St. Bonaventure University

Conduct Issues & Complaints


The documents referenced on this page provide the text of codes and policies relating to student and nonstudent conduct at St. Bonaventure University.

If you have questions or need clarification on any of these resources, or if you seek guidance on any challenges or conflicts you may be experiencing, please contact university Ombuds Officer Dr. Gary Ostrower.

Conduct at St. Bonaventure University

The links below provide access to codes and policies relating to student and non-student conduct at St. Bonaventure University. The first form (Silent Witness Program) allows community members to report code violations to the proper authorities. 

  • Silent Witness Reporting Form  
    This online form is used to report a crime or code violation. Access the form on the Safety & Security page.

  • Code of Conduct
    Policies and procedures as they relate to student behavior, including the process for handling code violations.

  • 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.

  • Discrimination & Harassment Policies & Procedures and Glossary 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • Ombuds Office 
    The university ombuds officer hears complaints, seeks to solve routine problems, mediates disputes, and facilitates conflict resolution at SBU.

  • Diversity Action Committee
    The committee assesses all aspects of diversity on campus, including academic and nonacademic 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  or 716-375-2292

  • Advocacy Officers

    Advocacy officers investigate alleged violations of the university's Discrimination and Harassment Policy. They are responsible for making an assessment and recommending corrective measures.