• What is the purpose of the Community Standards & Student Conduct System?

    Suffolk University serves to provide students with a living and learning environment that reflects the values of the Suffolk Community and supports the University’s commitment to developing the intellectual, social and civic competencies of our students. To achieve this goal, Suffolk University looks to students to be partners in this process with the hope of creating an environment that is respectful of the rights of all individuals within the community. 

  • How do I file a complaint?

    Any member of the Suffolk University community may submit a complaint. Complaints should be submitted as soon after the event as possible to ensure an accurate recollection as well as a prompt response. Complaints can be reported to the Student Affairs Office. Written complaints may be submitted in person at the Student Affairs Office, 12th floor, 73 Tremont Street or via email at studentaffairs@suffolk.edu.

    The following information must be provided in the complaint:

    • Name and contact information of the person submitting the complaint with their status at the University: student, faculty or staff
    • Email address of the person submitting the complaint
    • Date of complaint
    • Date, time and location of the event
    • Name and contact information (if available) of the student the complaint is about
    • Names and contact information of any witnesses
    • Detailed explanation of the event.

    If you would like to speak with one of the deans in the Student Affairs Office about your complaint prior to its submission, contact the Student Affairs Office at (617) 573-8239 or at studentaffairs@suffolk.edu for an  appointment. 

  • I received a letter that I have to attend an administrative hearing or schedule an administrative hearing? Do I have to respond?

    Depending on what the Notice to Appear for a Conduct Hearing says, students are required to attend an administrative hearing at a predetermined date, time and location. Or, students are required to schedule an administrative hearing by calling the Residence Life & Housing Programs staff member or Student Affairs Office to schedule the disciplinary hearing. The hearing officers for Administrative Hearings are members of the Residence Life & Housing staff, or Deans in the Student Affairs Office or other administrators.
  • What happens at an administrative hearing?

    Generally, but not always, the order of an administrative hearing will proceed as follows:

    • Introduction
    • Honesty statement
    • Reading of the charges
    • Opening statement from the charged student
    • Questioning by the hearing officer
    • Closing statement from the charged student
    • Hearing closure 
  • What are my rights within the Student Conduct System?

    A charged student will be entitled to:

    • A charged student will be entitled to:Receive written notice of charges;
    • Receive a copy of the incident report within one (1) business day of the written request for a copy.
    • Names of other individuals in the report will be removed consistent with applicable law.
    • Be notified of the date, time, and place of the charged student’s administrative hearing;
    • Receive notice of the fact that the charged student’s failure to schedule an administrative hearing by the due date or appear for an administrative hearing may result in the administrative hearing being conducted in the absence of the charged student;
    • Provide the names of up to four (4) witnesses with knowledge of the incident at least one (1) business day prior to the administrative hearing. The hearing officer will decide, in his/her sole discretion, whether to seek to obtain information from witnesses;
    • Decline to answer any questions or make any statements during an administrative hearing. The outcome of the administrative hearing will be based on the information or lack thereof presented at the administrative hearing and information gathered through an investigation (if applicable);
    • Be informed in writing of the decision and sanction, if any; and
    • Request in writing an appeal of the decision resulting from an administrative hearing no later than two (2) business days after the date of the determination letter.