University Disciplinary Procedures
The Office of Student Conduct is responsible for ensuring a fair and impartial disciplinary process for students charged with violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The office also provides education and resources to foster respect and civility among all members of the university community. Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by an official trained in issues related to intimate partner violence, sexual misconduct, stalking and other forms of interpersonal violence and shall use the preponderance of the evidence standard in making a determination concerning the alleged assault or violence. Visit the Office of Student Conduct homepage for more information.
The Student Code of Conduct provides the procedures for the investigation, definitions of terms, and resolution of complaints regarding student conduct, including those involving sexual misconduct, as defined herein.
The Title IX Coordinator can assist in explaining the student conduct process. The Student Code of Conduct provides an equal, fair, and timely process, informal administrative resolution or a formal adjudication, for reported victims and accused students.
Reported victims of sexual misconduct shall have the opportunity to request that disciplinary proceedings begin promptly; that such disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by an official trained annually in issues relating to sexual misconduct and shall use the preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) standard in making a determination concerning the alleged sexual misconduct.
Both the reported victim of sexual misconduct and the accused student are entitled to be accompanied to any meeting or proceeding relating to the allegation of sexual misconduct by an adviser or support person of their choice, provided the involvement of such adviser or support person does not result in the postponement or delay of such meeting as scheduled and provided such an adviser or support person may not directly address the Hearing Body, question witnesses or otherwise actively participate in the hearing process or other meeting pertaining to a report of sexual misconduct and each student shall have the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses on her/his behalf during any disciplinary proceeding.
Both the reported victim and accused student are entitled to be provided at the same time written notice of the results of any disciplinary proceeding, normally within one (1) business day after the conclusion of such proceeding, which notice shall include the following: the name of the accused student, the violation committed, if any, and any sanction imposed upon the accused student. Sanctions may range from a warning to expulsion, depending upon the behavior and its severity of the violation(s). The reported victim shall have the same right to request a review of the decision of any disciplinary proceeding in the same manner and on the same basis as shall the accused student; however, in such cases, if a review by any reported victim is granted, among the other actions that may be taken, the sanction of the disciplinary proceeding may also be increased. The reported victim and the accused student are entitled to be simultaneously provided written notice of any change in the results of any disciplinary proceeding prior to the time when the results become final as well as to be notified when such results become final.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the accused student and the reported victim have the right to keep their identities confidential.
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