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C. Violation of Law and University Discipline

University discipline proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceeding off campus at the discretion of the Chief Student Conduct Officer. The outcome of any off campus proceeding will have no impact on the university process.

The University will not request or agree to special consideration for a student charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law because of his or her status as a student. If that alleged offense is processed under the Student Code, the University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the University community. The University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions). Individual students and other members of the University community, acting in their personal capacities remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.