Have you witnessed a code of conduct violation? Whether an incident occurred on or off campus, the university has an obligation to respond.
Reasons for a Conduct Hearing
Someone has reported you for a code of conduct violation. Examples of violations include:
- Alcohol and drug misconduct
- Dangerous behavior
- Disorderly conduct
- Disruptive activity
- Abusive conduct
- Dishonesty and theft
- Misuse of identity
Read the Official USC Code of Conduct [pdf]
What to Expect
You will meet with the hearing officer for 30-60 minutes. This is typically an informal, one-on-one discussion.
You can bring one advisor with you. Your advisor could be any student, family member, attorney or USC faculty/staff member who was not directly involved in the incident. Your advisor is there to support you and cannot speak on your behalf.
Make sure to fill out a Consent to Release Information Form [pdf] for anyone who will attend the meeting with you.
Missing Your Meeting
Since our process is designed to be educational, we encourage your participation. If you fail to attend your first scheduled meeting, a few things may happen:
- A registration hold will be placed on your records.
- You will be unable to register for classes or make changes to your schedule.
- A new meeting will automatically be scheduled for you.
Missing Your Rescheduled Meeting
If you again do not attend, a decision will be made without you present, based on the information available. You will receive a letter via your university email outlining the decision.
If You Agree with the Hearing Resolution
If you are found responsible for violating university conduct policies, you will be assigned sanctions. Possible sanctions include:
- Educational actions (including classes, papers and interviews)
- Restitution or fines
- Removal from university housing
If You Disagree with the Hearing Resolution
You may ask for a hearing with the Carolina Judicial Council if you wish to contest the findings of your initial hearing or if you believe you would be more fairly heard by a panel of your peers.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority. Any potential alcohol-related conduct outcomes or sanctions come second, and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Seeking Help for a Friend
If you are in violation of the alcohol policy but call to help a peer who is grossly intoxicated you will receive a For Information Only (FIO) finding for the alcohol violation.
FIO findings indicate that the record will not be shared with anyone outside the USC system. This may or may not carry fines and/or educational sanctions.
Students Hospitalized for Alcohol or Drugs
We will notify you of our intervention process if you are transported to the hospital for an overdose of alcohol or drugs. You are required to complete an assessment and will be given an individualized treatment plan with recommendations that must be followed.