Office of Student Conduct
Student Conduct Proceedings
The appropriate official or his/her designee will coordinate the student conduct conference. The conference is an informal, non-adversarial meeting between a student and a Hearing Officer or designee of the Student Conduct Office. The purpose of the conduct conference is to examine the complaint, listen to the student, discuss circumstances regarding the incident, and hear student concerns. Based upon the discussion and the preponderance of evidence, the conference will ultimately result in the student deciding whether to accept responsibility for any charges and/or sanctions assigned by the Hearing Officer or to appeal a sanction. If the student fails to appear for the conference, the meeting may be held without his/her presence or statements. In cases of accusation of violations in the University Code of Conduct that could result in suspension from the University or removal from the residence halls, the student will have the right to request that the case be heard by the University Student Conduct Board (USCB). The Director of Student Conduct or his/her designee may refer the student discipline case to the University Student Conduct Board (USCB) at his/her discretion.
APPEALS AND SANCTION REVIEWS
Appeals: A student found responsible for a Code of Conduct violation may only appeal a sanction of Deferred Suspension to Permanent Expulsion from the University. Student may appeal on one or more of the following grounds:
a. The student has been denied due process.
b. Discovery of substantive new evidence or substantive evidence of bias on behalf of the hearing officer or University Student Conduct Board (USCB).
c. The sanction(s) recommended was/were not justified by the by nature of the violation(s).
Appeals shall only be heard by the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee. A written request for an appeal by the student must be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct within three (3) business days* of notification of results of the original hearing or conference. The Office of Student Conduct may administer the notification of hearing results either personally or by certified mail to the last known address as maintained by the Director.
Sanction Reviews: When a student accepts responsibility for the Code of Conduct violation (charges), but contests the sanction recommended by the Office of Student Conduct, the student may request that the recommended sanction be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee. The request must be submitted, in writing, within two (2) business days* of notification of the original sanction. The sanction review will ordinarily be a review on the record of the case, unless otherwise determined by the person reviewing the sanction. The person reviewing the sanction may sustain or modify the sanction set by the Office of Student Conduct when he/she determines that the sanction recommended was outside the University's sanction range for such violations and/or not justified by the nature of the offense. The person conducting the sanction review will forward a written decision and rationale to the Director of Student Conduct within ten (10) business days of receiving the sanction review request.
The person reviewing the appeal may sustain or modify the sanction set by the Office of Student Conduct when he/she determines that the sanction recommended was outside the University’s sanction range for such violations and/or not justified by the nature of the offense. The person conducting the appeal will forward a written decision and rationale to the Director of Student Conduct within ten (10) business days of receiving the sanction review request.
* Note: Computation of time: When any period of time is referred to, such period in all cases are computed to exclude the first and include the last day of such period. Business days include normal University operating days and exclude holidays and weekends. The last business day ends at 4:00 p.m.