The University of Montevallo is an educational institution. At educational institutions, student disciplinary processes do not follow the same procedures as a court of law and are not intended to duplicate a court of law. However, the University of Montevallo does provide Due Process privileges to students involved in any alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct. All students involved in a disciplinary situation will be treated with respect by all University officials and will receive a timely response and appropriate resolution of a credible disciplinary compliant. Credibility of the complaint and the decision to move forward with charges will be determined after a preliminary investigation of the complaint. In some situations, relevant University representatives may be consulted.
Individuals accused of a violation shall be:
- Informed of all violations against him/her.
- Provided a fair hearing in a timely manner that may include individuals directly involved in the situation and assumes no guilt until a violation is determined by a preponderance of evidence.
- Granted the opportunity and informed of the proper procedure for requesting and filing an appeal.
- Informed of the final decision in the case.
Individuals who initiate a sexual misconduct or abuse, stalking, domestic violence, and/or dating violence complaint are afforded additional rights within the University disciplinary process including:
- The right to be informed of the outcome and sanction(s) of the disciplinary case
- The right to appeal the findings in accordance with University appeal procedures
Complainants of sexual misconduct or abuse, stalking, domestic violence, and/or dating violence also have the right to have his/her name withheld as confidential in matters of public recordkeeping and timely warning to the campus community. Identifying information about the victim will be withheld or redacted in public records to the extent permissible by law.
In addition, no one shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against any individual for exercising his/her lawful right and responsibility to report a situation involving sexual misconduct or abuse, stalking, domestic violence, and/or dating violence.