Office of Student Conduct
The Coordinator of Student Conduct is the University’s conduct review administrator. The Coordinator of Student Conduct has authority to receive complaints on student misconduct, direct such investigations as may seem appropriate, summon students who are directly involved or have knowledge of misconduct, and serve as a hearing officer. At the conclusion of an investigation, it is the responsibility of the Coordinator of Student Conduct to determine whether to take no action, refer the matter to an appropriate internal or external agency/department, or issue a charge to a student for violating the Code of Student Conduct. Depending on the nature of the misconduct, the Coordinator of Student Conduct will determine if the case can be adjudicated either administratively by mutual consent of all parties involved or formally.
For clarity of purpose, less severe cases of misconduct can be resolved and/or adjudicated administratively. In such cases, the Coordinator of Student Conduct can impose any sanction on the student. Certain less severe cases may be resolved by mutual consent of all parties involved, such as, but not limited to, mediation sessions or mandatory counseling from the Office of Counseling and Disability Services, Harris-McDew Student Health Center, or other unit. In the event there is no mutual consent to resolve the incident, the case will be referred to either the Board of Student Conduct or the Student Government Association Judicial Branch, depending on the nature of the offense.
Consistent with its mission, Savannah State University takes seriously its commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment conducive to student learning and growth through curricular and co-curricular programs. At the same time, the University has high expectations that students govern their behavior, actions, and practices responsibly and civilly. Students are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the objectives and standards of conduct established by Savannah State University. Finally, students are expected to know and abide by the Code of Student Conduct. A violation of any section of the code will lead to disciplinary action regardless of factors such as class level (i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student), age, race/ethnicity, place of residence (e.g., University Village, University Commons or a traditional residence hall), or whether on or off campus.Mr. Michael S. Immings, Coordinator Office of Student Conduct
King-Frazier Student Center, Room 225
(912) 358.3122 (O)
(912) 358-3159 (F)
SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERISTY TIGER VALUES
Tiger Values represent what it means to be a student at Savannah State University. All SSU students are expected to abide by these values and our Code of Student Conduct is predicated on these concepts:
- Integrity: Savannah State students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings.
- Community: Savannah State students build and enhance their community. Savannah State students will be active and engaged citizens.
- Social Justice: Savannah State students are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community and act to discourage and/or intervene to prevent unjust and inequitable behaviors.
- Respect: Savannah State students show positive regard for each other, for property and for the community.
- Responsibility: Savannah State students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community.
- Tradition: Savannah State students recognize the importance of our traditions and the legacy we leave for future generations of students.
Savannah State University students are responsible for knowing the information, policies and procedures outlined the Code of Student Conduct. The University reserves the right to make changes to this code as necessary and once those changes are posted online, they are in effect. Students are encouraged to check online for the updated versions of all policies and procedures.
ZERO TOLERANCE STATEMENT
In circumstances where a student has been charged with an offense that violates the Zero Tolerance Policy, Savannah State University reserves the right to temporarily remove a student from the campus community immediately. Under these circumstance, a student is still afforded all processes and procedures established by the Code of Student Conduct, with the exception of the right to remain on campus until a determination can be made by the University Conduct Review Board.
A student facing these charges will be unable to reside in a University Housing facility or attend classes on campus. Should a student be found on campus during this time, he/she may face Suspension or Expulsion. As Zero Tolerance Policy violations likely lead to Suspension or Expulsion, all cases will be immediately referred to the University Conduct Review Board for adjudication. Students will still meet with the Coordinator of Student Conduct for a Preliminary Hearing to review their rights and responsibilities in the conduct review process.
Upon notification, the student will be temporarily suspended from access to all Savannah State University property, including but not limited to housing and dining facilities, academic classrooms, and participation in any University activity or function. The student will be expected to vacate their assigned housing facility within 12-24 hours if their permanent residence is more than a 100 mile radius of SSU. Students may choose to leave items in the facility pending the outcome of the conduct review process. They will not be allowed back into the housing facility during the review process and will turn in their key and SSU Student ID during this time. Students will be expected to remove any remaining items from University Housing within 48 hours should they be found responsible for the policy violation.
When a student is found in violation of a Zero Tolerance Policy, that student retains the right to file an appeal as noted in the Code of Student Conduct. The student will be expected to reside off campus during the Appeal Process and will only be allowed back on campus if the case decision is amended on appeal.
The following specific Zero Tolerance Policy violations will result in immediate separation from the University: Physical Assault or Threat of Physical Assault, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Drug Distribution or Sales, Weapons, Hazing, and Taking of Property.
All cases involving Zero Tolerance Policy violations will be adjudicated within 10 business days from the date when a student is removed from campus. During this time, a student may contact faculty (via email, phone, or third party only) to make arrangements for academic work, however, the faculty member has discretion as to what assignments can be completed. It is the student’s responsibility to make contact and seek out any accommodations a faculty member is willing to make in these situations.
University E-Mail Communication Statement
University email is Savannah State’s primary means of communication with students. Students are responsible for all communication delivered to their University email address. Failure to check your University email will NOT BE an acceptable excuse for failing to respond to a hearing request and/or any sanctions that are imposed as the result of a hearing. The University is not responsible to send correspondence to personal email accounts- all communication will be delivered through a student’s official SSU email account.Complete Code of Conduct Policies