Start with "Why"
- When you are finished meeting with us, whether virtually or in person, we want you to feel like you’ve learned something, whether that something was information about who we are, our processes, or the incident you may have been involved in. Our goal is to educate our students.
Behaviors that challenge our standards and code are often rooted in deeper issues. We ask prudent questions because we care about supporting the “whole” student, not just correcting behavior.
- Our educational conduct system is separate from the traditional legal system, and it’s designed to meet your accessibility needs. Additionally, we want all of our residents to be successful and to be aware of how their actions and behaviors may affect the community in which they reside.
We approach each incident with an objective view, and create each case with care for all residents. We strive to be equitable in our process, and communicate clearly.
I received an emailed letter...what now?
When an “incident” (e.g. underage drinking, property damage, theft, etc.) occurs in or near one of our residence halls, our staff responds and writes a report. This is how we document situations. Based on the details of the report, a resident may receive a letter via UF email instructing them to meet with a student conduct administrator whom is a member of our housing staff. Meetings occur with student conduct administrators from OCCS and our residential areas. After review of resident class schedules, meetings are scheduled for the resident and and take place via Zoom©.
How much trouble am I in?
We don’t use the term “trouble” in OCCS. That is too subjective. We use the terms Responsible and Not responsible, and operate under a Preponderance of the Information. All residents, whether in one of our halls, apartments, or villages, have a community responsibility. This means that residents should hold themselves and each other up to the standards set forth by the Department of Housing and Residence Education.
What is Preponderance of the Information?
The University’s burden of proof for any disciplinary proceeding is preponderance of the evidence, but for the purpose of this Regulation it will be referred to as“Preponderance of the Information”. “Preponderance ofthe Information” means that the information presented bythe University, as a whole, supports the finding that it ismore likely than not that the charged violation occurred.In order to satisfy this burden, the University must presentsome information that would not be deemed inadmissiblehearsay in a court of Law.
Will a conduct record keep me from getting into a graduate program?
Students found responsible will have a “conduct record”. Conduct records are separate from academic records. This information is not posted on transcripts. However, many graduate programs require students to share this information on applications. Additionally, UF does have a record expungement process offered by the Dean of Students Office.
Why did my roommate receive a different letter/outcome than me?
Each resident involved in an incident is treated individually. This means that, even for roommates, there may be times where one resident is found responsible and others are not. We hold each resident accountable to their actions, and this is reflected in any sanctions given to them.
What is the difference between OCCS and SCCR?
At UF, we operate under a shared conduct experience. Typically, the Office of Conduct and Community Standards (OCCS) handles incidents that happen in and around the residence halls, on-campus. Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR) handles incidents that take place outside of the residence halls, including off-campus. Please note that there are often nuances to cases that may result in alternative outcomes, and learn more about them at sccr.dso.ufl.edu.