Referrals to Student Conduct can be made by anyone regardless of their affiliation with Virginia Tech. The referring individual should know that when accepting a referral we are looking to determine if any policies have been violated as defined in the Hokie Handbook, University Policies for Student Life and the Student Code of Conduct. Virginia Tech will receive conduct referrals from local police departments, student and non-student victims, off campus neighbors, colleges/universities, etc.
To make a referral to Student Conduct, simply write or type a statement of the alleged incident, sign and date it, and mail or deliver it to Student Conduct. Be sure to include the name of the student you are referring (or as much of the name as you know and any other identifying information) on the referral.
Student Conduct will read the referral, assign charges and in some cases, set up separate pre-hearing conferences with you and the charged students. After that meeting, the date and time for the conduct meeting or formal hearing will be determined. We will make every effort to accommodate all students’ academic schedules when setting the hearing time.
If you are concerned about your safety, contact Student Conduct and we will require the charged student to have no contact with you from the time you make the referral until after the outcome of the hearing.
A referral should be made as quickly as possible. However, the case can be heard as long as the charged student is still a student at the time the referral is brought forward. Check out the Student Conduct FAQ section for the definition of a student.
Students who feel they have been the victim of gender-based violence may initiate university disciplinary action against the alleged assailant. The student can participate in the investigations conducted by the title IX coordinator or his/her designee which will serve as the conduct referral. In addition, the student may submit a written narrative of the incident in question to Student Conduct and may attend the Student Conduct hearing for the respondent. The student making a complaint may choose to have a support person with them at the hearing. Initiating university Student Conduct action against the accused does not preclude taking civil or criminal action. Students who pursue university Student Conduct action will be notified throughout the Student Conduct process. This notification includes notice of the outcome and the opportunity to appeal the decision.