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Role of Advocates

Note: For informational purposes. Consult The Key Student Handbook for the official and most up to date policies. 

Role of Advocates in the Student Conduct Process

From the Document on Student Rights & Welfare, Article IV.G - Role of Advocates in the Student Conduct Process:

  1. A  student bringing charges (complainant) or student charged (respondent) with violating University regulations has a right to an advocate by:
    1. A member of the University community who may be a student, staff member or faculty member.
    2. A private attorney whose expenses will be borne by the student.

If necessary, you may meet with your advocate of choice on campus. Should you need a meeting space, please call Conference and Event Services at 610-683-1359, to reserve your meeting space.    

  1. Any student who brings charges (complainant) or any student charged with a violation (respondent) under the Sexual/Gender Based Offenses Policy for sexual misconduct and/or gender based offenses may have any advocate of choice to assist them throughout the student conduct process.
  2. Any student having an advocate is required to notify the Dean of Students Office or their case officer with the name and contact information of their advocate.
  3. All meeting/hearing dates and times as well as information, including the description of charges, names of witnesses, substance of testimony and other types of evidence, which may be used, will be supplied to the student throughout the student conduct process. Advocates will have access to this information through the student.
  4. During the preliminary briefing or other student conduct meetings, excluding hearings, the advocate may interact with the case officer or designated university official during the meeting.
  5. During formal hearings, neither party's advocate will have a formal or interactive role with the hearing authority or witnesses. The student will be granted reasonable opportunities during the hearing to privately confer with his/her advocate.
  6. If the advocate is not a student, the student will be considered as host while the advocate is on campus. Any disruptive or disorderly behavior on the part of the advocate may result in charges being filed against the student under the following conduct standards: Abuse of the Student Conduct Process and/or Responsibility for Actions of Guests.
  7. The Dean of Students Office reserves the right to assign a university official to attend any student conduct hearing, proceeding or meeting for the purposes including but not limited to advising hearing boards or university officials on procedures and/or for the purposes of evaluation or assessment.