Reporting offenses

Any member (faculty, staff, or student) or recognized group of the Purchase College community may file a report alleging a violation of college policy whenever it is believed that a behavior warrants attention of the campus discipline system. Any violations of the Student Code of Conduct are to be reported either to the Office of Community Standards, Office of Residence Life, or University Police.

If you would like to file a report with Community Standards, please contact saf.conduct@purchase.edu for instructions and access to the incident report link.

If you are seeking additional information pertaining to Academic Integrity, Section A: Academic Integrity and Academic Integrity: Resources for Faculty and Students provides guidance. 

Notification of Charges and Initial Conference

The Office of Community Standards follows the campus email policy which states that email is the college’s primary means of communication between students, faculty, and staff. Messages  will be sent to your official Purchase email account. Students are responsible for the consequences of not reading communications sent to their account in a timely manner.

If a student has allegedly violated the Student Code of Conduct, a “Disciplinary Specification of Charges” letter will be sent to the student’s official Purchase email account arranging a meeting, which is called an initial conference. The initial conference officer will schedule an initial conference and notify the accused in writing of the time and place of the meeting, which is usually conducted within seven (7) working days from the date of notification of the incident report. 

The Office of Disability Resources (ODR) coordinates academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities to ensure equal access to all programs, services, and activities at Purchase College. If you have a disability and require accommodations throughout the conduct process, please call or e-mail the ODR to initiate your request for accommodations, (914) 251-6035, odr@purchase.edu.

At the initial conference the charges are explained and the accused student is made aware of the range of sanctions for each code violation. Any finding issued by the Initial Conference Officer will be determine on the basis of the information/evidence presented and what is “more probable than not” (aka preponderance of evidence).  During the scheduled time of the initial conference, the accused student may elect one of the following courses of action:

  1. The accused student may elect not to appear. In these cases all statements obtained by the initial conference officer and the violations outlined in the specification of charges are considered true and accurate, and appropriate administrative action is taken.
  2. If the initial conference officer deems the information obtained does not support the allegation, they may elect to administratively find the student not responsible.
  3. The accused student may accept responsibility for the charges pending, waive their right to a hearing, and agree to accept the sanction determined by the initial conference officer. By signing the initial conference summary/finding form the sanction is issued immediately.
  4. The accused student may disagree with the finding and/or sanction determined by the initial conference officer and elect to have an administrative or committee hearing

The  sexual and interpersonal violence hearing web page can provide more information related to reporting and investigation procedures related to violations involving sexual and interpersonal violence.