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Administrative Hearings

In some cases, a charged student may choose an administrative hearing in lieu of a SCB hearing.  Based on a preliminary review of cases, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life will determine if the charged student will be offered a choice between an Administrative Hearing (AH) and a Student Conduct Board hearing.  For charges referred to an hearing, involving Offense III: Sexual Misconduct and Offense IV: Subjecting another person or group to abusive, threatening, intimidating or harassing actions, students will not be offered a choice but will be heard by the SCB.  In determining whether a student will be offered a choice in other cases, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life may take into consideration factors such as the complexity, severity, and community impact of the case.  In some cases, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life may refer a case directly to an Administrative Hearing if convening a Student Conduct Board hearing would result in a significant delay in the resolution of the matter (e.g., during academic recesses).

An Administrative Hearing will be conducted by a dean or administrative officer of the University. In general, matters involving undergraduates will be heard by deans from Campus Life and/or the Office of the Dean of the College; matters involving graduate students will be heard by deans from the Graduate School; matters involving medical students will be heard by deans from the Medical School.

Procedure.  The hearing procedures will be informal, but they will be consistent with the basic rights afforded to charged students (see “Student Rights and Responsibilities”).  At least seven (7) days before the hearing, the case administrator will provide the student(s) with written notice of the charge(s), the time and location of the hearing, and a copy of the case materials.  At the hearing, the student(s) has an opportunity to be heard, and the hearing officer decides if the respondent is responsible for violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct.

SanctionsIf the respondent is found responsible, the hearing officer will recommend a sanction up to expulsion from the University; including any accompanying terms (see “Sanctions” and “Accompanying Terms for Sanctions”) to the Senior Associate Dean of Student Life.  Prior to the recommendation of a sanction, the case administrator will inform the hearing officer of any prior disciplinary findings against the respondent.  Within five (5) days of the conclusion of the hearing, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life will notify the respondent(s), and the complaining witness(es) as permitted by applicable regulations,  of the  outcome of the case.