Notification of Outcomes

The outcome of a hearing is part of the educational record of the responding student and is protected from release under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), except under certain conditions. As allowed by FERPA, when a student is accused of a policy violation that would constitute a “crime of violence” or forcible or non-forcible sex offense, the University of Saint Francis will inform the alleged victim/party bringing the complaint in writing of the final results of a hearing regardless of whether the University of Saint Francis concludes that a violation was committed. Such release of information may only include the responding student’s name, the violation committed, and the sanctions assigned (if applicable). In cases of Title IX allegations, the rationale for the outcome will also be shared with all parties to the complaint in addition to the finding and sanction(s).

In cases where the University of Saint Francis determines through the conduct process that a student violated a policy that would constitute a “crime of violence,” the University of Saint Francis may also release the above information publicly and/or to any third party. FERPA defines “crimes of violence” to include:

  • Arson,
  • Assault offenses (includes stalking),
  • Burglary,
  • Criminal Homicide—manslaughter by negligence,
  • Criminal Homicide—murder and non-negligent manslaughter,
  • Destruction/damage/vandalism of property,
  • Kidnapping/abduction,
  • Robbery,
  • Forcible sex offences, and
  • Non-forcible sex offences.