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Can the university take judicial action against me for things I have done off-campus?

In short, yes. The university's Student Code of Conduct states that "students whose conduct threatens to cause disorder, public disturbances, danger to themselves or others, or property damage will be disciplined." This means that students found responsible for violating the law, or rules and regulations of the university, are subject to the university's disciplinary process. The university reserves the right to take disciplinary action based upon conduct by students occurring off-campus and between academic periods.

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How can I be tried by civil jurisdictions and by Mississippi State University? Isn't this double jeopardy?

Such dual prosecution is not double jeopardy because the two proceedings impose different kinds of sanctions to protect different kinds of state interests. The Constitution's double jeopardy clause applies only to successive criminal prosecutions for the same offense and the existence of two separate proceedings does not necessarily violate a student's privilege against self-incrimination. The University may pursue disciplinary action even if the criminal charges involving a student are incomplete, reduced, or dismissed.

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What kinds of sanctions might I face for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct?

The answer to this question lies in the nature of the violation and a student's previous disciplinary history. The Student Code of Conduct states that the maximum sanction a student may receive is expulsion from the university. Other sections of the Student Code of Conduct regarding alcohol, possession of firearms, and academic misconduct provide specific sanctions or sanctioning guidelines.

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Where will my case by adjudicated?

The Student Code of Conduct states that "the Dean of Students, by delegated authority, is assigned the responsibility of receiving and dealing with all disciplinary matters concerning the behavior of individuals, groups, and/or student organizations." The Dean of Students, who has sole discretion, may assign cases to the Greek Conduct Board (for incidents involving Greek social organizations), the Student Conduct Board (for incidents involving individuals or groups, regardless of place of occurrence), or he may impanel a special administrative board under special cases or circumstances.

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I have questions about my academic program. Who should I contact?

All questions regarding academic matters (add/drop of course, course withdrawal, advising, etc.) should be directed toward each students' academic advisor. Students who do not know their advisor should contact the College or School related to their major. Students not yet declaring a major should contact the University Academic Advising Center, 48 Magruder St., telephone (662) 325-4052, FAX (662) 325-4026.

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I will be, or have been absent from class. Who do I see regarding an excuse?

Upon registration, the student accepts the responsibility of attending all classes and completing any academic requirements the instructor may prescribe. Except in extreme circumstances, absences are generally a matter between the instructor and the student. Among the reasons absences are considered excused by the university are the following:

  • Participation in an authorized university activity.
  • Death or major illness in a students immediate family.
  • Illness of a dependent family member.
  • Participation in legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require a students presence.
  • Religious holy day.
  • Illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class.
  • Required participation in military duties.
  • Mandatory admission interviews for professional or graduate school, which cannot be rescheduled.

It is the students responsibility to secure documentation of an illness from a physician. The documentation must contain the date and time the student sought treatment. Based upon the documentation, the instructor will decide whether makeup work will be allowed.

Because absence from class is detrimental to the learning process, faculty may choose to penalize the student for excessive absences, which may result in a lower grade. Faculty must specify their attendance requirements as related to grading in the course syllabus.

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I have been charged with a violation of the Honor Code. What do I need to do?

Mississippi State University takes a very strong stand in protecting the integrity and the academic mission of our institution. All students who sign an application for admission agree to follow the university Honor Code Policy, which can be viewed by clicking the link below. This policy has explicit procedures and instructions that will explain the process to you. If you should have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in the office. Honor Code Policies and Procedures - http://students.msstate.edu/honorcode/

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What is the Bulldog Handbook?

The Bulldog Handbook used to be a printed document that described the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of individual students and registered organizations at Mississippi State University, as well as policies and regulations regarding campus control and campus use, traffic regulations, housing and residence life, and other miscellaneous campus policies. This document no longer exists in print form and can now be found on-line. It is referred to as University Policies Relating to Students. All students are expected to be familiar with, and to observe, these University Policies and Regulations.

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