Student Conduct at Newberry College
Student Conduct empowers students to be responsible citizens and uphold the core values of our academic community. We hold every member and every student organization of our community to a high standard of ethical behavior.
Our Guiding Documents
Our Student Code of Conduct outlines students' responsibilities to themselves and to the Newberry College community.
Virtual Student Appointments
Students who are reported for Code of Conduct concerns will have an initial meeting to discuss the alleged violation. Upon request, the initial meeting can be conducted in-person or virtually via Microsoft Teams. You will receive notification of your appointment and directions via your College email.
We suggest that you download the Microsoft Teams application as that provides the best virtual connection.
When it is your appointment time, you will meet in-person with the conduct officer or you will receive a call from your administrator or be prompted to join the video conference.
You can choose to use the video feature or engage in the conference with audio only.
You can also have a support person join you for the meeting. However, our conversation with be with you. The support person can advise you but cannot participate in the conversation.
Understanding the Hearing Process
There are two formats for hearings. The first, and most common, is an individual one-on-one administrative conference to determine whether a Student Code of Conduct violation has occurred, and if so, to determine which actions are appropriate. If a student doesn’t agree with the outcome, they can choose to have their case heard by the Student Conduct Hearing Board. The hearing officer may also elect to refer cases involving serious allegations to the Student Conduct Hearing Board. Click here to learn more about administrative conferences & hearings.
Interim actions can be taken when there is a reasonable belief, based on the information available at the time, that a student or student organization poses a threat to health, safety, or property. Under these circumstances, the Office of Student Conduct may create a separation between the student or organization and the College until both parties can gather additional information to make a final determination in a conduct hearing. A final decision, which may reinstate the student or result in continued separation, will be made during a Conduct Administrative Conference or Hearing. Every effort will be made to conduct the hearing within the shortest time possible to reduce the stress of displacement on the student while preserving due process and fairness. Interim actions for student organizations do not affect housing or academic progress, and will not be subject to the same time constraints.
Code of Conduct sanctions depend on:
the nature and severity of your actions.
any previous violations or disciplinary actions.
any unusual circumstances surrounding the incident.
the rationale of your actions.
the outcome or sanctions in similar, previous cases.
harm to others and community impact.
You may face outcomes beyond educational sanctions as a result of your incident. Penalties range from educational intervention to suspension, with combinations of penalties possible. For most first offenses, sanctions are designed to be educational in nature and help students learn from mistakes.
Examples of Common Sanctions
Parent or Guardian Notification
Alcohol Education Module
Parent or Guardian Letter
The Rev. Dr. Carl Wells
Associate Dean for Community Building & Campus Life