Optometry Student Handbook 2024-2025

Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook 55 The student/student organization will have the opportunity to provide a response to the allegations (responsible or not responsible). If the student/student organization accepts responsibility, the only determination the discipline officer makes is regarding the sanctions to be imposed. If the student/student organization responds with “not responsible,” the student/student organization will be provided with the opportunity to present evidence, witnesses, or information for the review of the discipline officer. Any witnesses requested shall be present only during the offerings of their information. Witnesses must be able to provide firsthand, relevant information regarding the case. Character witnesses are not accepted. In Absentia—If the student/student organization fails to schedule—or appear for—a scheduled judicial proceeding, and the discipline officer has, in good faith, exhausted reasonable efforts to schedule the meeting, the discipline officer may make a determination based on the information available. If the student/student organization is found responsible, the officer may impose sanctions. This decision shall be communicated in writing to the student/student organization via NSU email. By failing to schedule or appear for a scheduled conference, students/student organizations waive their right to appeal the decision. Failure to appear for a scheduled proceeding may also result in a student account hold. After the conclusion of the judicial proceeding, the student/student organization will receive a written statement as to the disposition of the case, with information regarding each violation alleged. For any graduate or professional student, a copy of the final disposition will be provided to the dean’s office of the student’s/student organization’s college. Sanctions If, following a judicial proceeding, the student/student organization is found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility, the discipline officer will decide on the sanction to be imposed. One or more of the following sanctions may be imposed for violations: Expulsion—A permanent dismissal from the university with no right for future readmission under any circumstances. A student who has been expelled is barred from campus-visiting privileges. Suspension—A mandatory separation from the university for a period of time specified in an order of suspension. An application for admission will not be entertained until the period of separation indicated in the suspension order has elapsed. Readmission is subject to approval of the university. During the period of suspension, the student is barred from campus-visiting privileges unless specific permission is granted by the vice president of Student Affairs, or designee. Temporary Suspension—Action taken by the vice president of Student Affairs or the dean of students that requires a student’s temporary separation from the university until a final determination is made of whether a student is in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility. Final Disciplinary Probation—A disciplinary sanction serving notice to a student that the student’s behavior is in flagrant violation of university standards, under which the following conditions exist: a. T he sanction is for the remainder of the student’s career and may be reviewed by the vice president of Student Affairs no sooner than two regular academic semesters—or equivalent—after the sanction is imposed. After two semesters in attendance, a student may initiate a request, in writing, for reduction of the sanction to disciplinary probation, but must also demonstrate reason to substantiate the request.