Community Standards

The mission of Fairleigh Dickinson University Community Standards is to support the mission of FDU through the implementation of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, a due-process judicial system, intervention programs and educational programs/sanctions.

Through outreach and education to the University community, community standards strives to make FDU a positive living and learning environment. In addition, community standards will:

  • Develop, disseminate, interpret and enforce campus regulations.
  • Protect the rights of students (as stated in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.
  • Advocate for and refer student concerns appropriately.
  • Facilitate and encourage respect for the University community.
  • Develop, implement and encourage educational programs and activities that serve to prevent violations through active learning.
  • Maintain student records in the Dean of Students Office as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Respond to all matters and issues in a manner that upholds the ethical standards of the profession and all appropriate federal and state laws.
  • In a learning community, it is imperative to have policies, rules and regulations established to protect the rights of every student and to ensure the orderly operation of the University

Community Standards Process

Every situation that comes through the community standards process begins with a report.  Most of the time a report comes in from Public Safety, an RA, or both.  Upon receipt of the report, a hearing officer reviews it to determine if there may have been a violation University policy and who may have been involved.  Those identified then receive a letter explaining they need to meet with the hearing officer.  In that meeting, they will have a choice of continuing to speak with that individual or scheduling a meeting with the Campus Standards Committee.