Administrative Decision -- Accepting Responsibility
In most cases, when charged, students accept responsibility for violating the Code of Student Conduct. We call this an "administrative decision." The investigating hearing officer will keep the case and determine appropriate sanctions.
The Code of Student Conduct offers students two types of hearings to resolve disputed charges. Both hearing types are designed to be informal. Nonetheless, students should take their hearing seriously. We expect all participants to conduct themselves in a respectful and truthful manner. We aim for a conversational tone that encourages students to fully advocate for themselves.
Students may bring one advisor to the hearing. This advisor may not also be a witness.
In an Administrative hearing, the hearing officer who investigated the case will step aside. A new Student Conduct staff member will be assigned to hear and decide the case.
University Conduct Board
In a University Conduct Board hearing, the case will be heard and decided by a panel of four to five members from the University Conduct Board (UCB). The UCB is made up of students, staff, and faculty. For cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct, only staff and faculty members of the UCB will hear the case.
For either an Administrative or a UCB hearing, students can expect:
This packet contains all of the relevant information acquired during the investigation. It is IMPERATIVE that the student review this packet as soon as possible because there is limited time to add additional material to the packet before it is finalized for the hearing.
At least ten calendar days before the hearing, Student Conduct’s Office Associate will send a letter to the student that contains:
- Name of the Administrative hearing officer or UCB Coordinator assigned to hear the case;
- Date and time of the hearing (we check the student’s schedule to avoid class conflicts);
- A list of witnesses invited to participate in the hearing. Students may request the hearing officer invite additional witnesses, with relevant information, up to two business days before the hearing.
We request students schedule a pre-hearing conference with their Administrative hearing officer or UCB Coordinator prior to the hearing to review questions about the hearing process and/or review the hearing packet in person.
- Students should arrive promptly for their hearings.
- While formal business attire is not required, most students dress appropriately for the occasion.
- Water is provided, however personal beverages are permitted. If we anticipate a long hearing (something to discuss during the pre-hearing conference), students should pack a lunch or snack.
- As previously indicated, students may bring one advisor to the hearing.
- The hearing is audio recorded, we ask all involved please speak clearly when possible.
- If breaks are needed, please ask. We try to accommodate all reasonable requests as soon as possible.
It can take some time to send notice of the hearing outcome, Students may always call or email their Administrative hearing officer or Board Coordinator to ask for an update.