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Process

The Conduct Process

The following section explains the conduct process step-by-step. Each step describes the actions of the Office of Student Conduct and what a student should expect when going through the process. To see a diagram of how the process works, please download our flowchart.

  1. Notification
    • A student will receive a letter stating that a conduct charge has been brought against that student.
    • The student is invited to an initial meeting with the Director of Student Conduct or Resident Director to discuss hearing options. 
    • A meeting is scheduled.
  2. The Meeting
    • A hearing officer will see the student to explain the charges.
    • A hearing officer will discuss the student's rights.
    • A hearing officer will explain procedures.
  3. The Hearing
    • All parties are invited to give relevant testimony. Witnesses are at the discretion of the Hearing Officer/Board. 
    • Hearing Officer/Board is introduced and questions concerning rights or procedures are answered.
    • The charges are read for the record.
    • The Respondent enters a plea: Responsible or Not Responsible. (If the student chooses not to attend their hearing, a Not Responsible Plea will be entered on their behalf.)
    • The Respondent and Complainant may bring an advisor to the Hearing. The advisor is not allowed to speak directly to the Hearing Officer/Board and is only there to offer counseling and advising (see specific Guidelines in the Code).
    • The Respondent may provide the Board with character references either in person or by letter. These references are limited to two. 

      Complainant's Testimony
    • The complainant submits a statement of the incident including evidence.
    • A hearing officer asks questions.
    • The complainant introduces witnesses who provide a statement of the event(s).
    • Testimony ends. 

      Respondent's Testimony
    • The respondent submits a statement of the incident including evidence.
    • A hearing officer asks questions.
    • The respondent introduces witnesses who provide a statement of the event(s).
    • Testimony ends.

      The Decision
    • Both the complainant and respondent submit a final statement.
    • The University Conduct Board will deliberate in private.
    • The student will be informed of the decision regarding the sanction and appeal process in writing as soon as possible, not to exceed two weeks.
    • If the student is found not responsible, the process ends here. The case is closed and the record expunged.
    • If the student is found responsible, a sanction will be assigned in consideration of any prior record.
  4. The Appeal Process
    • The student may appeal the decision of the conduct board. The appeal must be in writing and within seven days of the hearing.
    • An appeal must be based on harshness of sanction, violation of due process, or new evidence.
    • An appeal decision may confirm the original decision, reduce the sanction, or find the student not responsible.