The AUM student disciplinary processes are centered on the premise that the student accountability system is one that promotes education and growth. In particular, the Student Discipline Code outlines clear expectations for student behavior as well as the process for which the University provides all students and student organizations with fair and impartial opportunities to address alleged violations of the Code.
Students, student organizations, and members of the campus community are encouraged to become familiar with the Student Discipline Code. Any questions regarding interpretation or application of the Student Discipline Code should be directed to the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs.
The Office of Accountability & Advocacy is responsible for maintaining and protecting students’ non-academic disciplinary records. Students’ disciplinary records are considered a part of their educational records. Therefore, disciplinary records receive all protections afforded by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Except for certain exemptions, student’s educational records shall not be disclosed without their consent.
In line with its efforts to create and maintain a safe environment that is conducive to learning, AUM upholds an Anit-Hazing Policy. The University defines Hazing as “…any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.”.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S. Code § 1681) mandates that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
AUM students and community members should report all potential concerns regarding the Title IX policy violations. Title IX Coordinator, Leslie Meadows is the individual designated to address Title IX concerns. Lelsie can be reached at 334-244-3755 and/or [email protected].
The OAA is responsible for conducting respective background checks for students such as Disciplinary Clearances, Dean Certifications, and Admission Clearances for AUM applicants with prior and/ or pending criminal records.
External entities (i.e. law enforcement agencies, Boards of Bar Examiners, transfer colleges/universities, etc.) might request that students (current or former) complete a background check to verify the student’s disciplinary history. The OAA maintains student’s non-academic disciplinary records at AUM and therefore conduct background checks related to non-academic disciplinary inquiries only. All requests for background check must be accompanied by documentation with the student’s name and signature noting that they authorize the release of their records to the entity (i.e. individuals, organizations, agencies, etc.) requesting the information. All requests will be processed in the order in which they were received. Therefore, requests can be expected to be completed within 3- 5 business days. Contact the OAA at [email protected] with any questions, concerns, or if any clarification is necessary.
Working in tandem with the Office of Admissions, the Office of Accountability & Advocacy is responsible for reviewing undergraduate and graduate applicants for admission to AUM who notes that they have a record of criminal conduct. It is the responsibility of applicants to provide necessary documentation and information to assist with the OAA’s duty to review their application with regard to any criminal history so that a decision can be rendered in the Admissions Clearance process.
Upon receipt of the OAA’s recommendation, the Office of Admissions will make and communicate to the applicant, the final decision on behalf of the University, regarding the application for admission.
*A criminal record is not necessarily a bar to admission. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.
The Drug–Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 applies to institutions that receive Federal funding and requires that they adopt and implement a Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP) for students and employees that, at a minimum, includes:
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