Legal Issues

The following information pertains to all Kriege School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering students regardless of where they work within Johns Hopkins University.


Consistent with its obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, the university provides reasonable workplace accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Student Disability Services unit in the Office of Institutional Equity.

Dishonest/Criminal Misconduct

If you suspect a student of dishonest or criminal misconduct on the job (i.e. falsifying hours on timesheets, forging supervisors signature, theft of office property, unauthorized use of computer accounts, etc.), you must immediately report your suspicions to the director or lead payroll contact of Student Employment Services. You are asked to provide as much detail as possible.

Upon notification, SES takes the following steps:

    • SES alerts the associate dean of student conduct; this will include a short brief of case details. If the student’s position is funded by Federal Work-Study, SES will also notify the director of student financial services.
    • Based on the nature of the case, SES has the right to suspend student employment privileges, pending the investigation.
    • SES gathers all relevant documentation and compiles a comprehensive report for the dean’s review.
    • The dean determines if a conduct hearing is in order. Based on the findings, disciplinary action is determined.
    • In cases where Federal Work-Study funds are involved, and if found guilty, the award will automatically be rescinded for a period to be determined by the Office of Student Financial Services. The Office of the General Counsel, under the advisement of the director of student financial services, will notify the DOE of any information pertaining to fraud or other criminal misconduct in violation of the Title IV program.