The purpose of the university conduct system is to guide students toward more mature and positive decision making. One way of doing this is to provide students found responsible for violating a university policy with educational assignments. Students may be required to demonstrate responsibility as a member of the university community by performing certain reasonable and relevant educational activities. We want students to learn from the experience that brought them to our office and we believe the educational assignment we provide will help students meet that goal.

Educational assignments are based on an individual assessment of each case, and can reflect both the need of the student and their violation of policy. For example, not all alcohol beverage violations will result in alcohol education. Thus, there may be situations in which an individualized assignment is given.

These are the most common educational assignments for students in the conduct process:

 

Reflection papers can either reflect on the educational assignment given or can simply serve as an opportunity to reflect on a violation. Follow the instructions on the assignment sheet provided at the hearing. If the paper does not meet the minimum requirements or the hearing officer does not find the paper satisfactory, the hearing officer can return the paper and require it to be rewritten. Students are typically given three weeks to complete reflection papers. All assignments need to be submitted electronically to the hearing officer on or before the due date.

This class consists of two 2-hour sessions that provide information on:

  • alcohol consumption patterns of students at Virginia Tech
  • Virginia and Virginia Tech alcohol laws and policies
  • alcohol effects on the body
  • tolerance
  • alcohol dependence
  • lowering risk
  • choosing not to drink
  • specific consumption guidelines and tips

The course also reviews self-management strategies for monitoring and controlling consumption. Participants are required to keep a daily drinking log for three weeks, complete all assignments prior to the second class, demonstrate knowledge of the course materials with 80 percent accuracy upon course completion and participate in a 30-minute exit interview with the facilitator to discuss future plans.

A fee will be charged to your student account (this fee covers the cost associated with administrating, facilitating, updating/revising, and evaluating your alcohol education experience).

This program consists of two or more individual sessions with a member of the staff at the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center. The first meeting will last approximately 90 minutes and the following sessions will last approximately 60 minutes. These individual session will provide information on:

  • personal alcohol and/or drug use patterns
  • Virginia and Virginia Tech alcohol and/or drug laws and policies
  • alcohol and/or drug effects on the body
  • tolerance and alcohol and/or drug dependence
  • lowering risk
  • choosing not to drink
  • managing an alcohol or drug problem

The Motivational Interview and Substance Use programs also review self-management strategies and potential dependency. Participants are required to keep a drinking or usage log during the weeks between meetings. This course represents the highest level of alcohol and drug education the office is able to provide. Students may be referred to the Cook Counseling Center or an off-campus addictions center.

A fee of will be charged to your student account (this fee covers the cost associated with administrating, facilitating, updating/revising, and evaluating your alcohol education experience)

This sanction is a strengths-based assessment that is designed for the student to identify, understand, reflect upon, and leverage their talents, passions, and strengths. Students will use their Hokie PID to access the StrengthQuest website and complete the StrengthQuest assessment. StrengthsQuest is free for all Virginia Tech community members.  Once the student has completed the assessment, they will complete written, reflective worksheets. Students will be able to identify their top five strengths and how to utilize them in their personal, academic and professional environments.

You will receive an email regarding your class date within three weeks of your hearing. You are responsible for checking your Virginia Tech email account for the email notification. Classes are taught by professional staff members and peer advisors of the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center. Notification will also take place via your Scholar account.

A $25 administrative fee will be charged to your student account if you reschedule your class date, or fail to attend your class. You may also receive a "Failure to Comply with a University Official" conduct referral for a repeated failure to attend your scheduled class. Additionally, as stated in your decision letter, failure to complete the educational activity by the time prescribed by Student Conduct will result in one semester of suspension from the university. Failure of student organizations to complete the educational activity by the time prescribed by the hearing officer will result in withdrawal of university recognition for one semester.

You must arrive on time or you will not be admitted to the class. The only excused absences are for:

  • a common-time exam
  • illness as documented via university procedures
  • special circumstances as approved by the Dean of Students Office (please provide at least 24 hours notice when possible)

Fees are charged as a "Health Services Fee" and are submitted to the recipient(s) of your online bill. Do not bring payment to the Student Conduct office or to the class.

Student Conduct wants to support our students' holistic success.  A Plan of Action is a reflective, written assignment that allows students to set goals in multiple areas of their life, including Substance Use, Academics, Personal, etc.  In addition to seting goals, students will identify potential obstacles as well as resources to help overcome said obstacles.  Students are required to submit this Plan of Action to their conduct officer via email on or before the due date.

Student Conduct values being relationally driven and supporting students through continued connections.  As such, students might be required to attend one or more follow up meetings with their conduct officer after a conduct matter is resolved.  

For more information about each educational class or program please contact us. As stated in your decision letter, failure to complete the educational activity by the prescribed time will result in one semester of suspension form the university. Failure of student organizations to complete the educational activity by the prescribed time will result in withdrawal of university recognition for one semester.