Parent Handbook Contents
- Message from the Interim Dean of Students
- What You Should Know About:
- Parenting a College Student
- Family Education & Rights to Privacy Act
- Campus Resources & Services
- Selected College Policies & Regulations
- Conduct Process
- Fee Information
- Whom to Contact to Get Questions Answered
What You Should Know About: Conduct Process
Kelly Smolinsky, Conduct Officer
Campus Center 150, 240-895-3181
The mission of Student Conduct is to ensure the timely, fair, and consistent adjudication of alleged violations of the College's Student Conduct Code while adhering to the tenets of due process and confidentiality. The conduct system strives to provide learning opportunities and experiences for students found responsible for conduct detrimental to themselves, their peers, and the College community, as well as protect each student's relevant rights.
The campus conduct process is educational, with an emphasis on personal responsibility and commitment to community standards. It is the philosophy of this College, as reflected in the conduct process, that inappropriate behavior be redirected rather than punished. Serious and ongoing violations of the College’s student code of conduct, however, may result in suspension or expulsion from the College and/or criminal prosecution.
Each SMCM student is entrusted with the responsibility of upholding community standards, as set forth in the Code, as well as county, state, and federal laws.
In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, Public Law 101-542, St. Mary’s College of Maryland will make available, upon request, a report on graduation rates and a campus security report. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research or Public Safety. In addition, in compliance with the Federal Education Rights to Privacy Act of 1994 (FERPA), staff members cannot discuss conduct cases with parents unless the student submits prior written consent.
Students, as members of the College community, have certain rights. These rights shall include the freedom to pursue educational goals, the freedom of expression and inquiry, the right to privacy and confidentiality of records, and the right to due process as established in the Code of Student Conduct. These rights are subject to the limitations of the Code.
We expect our students to uphold certain responsibilities:
- The responsibility for acting in such a manner as to ensure that other students enjoy the rights mentioned above.
- The responsibility for respecting and complying with College rules and regulations.
- The responsibility for respecting and complying with local, state, and federal law.
- The responsibility for acting in a manner which promotes an atmosphere of learning and free expression.
- The responsibility to respect the human rights, dignity, and worth of every individual in the College community.
To The Point, the student handbook, is published online each year. Students are required to abide by the policies and procedures outlined in the handbook, on the Housing Contract, Resident Student Handbook, and as noted on the College’s Web site. For more information about the student conduct process, please visit the student conduct website.