The Catholic University of America

Student Conduct Hearing

Hearings normally consist of a formal meeting between the respondent and the University Hearing Board (“Board”),* and 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 respondent 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 and/or residence.
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 in the classic sense of the word ("to hear").  Resopndent students and the Hearing Board will discuss available information and their perceptions of the incident.  Students are encouraged to share relevant information to determining their role in the matter.  
Generally within 5 business days of the hearing, a student will receive a letter chronicling the university's position as to whether they violated the Code and, if so, what impact that will have on their educational program. 
Note:  We always have the ability to choose to accept responsibility for things we did in fact do.  Students who accept responsibility for violations of this Code prior to the student conduct hearing may meet with the Associate Dean 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.


* - Occasionally, hearings are conducted by the Associate Dean of Students (or designee).