Carlow University

Carlow University governs its student body through a number of policies that are listed in the Student Handbook. When a student is suspected of committing an infraction, they will go through the University's disciplinary process. The process begins when a report is made against the student for any infraction. Any member of the University community can make a report against a student. The report will be reviewed by the Assistant Director of Campus life.

Infractions will typically fall into one of two categories: minor infractions and serious infractions. When a student is reported to the Assistant Director of Campus life, they will meet with the Assistant Director or a specified designee to discuss the overall process. Typically, minor infractions can be resolved through a discussion of the events with the authority overseeing the meeting, and reaching an agreement between the two parties regarding charges and consequences. Serious infractions, cases where the student and the Assistant Director are unable to reach an agreement, or cases where the potential consequences are a removal from the student's Residence Hall or removal from the University itself will be heard by the Student Conduct Board.

Carlow University Hearings

The Student Conduct Board itself will be composed of 2 faculty members, 2 University staff members, and 1 student. The members are chosen from a large pool of volunteers that are members of the student body, the faculty, and the staff who wish to participate in the process. The members of the Student Conduct Board will change for each and every hearing.

At the hearing, students can question the witnesses and information being heard by conduct board. Students can also speak to the Board members, and provide their own information, evidence, and witnesses. After all of the relevant information has been heard, the Board will deliberate and come to a decision. The student will be notified of the decision within 48 hours of the Board's conclusion.

Students may be presented with the opportunity to have a University appointed advocate to assist them throughout hearings. While this may seem beneficial, it is important to consider that any and all advocates are members of University staff, and may not necessarily hold the student's best interest in mind the way an attorney will.

Hearings are kept between the students and any University personnel conducting the hearing. Even though hearing presence is limited, an attorney lending a hand behind the scenes can be a great help to students. When students receive counsel from an attorney, they will gain insight into techniques and methods to help their own case. Attorneys will show students how to select and present relevant and strong evidence in their hearings to help secure a better outcome.


In the event of an unfavorable outcome, students will have 5 business days to make an appeal to the Vice President for Student Engagement & Dean of Students. Carlow University appeals will be heard on the grounds of the process not being followed, new information to be considered, or an unfair or excessive sanction or consequence to be reviewed. Students will receive the response to their appeal within 10 days. All appeals are final.

If you or your student is currently facing disciplinary action from Carlow University, contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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