Initial Proceedings FAQ

I was sent an email claiming I was in violation of Ashford University’s Student Community Standards. Why?
Read the email carefully to find out the details of the misconduct. Student Community Standards sends all communication through email, from scs@ashford.edu, so it is important you check the email account you have on file with Ashford University regularly.

What do I do once I receive the letter?
After receiving the letter, you must respond to Student Community Standards within two (2) business days addressing the violation.

What happens once Student Community Standards receives my response?
In serious cases of misconduct, Student Community Standards will make preparations for you to attend a Formal Hearing with the Student Community Standards Committee. For less serious cases of misconduct, you may be asked to attend an Informal Hearing with a member of Student Development and Engagement.

How long does it take to be scheduled for an Informal or Formal Hearing?
Depending on case volume, your availability, and the availability of the Student Community Standards Committee, times can vary. Typically, students are scheduled for an Informal or Formal Hearing within 30 days of the initial notice.

What happens if I don’t respond to Student Community Standards?
If you do not respond within two (2) business days of receiving a letter, then an administrative hold is placed on your account until you participate in the conduct process.

Please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog for more information.