Joe Bodiford is a gradutate of Florida State University (B.A. '91; M.M. '93). Fortuntely, he was able to avoid any issues with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities! However, he understands that issues arise with FSU as a result of arrests both on and off campus.
Joe has a great deal of experience with conduct code violation hearings. While he, nor any attorney, cannot actually speak on behalf of a student at the hearing, Joe assists the students by helping them understand what the alleged violations are, preparing them to address the hearing officer, and helping them gather witnesses and documents. Joe attends the hearings with the student and acts as an advisor during the hearing, suggesting questions to ask and how to respond to certain questions. It is important to make sure that the student does not make any admissions or statements that can be used against him or her in the companion criminal matter!
There are many different types of sanctions that can have an impact - sometimes a very bad impact - on a student's carreer. They include:
Reprimand (written or verbal)
Service Hours – Completion of tasks under the supervision of a University department or outside agency
Educational Activities – Attendance at educational programs, interviews with appropriate officials, planning and implementing educational programs, or other educational activities
Counseling Assessment – Referral for assessment at a counseling center for alcohol/drug dependence, general mental health, or other counseling issues
Restitution – Only in cases involving University property. Restitution must be submitted to the appropriate University department in a manner that is approved by that University department
Conduct Probation – A period of time during which any further violations of the Student Conduct Code may result in more serious sanctions being imposed. Some of the restrictions that may be placed on the student during the probationary period include, but are not limited to: participation in student activities, representation of the University on athletic teams or in other leadership positions, entrance into University residence halls or other areas of campus, or contact with another specified person(s)
Disciplinary Probation – A period of time during which any further violation of the Student Conduct Code puts the student's status with the University in jeopardy. If the student is found "responsible" for another violation of the Code during the period of Disciplinary Probation, serious consideration will be given to imposing a sanction of Suspension, Dismissal, or Expulsion from the University
Some of the restrictions that may be placed on the student during the probationary period include, but are not limited to, participation in University or student activities, representation of the University on athletic teams or in other leadership positions, entrance into University residence halls or other areas of campus
Change in University Housing assignment
Exclusion (either temporary or permanent) from University Housing