Recognizing that participating in the conduct process can be a challenging experience for any student, the Office of Student Conduct encourages the student to seek the assistance of an advisor.
An advisor is defined as any person selected by the respondent or complainant to assist and accompany them through the University conduct process (including investigative meetings, Disciplinary Conferences, Administrative/University Conduct Board Hearings, Sanction Reviews, and formal Appeals). Parties may choose from a list of trained advisors available at the Office of Student Conduct website, choose a non-trained advisor, or may choose to proceed without an advisor. A party shall not select an advisor with the actual or effective purpose of disrupting the proceedings, causing emotional distress to the other party, or otherwise attempting to disrupt the process.
The advisor, upon request of either party, may:
- Accompany the student in any conduct proceedings;
- Advise the party in the preparation and presentation of sharing of information; and
- Advise the party in the preparation of any appeals or sanction reviews.
The advisor shall not perform any function in the process other than advising the party and may not make a presentation or represent the party. The parties are expected to ask and respond to questions on their own behalf, without representation by their advisor. The advisor may consult with their advisee quietly or in writing, or outside during breaks, but may not speak on behalf of the advisee. Delays in the conduct process will not normally be allowed due to scheduling conflicts with advisors.
UPUA Student Conduct Advisors, formerly known as UPUA Legal Affairs, is an organization dedicated to helping fellow students through the Penn State Office of Student Conduct process. Since 1967, UPUA Student Conduct Advisors have helped students through issues with violations of the student code of conduct whether related to alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or academic integrity.
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For assistance at a campus location other than University Park, you may contact Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG), or consult the Office of Student Conduct Designee List.