Student Conduct & Study Abroad Programs: FAQs

1.  What is the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities document?

The Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities outline the expectations (rules) that UNH has for its community members.  More information can be found here: http://www.unh.edu/vpsas/handbook/welcome-university-new-hampshire.

2.  Do the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities apply to me while I am studying abroad?

Yes. The UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities apply to all persons who have a continuing relationship with the University of New Hampshire regardless of where learning occurs. 

3.  Does this mean I do not have to abide by the rules of my host institution or laws of my host country?

By electing to participate in a UNH approved, exchange or managed program, you must abide by the host institution rules and the laws governing the host country and to uphold the expectations outlined in the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities.   

4. What happens if I violate the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities or my host institution rules or my host country laws?

Depending on the alleged violation(s), one of two processes will likely be followed.  For less serious violation(s) where a separation sanction is not a possibility, the violation may be documented on a violation form.  For more serious violation(s) where a separation sanction is a possibility, a student may be required to attend a formal hearing.  A violation of the host institution rules or host country laws will be applied to the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities and Student Code of Conduct.

5.  How will the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities about alcohol be applied abroad?

Although the possession and consumption of alcohol may be legal in most countries, the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities prohibits, among other things, public intoxication, excessive consumption and consumption leading to injury or illness. In the wake of even one incident of public intoxication or a call to the emergency room, study abroad staff may inform a student that the incident constitutes a violation, which may result in a requirement to abstain entirely from consuming alcohol. Violation of the terms of probation could result in the student’s dismissal from the program and suspension from UNH. As described elsewhere in this FAQ, the hearing on the charge leading to dismissal may be by electronic means while the student is still abroad.

6.  What is a violation form and how will the process work when I am studying abroad?

A violation form is a means to resolve less serious violation(s) of the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities in an informal process. The form will contain information about the alleged violation(s).  The student may choose to resolve the matter by accepting responsibility and the prescribed sanctions as outlined on the form.  The form is then forwarded to the UNH Office of Conduct and Mediation where it will be kept on file.

If the student does not agree with the alleged violation(s) and prescribed sanctions, the student will have the ability to meet with the person alleging the violation(s) to discuss the incident.  Once this meeting has occurred, if the student still does not agree with the alleged violation(s) or prescribed sanctions, the student may request a formal review of violation form ONLY if sanctioned with probation.  If the student is not sanctioned with probation, the violation form is final and the process ends.

If the student is out of the country, this process may be handled electronically.  The student would receive an electronic copy of the violation form in his or her UNH e-mail account and any meetings will take place via e-mail, iChat, AIM, Skype or similar technology. In some instances, the formal conduct and mediation process could start when the student returns to Durham.

7.  What is a formal hearing and how will the process work when I am studying abroad?

In an incident involving serious violation(s) of the UNH Student Rights, Rules and Responsibilities, or in the event that the new violation could result in a separation sanction, the student shall have the right to a hearing to determine responsibility for the charges and impose the appropriate sanctions.  The student will be formally notified of the charges by receipt of a form called an incident report, and the student will be asked to meet with the person alleging the violation(s) to discuss the incident within a specified timeframe.  After this meeting, the incident report will be forwarded to the UNH Office of Conduct and Mediation to start the formal hearing process.  For more specific information regarding the hearing process, visit the UNH Office of Conduct and Mediation website at http://www.unh.edu/ocm/studentinfo.htm.

If the student is out of the country, correspondence regarding this process will be handled electronically.  A meeting with the person alleging violation(s) may take place via e-mail, iChat, AIM, Skype or similar technology.  The formal hearing will take place using Skype or similar technology.  The Office of Conduct and Mediation will work with the student through this process.

8.  What is probation?

Probation is a written reprimand for violation of specified regulations.  Probation is for a designated period of time and serves as a reminder that any further misconduct could lead to additional and more serious sanctions being imposed. Being on probation may also impact participation in activities such as studying abroad.

9.  Can I be sanctioned with probation while I am studying abroad?

Yes.

10.  What is a separation sanction?

A separation sanction means that the student is separated from the University in some manner.  Examples of separation sanctions include, but are not limited to, eviction from housing, expulsion from housing, separation from the study abroad program, suspension and dismissal.

11.  Can separation sanctions apply to me while I am studying abroad?

Yes.

12.  Whom can I contact if I have questions regarding the student conduct process and how it applies to me while I am abroad?

You may contact the Office of Conduct and Mediation via e-mail at judicial.clerk@unh.edu or phone at (603) 862-3377.