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EXPECTATIONS

Newhouse LA is an elite program, and we regard it as a privilege to attend.  We expect a high level of professional and personal behavior to carry through to all that you do while you spend your semester in Los Angeles.

Additionally, NEWHOUSE LA is committed to your health and safety while studying in Los Angeles.  You must be in good conduct standing with your home college to be eligible to study in Los Angeles and must maintain this standing throughout your term in Los Angeles.  

Newhouse LA program participants are held accountable to the Newhouse LA Administration, the Dean and Department chair of their home college, the Syracuse University Office of Community Standards, and the SU Department of Public Safety (DPS) while in Los Angeles. 

OVERVIEW

The most effective learning occurs in an environment that is safe and characterized by integrity and mutual respect among members of the community.  Newhouse LA fosters such an environment by expecting that program participants adhere to documented Standards of Behavior.  Adherence to principles of good conduct promotes safety, a respect for cultural diversity, and the fullest access to all there is to learn during your off-campus west coast experience.  The Newhouse LA Program is committed to principles of fundamental fairness when considering administrative action for cases of alleged student misconduct.  Toward this end, this document details both the Newhouse LA Standards of Behavior and its relationship with the SU Code of Student Conduct as well as the process by which the Newhouse LA program will review incidents of misconduct. 

NEWHOUSE LA STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR

Students participating in the Newhouse LA program, regardless of their home college, must abide by the following:

  • State laws and cultural norms of the state of California
  • Housing rules as detailed by the Kapi Residences Apartment Complex, the, Newhouse LA Administration and the SU Office of Real Estate
  • Policies and procedures of internship host companies
  • Syracuse University code of student conduct

Examples of Newhouse LA Program Standards of Behavior violations include but are not limited to:

  1. Actions that are considered abusive, harassing, or actions that physically harm or threaten physical harm to any persons (including but not limited to: NEWHOUSE LA administration, NEWHOUSE LA instructors, Newhouse LA program students, alumni, and mentors, residents and staff of Kapi Residences, host internship company employees, oneself).
  2. Actions or behavior that is disruptive or threatens to impede order to the normal course of the classroom activities.
  3. Damage to property (including but not limited to Kapi Residences, NEWHOUSE LA Headquarters, host internship company, another student’s personal property).
  4. Violation of Kapi Residences housing rules.
  5. Violation of host internship company policies and procedures that jeopardizes the relationship between NEWHOUSE LA, the Newhouse LA Program and its established internship providers.
  6. Disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and/or excessive use of alcohol. (re: state laws of CA)
  7. Use or distribution of illegal drugs. (re: state laws of CA) While marijuana may be legal in the state of California, it is still a violation of Federal Law, and it is strictly prohibited by the University’s standards of student behavior. 

Students who violate the policies are subject to administrative actions by the Newhouse LA administration.  Reports of misconduct will be provided to the student’s home college, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, and the Department of Public Safety as detailed below.  All students are expected to be aware of the policies and abide by them.

ACCOUNTABILITY PROCESS

The process outlined below describes how you will be held accountable when your behaviors do not match the Newhouse LA Program Standards of Behavior.

  1. Documentation: Documentation occurs when a student or staff member observes a situation or obtains information that may indicate individual student behavior has deviated from expectations.  Details of the incident will be documented via an incident report, and you may be asked for information as part of this process.  Keep in mind that failure to comply with directives of Newhouse LA staff made while exercising their duties violates behavioral standards and may constitute a separate violation of the Standards of Behavior.  Incident reports are filed with the Newhouse LA program director.
  2. Initial Review: The Newhouse LA program director will determine whether the information in the incident report constitutes a violation of behavioral standards.  If the Newhouse LA program director determines that the incident report reflects a violation of behavioral standards, the student will be issued a warning and/or called to a meeting.
  3. Notice: If the incident is determined to be a behavioral standards issue, you will be sent a letter from the Newhouse LA program director outlining the specific behavioral standard(s) violations with which you are charged.  The letter may serve as a formal warning (see Sanctions section), or it will outline a date and time for a meeting with the Newhouse LA program director to discuss these issues.
  4. Meeting: If your letter calls you to a meeting with the Newhouse LA program director, you are required to meet at the time scheduled in the letter unless you have an academic conflict (e.g., class or examination).  The Newhouse LA program director will serve as the hearing officer for the case.  In this meeting you will discuss the incident, and you will be afforded an opportunity to tell your side of the story.  If you are found responsible for violating the Newhouse LA Program Standards of Behavior, a sanction will be determined by the Newhouse LA program director.  
  5. Appeal: You may appeal the decision reached in the initial meeting for the following reasons: (1) procedural error that can be shown to have had a detrimental impact on the outcome of the meeting; (2) grossly inappropriate sanction having no reasonable relationship to the charges; or (3) new evidence not reasonably available at the time of the original meeting.  Appeals may be addressed in writing to the Dean of the student’s home college and the Office of Community Standards within five business days after the written decision has been made available.

SANCTIONS

Students who violate Newhouse LA program Standards of Behavior will be subject to different sanction levels in accordance with the seriousness of the violation.  The levels are:

  1. Warning: In instances of less serious deviation from the Newhouse LA program Standards of Behavior, the student will be formally warned in a letter from the Newhouse LA program director which details the possible consequences of continuing such behavior.
  2. Disciplinary Reprimand: This status indicates that the student has made a serious violation of the Newhouse LA program Standards of Behavior and/or has already received a warning for prior behavior.  Continued poor behavior could lead to disciplinary probation, termination of internship, expulsion from housing, or expulsion from the program. The Newhouse LA program director will formally document that the student’s behavior has been deemed unacceptable.  A copy of the documentation will be sent to the Dean and Department Chair of the student’s home college and the Office of Community Standards.  Sanctions for a disciplinary reprimand may include meeting with a staff member for counseling, completing community service, restitution for damages, and/or writing a research paper.
  3. Disciplinary Probation: This action constitutes a change in status between good standing and suspension or expulsion from the Newhouse LA program.  The student is allowed to remain enrolled in the Newhouse LA program with restrictions.  Further violations may lead to immediate suspension or expulsion from the Newhouse LA program and perhaps the university.  The decision to place a student on disciplinary probation will be made by the Newhouse LA program director in consultation with the Dean and/or Department Chair of the student’s home college. The Newhouse LA program director will formally document the student’s behavior as well as the conditions by which the student will remain enrolled in the program.  A copy of the documentation will be sent to the Dean of the student’s home college and to the Syracuse University Office of Community Standards. The student must have a series of meetings with appropriate staff, abide by the conditions outlined in the formal documentation, complete community service, pay restitution for damages, and/or write a research paper related to the violation. 
  4. Residential Probation: This status indicates that the student has violated housing rules as outlined by the Kapi Residences.  Further violations may result in the immediate removal from housing and/or from the Newhouse LA program.  The decision to place a student on residential probation will be made by the Newhouse LA program director in consultation with the Dean and/or Department Chair of the student’s home college, Kapi Residences personnel, and the SU Office of Real Estate.  The Newhouse LA program director will formally document the student’s behavior as well as the conditions by which the student will remain in Syracuse University sponsored housing.  A copy of the documentation will be sent to the Dean of the student’s home college and to the Syracuse University Office of Community Standards. The student must have a series of meetings with appropriate staff, abide by the conditions outlined in the formal documentation, complete community service, pay restitution, and/or write a research paper related to the violation. 
  5. Residential Relocation or Expulsion: This status indicates that the student is not eligible to live in Syracuse University sponsored housing.  The student will be removed from SU sponsored housing and is required to find and pay for alternative housing for the duration of the program.  There will be no refund of the SU housing fee.  Further violations could result in expulsion from the Newhouse LA program.  The decision to remove or expel students from housing will be made by the Newhouse LA program director in consultation with the Dean and/or Department Chair of the student’s home college, Kapi Residences personnel, and the SU Office of Real Estate. The Newhouse LA program director will formally document the student’s behavior as well as the conditions by which the student will remain enrolled in the program.  A copy of the documentation will be sent to the Dean of the student’s home college, the Syracuse University Office of Community Standards, and the SU Office of Real Estate. 
  6. Suspension or termination from the Newhouse LA program: The Newhouse LA program director may suspend or terminate a student’s participation in the Newhouse LA program in the event the student fails to comply with the Newhouse LA program standards of behavior, the Syracuse University student code of conduct, or if NEWHOUSE LA believes that the student’s participation poses a danger to the student or others or threatens to impede orderly conduct of the Newhouse LA program.  Such suspension or termination is in addition to, and not in lieu of, disciplinary action that may be imposed by Syracuse University or the student’s home college pursuant to applicable policies and procedures. A copy of the documentation will be sent to the Dean of the student’s home college, the Syracuse University Office of Community Standards, the SU Office of Real Estate, and the SU Department of Public Safety. 
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