Student Community Standards


The Student Community Standards office serves the Ashford University community by ensuring that all members are behaving in accordance with the shared values of integrity, fairness, respect, community, and responsibility.

Student Community Standards responds to any alleged violations of the Standards as educational opportunities to address students’ individual developmental needs and to address any threats to University integrity.

Disciplinary Process

The purpose of the Ashford University Online Student Community Standards Disciplinary Processes is to provide:

  • Fairness during all aspects of the Online Student Community Standards Disciplinary Process
  • Prompt response to all allegations and reports of student breaches of the Standards
  • Respect and compassion in all interactions with students
  • Adherence to the Online Student Community Standards Disciplinary Processes as documented in the Ashford University Academic Catalog
  • An environment that embraces all forms of diversity

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that this page is designed to provide only an outline of various Student Community Standards policies and procedures. For a more in detailed description of any information provided on this page, please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog.


[email protected]


Kim Cowan – Student Community Standards Specialist, Academics
Christina Jaquez - Student Conduct Specialist/Deputy Title IX Compliance Specialist, Student Affairs

Additional Forms

Informal Hearing Guide
Student Community Standards Formal Hearing Guide
Student Community Standards Committee Formal Hearing Guide – Academic Misconduct
Petition to Appeal Fomal Hearing Outcome
Violation of Student Community Standards

Ashford CHAMPion Award

Cheryl RigaStudent Community Standards and Student Development and Engagement want to recognize Ashford University students who uphold the values of integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility, and community. The Ashford CHAMPion Award will be presented to the student or students who best exhibit Ashford University’s high community standards. This quarter’s award goes to Cheryl Riga.

What is a person to do when everyone closest to them believes that person is going to amount to nothing? When doctors, family members, and friends tell that person that their life is going to be limited because of an illness? When happiness and success seem like pipe dreams?

Long before her doctor diagnosed her with Dissociative Identity Disorder, more traditionally known as suffering from split personalities, Cheryl Riga dealt with more than a few people who believed she was destined to fail, that she was going to be one of the millions of people who are destined to suffer because of their mental illness. Basically, that she was going to be “just a statistic.”

To some people, Cheryl was only a disorder – nothing more. Much to their disbelief, Cheryl has defied the odds, earning two Associate’s degrees concurrently while maintaining a GPA of 3.33 from Cerro Coso Community College, raised three kids, and worked with the Kern County Academy of Mental Health Awards. She is a member of three different honor societies (Golden Key, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Delta Alpha Pi), a member of the Dean’s List, a leader in the CHAMPS peer mentoring program, and a soon-to-be Ashford alum. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services.

People used to look at Cheryl and see only her disorder. Now when they look at Cheryl, they see resilience, not a statistic. In Cheryl’s own words, “I didn’t want to be a statistic…I don’t want to be seen as dis-abled, but as differently abled.” Her studies at Ashford allowed her to focus on herselfand gain a sense of self-worth she thought long lost.

Cheryl exemplifies the kind of student that the Ashford community deserves. Her only wish is that people view those with a mental illness as capable and compassionate with more to offer than what is on the surface. Her ultimate goal is to go into public health to encourage discussion of alternative treatments for the mentally ill instead of the drugs she feels are too easily prescribed.

Compared to what she has given to her Ashford community, Ashford’s debt to her is large. Cheryl Riga is this quarter’s Ashford CHAMPion.

Nominate the next Ashford CHAMPion! Do you know a student or alum who:

  • acts in an uplifting manner toward the community?
  • is encouraging to those around them?
  • has acted courageously in light of difficult circumstances?
  • consistently demonstrates responsible and ethical behavior at all times?
  • has impressed you with their resilience and dedication?

If you know someone who exemplifies any of these points, please take a few minutes to fill out the nomination form below and return to [email protected].


The award is open to all current and former Ashford University students. Anyone (family, friends, staff, faculty, students) can nominate a student for the award.

For any additional information or questions, please contact Student Community Standards at [email protected] or at 1.800.798.0584.