68 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 1.5.2. When the alleged misconduct includes allegations of Human Rights Violations, the disciplinary process will not be delayed except when law enforcement requests a delay to conduct the fact-finding portion of its investigation. 1.5.3. Determinations made or conduct sanctions imposed under this Student Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of this Student Code were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of, or against, the criminal law defendant. 1.5.4. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the Institution will not request or agree to special consideration for that student because of his or her status as a student. 1.5.5. If the alleged violation of law also gives rise to student disciplinary action under this Student Code, the institution may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters are typically handled under the Student Code. 1.5.6. The institution will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of Student violators provided that the conditions do not conflict with any conduct sanctions imposed as a result of the student conduct process, this Student Code, or Institutional Policies. 1.5.7. Where the student has been found guilty in a court of law or has declined to contest such charges, although not actually admitting guilt (e.g., “no contest” or “nolo contendere”), the alleged facts that formed the basis of the criminal charges shall be deemed established for purposes of any student conduct process. 1.5.8. Individual students and other members of the institutional community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate. 1.5.9. When an employee of the institution knows that a felony was committed and that knowledge is not privileged, such employee shall report the known facts and circumstances to law enforcement officials who have jurisdiction over the matter. 1.6. Interpretation and Revision 1.6.1. No provision of this Student Code shall be interpreted to deprive students of rights guaranteed them under state or federal law. 1.6.2. Institutions must ensure that institutional interests do not interfere with the impartiality of the student conduct process. 1.6.3. Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Code shall be referred to the Senior Student Affairs Officer for final determination. 1.6.4. The Student Code should be reviewed periodically under the direction of the Senior Student Affairs Officers. If the review leads to a recommendation that Board Policy be modified, that recommendation and its supporting rationale shall be provided to the institutional presidents and, if approved, forwarded to the Executive Director. 1.7. Institutions may choose to adopt institutional policies that are consistent with this Student Code.