Student Organizations

Student Organization Fair attendees

San Jose State University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty and staff. Student organization behavior that is not consistent with the Student Organization Code of Conduct is addressed through an educational process that is designed to promote safety and good citizenship, and when necessary, impose appropriate consequences.

Student Organization Conduct Process

The student organization code of conduct was established to ensure that student organization's officers understand and accept responsibility for the actions of their members and guests.

  • The Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development receives a report of a student organizations alleged misconduct.
  • The Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development conducts an investigation and, if warranted, the office will send the president of the organization a notice of conference by email.
  • The Student Conduct Administrator meets with the president of the organization to discuss the allegations, to inform the president about the student organization conduct process and their rights and responsibilities.
  • At the conclusion of the conference, the president will be issued a sanction.

Appeal Process

It is the presidents right to accept or reject the sanction.

If the president believes that their due process rights have been violated or the that the sanction was too excessive, he/she may submit a written appeal within five days of the informal conference, to the Associate Vice President for Campus Life.

The president of the organization will be notified of the university's final decision within ten working days.

Sanctions

Educational/Remedial: The primary goal of the Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development is education. Examples of educational/remedial sanctions include, but are not limited to: community service, reflective papers, counseling, mediation, letters of apology, workshops, programming, alcohol class and monetary restitution.

Warning: In instances of less serious violations from the University norms of conduct, the student organization may be formally warned of the possible consequences of continuing such behavior. No other specific action is taken unless further misconduct occurs.

Probation:Administrative probation given during a specific time period. During this time period the student must adhere to the Student Organization Code of Conduct. Special conditions may apply.

Suspension:During a specific time period the student organization will lose SJSU recognition. All student organizations privileges will be suspended.

Presentations

The Office Student Conduct & Ethical Development is committed to educating the campus community on a variety of topics including the following:

  • Student Conduct Process
  • Sexual Assault
  • Academic Integrity
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Civility

If there is a specific topic you would like us to cover, let us know and we will work with you to create a presentation that fits your needs. Please send an email to studentconduct@sjsu.edu to request a presentation.

Caution Suspended Chapters

Any organization that represents itself as being a member of the social Greek community at SJSU that is not listed in the Directory of Student Organizations is operating without approval of San José State University and should be approached with caution. The following chapters have been suspended by San José State University or their national office for hazing, violence, or inappropriate chapter management practices within the past few years: Alpha Epsilon Pi (fraternity), Alpha Kappa Alpha (sorority), Lambda Phi Epsilon (fraternity), Pi Kappa Alpha (fraternity), Phi Gamma Delta (fraternity), Phi Kappa Tau (fraternity), Psi Chi Omega (fraternity), and Sigma Gamma Rho (sorority). For more information please see Student Involvement's list of disciplinary outcomes for Student Organizations.