Frequently Asked Questions
Please see some of our most received questions below, and their respective answers. This is not an exhaustive list of questions that are asked of the office, and we encourage you to reach out to the Student Conduct Office should you have questions that are not answered within this page.
Your name was listed in a report from any of the following agencies/groups (list is not all inclusive):
- Residence Life;
- Information Technology Services;
- University Police;
- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office or any other national policing agency;
- Written communication with an official at the University of North Florida or;
- A student or victim informed our office of the need to speak with you.
Call the Student Conduct Office or stop by in person to schedule an appointment. Appointments are not scheduled via e-mail.
As a student, you can decide to waive your Conduct Review and proceed directly to an Administrative Hearing. Please keep in mind that the Student Conduct Office must approve of your request.
You are allowed to bring one advisor with you during the entire Student Conduct process. This advisor may be anyone you choose, including an attorney. The Student Conduct process, however, is not a court of law and advisors are not allowed to speak on your behalf. You are required to inform the Student Conduct Office of the person's name who will be advising you 48 hours prior to your Conduct Review/Hearing*.
*When contacting the Student Conduct Office to inform us of an advisor, please include their First Name, Last Name, Title, Contact Phone Number, and E-mail Address.
You are allowed to bring witnesses with you to the Hearing portion of your Student Conduct process. Witnesses may be anyone you choose, however please note that witnesses are not required to speak on your behalf, nor can we mandate a witness attend your Hearing. You are required to inform the Student Conduct Office of any witness(es) at least 48 hours prior to your Hearing*.
*When contacting the Student Conduct Office to inform us of witness(es), please include their First Name, Last Name, Contact Phone Number, and E-mail Address.
In some cases, the Student Conduct Office is allowed to contact a parent or guardian. Some cases include (list is not all inclusive):
- An incident involving alcohol
- An incident involving legal drugs
- An incident involving illegal drugs
- An incident involving one of or all of the above.
For more information on this questions please refer to the Alcohol and Drug Policy of the Student Handbook
The Student Conduct Office will typically render a notification letter to students involved in the Conduct process within Fourteen (14) class days (including Summer Term class days). This timeline may be extended given outstanding or extenuating circumstances.
Please refer to Section L of the Student Code of Conduct for a detailed answer to this question. Students can appeal the decision that has been made on their case, however the request must be submitted within five (5) class days of the original notification letter being sent to your UNF Student E-mail. This is a strict time limit, and no appeals will be heard following the expiration of the fifth class day.
Holds are placed on student's accounts for non-compliance with Student Conduct decisions or sanctions. If you are unsure of why you received a hold on your account, please contact the Student Conduct Office for clarification. Students who do not respond to requests for Conduct Reviews or Hearings will have their cases heard in their absence.
- If you have not turned in a sanction which requires submitting a paper, you must complete this and await review of said sanction after it has been turned in.
- If you have not completed an online module required of you and submitted proof to the office (if the module declares you must) you must complete the module and await review of said sanction.
- If you did not complete volunteer service hours or community service hours, you must turn these in and await verification of these hours. (This can take up to 48 hours typically.)
- If you have missed a session with the Office of the Dean of Students, or haven't scheduled a required meeting, you will need to attend your first meeting before your hold will be lifted.
- If you have missed a session with Health Promotions relating to Intervention, you must successfully attend and complete one session before your hold will be lifted.
- If you have not submitted proof of payment for restitution, you must do so before your hold will be lifted.
- Any other scenarios, please feel free to contact us so that we may advise what sanctions have not yet been completed. Following completion of sanctions, your hold will be lifted.
Please refer to Section J of the Student Code of Conduct for a detailed answer to this question.
- Community Service Hours
- Reflective Learning
- Counseling Assessment and Compliance
- Health Promotion for alcohol and/or drug education and assessment
- Disciplinary Probation
- Suspension or Expulsion from the University
*This list is not a complete list.
Parents and Guardians
Yes. The Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law which affords
students certain rights in respect to their educational records. The intent of
this Act is to protect the privacy of students and their records.
confidential student educational records in an appropriate manner.
- Limiting access to
student education records to those with a "legitimate educational
notification to students via printed material and the web through One-Stop Student Services.
your student’s records privacy rights. Most important to you is that FERPA
specifies that the University faculty and staff, in most circumstances, may not
disclose personally identifiable information about a student or release
educational to third parties without receiving the student's written and
official who has a need to review the educational record to fulfill his/her
- When the record is
not an educational record.
- Examples include: medical records, employment records, counseling records, police reports, etc. However, these records
may be covered by other privacy laws and may be maintained by other University
- Once a student is
deceased, although the University continues to respect the rights of the
student. These situations are handled on a case by case basis.
No. Students must
independently authorize other individuals, such as parents, to review all of
their educational records except as allowed under certain allowances. Such as:
- If your
son/daughter is under the age of 18 years old.
- You son/daughter
has expressly advised our office with signed authorization to release to a
specific group or person.
For additional information on FERPA please review One-Stop Student Services FERPA page
Yes, under the following circumstances:
- To a school
official where there is a "legitimate educational interest",
- To another
institution where the student is seeking to be enrolled,
- To the Department
of Education or state/local educational authorities (to meet legal
- For the receipt of
- To state/local
officials as specified by law,
- To organizations
doing studies on behalf of the University to improve instruction, administer
student aid or develop predictive tests,
- To accrediting
- To parents of
dependent students (as defined by the IRS),
- To comply with a
judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena,
- For a heath or
- To the alleged
victim of a crime of violence (information from a disciplinary proceeding),
- To parents of any
student under 21 for violation of substance abuse law or policy and
- Disclosure of
"directory information" when the student has not restricted access to
Faculty and Staff
Referring a student to the Student Conduct Office is simple, you will use our Student Conduct Referral Report Form
and follow the directions on the page. If you have any questions about whether or not the incident is something you should refer to conduct please consult your College Dean, supervisor or contact the Student Conduct Office.
It is common for
faculty and staff to report student misbehavior in the classroom or campus community, such as
Disruptive Behavior and Harassment. It is very important for the faculty or
staff member to first address the behavior with the student and reinforce the
expectations. We encourage faculty and staff to consult their College Dean or supervisor prior to contacting student conduct and to review the Student Code of Conduct for
a list of violations.
Conduct Office welcomes the opportunity to educate our UNF community.
If you would like us to come speak with your students, faculty, or staff
please contact the Office of the Dean of Students and speak to the Dean of Students regarding your request. Depending on the day,
time, and our schedules, we will do our best to accommodate your request. Requests submitted further in advance are more likely to be fulfilled.