Student Conduct Summary Report 
Fall 2011

 

 

From the Dean...

This summary is prepared to share issues, trends, and changes in student conduct. Trinity University strives to create an atmosphere in which basic civility and decency are expected, and mutual respect and open communication are fostered.

 

 

Send questions or comments to David  Tuttle, Dean of Students

 

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Why a conduct report?

As the Dean of Students I think transparency and communication from my office to students is important. In the area of student conduct, it is imperative that rules, procedures and consequences are viewed as shared rather than imposed.

In general, the conduct process has been seen as respectful and educational. But we are always working to improve. It is important that students understand their rights, that they live by the standards of those in their community, and that they can learn from others. Thus, this report is published every semester.
 

Making sense of the fall statistics...

The fall statistics are fairly consistent with years past, with an exception of fall 2009 when there were fewer cases. There is a slight jump in alcohol and drug cases. Smoking cases are on the rise. Excessive Noise cases are down as this year's Board is not tacking that onto as many violations in which staff was attracted to rooms because of the disruption within. A more comprehensive assessment will be offered in the year-end report.
 

Why you should love our conduct system...

1. Students have been involved in its design and redesign as recently as two years ago.
2. It may seem cumbersome to accused students, but when given a choice, past students have said they PREFER hearings with their peers over ones with administrators. In fact, this is one of the only conduct boards in the country that features an all-student board.
3. Want more proof? Though there is an advisor to the Board, the staff is not present during post-hearing discussions and decisions.
4. The student board decisions are not recommendations, but are binding. At times when students are suspended they (and their parents) question why students should have so much authority. It is what comes with a student-centered process.  What's more?  Conduct Board members are chosen by the Association of Student Representatives.
5. The process is simple and easy to understand. See for yourself. Check out other student conduct processes by searching other school's.
6. Policies are values-based. Respect other people, follow the law (as policies coincide), and that's basically it.
7. Our system is educational rather than punitive. The boards don't give a lot of sanctions (punishments). The process is the education. Note that when the Board used to give heavier sanctions students complained that members were on power trips and heavy-handed. They also delayed in completing sanctions and complained that they didn't have time. Now, with lighter sanctions, some students question the value of the board. It's better this way.
8. The process is very transparent. Check out the Web page. Check out the reports issued each semester. Again, check out information offered on Web pages of other institutions.
9. The student appeal process is simple and clear. It is generally for students who are facing serious sanctions. There is no additional hearing.
10. The process is evolving. The boards do regular assessment and the process is evaluated overall within periods no longer than five years.

 

Conduct Board Opening

If you are interested in being a member of the Student Conduct Board for the Spring 2011 semester just e-mail your interest to the Dean of Students at dtuttle@trinity.edu by 5 p.m. on January 11. An interview process will be set-up at that time.

 

Alcohol Coalition

The Trinity Alcohol Coalition will meet again in the spring. Contact Ben Newhouse at bnewhous@trinity.edu if interested in participating.
 

This fall's stats are in...

 Comparison by Violation Type

                               Fall 2011

 

Fall 2010

Type of Violation

Total # of Charges

Responsible

Not Responsible

 

Total # of Charges

Responsible

Not Responsible

Acceptable Use Policy

 

 

 

 

     

Administrative Order

 

 

 

 

     

Alcohol

108

73

35

 

93

38

55

Alcohol 2

1

1

0

 

6

6

0

Alcohol 3

 

   

 

1

1

0

Alcohol 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applicable Use Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code of Ethics for Computing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dangerous Conduct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drugs

23

14

9

 

17

16

1

Drugs 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drugs 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excessive Noise

3

3

0

 

25

25

0

Excessive Noise 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excessive Noise 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guests/Visitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harassment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misc. Safety Regs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Responsibility

6

6

0

 

1

1

0

Respect for Community

24

18

6

 

28

18

10

Respect for Community 2

 

   

 

1

1

0

Respect for Community 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respect for Others

2

1

1

 

6

2

4

Respect for Others 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respect for Property

1

1

0

 

2

2

0

Respect for Self

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual Harassment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual Misconduct

 

   

 

1

1

0

Smoking

19

15

4

 

4

2

2

Smoking 2

4

3

1

 

   

 

Weapons

 

   

 

1

0

1

Totals

191

135

56

 

186

113

73