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St. Bonaventure University cultivates a campus environment that is respectful of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service to others. In service to this commitment, we have established policies, procedures, and support mechanisms that campus community members may access when they face conduct issues or need to express or file a complaint.
The documents referenced on this page provide the text of codes and policies relating to student and non-student conduct at St. Bonaventure University.
1. Silent Witness Program
This online form is used to report a crime on campus to the Security Office.
2. Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct previously was identified as “The Student Handbook.” The code’s table of contents provides a detailed list of topics found in its 64 pages and its 23 appendices.
3. Protection of Minors Policy
St. Bonaventure University is committed to the protection of minors on campus and during all University-sponsored events through a combination of formal policy, training, education and appropriate response to complaints and credible suspicion of abuse.
4. Discrimination and Harassment Policy, Procedures and Glossary: CODAH, Advocacy Officers
This includes information about university policy, as well as the mechanisms for resolving complaints by use of the Committee on Discrimination and Harassment (CODAH), and the Advocacy Officers (see p. 7) who investigate charges of discrimination or harassment. Contact an Advocacy Officer.
5. Governing Documents
This page directs the reader to more than 75 separate policies at SBU relating to academic and non-academic matters. The page includes subjects as varied as AIDS policy, casual dress policy, confidentiality and security, equal employment and educational opportunity, gender inclusive language, as well as academic integrity and academic dismissal, and student appeals.
6. Grievance Committee Procedures (from Governing Handbook)
The Grievance Committee addresses offenses identified by members of the SBU community. “An offense is a (i) violation of a policy, a procedure, or a less formal norm of operation, or (ii) an inequitable application of these policies, procedures, or norms.
7. Institutional Review Board
The board protects individuals involved in university-related research projects. (This link accessible only to those with access to the intranet site my.sbu.edu: SBU students, faculty and staff.)
8. Ombuds Office
The university ombuds officer hears complaints, seeks to solve routine problems, mediates disputes, and facilitates conflict resolution at SBU.
9. Diversity Action Committee
The committee assesses all aspects of diversity on the SBU campus, including academic and non-academic issues related to racial, religious, ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation. The committee sponsors workshops to address diversity and makes recommendations to facilitate respect for differences. Contact: Professor Robert Amico, committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-375-2292
11. Americans With Disabilities Act (1990)
12. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) Fact Sheet
13. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Connection
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was amended in 1992 to make it consistent with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
14. The Higher Educational Act
Reauthorized in 2008, this mandates information about university policies and services.
15. Title IX of Educational Act of 1972: Letter from U.S. Department of Education, April 4, 2011:
Title IX mandates equality in respect to university programs and facilities, including athletic facilities, for males and females. See also: Amendments of 1972.
16. SBU Title IX flow Chart
17. Jeanne Clery Act of 1998 regarding security on campus: Summary Text
Application forms, procedures and additional information
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