Criminal Conduct/Civil Offenses Policy

Students at Maryville University (“University”) are members of many communities, including those outside of the University, and are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior in all settings and locations, complying with all University policies and local, state, and federal laws, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (Student Codes).

Criminal Conduct/Civil Offenses

Students: i) with an arrest, citation or charge, other than minor traffic violations (a “Charge”) or ii) who have been found in violation (or have pleaded guilty, been adjudicated as guilty or otherwise formally accepted responsibility) (a “Conviction”) of any local, state, or federal criminal law, or of engaging in behavior that is a civil offense, should be aware that the University may also sanction the student pursuant to the Student Codes, even if the specific criminal conduct/civil offense is not listed in the Prohibited Conduct section of the Student Codes. The University may inform law enforcement of reported criminal conduct.

The University may elect, but is not required, to defer internal action under the Student Codes until prosecution of the criminal conduct has been completed. A finding of “not guilty” or dismissal of criminal Charges will not result in immunity from University disciplinary proceedings.

Reporting Requirement
Students must promptly notify the Dean of Students in writing of any Charge or Conviction occurring while the student is enrolled at the University.

When the University becomes aware of a Charge, acknowledgement will be sent to the student, and the Dean of Students or designee may require that the student attend a review meeting. During the appointment, the following will be discussed: the facts involved in the student’s Charge; the student’s obligation to keep the University informed of the progress of the proceedings; and, the student’s obligation to advise the University of the final disposition.

University Action

The conduct underlining a Charge or Conviction of a student will be reviewed in the context of the Student Codes, irrespective of whether a Charge results in a Conviction. The University may place restrictions on a student’s participation in University courses and activities (up to and including interim suspension) when criminal proceedings are pending against the student that involve an act of violence; the sale, manufacture, or delivery of drugs; or any other conduct that indicates the charged individual may pose a threat to the University community. And, once the University becomes aware that a student has a criminal Conviction, occurring prior to enrollment or while enrolled, involving an act of violence (including any juvenile records concerning sexual offenses, regardless of expungement); the sale, manufacture or delivery of drugs; or any other conduct that indicates the individual may pose a threat to the University community, the University reserves the right to immediately revoke admission; dismiss the student and/or prohibit the student from enrolling in future classes, or limit the access of the student to specific campus facilities, based upon a review of the crime committed by the student.

Policy Revised July 2020