Student Conduct Hearing
Hearings normally consist of a formal meeting between the accused student and a conduct officer (typically, the Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Ethical Development). Administrative hearings are reserved for those behavioral concerns which are serious enough in the university's esteem to raise questions as to whether severe sanctions such as eviction, suspension or exuplsion may be merited. (Considerations include the nature of the allegations and the extent of any alleged damage, injury or harm; as well as the past record of the student.)
The accused student will receive notice of the date, time, and location of the scheduled hearing, reference to the incident in question and the specific university policies which appear to be at issue. Notice will most often take the form of a letter delivered to a student’s University e-mail account.
Although SCED staff members go to great lengths to offer accused students a opportunity to confidentially discuss what to expect from their hearing process, and how university policy may or may not apply to their situation, these "intake" meetings are a courtesy and will not always be feasible. As such, accused students should thoroughly read the Code of Student Conduct ("Code") prior to their hearing and are urged to consult with their families who can likewise offer valuable perspective.
The hearing, itself, is not an adversarial process, but a formal inquiry which takes the form of a one-on-one conversation. The accused student and conduct officer will discuss available information and their perceptions of the incident. Students are encouraged to share relevant information to assist the conduct officer in drawing conclusions regarding responsibility.
Generally within 5 business days of the hearing, a student will receive a letter detailing any decisions made regarding responsibility, as well as a thorough rationale. Where a student is found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct, the outcome letter will outline any expectations or sanctions which are mandated.
Note: Accused students retain the right to accept responsibility for any allegations of misconduct. Students who accept responsibility for violations of the Code of Student Conduct prior to the student conduct hearing may meet with the conduct officer in an administrative meeting to determine an appropriate sanction(s), in lieu of attending a hearing. This acceptance must be in writing, affirming acceptance of responsibility for the charge(s) and acknowledging that the full range of sanctions may be imposed.