Child pages
  • University Student Conduct Policy and Procedures

Versions Compared

Key

  • This line was added.
  • This line was removed.
  • Formatting was changed.

...

  1. Review the process as outlined below:
  2. Discuss the complaint and alleged conduct, allowing the student to present his/her understanding of the events related to the incident(s).
  3. Conduct the process in a timely fashion. (In cases where incidents occur near the end of a semester, the case may need to be adjudicated at the beginning of the next semester or during a break period).
  4. Permit the student to be accompanied by a silent supporter drawn from the University Community.
  5. Permit the accused to speak on his/her own behalf and present evidence appropriate and pertinent information and witnesses.  The hearing officer will make all determinations on the relevance and necessity of evidence what information or witnesses may be presented for consideration and that character .   Character witnesses are not permitted.
  6. Determine an appropriate finding of either “responsible” or “not responsible” for each alleged policy violation based upon the preponderance of evidence.
  7. If a student is found responsible, the conduct officer will advise the student of the sanction(s) imposed.
  8. After a decision has been rendered, the student will receive an email or letter summarizing the outcome and sanctions as discussed in the administrative meeting. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all sanctions as imposed. Failure to abide by or complete a sanction may result in additional sanctions.
  9. In certain cases deemed appropriate by the proper authorities, information on an offense may be disclosed to individuals or to the entire University community.

...

  1. A Student Conduct Board Hearing can be convened by the conduct officer or designee.
  2. A Student Conduct Board hearing is comprised of two students and one staff member, drawn from those constituencies. At the request of either the complainant or the accused, A a student may enter objections to members selected for a Board if a legitimate on the basis of an actual conflict of interest existsthat would preclude the Board member from reasonably participating in the process.  The convener will make the determination of on any objectionssuch objection. 
  3. The convener will make all parties aware of how the proceedings will be conducted, as outlined below:
    1. To provide
      1. A statement of the allegations
      2. Disclosure of the results of an investigation, if any
      3. A summary of the procedures to be followed
      4. A statement that the choice of a board member or convener may be challenged in writing to the Dean of Students, or designee, within 2 business days of notification
      5. To conduct the process in a timely fashion. In cases where incidents occur near the end of a semester, the case may need to be adjudicated at the beginning of the next semester.
      6. To notify the accused student in writing of the reasons for the proposed disciplinary action and to allow sufficient time to prepare
      7. To permit the student to be accompanied by a member of the University Community, without voice, and allow the accused student to consult with this member during the hearing.
      8. To permit the accused to speak on his/her own behalf and present appropriate and pertinent information and witnesses.  The hearing officer will make all determinations on
    the relevance and necessity of evidence
      1. what information or witnesses may be presented for consideration
    and that character witnesses are not permitted. 
      1. .   The accused may decline to answer questions and this shall not be construed in any way.
      2. To advise the accused student of all available information with opportunity for rebuttal.
      3. To permit all accused parties to be present throughout the hearing with the opportunity to question witnesses
      4. To render a decision based upon the preponderance of evidence and, where applicable determine the appropriate sanction(s), and give written or email notification of that decision to the accused, the Dean of Students, and relevant University officials.
      5. To provide an audio recording of the proceedings to be kept by the Office of the Dean of Students, use of which will normally be limited to an appeal, and destroyed after the appeal time has passed.
      6. In certain cases deemed appropriate by the proper authorities, information on an offense may be disclosed to individuals or to the entire University community.
      7. The convener may accommodate concerns for personal safety, well-being, and/or fears of confrontation of the complainant, accused student, and/or other witness during the hearing by providing separate facilities, by using a visual screen, and/or permitting participation by telephone, videophone, video conferencing, videotape, audio tape, written statement, or other means as determined in the sole judgment of the convener to be appropriate.
      8. Prior incidents and sanctions will be disclosed to the Student Conduct Board by the convener after the board has come to a finding or responsible and may be considered.

Appeals

  1. The right of a student found responsible to one appeal is guaranteed.  Appeals may be granted for the following reasons only:
    1. Pertinent new information is available which was not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.
    2. A procedural error was made that precluded a fair and impartial hearing. Deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless significant prejudice results.
  2. Decisions following the hearing must be appealed within two (2) business days of receipt of the written results of such hearing. Appeals will be heard by the Dean of Students or designee, as described in the outcome letter.    

...