy. As members of an academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in the sustained and independent pursuit of learning and knowledge. Free inquiry and expression are indispensable to learning, but must be matched by each student's commitment to promoting an environment based on trust and civility. Drew’s conduct policies are designed to balance individual rights and individual responsibilities within the larger framework of the shared values and goals of an academic community.
Policies and Regulations
Student conduct proceedings, including administrative and student conduct board meetings, do not constitute civil or criminal legal proceedings and Drew does not have the authority to impose criminal sanctions or to award civil judgments. Student conduct proceedings are informed by the fundamental educational mission of the University. Formal rules of procedure and evidence are not applicable to student conduct matters and attorneys are not permitted to participate in the process. The University strives to accord all participants in the student conduct process with basic procedural protections and to achieve informed and equitable results. During conduct hearings, students charged with conduct violations, as well as those bringing charges, may be accompanied by a member, without voice, of the Drew University community.
Multiple or Related Violations
Related or multiple complaints and violations may be addressed, heard, and resolved in one proceeding. Complaints alleging violations of policy cannot be pursued in multiple forums or on a serial basis when the same facts and circumstances are involved. In the event that a proceeding under a student conduct policy could also involve claims under another University policy or policies, the Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs, or designee, will make a determination to which policy has a predominant interest and all related violations shall be considered in the proceeding selected.
Privacy of Records
All proceedings, documents, activities and meetings related to a specific investigation and/or complaint are considered private, as permitted by the University Policy or applicable law. While privacy will be maintained to the extent possible, the University cannot commit to privacy on an across the board basis. The University will use its best efforts not to disseminate information about an investigation or complaint beyond those who have a need to know consistent with its obligations under state and federal law.
Parties and those interviewed in connection with an incident or claim will be asked not to disclose information about the report, investigation, mediation, or adjudication in order to permit those processes to proceed without interference, undue influence, or retaliation. For further information see the Registrar's information about FERPA and University privacy guidelines.
Daniel’s Dictionary, named for the founder of the University, Daniel Drew, is organized into the following major sections:
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