We know partial information of a student conduct case has resulted in much anger and concern. With the small amount of information shared by others, who wouldn’t throw their hands up in the air and condemn?
This is why I want to thank the student leaders who spoke with Maryland administrators to learn more, ask tough questions, and express what this means to you. We count on members of our community to be advocates for others, and it is right to want to know as much as possible about whether we are treating people fairly.
We want our community to know that not everything that is appearing on social media is accurate. We are legally and ethically bound to protect the confidentiality of people and information, and we ask for your understanding that we cannot discuss a case in public.
We can say that our process is fair and impartial, considers all available information, involves a diverse body of students, faculty and staff in hearing boards and appeal processes, and respects the rights of everyone. Our goal in Student Conduct procedures is to enable students to learn from their experiences, know the consequences of their actions, as well as protect our campus community. Above all, we make decisions with safety in mind.
Lastly, I want to say that it is not on you alone to hold us accountable. As president, it’s on my administration and me to do the work to create a community where everyone is treated fairly. But I do need you. I value that you questioned what you heard and took the time to learn more, to engage with leadership, and state what you believe is right. We value this more than you know.
Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland