Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Disciplinary Review Board
Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures
This document provides for disciplinary action for students who engage in various forms of nonacademic misconduct. Such incidents of misconduct could include underage drinking, drug possession, vandalism, assault, classroom or activity disruptions, theft, and various forms of disorderly conduct.
When prospective and returning students indicate on the application involvement in a criminal act or unlawful violation the file is reviewed by the Disciplinary Review Board for recommendation of acceptance or denial.
Authority and Responsibility for Student Discipline
The responsibility for discipline is delegated by the President to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Cases involving the welfare and safety of the University are reviewed by the Disciplinary Review Board.
B. Vice President for Student Affairs
C. Disciplinary Committee
The President and Vice President for Student Affairs has the authority to override the Committee’s decision of non approval.
The Committee has jurisdiction over cases of violations of the law referred to it by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The Committee will operate under the operational procedures provided in these policies and procedures and will provide a just and fair deliberation. The decisions of Committee are also subject to review and appeal as provided in these policies and procedures.
Operational Procedure Of The Committee
This committee shall be chaired by a designee appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and shall include at a minimum the following members, the Director of Admissions (ex officio), a representative from Campus Security, a representative from Counseling and Assessment Services, a representative from Judicial Affairs, a representative from Student Government, and a representative from the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The committee members shall serve three-year terms.
The Duties Of The Committee
Review petitions submitted by the Admissions Office regarding the status of applicants/students and make recommendations to approve or deny entry to the University.
The Committee shall submit a written report to Undergraduate Admissions consisting of:
a. the findings of the board, and, if applicable,
b. the sanction(s) recommended,
The applicant/student shall be notified in writing of the findings of the hearing board and the proposed sanctions, which shall become effective unless the student makes a written appeal.
The statement on the application is as indicated: Have you ever been charged with a violation of the law which resulted in, or if still pending could result in, probation, community service, a jail sentence, or the revocation or suspension of your driver's license (including traffic violations which resulted in a fine of $200 or more)?
1. The applicant will provide a statement regarding the situation(s).
2. The applicant/student will furnish FAMU with a list of all violations.
3. The staff will determine if additional documents are required for further evaluation. If additional information is needed to aid in evaluation, a document request in writing will be submitted to the applicant.
4. The applicant/student is required to furnish FAMU with a copy of the criminal background history from each state in which the violation(s) occurred. If the violation(s) occurred in Florida, the criminal background history can be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 1700 Lee Hall Drive, FHAC, G-9, Tallahassee FL 32307-3200 from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Content/home.aspx) and other Law Enforcement agencies.
Have you ever been charged with a felony (even if adjudication was withheld)? You are also required to furnish a statement regarding the situation(s). Submit a criminal history record that that will be evaluated to be considered for admission.
Upon receipt of the application information is reviewed and the decision is made by appropriate Admissions Officer and the Director to determine if the file warrants further review by the Disciplinary Review Board.
If so, the following documents are requested from the applicant:
a. A letter of appeal
b. A copy of the criminal history record (Florida Department of Law Enforcement or an out-of-state law enforcement agency, if applicable)
c. At least three (3) letters of recommendation:
1. One from current or former probation officer to include documentation from the probation department regarding payment, restitution, or if in compliance with rules or policies, if applicable; and
2. two letters from individuals other than family members
d. At the time of submission, all applications must be completed with all aforementioned paperwork. If the application does not have ALL the necessary documents, the application will be sent back to the applicant/student.
e. The personal statement will be evaluated on detailed account of circumstances, demonstration of remorse, acceptance of responsibility for actions, and an identified plan of action for success and/or goals.
Timeline For Submission Of Application/Review Of Application
Spring Semester: Deadline for submission is November 1st and will be reviewed by December 1st.
Summer Semester: Deadline for submission is March 1st and will be reviewed by April 1st.
Fall Semester: Deadline for submission is May 1st and will be reviewed by June 1st.