Questions about Artificial Intelligence

Am I able to use an online tool to improve my writing?

Online resources like ChatGPT, Bing AI, Google Bard, Grammarly, etc. use Artificial Intelligence in their programing, and may be prohibited by the faculty responsible for your class. Each faculty member determines whether Artificial Intelligence is permitted in their course. Unless you are given permission to use a tool with Artificial Intelligence, you should assume it is not allowed.

What is generative Artificial Intelligence?

Generative Artificial Intelligence, also known as GenAI, is a form of machine generated text, images, audio, or video. While using Generative Artificial Intelligence, someone would give input and variables to develop the text, image, audio, or video, and the final product would be completed by an Artificial Intelligence bot rather than the person requesting the product. Examples of GenAI programs include, but are not limited to: Bing AI, ChatGPT, Google Bard, Grammarly, Photoshop Beta, and DALL-E.

What Artificial Intelligence resources are approved to use to complete my coursework?

Some faculty members may allow you to use Artificial Intelligence in your classes as a learning or instructional tool. However, you should assume that the use of Artificial Intelligence is not allowed unless your professor specifically gives you permission or asks you to use an Artificial Intelligence resource as part of an assignment or activity. In cases where you are unsure if Artificial Intelligence is permitted, you should ask the instructor for the course before using a program with Artificial Intelligence capabilities.

University policy prohibits the use of unauthorized materials in your classes and the unauthorized use of Artificial Intelligence could result in an allegation of Academic Misconduct, which could lead to a lower grade in the course and a referral to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.

What are some alternative options for getting assistance with my classes?

Each College at UNL has a number of resources to help students within their programs with academic and career goals. In addition, students can access the Writing Center and the UNL Libraries for help on papers, projects, and assignments.

Questions about the Student Conduct Process

I received an email from Student Conduct & Community Standards with an appointment date and time. What is the purpose of this meeting?

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards received a report regarding potential violations of the University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct. This initial meeting is for information gathering and to give you the opportunity to provide any information you have regarding the alleged incident. You are required to appear for that meeting, or you must call to reschedule if you have a conflict. During you meeting, you will be given an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the report we received and about the process.

I have charges pending with the criminal or civil court, why did I get a letter from Student Conduct & Community Standards too?

The Student Conduct process is distinct and separate from criminal or civil court proceedings. An alleged violation of the University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct may be heard even if the criminal case is not completed or if the criminal charges are dropped. As a student, you are responsible for complying with the Student Code of Conduct. Student Conduct & Community Standards takes an educational approach to resolving conduct cases and works to identify appropriate educational sanctions/outcomes for students referred to our office. Additionally, any educational outcomes you complete through the Student Conduct process may be used to assist you with your court proceedings.

Is there a standard of proof in the Student Conduct process?

The Student Conduct process is an educational administrative process where the determination of responsibility is based on a greater weight of the evidence that the student/student organization violated the University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct. The greater weight of evidence means evidence sufficient to make the alleged violation(s) more likely true than not. If the evidence is evenly balanced, or if it weighs in favor of the student/student organization, then the student/student organization is found not in violation of the alleged violation(s).

What if the incident took place off campus?

The University of Nebraska reserves the right to address off-campus behavior if the incident arises out of a student's membership in the campus community or has impacted or is likely to impact the University community. The University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct specifies locations in which the Code applies in Section I, Subsection D.

What is the Exception for Seeking Emergency Help?

The University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct encourages students to seek emergency help for themselves or others related to the use of alcohol or illegal drugs if they have problems functioning or suffer a physical injury. The exception states that the University will not take disciplinary action against students for using or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs, if the use or possession was part of the incident for which they received emergency help or sought emergency help for another person, or if they were involved in the care of that person. As a condition of not taking action, however, the University may require students to meet with a Conduct Officer and to participate in an alcohol or drug educational program that is designed to help increase their awareness of their alcohol or drug-related behavior.

The Conduct Officer assigned to a case involving alcohol or illegal drugs will determine whether the case qualifies for the Exception. For more information about the exception, visit the Student Code of Conduct section about the Exception for Seeking Emergency Help.

If I am found in violation of University policy, what will appear on my transcript?

In most cases, nothing will appear on your transcript. Only in cases where suspension or expulsion occur will a note appear on your transcript. Outcomes including suspension or expulsion are rare and only used in severe cases or when a student has multiple violations of the same nature. Suspension results in a temporary notation that would be present only during the period of suspension. Expulsion results in a permanent notation.

What are the potential consequences of being found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct?

While your Conduct Officer will consider some standard responses based on the violation, each specific Administrative Resolution will be determined on a case-by-case basis. We cannot predict the outcome of a case before all the information has been considered. For a list of potential sanctions, the University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct lists potential outcomes in Section III, Subsection A. Educational sanctions are intended to provide students the opportunity to reflect on what happened and gain information regarding the subject of the violation.

Will my parents be notified of the outcome?

If you are considered a minor (under the age of 18) your parents or legal guardians will be notified if you are placed on suspension or expulsion from the University. Parent/guardian notification may occur if you are under 21 years old, and you are found in violation of an alcohol or drug related policy.

What is FERPA?

FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and is a federal law that protects student educational records, including student conduct records. For more information, please visit the https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.htmlUS Department of Education website specific to FERPA.

When do I need a Release of Information?

Information regarding your Student Conduct records is confidential. In some cases, you may wish to release information contained in your Student Conduct records to a third party, such as an advisor or a parent. Any time you want the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards to be authorized to release information contained in your case to a third party, you must sign a Release of Information Authorization Form. The form must specify the information to be released, the person(s) authorized to receive information, the type(s) of access (including by oral discussion, electronic communication, or in-person viewing), and the length of time of the consent. You may also need to complete a Release of Information for Study Abroad, transfers to another institution, or employment opportunities. These releases are usually managed by the program or employer.

How do I request a Release of Information?

If you wish to authorize a release of information, you must fill out a Release of Information Waiver Request. This form must be submitted by the student and cannot be completed by another person on your behalf. Once you have completed the request, you will receive an email to your Husker email address to electronically sign a Release of Information Authorization Form.

Will a violation of the Student Code of Conduct affect my financial aid or scholarship?

Instances of misappropriating your financial aid, or failure to make academic progress may affect your eligibility for federal student loans. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Most violations of the Student Code of Conduct will not affect scholarships, but a student should read the individual conditions of the scholarship.

How do I get a dean certification or other background check as requested by a graduate or professional school, future employer, or other?

Please visit the Dean Certification and Background Checks page on our website for more information.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at studentconduct@unl.edu or (402) 472-2021. You may also reach out to your Conduct Officer directly to ask case specific questions.

Questions about meeting with a Conduct Officer

What if I have a scheduling conflict with the meeting date or time?

When scheduling your appointment, the office staff reviews your class schedule. However, they are not able to view your other time commitments. When you receive an informal meeting letter, you have at least two (2) days to call Student Conduct & Community Standards to reschedule. If there is a scheduling conflict, call the office at (402) 472-2021 to reschedule as soon as possible. If you fail to attend or do not reschedule, the Conduct Officer may proceed with making a decision in the case in your absence.

What are my rights in the Student Conduct Process?

The University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct provides students with the following rights:

  • To receive advanced notice of the alleged violation(s) of the Code that will be discussed at the meeting.
  • You are not required to discuss the alleged violation(s) with the Conduct Officer.
  • You have the right to be accompanied by an advisor when the student meets with the Conduct Officer, and the advisor may be anyone, including an attorney.
  • Advisors may provide guidance to the student but may not otherwise directly participate in the conduct process. The conduct process shall not be unduly delayed based on the availability of the student's advisor.
Is the outcome of my meeting pre-determined?

No. The Conduct Officer wants to hear your perspective. Upon hearing your viewpoint, they will make a decision on whether or not there is enough information to determine that a policy was violated, and if so, what if any, the appropriate outcomes/sanctions should be based on the relevant factors.

What happens if I miss this initial appointment?

If you do not attend the initial appointment, the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards will continue to gather information regarding your case. You can call the office to reschedule your appointment. The Conduct Officer assigned to your case may do one of the following:

  • Determine that there is not enough information to determine a violation of the Code
  • Offer an Administrative Resolution, which you will have five (5) University days to review
  • Refer the case to a hearing

In cases where a student does not attend a hearing, a decision will be reached without their input.

What if the information described in the report is inaccurate? How do I dispute the allegations?

You will have an opportunity to discuss the incident and the information provided to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards during your initial meeting. You may also submit a written statement or additional documentation related to your case prior to, during, or after your meeting.

Will the process be over once I meet with the Conduct Officer?

That depends. There are several directions that your case may follow. Depending on your conversation, the Conduct Officer may need to gather more information from other students that were also present. This may result in a need to meet with you for a follow-up meeting. If there is not enough information to determine a violation, you may be found not in violation. If the Conduct Officer determines there is enough information, you will receive an Administrative Resolution electronically, which you can accept or reject.

What is an Administrative Resolution?

An Administrative Resolution is an agreement between the University, through the Conduct Officer, and the student. When signing an Administrative Resolution, a student has the following options:

  • Admit to the violation of the University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct and accept the proposed Administrative Resolution and the responses listed in the Administrative Resolution.
  • Do not admit the violation of the University of Nebraska Student Code of Conduct and accept the proposed Administrative Resolution and the responses listed in the Administrative Resolution.
  • Do not accept the proposed Administrative Resolution and acknowledge that this case may be forwarded to a Hearing Officer or University Conduct Board.

If you do not respond to an Administrative Resolution, the Administrative Resolution will be considered as accepted, unless the outcome includes suspension or expulsion. In cases where a student does not respond to an Administrative Resolution that recommends suspension or expulsion, the case will be forwarded to a University Conduct Board for a hearing.

How long do I have to complete an Administrative Resolution once I have received it?

You have five (5) University days from the date it was sent to you to respond to an Administrative Resolution. If you do not respond within the five (5) University days, the resolution will be considered accepted unless the response is suspension or expulsion (in cases of suspension or expulsion, the case is forwarded to a hearing).

What if I do not accept the Administrative Resolution?

It is within your rights to choose not to accept the Administrative Resolution. If you reject the Administrative Resolution, the case may be heard by the University Conduct Board. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct, Section IV, G. for more information about the hearing process.

Questions about Hearings

How should I prepare for my hearing?

Prior to the hearing, you will have an opportunity to review the hearing packet that is shared with the University Conduct Board. You can schedule a time to review the hearing packet no fewer than five (5) University days prior to the hearing.

You will also have the opportunity to submit any documentation, pictures, or video that you would like included in the hearing packet no fewer than two (2) University days prior to the hearing.

During the hearing, you will have an opportunity to provide a brief narrative of the incident, to answer questions, to ask questions, and to make a closing statement. You can prepare an opening and closing statement prior to the hearing along with any questions you may have for other individuals that may be present during the hearing. If you are found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, you will have an opportunity to speak to the Board members about potential sanctions/outcomes before they decide on sanctions.

Where will the hearing be held?

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln holds hearings via Zoom. When you are notified of your hearing date and time, a Zoom link and any additional instructions that may be needed will be included in that notification.

Can I have an advisor during the hearing?

Yes. You are able to have an advisor present with you during any meetings throughout the Student Conduct process, including the hearing.

An advisor can be anyone you select, including an attorney. An advisor may provide guidance to you but may not otherwise directly participate in the Student Conduct process. The Student Conduct process shall not be unduly delayed based on the availability of your advisor. You are responsible for any fees that the advisor may charge.

During the hearing, the advisor may not speak for you, answer questions, or directly participate in any way. If your advisor fails to follow these instructions or otherwise is disruptive, the Chair may ask them to leave the hearing. The purpose of the advisor is to provide you with support, guidance, and advice. You may also request a break during the hearing to confer with your advisor, if needed.

Can I bring witnesses to the hearing?

If you wish to have witnesses present information during the hearing, you must notify your Conduct Officer at least two (2) University days prior to the hearing. At the time of notification, you must identify anyone you plan to call as a witness. You are expected to communicate with your witnesses and ensure they have the correct information in order to participate in the hearing.

A witness cannot serve as your advisor.

Am I required to attend my hearing?

You are strongly encouraged to attend your hearing, but you are not required to participate. If you do not attend, the University Conduct Board will decide the case in your absence, and you will be notified of their decision. Information you shared with the Conduct Officer during your initial meeting will be included as part of the hearing packet.

What if I disagree with the outcome of a hearing?

If you disagree with the outcome of a hearing, you may appeal the decision to the Vice Chancellor responsible for student conduct or their designee. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct Section IV, H. for more information about the appeal process.

Questions about Sanctions

What situations may result in a Suspension?

A Conduct Officer may consider suspension if a student is a danger to the safety of the campus community or University property. Additionally, if there are repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Other situations may also be determined by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards or the University Conduct Board.

What happens if I do not complete my sanctions?

Failing to complete sanctions is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and a registration/enrollment hold may be placed on your account. The hold will remain until you complete your sanctions.

What do I do if I can't afford the $100 Administrative Fee?

Students that are Pell Grant eligible or are able to demonstrate a financial need may request that the Administrative Fee be converted into Community Restitution Service hours as an alternative. Financial need is determined on a case-by-case basis and should be shared with the Conduct Officer responsible for the case. You may also make this request by completing the Administrative Fee Alternative Request Form. If you are Pell Grant eligible, documentation can be provided through screenshots of your Financial Aid documentation that show your name and the Pell Grant status. If you have questions, additional information can be found on the Administrative Fee Alternative Request page.

Is there a way to reduce the amount of time I'm on University Probation?

Yes, there are probation reducing experiences that allow you to decrease the length of your probation. To get more information about the probation reducing experiences, contact your Conduct Officer or email .

Why do I have a registration hold on my MyRed account?

If you have overdue sanctions, the Conduct Officer responsible for your case will place a registration hold on your MyRed account. The hold will remain in place until you complete the sanctions. If you are unsure what sanctions you need to complete, contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards at studentconduct@unl.edu or (402) 472-2021. You can also check your Huskers email account for an overdue sanction notification.

Is it possible to have a conduct record expunged from my file?

A student can make a non-disclosure request to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. Non-disclosure is a University practice that limits the disclosure of information in a student's conduct record to external parties such as graduate and professional schools. The practice is intended to assist students when they have demonstrated a past mistake was isolated, not repeated, and learned from. It is important to note that a non-disclosure request is not an expungement. If a disclosure request includes a statement specifying that files that were marked as expunged or non-disclosed must also be included, a non-disclosed record would be disclosed in that circumstance. Cases resolved through the University Conduct Board would not qualify for non-disclosure. For more information about the non-disclosure process, visit the Non-Disclosure Requests page.