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YSU trustees seek improved policies on student misconduct

The board says it wants to address responses to serious student misconduct, including sexual misconduct and acts of violence.
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YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees has directed the university administration to develop additional policies and procedures that better address how to respond to situations involving serious student misconduct, including sexual misconduct and acts of violence.

The resolution was unanimously approved at the board’s regular quarterly meeting last week.

“We look forward to working with the campus leadership and community to ensure that policies and procedures are in place to maintain a safe, secure and inclusive environment for everyone on campus,” Eddie Howard, vice president for Student Affairs, said in a news release.

In the resolution, the board asks the university administration to explore best practices already in place at other universities, including the definition of serious misconduct and appropriate consequences, as well as processes for enforcing the new policies. The resolution also asks the administration to involve students, the Academic Senate and other university academic leaders to develop policies and procedures.

The proposed policies and procedures will be presented for consideration no later than the board’s March 2020 meetings.