Lafayette College is a private educational institution that cares about its students and maintaining a safe, healthy environment where all students can thrive. As such, Lafayette has a vested interest in providing space for students to think through their decisions, including the impact of their decisions on others, and in maintaining community standards. The Office of Student Conduct aims to provide guidance, support, and accountability as students explore their independence and vibrant new community.
The Office of Student Conduct advances the mission of the College by promoting a living-learning environment that is conducive to educational achievement and to the integration of intellectual, social, and personal growth.
The Office of Student Conduct is overseen by the assistant dean of students, and day to day operations are managed by the senior associate director of residence life. Each conduct case is assigned to a case administrator. In addition to the assistant dean and senior associate director, case administrators are staff members selected by the vice president for campus life to be trained to serve in this capacity. The case administrator will reach out to the student who allegedly violated the policy to schedule a conduct meeting. Students and case administrators engage in dialogue regarding the incident to determine the appropriate outcome based on the conduct procedures explained in the Student Handbook.
The Faculty Committee on Student Conduct consists of faculty members elected by the faculty and students selected by student government. When a conduct case comes before the committee, two faculty members, two students, and an administrator (typically one who also serves as a case administrator) are assigned to hear the case. In cases of sexual misconduct, two faculty members and one campus life representative are assigned to hear the case. Although a limited number of faculty and students are considered members of the committee in any given year, there are circumstances where past-serving members may be called upon to serve.