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Student Conduct Procedures

Hearing Procedures

Disciplinary cases will be managed by the Student Conduct Officer (SCO) and heard by the Student Conduct Officer, an Administrative Council or the Justice Council. Due to the explicit content and risks  involved in such complaints, all disciplinary cases involving violence, threats of violence and  sexual misconduct will be heard by the SCO or an Administrative Council.

The complainant in cases involving violence, threats of violence , sexual misconduct or abuse, domestic and/or dating violence, or stalking will receive the outcome of the case including sanctions imposed.

Justice and Administrative Councils

Administrative and Justice Councils hear disciplinary cases involving violations of University rules and of the Student Code of Conduct by individual students or by student organizations. Most cases will be heard by the Student Conduct Officer/Deputy Title IX (SCO Council with the Student Conduct Officer selecting which is most appropriate.At the discretion of the SCO, a Justice Council may hear cases in place of an Administrative Council except in cases involving violence, threats of violence and sexual misconduct. Cases involving violence, threats of violence and sexual misconduct will be heard by the Student Conduct Officer or an Administrative  Council with the Student Conduct Officer selecting which is most appropriate.

The Justice Council committee  is composed of eight faculty representatives recommended by faculty senate, six staff members recommended by the Vice President for Enrollment Management, and eight students recommended by staff within Student Life, and Housing and Residence Life. Quorum for non-academic justice council hearings will consist of three faculty and/or staff representatives and two student representatives. Quorum for non-academic Administrative Council cases will consist of at least one faculty representative and two additional faculty or staff members from the Justice Council committee. Justice Council cases involving academic dishonesty must include only two faculty representatives, two student representatives and one staff representative.

Faculty and staff Justice Council committee members are appointed for three years on a rotating basis. Students serve one year and may be reappointed.

Hearings

If a hearing is requested, the Student Conduct Officer, an Administrative Council or the Justice Council will hear information related to the case and determine if a violation has occurred, and if so, what appropriate sanctions should be imposed. Decisions of the Councils are based on a majority vote of the membership of the Council and shall be based exclusively on the information presented.

For Administrative Council or Justice Council hearings, both the complainant and the accused may bring one representative who may attend and advise the student but not present the student’s case. The representative has no standing in the proceedings but may provide advice to the respective student in a quiet manner that is not disruptive to the proceedings. The student must give the designated judicial coordinator notice in writing of his or her plans to bring a representative at least 24 hours before the start time of the hearing.

Hearing decisions will be reported in writing to the accused party within five business days. In cases involving violence, threats of violence and sexual misconduct, both the complainant and the accused will be notified of the final decision and sanctions. In the case of a sexual misconduct complaint, the complainant and the accused have an opportunity to request a review of the outcome of the case

Some situations involving alleged Student Code of Conduct violations that occur within University housing will be managed by the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life. The Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life will hear the case and determine if a violation has occurred. If the student is found to be in violation, the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life will also determine appropriate sanctions. Those violations include but are not limited to:

  1. First time alleged violation for open containers in public areas of residence halls (lobbies, hallways, etc.);
  2. First time alleged violation for tampering with, damaging, disabling or misusing fire safety equipment including but not limited to fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire hoses, fire alarms and fire doors in University housing;
  3. First time alleged violation for failing to immediately evacuate University housing when a fire alarm or other emergency notification has been sounded or hindering or impairing the orderly evacuation.