Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Question - Students

Who is my Dean?

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  • Academic Dean:
    Your Academic Dean is the Dean of the academic college where your major is housed.
  • Dean of Students:
    The Dean of Students Office staff coordinate a wide array of services, programs, and activities designed to support the academic success and personal development of students.

I am having a disagreement with my professor. What do I do?

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  • This really depends on the topic of your conflict. Have you talked with your professor directly, in-person, and in a calm manner? This is one option. 
  • Student Assistance also offers conflict coaching, during which you and a staff member would discuss the conflict, ways you can approach it, and options you have.  Please call 621-7057 to schedule an appointment.
  • The Ombuds Program is an informal, neutral, confidential and independent resource for any academic or workplace concern.

Where can I go for counseling?

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Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) provides counseling on-campus to students. You can find more information here:  http://www.health.arizona.edu/counseling-and-psych-services

CAPS can also refer you off-campus if you prefer a community provider.

My GPA is below 2.0. Can you help prevent me from being disqualified?

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The Dean of Students Office does not play a role in disqualification decisions. These decisions are made by academic colleges. Please contact your academic advisor or academic college directly to find out what type of disqualification you are facing and if there is an appeals process.

How do I drop/withdraw from an individual class?

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Prior to the first day of classes -
Changes to your schedule or withdrawal from the University, may be accomplished via UAccess.  If you plan on dropping to zero units, please contact the Dean of Students Office for information PRIOR to taking action.

During the semester-
Changes to your scheule or withdrawal from the University is dictated by dates.

Schedule changes:

How do I do a complete withdrawal to drop all of my classes?

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This depends on the date and whether you plan to return to the UA during the next major semester.

Before the semester begins, contact the Office of the Registrar for information PRIOR to taking action.

Information on a complete withdrawal from the University can now be found on the Office of the Registrar website: http://registrar.arizona.edu/complete-withdrawal.

Academic Integrity FAQs - Students

What should I do if I see another student cheating?

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 If you see another student cheating you should inform your instructor. Students who cheat have an unfair advantage and undermine other students and the instructor.

What if I disagree with my faculty member’s decision to report an academic integrity incident to the Dean of Students Office? Can I appeal?

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Students are entitled to due process and can appeal their faculty member’s decision to report an incident. Students have 10 academic days to appeal. If this deadline is missed, the faculty member’s decision stands and the case is closed.

Will dropping the course where the alleged violation occurred dismiss the incident?

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No, dropping the course will not invalidate the alleged violation. Faculty members can report students who are no longer enrolled in their classes for alleged academic integrity violations, including students who have dropped a course or who have graduated.

Does the Code of Academic Integrity apply to online courses?

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Yes. The Code of Academic Integrity applies to all academic work undertaken at the University of Arizona.

Student Code of Conduct - Student FAQs

What is the Student Code of Conduct?

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The Student Code of Conduct provides expectations of behavior for all University of Arizona students. Behavioral expectations support each student’s opportunity to learn and participate as members of the University of Arizona community.

UA Student Code of Conduct

Where and when does the Code apply?

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Sanctions may be imposed for misconduct that occurs on university property or during any university-sponsored activity (including online classes). Certain off-campus conduct may also be subject to discipline. With respect to student organizations, and their members, university jurisdiction extends to premises used, or controlled by, the organizations.

How will I know if I am alleged to have violated the Student Code of Conduct?

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All students who are investigated for an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct are informed of the conduct complaint by letter sent to their UA email address.

What does the University do when a violation has been reported?

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A staff member in the Dean of Students Office determines whether to dismiss the complaint or investigate the student based on available information. The staff member will give the student an opportunity to respond to the allegations before making a determination.

Student Code of Conduct Process Flowchart

Why do I have a hold which prevents me from registering, adding or dropping classes?

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The Dean of Students Office may place a hold on a student's institutional records for a variety of reasons. Please contact the office (520) 621-7057 if you have a question about a hold placed by our office.

Can I bring a parent or an advisor to my disciplinary meeting?

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Students in a disciplinary process may be assisted by an advisor. The advisor is selected by the student and may be a faculty or staff member, student, attorney, or other associate of the student.

Please learn more about advisors in the conduct process here.

If I am being charged in court, why do I also have to deal with the university?

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Students may be accountable civilly, criminally, and administratively for acts that are both illegal and constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct. At the discretion of university officials, disciplinary action at the university may proceed before, during, or after legal proceedings.

How, and when, are disciplinary records shared with my family?

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As guided by federal law, we are allowed, under certain circumstances, to disclose information about students.

Some of these circumstances are:

  • Violations of the Student Code of Conduct involving underage students possessing and/or consuming alcohol and/or drugs
  • Serious health and safety concerns

The right of access to information in a student’s education record is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA.)

Absences

What is the absence policy at the University of Arizona?

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There is no University-wide absence policy at the University of Arizona. The Dean of Students Office does not have oversight of academic departments or faculty members and does not grant individual excused absences. Each faculty member manages his or her classroom in the manner in which they see fit and are the only ones who may determine what constitutes an excused absence. Therefore, we are unable to excuse absences for students, grant extensions, require that professors allow students to make-up missed work, or ensure students may miss class and submit late work without penalty, etc. You should communicate directly with your instructors about your absences, and they may request that you provide documentation in order to excuse absences per their course or departmental policy.

I've been absent for three weeks. What should I do?

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Please contact your instructors directly to discuss your absences and the impact they will have on your final grade.  Please be aware that they may suggest you withdraw from the course due to your absences.

How do I request an Emergency Notification?

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Contact the Dean of Students Office by phone at 520-621-7057. Be prepared to provide a detailed description of the emergency circumstances, as well as a reasonable explanation as to why the student is unable to contact their instructors directly. If possible, please include the length of time the student is expected to be absent from class.

My professor told me to come to the Dean of Students Office to get a Dean’s Excuse for my absences. How do I get one?

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A Dean’s Excuse provides excused absences for university-sponsored events/activities for academic, non-academic, and recognized student organizations. If a student must miss a class or classes for a university-sponsored event, the faculty or staff responsible for that event requests a UA Official Activity Excused Absence Request Form from the Dean of Students Office.  

A Dean’s Excuse is not available for personal absences including illness, family emergency, scheduled vacations, etc.

The Dean of Students Office does not have oversight of academic departments or faculty members and does not grant individual excused absences. Each faculty member manages his or her classroom in the manner in which they see fit and are the only ones who may determine what constitutes an excused absence. Therefore, we are unable to excuse absences for students, grant extensions, require that professors allow students to make-up missed work, or ensure students may miss class and submit late work without penalty, etc.

The best thing to do is for you to communicate directly with your professor regarding your absence. Your professor is the only person who can excuse your absence, and determine if alternatives or make-up work is an option. Your professor may also request verification of your situation. If your professor will not excuse your absence or grant make-up work the Dean of Students Office is not able to require them to do so.

The Dean of Students Office does provide Emergency Notifications in situations where students must be absent from class due to an emergency situation but are unable to contact their instructors themselves due to their condition. Be aware that Emergency Notifications are not excused absences. Please see the FAQ regarding “Emergency Notification” for more information about this process.

UA Diversion FAQ's

What is the UA Diversion Program?

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The UA Diversion Program provides UA students with the opportunity to have misdemeanor charges dismissed upon completion of the program. The program is voluntary and is in lieu of prosecution.

Who is eligible for Diversion?

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An individual must be referred to the program by the UA Police Department or the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Students diverted directly by the UA Police Department will be notified of program requirements via email to their University of Arizona email account. Students diverted by the Pima County Attorney’s Office must bring in the diversion paperwork given to them by the Pima County Attorney’s Office. The Dean of Students Office confirms that the individual is a UA student, the citation was issued by the UA Police Department and that the individual has not completed UA Diversion before.

How does a student enroll in Diversion?

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The Dean of Students Office will provide confirmation of enrollment to the referring agency, and send instructions to students via their university email account. Students referred by the UA Police Department do not need to bring any paperwork to the Dean of Students Office. Students referred by the Pima County Attorney’s Office must bring the referral sheet and court minute entry to the Dean of Students Office.

What types of violations are eligible for UA Diversion

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Many misdemeanor violations including minor in possession of alcohol, possession of drugs or paraphernalia, possession of false identification, disorderly conduct, theft, and littering may be eligible. Not all misdemeanor charges are eligible for UA Diversion.

What sanctions will a student be assigned?

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Sanctions are assigned on a case-by-case basis. However, typical sanctions may include community service and a corresponding reflection paper, an educational workshop or class, and a monetary sanction. In cases where alcohol or drugs are involved and the student is under 21 years of age, the Dean of Students Office sends notification letters to parents/guardians.

How much is the monetary sanction?

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Monetary sanctions start at $110 for first-time violations. Subsequent violations result in amounts up to $170.

Can I complete required community service outside of Tucson?

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Yes, community service hours may be completed at any registered non-profit organization. If you have questions about an organization or how to document your hours, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office prior to beginning your hours. Hours which are improperly documented may be rejected.

What happens if a student does not complete sanctions on time?

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If sanctions are not timely completed, the case will be returned to the referring agency for continued prosecution. A hold will be placed on the student’s account, which will prevent the student from registering for classes, graduating, or obtaining transcripts.

Will a student need an attorney?

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Attorneys are not required for the diversion process, but a student may choose to have one. ASUA Legal Services Program provides free legal advice to students. For more information call (520) 621-2782 or visit their website.

What information does the UA maintain about the incident? How long are records maintained?

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UA Diversion cases are recorded in a student’s UA disciplinary record as a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Disciplinary records are maintained separately from transcripts, and a student must typically sign a waiver to allow the Dean of Students Office to release information from their disciplinary record. Records are maintained until the student graduates, or 5 years have passed since the last sanction was completed, whichever comes first.

How is the record expunged from the court?

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Completion of the UA Diversion Program does not expunge the student’s court record. The court should be consulted with questions regarding their records. If a student is diverted directly by the UA Police Department, there is not a criminal record of the incident.

Does the student need to go back to court?

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If a follow up court date is given, the student should return to court. Once the court receives confirmation that the student is enrolled in the UA Diversion Program, a return date is not typically assigned. If you have question about a court date please contact the Pima County Justice Court.

Who can be contacted for further questions?

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The Dean of Students Office at (520) 621-7057

The Pima County Justice Court at (520) 724-3171

The Pima County Attorney’s Office at (520) 740-5600

Red Tag FAQs

What is a Red Tag?

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A Red Tag is a red sticker applied to a residence cited by Tucson Police for hosting an unruly gathering which disturbs the peace. The disturbance can include excessive noise or traffic, obstruction of streets, fighting, or serving alcohol to minors.

Why is the University notified since Tucson Police were involved?

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The Code of Conduct allows students to be held accountable for off-campus behavior. The University cannot discipline behavior merely because the person is a student; there should be a clear nexus between the behavior and the campus community.

Who can be cited for a Red Tag?

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The person who organized the party/event, the owner of the residence where the event took place, and/or the occupant(s) or tenant(s) can be cited with the Red Tag violation. Others participating in the event may be charged with other violations, such as a minor in possession of alcohol.

What is the Dean of Students Red Tag program?

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The Dean of Students Office and Tucson Police initiated the Red Tag program in 2007 to educate University students about responsible behavior in the Tucson community. The program is designed to diminish extreme misconduct that places students and University community members at risk.

How are students identified by the Dean of Students Office?

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Tucson Police provides information to the Dean of Students Office for Red Tag citations. If it is determined that the person cited is a student, the police report is reviewed to determine the action the Dean of Students Office will take.

Are the complainants notified of the outcome of the Red Tag violation?

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No. While aggregate data may be shared with the community, the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of the students by preventing the release of information related to specific students.

Where can I find more information on Red Tags?

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Reporting a Concern

How do I refer a student of concern?

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If you are concerned for a student and would like the Dean of Students Office to offer our assistance, please complete this online form.

If I wish to report a suspected ethics and/or compliance violation, how should I proceed?

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For concerns about perceived ethics and compliance violations, a report may be made anonymously to a non-University party by contacting The University of Arizona Ethics and Compliance Hotline at 1-866-364-1908

The Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to report perceived illicit or undesirable activities such as:

  • Fraud
  • Waste
  • Abuse
  • Hate crime/bias-related incidents
  • Non-compliance with regulatory requirements

How do I report a suspected incident of hazing?

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To make a complaint about hazing, students can contact the Dean of Students Office, UAPD, or the Hazing Hotline. Violations of this policy by students or student organizations can be reported by filing a Student Code of Conduct complaint with the Dean of Students Office.  A Hazing Hotline has been set up for anyone to anonymously report an incident.  The Hazing Hotline number is (520) 626-HAZE
UA Hazing Policy
Online Student Code of Conduct Complaint Form

How do I report a suspected incident of sexual harassment?

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For all incidents of sexual harassment EXCEPT those in which both parties are students, contact the Office of Institutional Equity for information on resolution of sexual harassment concerns, including complaint options and procedures.

If both the alleged harasser and victim of sexual harassment are students, contact the:
Dean of Students Office
Nugent Building, 1st floor
Phone: (520) 621-7057

How do I report a suspected incident of discrimination and/or harassment?

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Except for incidents where both parties to a claim of alleged discrimination or harassment are students, the Office of Institutional Equity will investigate allegations of violations of this policy and make appropriate recommendations in accordance with its established procedures.

If both the accused and the victim are students, this policy is enforced by the Dean of Students Office.
Contact them at:
Dean of Students Office
Nugent Building, 1st floor
Phone: (520) 621-7057