Procedures for Student Conduct Meetings
Level One: A meeting conducted by a member of the Student Affairs staff, usually a staff member in Campus Life. 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 Campus Life and/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:
- Involved 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:
- The first two weeks of each semester
- The last two weeks of each semester
- 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:
- Notification of the time and place of the meeting or hearing
- A written statement of the conduct in question
- Notification of the names of the witnesses to appear, if applicable.
- 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 and/or advice.
- 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 Campus Life.
- 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.