What to expect

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We implement an engagement model to help students reflect on past behaviors and build skills to help them be successful in the future.

What happens when we receive a referral?

We contact the student(s)/organization(s) for a meeting with a conduct officer to review the referral and discuss options for resolution of the allegation and/or conduct procedures. The date, time, and location of meeting is sent in advance to the student. We also list the date of the incident that we will discuss.

Students who need assistance prior to meeting may stop by Student Conduct or contact the Dean of Students Office.

A peer advisor is a student with substantial student conduct training and a wide breadth of experience in Virginia Tech’s Student Conduct system. Peer advisors serve students as confidential advisors for issues relating to the conduct system and their specific student conduct situation.

The information students share with peer advisors will not be used against them. Students can meet with peer advisors during the fall and spring semesters to ask questions about the process or about Student Conduct. Peer advisors are not available during breaks. During times when peer advisors are not available, students may contact Student Conduct and a staff member can meet to answer questions and address concerns.

The Student Advocacy team in the Dean of Students Office also offers advising services for students with pending student conduct matters. The professional staff in the office are prepared to assist students with conduct situations. Students can visit the office at 109 East Eggleston Hall or call (540) 231-3787 to schedule an appointment.

Though parents don't like to think about it, students sometimes make mistakes and get into trouble. If your student has had to enter the student conduct process, it can be a stressful and heightened experience for everyone involved. Below are some ways you can help your student get through the conduct process and learn and grow from the experience.

  • Speak with your student regarding the situation. Make sure that you listen carefully and critically.
  • Have an open discussion with your student about the process of making decisions that are consistent with their values, personal code of ethics, and future goals.
  • Assist your student in taking responsibility for their actions and avoid blaming others for the consequences that resulted from their choices.
  • Make sure your student knows clearly what you expect and what you value.
  • Remember that your student will look to you as a role model for dealing with and responding to conflict.
  • Be open to discussing difficult topics, such as substance abuse, intimate relationships, and other risky behavior when your student has been accused of violating the Virginia Tech Student Code of Conduct.
  • Make sure your student knows the conduct process. Your student should review the Hokie Handbook.
  • Discuss with your student your expectations for his or her behavior at Virginia Tech. Discuss ways your student can modify his or her behavior to meet those expectations.
  • Brainstorm with your student appropriate resources for help and support (e.g., alcohol education, personal counseling, etc.).
  • Let your student know where you stand regarding his or her behavior, while continuing to support him or her emotionally.
  • Brainstorm with your student ways to overcome past mistakes.
  • Be firm in your approach, but always keep the lines of communication open.