Initial Review Letter for Code of Conduct Violation

The University of Central Florida outlines all expectations for student behavior in The Golden Rule. This handbook describes how students are expected to conduct themselves at all times when they’re enrolled at UCF. A student does not have to be on campus to be charged with a code of conduct violation as the rules apply wherever students are at all times.

If a student is observed violating the code of conduct, a handwritten letter must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct. Once that letter is received, the Office of Student Conduct will handle the accusation by conducting an initial investigation and sending an initial review letter.

Who Receives an Initial Review Letter?

Any student who is accused of a code of conduct violation will receive an initial review letter from the OCS. The initial review letter includes:

  • Description of the violation
  • Date of violation
  • Description of possible sanctions

Students can receive code of conduct letters for behaviors including:

  • Academic misconduct
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Drug offenses
  • Larceny
  • Firearm offenses
  • Hazing
  • Misuse of university property
  • Alcoholic beverage violations
  • …and more

Any time a student receives a letter from the Office of Student Conduct they should take the situation seriously.

What Should I Do With a Review Letter?

Once a student receives a letter from the Office of Student Conduct regarding a violation, they have seven days to appeal the charges. Students can submit an appeal to the OCS by writing a letter. Once the letter is received, an appellate representative will review the letter for evidence of why the student may not be guilty of the charges. It’s essential that the letter to the OCS include as many credible details as possible; otherwise, it will be thrown out and the appeal will not be upheld.

Who Can Help Me Resolve Code of Conduct Violations?

If you receive a letter from the Office of Student Conduct, the first step is to contact your academic advisor. They’re knowledgeable about the process and will help you understand the actions you need to take to appeal your case.

Students who are found guilty of code of conduct violations receive permanent marks on their academic records. These marks can prevent them from receiving scholarships, enrolling in graduate programs, or completing essential internships and/or coursework.

In addition to contacting your academic advisor, it’s important to seek legal counsel. Some violations are also subject to criminal charges. Penalties for criminal charges include:

  • Fines
  • Incarceration
  • Probation
  • …and more

In a case where a student faces criminal charges as well as academic charges, their entire future is at stake.

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If you just received a letter from the OCS in the mail, there’s no better time to contact a trusted attorney than now. At The Umansky Law Firm, we are experienced criminal defense lawyers who understand what you’re going through. Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience representing individuals across Central Florida and providing second chances. We want to help you get a second chance, too.

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