The student conduct process is not a criminal or civil court system. The two systems are independent, have different purposes, processes, and standards used to determine responsibility and consequences. The criminal/constitutional defense of double jeopardy does not apply. While some procedural elements may seem similar, Sewanee’s system is founded on educational philosophies and fundamental fairness rather than criminal or civil court systems. As a private institution, the University’s conduct process seeks fundamental fairness by establishing these rights and procedures. Accordingly, Sewanee Constitutional Due Process does not apply to Sewanee’s.
The conduct process is designed to be a part of the educational mission of the University, one that focuses on upholding the commitments inherent in the Sewanee community. The conduct process teaches students in the College of Arts and Sciences appropriate and acceptable behavior within a community. The College provides a conduct process in which members of the Sewanee community may resolve violations of the Code of Conduct with mutual respect for one another while fostering relationships. These relationships help to create an environment where members of the community are held responsible for their actions with the ultimate goal of encouraging and fostering the personal growth and development of each student.