FAQ’s for Parents
Will parents be notified if their son or daughter
violates Worcester State policy?
Worcester State sends written notification to the parents or guardians of students who are under 21 years old at the time of the decision, only when they have been found responsible for violating Worcester State's Alcohol and Other Drug policy. The letter does not include information from prior incidents or any details about the incident. In order for detailed information about judicial incidents to be shared with any third party, a signed FERPA waiver from the student is required.
What is a judicial hearing?
A judicial hearing is the opportunity for students with judicial charges to respond to the written allegations against them and to present evidence in support of their case.
Judicial hearings are scheduled with either a Judicial Board or Hearing Officer(s). Judicial Board members are made up of faculty, staff, and students; the board is chaired by the Judicial Coordinator. Hearing Officers are professional staff members at Worcester State who hear cases on an individual basis.
For more information on Judicial Hearings and the Judicial Process, please refer to the Code of Conduct
What will it mean if my son or daughter is suspended or expelled from the Worcester State campus?How can parents be of support during the judicial process?
Suspension from Worcester State: Suspension is a separation from Worcester State for a specified period of time. Such a separation prohibits attendance of any classes, social events or other functions, or visiting Worcester State's grounds or buildings unless by written permission from the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Expelled from Worcester State: Expulsion is a permanent separation from Worcester State. Such a separation prohibits attendance of any classes, social events or other functions, or visiting Worcester State's grounds or buildings unless by written permission from the Vice President of Student Affairs
Students can benefit from the support of parents as they go through a hearing—remember this is an educational process. Parents should try to be familiar with the Code of Conduct and the judicial process. This way, as parents, you can direct your student to appropriate campus resources.