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Following a conduct outcome, a notice to your parents or guardian may be sent home if you are found responsible for violating the alcohol and/or drug policy. The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives West Chester University limited ability to notify parents when students under the age of 21 violate any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. If you are independent, you can file a Proof of Independent Status form with our office to prevent the outcome from being sent.
You may pay with debit/credit, or by cash or check in person at the Bursar's Office, or over the phone (610-436-2552) to Account #4803. To ensure proper credit, they will need your name, student ID # and the amount you are paying to Account #4803. You will find the fine amount you are to pay in your Outcome Letter.
A hold from Student Conduct would have been placed on your account if you did not complete one of your sanction conditions by the required due date. If you have a question about this you should contact your University Hearing Officer. This person is listed on your Outcome letter. Once your Hearing Officer verifies you have completed the sanction, he/she can contact the Office of Student Conduct to remove the hold. If you are unable to get in contact with your Hearing Officer, you can contact the Office of Student Conduct in 200 Ruby Jones Hall or 610-436-3511.
Your disciplinary file is confidential. You can choose to release information about your conduct records to specific individuals by completing a Student Release of Information form. Your written consent is needed to release information from your disciplinary file.
You have the option to appeal. At the bottom of your Outcome Letter you will find a link to the Appeal form you need to complete. There will also be a date by which you need to submit your appeal. You can appeal based on:
If you have been called as a witness in a hearing that means that you many have information to share that would help clarify what took place during the incident. As a witness you would participate in the hearing by answering questions about what you observed during the incident.
In advance of the hearing, you can also complete a Witness Statement form.
If you violate the University’s Alcohol and/or Drug Policy you will receive the following fines in addition to the cost of any citation you have received:
Fines increase with each violation (i.e. you violate the alcohol policy in November 2017 and get a $100.00 fine for a first violation; then you violate the alcohol policy in February 2019 and get a $200.00 fine for a second violation).