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 Awardmachele ruiz

Student 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 Machele Ruiz.

Machele Ruiz has a unique story to tell about how she ended up at Ashford University. Her oldest son was a student at Ashford in 2009-2010 before he passed away. Being a military student, he felt that Ashford University was the appropriate place for him, and he would speak highly of the university focusing on how great he felt the school was and how much they helped him. In 2012, Machele decided it was time to follow in his footsteps and keep his dream going; she enrolled at Ashford University to receive her Bachelor’s in Organizational Management.

Her new educational journey offered some initial struggles and confusion, even including a move from California to Texas. Machele was asked to become a mentor in the CHAMPS program, and jumped at the chance. She wanted to help other students so they did not have to experience the same confusion she did in the beginning. Unfortunately, due to some medical issues she had to stop mentoring after her first mentee. However, in late 2015 she was warmly welcomed back and was able to build positive relationships with each student she supported. To this day, Machele says she still keeps the communication open.

Machele graduated from Ashford University in October of 2016, and at the end of the year was asked to join the CHAMPS team as a Student Mentor Coordinator. Machele really believes in the power of the CHAMPS program. Over her years of mentoring, she’s heard thousands of complaints and has seen unmotivated students who, once their CHAMPS program finished, have become eager to move forward and find success. She’s watched mentors help students who are lost and may not understand how the system works. Due to her own experiences, she was a perfect fit for the job. Mentors have the ability to help these new students overcome their fears and support them through their first seven weeks. Machele states, “I cannot say enough about the CHAMPS’s program, while being a mentor I have met some wonderful students and enjoy watching them grow. I continue to keep in contact with all my mentees and enjoy watching them succeed through their dreams.” Machele was able to attend the Meet and Greet located in Fort Worth, Texas in 2016 and discuss the CHAMPS program with students. She is also currently active in the Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter, a virtual Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management at Ashford University and holds the position of Secretary/Event Coordinator.

On Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, Machele purchases small American flags. She then drives to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and places them on soldier’s headstones. Last year, she worked with the Boy Scouts from that area to celebrate and remember soldiers who had fallen along with her son, who is buried there. When Machele has time away from school, family, and work she volunteers with the local Fort Worth Police Department and with the Neighborhood Watch Team.

Machele exemplifies 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.