Student Conduct Hearings
When there is an allegation of misconduct that is challenged, a hearing authority is convened and tasked with the following objectives:
- Find out what happened. (investigation/hearing)
- Figure out whether any student violated university policy or rules. (responsible or not responsible)
- Decide what to do about it. (sanctioning)
When a student denies responsibility for a Student Code of Conduct infraction, the student has two (2) hearing options available to resolve the allegation in question: informal or formal resolution.
Informal Resolution Process
A student has the option of waiving their right to a formal hearing and having their case decided in a one-on-one administrative review of the incident. In this process, the hearing officer hears testimony from the respondent and rules on the case based on this information in balance with the complainant's evidence and testimony. In waiving the right to a hearing, the respondent may not challenge the finding of responsibility but may petition the university for relief from the sanction consistent with the Appeal Policy. In some instances, informal resolution may not be available.
Formal Resolution Process
Respondents who deny responsibility for a violation and wish to have a formal review of their incident involving all parties of the incident, including the complainant, witnesses and/or advocates, may do so through a formal hearing process. This process is spelled out in Article IV of the Document on Student Rights & Welfare as published in The Key, however, an overview of the process is provided below.
When a formal hearing is required, a University Conduct Board (UCB) is convened to review the case, hear from the parties involved (complainant, respondent, witnesses) and determine whether or not a student violated university policy. Generally, a UCB panel is comprised of three university representatives (one faculty member, one administrator, one student) along with a presiding hearing officer known as a Process Advisor. In some instances such as when there is a need to have a hearing over the summer, a hearing will be coordinated in which a single administrator will preside solely over the hearing and make a decision of responsibility based on the presented evidence.