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

Kathryn DanielsStudent 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 Kathryn Daniels.

Kathryn is an army wife with two kids (10 and 3), and the President of the Ashford University chapter for the Golden Key International Honour Society. Over the last year she has been busy growing herself as a community member and helping families all over San Antonio in the process.

This year Kathryn partnered the Golden Key team with the Ashford Student Veterans Organization (SVO) to provide families with full meals. They volunteered to plant strawberries at the San Antonio Food Bank where families can find fresh, locally grown produce that many do not have the luxury of affording for three meals a day.

She and another officer on her Golden Key team also hosted a book drive for the foster children of San Antonio that brought in over 1,000 books. They presented the books to the foster group on December 17, 2016.

Her Golden Key team currently has three other volunteer events in the works for the coming months.

Over the summer of 2016, Kathryn attended a summit in Arizona which she sums up as simply “amazing.” She continues, “The energy that exists at the international summit is absolutely inspiring. Additionally, having such a rare opportunity to communicate and network with so many different people from all over the world is phenomenal. All of the speakers at the conference were exceptionally motivational and positive. All of the workshops that I attended were very educational, informative, and helpful.”

In December of 2016, Kathryn was elected to the International Leadership Council Student Member position. This new role has her serving as the International Leadership Council Student Member within the Golden Key International Honour Society. She was also recently hired by the University under the work study program as a student employee and will be training CHAMPS mentors. She is set to begin this role in early 2017.

Kathryn is very grateful for the Golden Key International Honour Society, her advisors, and her family and friends who have allowed her to follow her passions, believed in her, and have given her a leg up along the way.

Kathryn embodies the standards at Ashford University which include: community, responsibility, respect, integrity, and fairness. We are appreciative of the leadership and support she provides throughout the Ashford community as well as within her own. Thank you for all you do!

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.