The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is housed within the Department of Student Life. The Conduct Officer handles all complaints regarding conduct of students at the University that occur outside the residence halls and dining facilities. Faculty, staff, students, or other community members may make complaints against students who attend the University. OSC receives MU and Columbia Police Department reports involving MU students. Once a complaint is received, the Conduct Officer investigates the complaint in order to determine if a possible violation of the Student Conduct Code may have occurred. If so, the Conduct Officer will charge the accused student with a violation of the Code and require the student to meet with him, or may refer the student to the Judicial Peer Advisory Council. The Judicial Peer Advisory Council acts as a recommending body to the Conduct Officer, who makes the informal decision of responsibility and sanctions in every student case.
After the meeting with student, the Conduct Officer makes an informal decision that articulates two findings: 1) whether the student is responsible for violating the student Code of Conduct, and 2) sanctions. This informal decision is mailed to the student. The student then has five working days to either accept or reject the Conduct Officer’s informal decision. If the student rejects the Conduct Officer’s informal decision, the case is then heard by the Student Conduct Committee, a group of faculty and staff who decide student cases using a formal hearing process. Student member may serve on the Student Conduct Committee if specifically requested by the accused student.
The Student Conduct Committee makes a decision that is conveyed to the student. The student then has the option of appealing to the Chancellor if the decision of expulsion as a sanction. If the decision of the Student Conduct Committee involves sanctions less than suspension, the student may only request the Chancellor review the case, but the Chancellor has no duty to review the case.
In order to file a complaint regarding another student with the Office of Student Conduct, please complete an Incident Report Form located on the home page. The Student Conduct Office will then contact the accused student in order to discuss the complaint further.