Statement of Jurisdiction
Buffalo State reserves the right to adjudicate cases involving students who violate college policy, as well as local, state, or federal statues while on college property, while attending college-sponsored activities, or off campus where a definite, legitimate, and substantial college interest exists. This includes incidents that occur off campus. Buffalo State has original jurisdiction in matters concerning infractions and violations of the Code of Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities.
Statement Regarding Double Jeopardy
Disciplinary actions and procedures taken by the college are administrative in nature and a result of the violation of college policy. Issues handled by civil/criminal courts that also may have an impact on the college may be heard by the Judicial Affairs Office without infringing on Constitutional rights.
Enforcement of the college's rules and regulations does not constitute "Double Jeopardy," even when students are charged with violations of local, state, or federal laws as well as with violation of college policy. Students can still be found responsible for a Code violation if the case was dismissed or an innocent verdict was delivered.
Note: The College Judicial System and the Judicial Affairs Office are not bound by the technical and formal rules of evidence. The College Judicial process is non-adversarial.
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