Procedures for Student Conduct Meetings
Procedures for Student Conduct Meetings
Level One: A meeting conducted by a member of the Student
Development staff, usually a staff member in Residence Life or staff
member in Inclusion/Student Engagement. Level One meetings usually involve one or two of the above
mentioned administrators, and in some cases in conjunction with other
University officials, working directly with the parties involved in the
conduct. Level One cases may require more than one student conduct
meeting to repair the harm established. Additionally, involved parties
shall be active participants in recommending reparative actions.
Level Two: A meeting conducted by the Dean of Student Development
and/or the Assistant Dean of Student Development or designee, Level Two
meetings may involve a student conduct board panel of three to five
individuals. For a Level Two meeting, the involved parties will receive a
written statement of harm established which will contain a summary of
the facts or conduct on which the student conduct case is based, date of
the alleged incident(s), and the University regulation(s) allegedly
violated. In all Level Two student conduct cases, it is the University's
desire to ensure the full rights of fair process. Therefore, students
or groups who participate in the Level Two student conduct process are
given a statement that explains these rights. Within fair process,
involved parties may elect one of three courses of action:
parties may admit the alleged conduct and request, in writing, that the
University official take whatever reparative measures seem appropriate.
- Involved parties may admit the alleged conduct and request a student conduct meeting or board hearing.
- Involved parties may deny the alleged conduct and request a student conduct meeting or board hearing.
Most violations are adjudicated through an administrative hearing with a University conduct officer. However, more serious cases may be adjudicated by a Student Conduct Hearing Panel comprised of three to five faculty and/or staff members. You may also request to have your case heard by a Student Conduct Hearing Panel. However, at various
times of the year it is difficult to call a hearing panel together.
During these times, cases will be administratively determined. These times are:
a. The first two weeks of each semester
b. The last two weeks of each semester
c. Periods between semesters (holiday and summer breaks)
Parties involved in a Level Two case are entitled to the following information prior to the student conduct meeting or hearing:
a. Notification of the time and place of the meeting or hearing
b. A written statement of the conduct in question
c. Notification of the names of the witnesses to appear, if applicable.
d. Notification of the names of the members of the conduct board
Involved parties may appear in person
at the meeting or hearing and may call witnesses on their behalf.
Involved parties may also elect not to appear. Should involved parties
elect not to appear, the meeting or hearing will be held in the party’s
absence. Failure to appear will not be indicative of guilt and is noted
without prejudice by the student conduct hearing officer or panel. The following standards
also apply to Level Two student conduct meetings and hearings:
- Students may elect to be accompanied by an advocate of their choice during the meeting/hearing for the purpose of support
- Advocates are not permitted to participate in the meeting or hearing by making statements,
questioning witnesses, or making procedural objections, unless
otherwise allowed by the Dean of Student Development.
- In hearings involving more than
one student, separate or private hearings may be allowed upon request
and/or determination of the Dean or designee.
- Involved parties may ask questions of the student conduct officer, panel or of any witnesses to the alleged conduct.
- Involved parties may refuse to answer questions (without implication of guilt).
- Involved parties are entitled to an expeditious hearing of their case.
- Involved parties are entitled to an explanation of the reasons for any decision rendered against them.
- Involved parties shall be notified of the right to appeal a student conduct decision.