Summary of Process
The Student Conduct Office upholds the University's Student Code of Conduct. Students are generally referred for violations of the Student Code of Conduct, and any member of the university community or public may submit a referral of a possible violation. Additionally, the Student Conduct Office may initiate a referral if information regarding alleged misconduct is reported through other venues.
Receipt of Referral/Charge Letter
Upon receipt of a referral, the
Student Conduct Office will review the information provided and either open an
Investigation or determine there is enough information present for a potential
violation and issue a Charge Letter. A Conduct Investigation will be
automatically triggered in cases involving violations of the Sexual Misconduct Regulation or Title IX. Investigations involving witness(es) or victim(s) continue with or without their involvement.
Once a Charge Letter is sent to
a student, they have five (5) class days to respond and schedule a Conduct Review
Meeting. The Conduct Review Meeting is informational in nature and provides the
student with the opportunity to understand their rights, the conduct process,
and review the incident report/referral sent to the conduct office. In most
cases, the student will also select the hearing type they prefer to move the
case forward. A student will waive their right to a Conduct Review Meeting by
not contacting the Student Conduct Office within five (5) class days, at which time a
hearing forum will be selected and scheduled for them. Cases involving
violations of the Sexual Misconduct Regulation, Title IX, or exceptionally
egregious in nature will automatically require a Panel Hearing.
After conclusion of a Conduct
Review, the process moves forward into a Hearing. There are three types of
Hearings a student may choose from, except in certain circumstances.
- Panel Hearing,
- Immediate Hearing.
The Hearing can be heard with or without student participation. A Hearing allows the student to share their
perspective on the situation, present any witness(es) or additional information
they feel is relevant and important.
After a Hearing, the Student
Conduct Office will review the information presented or recommendations from
the Panel Hearing Board. In cases involving potential suspension or permanent
separation from the University, a recommendation will be reviewed by the Vice
President for Student and International Affairs and/or President of the
University. A Decision Letter stating the outcome and sanctions, if any, will
be sent to the student.
Decisions on the case will be sent to the appropriate students within fourteen (14) class days, unless outstanding or additional circumstances prevent the Student Conduct Office from being able to do so. All University Communication is
sent to the students University email account (Nfirstname.lastname@example.org) and students
are expected to check this account on a regular basis per the Student Handbook.