About Us


The Office of the Dean of Student Life administers the student disciplinary system at Rutgers University-Newark, investigating and adjudicating alleged incidents of student misconduct. The office enforces the University Code of Student Conduct and educates the University community about ethical decision-making.

To support learning and educate the University community, the Office of the Dean of Student Life sponsors workshops, lectures, and awareness programs. Programs include: Know Your Code competitions, Ethical Decision Case Studies and poster campaign, and initiatives that focus on currents events and trends regarding student conduct and campus safety.

Contact Information:

Clayton Walton
Dean of Student Life
Rutgers University-Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center, Room 302
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Cwalton@rutgers.edu
(973) 353-5063

Farzana Katideen
Assistant Director for Community Standards & Student Development
Rutgers University-Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center, Room 304
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Farzanak@rutgers.edu
(973) 353-2772

Filing a Complaint


The Office of the Dean of Student Life address violations of the Code of Student Conduct. If you wish to report a possible violation, please use the link below:

https://publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform.php?RutgersUniv&layout_id=7

If you wish to speak with a staff member before filing a complaint, please contact:

Farzana Katideen
Assistant Director for Community Standards & Student Development
Rutgers University-Newark
Paul Robeson Campus Center, Room 304
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
Farzanak@rutgers.edu
(973) 353-2772

The Conduct Disciplinary Process


1. When a student is alleged to have committed a conduct (non-academic) violation, he or she meets with a Conduct Officer for a Preliminary Review. This review is an opportunity for the officer to gather information about the allegation.

2. Once the Conduct Officer has reviewed the relevant information and completed the Preliminary Review, he or she determines whether there is sufficient information to charge the student with a violation of the University Code of Student Conduct.

3. If the student is charged, he or she will answer the charges with “responsible” or “not responsible.”

4. If the respondent answers “responsible,” the Conduct Officer will recommend a sanction.

• If the student accepts responsibility and the sanction, he or she will sign an agreement confirming his or her acceptance and waiving the right to a Disciplinary Conference, University Hearing, or appeal.

• If the student accepts responsibility but contests the sanction, he or she may appeal to the Campus Appeals Committee.

5. If the student answers “not responsible,” the case will be heard at a Disciplinary Conference or at a University Hearing.

6. A Disciplinary Conference is an informal meeting with a Conduct Officer, who will consider information presented by both parties and determine whether the student is responsible for the charges. If the student is found responsible, the officer will recommend a sanction.

7. A University Hearing is a more formal process, in which the University Hearing Board (a panel of students and faculty) considers information presented by the parties and determines whether the student is responsible for the charges. If the student is found responsible, the board will recommend a sanction.

8. The student has the right to appeal the outcome of the Disciplinary Conference or University Hearing.

DOWNLOAD PDF document: Conduct Disciplinary Process Flow Chart

The Conduct Appeal Process


1. An accused student has the right to appeal all disciplinary findings and/or sanctions (the complaint party can also appeal in cases involving assault, relationship violence, harassment, sexual violence, bullying, intimidation, invasion of privacy, stalking, and hazing). He or she must submit an appeal form and any supporting documentation to the Campus Appeals Committee (CAC) within ten (10) working days of the sanction recommendation. The complaint party, the Conduct Officer, and the Hearing Officer (if applicable) have the right to submit a response to the appeal.

2. The CAC meets to consider the student’s appeal, the case file, and any statements submitted by the other parties.

3. If the student accepts the finding and appeals only the sanction, the CAC may:

• Uphold the original sanction; or

• Modify the sanction.

4. If the student appeals both the finding and the sanction, the CAC may:

• Uphold both finding and sanction;

• Uphold the finding and modify the sanction; or

• Dismiss the finding and send the case to a new University Hearing or Disciplinary Conference.

5. The CAC will modify a sanction only if it is found to be severely disproportionate to the offense. A case is sent to a new hearing or conference only if:

• The finding of responsibility is not supported by the facts of the case;

• There is significant new evidence that was not available at the time of the original proceeding; or

• There was a procedural error so significant that it deprived the student of a fair disciplinary process.

6. The student is notified in writing of the committee’s decision.

7. If the student appealed the original finding, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (who is the Senior Student Affairs Officer) must approve the committee’s decision. If the student did not appeal the finding, but appealed only the sanction, the committee’s decision is final (unless the sanction involved suspension or expulsion).

8. If the sanction was appealed, and the sanction included suspension or expulsion, the Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) must approve the committee’s decision. If the sanction did not involve suspension or expulsion, the committee’s decision is final.

9. The student is notified in writing of the SSAO’s decision, if applicable.

10. The appeal process is concluded and the student’s sanction is implemented. A student retains his or her student status until all appeal options are exhausted. He or she can attend classes and complete tests and assignments as usual, unless he or she is on Interim Suspension.

DOWNLOAD PDF document: Appeal Flow Chart: Finding

DOWNLOAD PDF document: Appeal Flow Chart: Sanction

Rights of Accused Students


All students are granted the following rights in the disciplinary process:

A. A student has the right to be treated with dignity by the University Hearing Board and by all persons involved in the disciplinary process.

B. A student has the right to information pertaining to counseling services.

C. A student has the right to a fair hearing.

D. A student has the right to have an adviser present at all disciplinary meetings and hearings. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure his/her adviser is present at hearings and meetings. Specific adviser availability shall not be sufficient grounds for postponing hearings or Disciplinary Conferences.

E. A student has the right to have a support person present at all disciplinary meetings and hearings.  It is the responsibility of the student to make sure his/her support person is present at hearings and meetings. Support person availability shall not be sufficient grounds for postponing meetings, hearings, or Disciplinary Conferences.

F. A student has the right to written notice of the charges placed against her or him that also indicates the time and place of any Disciplinary Conference or hearing.  Proper written notification shall be defined as delivery of mail to a student’s local or permanent address, as reported by the student to the University Registrar, or an e-mail message sent to the email account established by the student as his or her official e-mail.  Students shall be held responsible for the contents of mail sent to reported addresses and e-mail messages sent to their established e-mail accounts.  Students have the responsibility for providing the University with current addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.

G. A student has the right to receive a written copy of the report(s) stating the circumstances and allegations involved.  This information shall generally be available to the student when he or she is notified of the charges.

H. A student has the right not to present information against herself or himself.  Students do not have to speak at any meeting, conference or hearing and no negative inference will be made should a student choose not to speak.

I. A student has the right to hear and respond to all information presented against her or him.

J. A student has the right to present information and/or witnesses on her or his behalf.  The relevancy of witnesses shall be determined by the Student Conduct Officer, Hearing Chair, or Hearing Officer.

K. A student has the right to privacy throughout the disciplinary process with respect to campus and other media, and from all other uninvolved parties.

L. A student has the right to expect to be free from intimidation, harassment, and bullying throughout the disciplinary process.

M. A student has the right to written notification of the results of the hearing or conference within a reasonable time after a University Hearing or Disciplinary Conference.

N. A student has the right to be informed of his or her right to appeal and of the process for doing so.

Rights of Complaint Parties


A person bringing a complaint under the University Code of Student Conduct has the following rights:

A. The person has the right to be treated with dignity by the University Hearing Board and by all persons involved in the disciplinary process.

B. The person has the right to information pertaining to the University disciplinary process and appropriate referrals for information on the criminal process.

C. The person has the right to information pertaining to counseling services.

D. The person has the right to assistance throughout the disciplinary process, including the right to have an adviser and support persons at all disciplinary meetings and proceedings.  It is the responsibility of the complaint party to make sure his or her adviser and support persons are present at hearings or Disciplinary Conferences.  Adviser or support person availability is not sufficient grounds for postponing a hearing, meeting, or Disciplinary Conference.

E. The person has the right to the same protections provided to accused students, including the right to written notification of a meeting, conference or hearing, the right to hear all information presented, the right to present information and witnesses, and the right to written disclosure of the results of a meeting, conference or hearing.  For cases involving assault, relationship violence, harassment, sexual violence, bullying, intimidation, invasion of privacy, stalking, and hazing the person also has the right to appeal.

F. The person has the right to have any unrelated past behavior excluded from the disciplinary process. The Student Conduct Officer or Hearing Officer shall determine what constitutes unrelated behavior.

G. The person has the right to deliver or submit a written impact statement to the Student Conduct Officer, Hearing Chair, Administrative Hearing Officer, or Hearing Board that will be considered only in sanctioning, should the accused student be found responsible.

H. The person has the right to privacy throughout the disciplinary process with respect to campus and other media, and from all other uninvolved parties.

I. The person has the right to expect to be free from intimidation and harassment throughout the disciplinary process.

J. For cases involving assault, sexual assault, harassment, bullying, threats, intimidation or stalking, the person has the right, upon request, to have reasonable steps taken by the Office of Student Conduct or other University agencies to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contact with the accused student(s).

Campus Advisers


Accused students and complaint parties are entitled to the assistance of a Campus Adviser throughout the disciplinary process. A Campus Adviser is a member of the Rutgers community who can help the student or complaint party navigate the disciplinary system. Campus Advisers can attend meetings, Disciplinary Conferences, and hearings and assist in preparing for disciplinary proceedings and appeals.

DOWNLOAD PDF document: Newark Campus Advisers

University Code of Student Conduct


To view a copy of the code of conduct please download below: