To the families of Louisburg College students,
One of the greatest influences on a college student’s life is his or her family. Although your student may have left home, Student Advocacy and Accountability understands that family is important in their success at Louisburg College. There are a few things we can suggest to help prepare and support your student through the college experience.
Before your student arrives at Louisburg College:
- Have a conversation about your expectations of how your student will conduct themselves away from home
- Discuss the expectations the college has of their behavior (see the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct so you are all aware of the policies)
- Have a discussion about accountability and accepting the consequences of their actions (both positive and negative consequences)
- Reassure them that we all make mistakes and what we learn from those mistakes is what is most important.
Once your student is at Louisburg College:
- Continue your conversations about expectations.
- Ask how they are doing (in classes, with making new friends, on their team, in a club/org, etc.)
- Be prepared to have conversations about how your student is changing and growing in their beliefs and understanding of themselves (as they develop their own sense of who they are, it may differ from their family’s beliefs)
- If you believe your student is having challenges on campus (in or out of class), encourage them to seek assistance. You may need to help brainstorm ways they can get assistance (the Office of Student Life often helps connect a student to appropriate resources)
If your student has been notified that they are going through or have already gone through the Student Conduct Process, here are a few suggestions:
Take a breath.
Understand your students is likely feeling scared, embarrassed, angry, or other emotions; you may also have the same emotions. Help your student (and yourself) put this incident into perspective.
The Student Conduct Process is outlined in the Student Handbook. You may wish to review the process with your student prior to the hearing.
The college operates on a preponderance of evidence standard, which means we determine what was more-likely-than-not to have happened. This is not a criminal process.
The Student Conduct Process is an educational process. Students who are found responsible are assigned a conduct status and one or more educational sanctions. The educational sanctions are designed to give a student the opportunity to reflect on the incident, understand the impact it had on them and the community, and apply what they learned to future situations.
Have a conversation with your student about what happened, help them see how that may have violated the college’s policies, and how it has impacted them. You may also discuss how their actions did not meet your expectations of their behavior.
For questions regarding the process or the incident, please contact:
Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability
email@example.com | (919) 497-3348
He will go over the process with you and, if legally able, share information about the incident (please note that privacy laws could limit what information is shared with someone other than the student).