Ohio University

Information for Parents

Background

In the Fall 1998, the law that prohibited colleges and universities from releasing disciplinary records of students 18 years of age or older without their consent was amended. As a result, public colleges and universities were given the option of informing parents/guardians of alcohol and other drug offenses committed by their students who are under 21 years of age. This change in the law prompted Ohio University to study the issue.

After study and discussion with students, faculty, and administrators on campus, Ohio University decided to implement a parental/guardian notification program during the 1999-2000 academic year. The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility notifies parents/guardians of students who are under the age of 21 years and who have less than 90 credit hours and are found responsible for alcohol and other drug offenses of Ohio University's student code of conduct.

Details of Notification

When students under the age of 21 are found responsible either for a Code B or Code A alcohol or other drug offense the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility will routinely notify students' parents/guardians in writing.

Please see Ohio University policy 12-020. 
 

Written notification will detail the fact that the student has been found responsible for an alcohol or other drug offense and provide the specific disposition of the case. The notice will not include specific details of the offense(s) for which the student is found responsible, or the circumstances surrounding the offense(s). Parents/guardians interested in specific information concerning the outcome of their student's disciplinary case are encouraged to discuss the case with their student. If questions remain, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility.

Where Will Notice Be Sent?

The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility will send written notice of students' substantiated alcohol and other drug offenses to parents/guardians at the permanent address provided to the Office of the Registrar. Because this address is provided to the Office of the Registrar by students, parents/guardians and students are encouraged to ensure that the permanent address on file is indeed the address to which parents want notices about alcohol and other drug offenses sent.

Note: The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility will not notify parents/guardians when students are charged with allegations of misconduct. Parents/guardians interested in knowing when allegations of alcohol or other drug misconduct are brought against their students are encouraged to make arrangements with their students to have them disclose this information when they are notified in writing by the university of an allegation of misconduct.

Suggestions for Parents/Guardians Notified of Misconduct

Because parents/guardians play a critically important role in the lives of their college-aged students, parents/guardians can significantly influence their students' decisions concerning alcohol and other drugs. Listed below are some suggestions for parents/guardians notified of alcohol and other drug offenses

  1. Discuss the details of the case involving your student, including specific offense(s), circumstances surrounding the offense, and disciplinary sanction imposed; consult the Ohio University's student code of conduct for the specific university definition of the offense(s) and sanction imposed in your student's case. The code of conduct in its entirety can be found on our website.
  2. Discuss with your student your expectations for appropriate future conduct;
  3. Reinforce the relationship between academic success and responsible conduct;
  4. Assess whether professional assistance is warranted to address your student's potential alcohol or other drug abuse problem; and
  5. Contact the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility with any remaining questions concerning your student's disciplinary case either by calling (740) 593-2629 or e-mailing communitystandards@ohio.edu.