Community Standards Process
LMU takes complaints regarding student conduct code violations very seriously and pursues all complaints and allegations through review and, in appropriate cases, detailed investigation. In accordance with the Student Conduct Code, if hearings are warranted and, as a result, respondents are found responsible for misconduct then university sanctions are levied.
When an allegation of a Student Conduct Code violation is reported, an investigation begins. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Responsibility (OSCCR), in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety, and in cases of Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct in consultation with the Title IX coordinator, works to ensure that proper investigations are conducted, that hearing proceedings are administered in accordance with the Student Conduct Code and that those who violate the community standards are found responsible are held accountable for their actions. In cases of Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct both complainants and respondents have the right to an appeal. The annual disclosure of Clery Crime Statistics for LMU contains all safety and security policies, procedures, and resources. It also includes the Student Code of Conduct, the Student on Student Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Policy and Protocol and the Annual Disclosure of Clery Act Crime Statistics.
The mission of OSCCR is to provide students with an academic environment conducive to the pursuit of knowledge; an environment based upon accountability, integrity, respect and trust among all members of the university community. The OSCCR staff seeks to maintain the university’s environment by educating and upholding the community standards. The community standards clarify the standards of behavior essential to the university’s educational mission and its community life. The jurisdiction of the community standards extends to conduct that occurs on university premises, in Study Abroad programs, and/or at on and off campus university events, programs, or activities as well as to other off-campus misconduct that adversely affects the university, students, the university’s reputation, or goodwill and/or the pursuit of the University’s mission, goals, and objectives.
Community Standards complaints along with associated hearing proceedings and sanctions, if applicable, are part of a student’s educational record and therefore, protected by The Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. As private educational records, this information is not shared publicly.