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Conduct FAQs

Are the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, student disciplinary rules and process similar to those of other colleges?

The Standards for Student Conduct are the same at all 23 California State Universities and are authorized according to Section 41301, Title V, California Code of Regulations. The CSU student conduct procedures are authorized by Executive Order 1098, issued by the Office of the Chancellor. All colleges and universities have some type of student disciplinary process.

Can I consult an advisor during the disciplinary process?

A student may confer with advisors at any stage in the disciplinary process.  Both Complainant and Student Charged may elect to be accompanied by an advisor to any meetings.  The advisor's role is limited to observing, consulting with, and providing support to Complainant or Student Charged.  An advisor may not speak on behalf of Complainant or Student Charged. 

Can an attorney serve as an advisor?

After appropriate consultations on campus, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, has chosen to permit students to have attorneys as advisors during pre-hearing conference and hearing proceedings.  Attorneys serving in this advisory capacity may not otherwise participate in the conference or hearing in a representational or advocacy role.  Appropriate witnesses with attorney status may testify during hearing proceedings but may not otherwise participate at the hearing in a representational or advocacy role.  

Should a student wish to have his or her attorney present at a pre-hearing conference or hearing, the student must notify the Student Conduct Administrator in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in writing at least five working days prior to the conference or hearing. 

Does OSRR have off-campus jurisdiction?

In some circumstances, OSRR does have off-campus jurisdiction. "Conduct that threatens the safety or security of the campus community, or substantially disrupts the functions or operation of the University is within the jurisdiction of this Article regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus" [Title 5, Article 2, Sec. 41301 (d)].

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