The Catholic University of America

How to Support Your Student through the Conduct Process 

Before your student arrives on campus: 
  • Have an open discussion with your son/daughter about the process of making good decisions, taking responsibility for your actions, and responding to peer pressure.
  • Make sure your son/daughter knows clearly what you expect and what you value.
  • Remember that your son/daughter will look to you as a role model for dealing with and responding to conflict.
  • Be open to discussing difficult topics such as substance abuse, intimate relationships, and other risky behavior.

When your student has been accused of violating the Catholic University Code of Student Conduct:
  • Speak with your son /daughter regarding the situation. Make sure that you listen carefully and critically.
  • Make sure your son/daughter knows the student conduct process. Your son/daughter should review the Code of Student Conduct and the Community Expectations Guide.
  • Discuss with your son/daughter your expectations for their behavior. Discuss ways your son/daughter can modify his or her behavior to meet those expectations.
  • Brainstorm with your son/daughter appropriate resources for help and support (e.g., alcohol education, personal counseling, etc.).
  • Let your son/daughter know where you stand regarding his or her behavior, while continuing to support him or her emotionally.
  • Brainstorm with your son/daughter ways to overcome past mistakes.
  • Be firm in your approach but always keep the lines of communication open

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