During the next few years, your student will grow personally, academically and professionally. He or she will make some very difficult decisions, some of which may have severe consequences. We also understand that mistakes will be made and that not every action is intentional.
The Office of Student Conduct is designed to provide fair, firm, and consistent adjudication of students who have violated the university's code of conduct. The philosophy of the office is that its policies are an extension of the university’s educational mission. By holding students accountable for their actions and imposing consequences, their educational and personal growth is enhanced.
Our code of conduct is outlined in the Providence Student Handbook. We encourage both parents and students to review the information.
As a parent, it’s important that you understand the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which defines and protects your student’s rights once he or she is registered for classes. FERPA limits the information with respect to your student's educational record that we can share with you. Even if the student signs a consent form, the information that you may be allowed to review will be limited. However, we are allowed to share information if the incident relates to drugs, alcohol, or a life threatening situation. Please refer to the Student Handbook for a more detailed explanation of FERPA.
A student’s conduct file remains part of his or her educational record for seven years. During this time the university may receive background checks from internal departments and external potential employees. If your student is interested in transferring schools, we may also receive a request for records by the respective school. Your student may not be eligible for academic programs such as SWEP, externships, study abroad, etc., if he or she has a conduct file.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office, 401-598-4622.