For Parents & Families
Talking with students
How do I help my student navigate the conduct process? There are a number of ways to support your student during and after the conduct process:
- Encourage your student to participate in the process. Students are not required to participate in the process in order for the case to be resolved. However, it’s important for your student to share his/her side of the story and have their voice heard.
- Familiarize yourself with the Student Conduct and Honor Code as it outlines the conduct process, rights, and expectations for those participating. Your student should do the same. This way there are no surprises for anyone.
- Ask questions of your student that motivate them to take ownership for the process, such as, “Did you read your letter to know when your information session is taking place?” or “What is your plan for responding?”
- Ask questions that allow your student to tell you what they need, such as, “How can I support you?” or “What role would you like me to play?”
- If your student is sanctioned, ask your student what sanctions were applied and what they learned from fulfilling them.
- Talk about expectations between the two of you for future behavior.
- Reinforce the correlation between academic success, on-time graduation, and responsible conduct.
We believe that parental support is critical to a student’s success in navigating the numerous decisions regarding alcohol, drugs, and relationships/intimacy during the college years. If you and your student are having conversations regarding these topics, they will be better prepared to make a positive decision in a critical moment.