Disposition of Cases
1. Mediation. Mediation is a non-disciplinary, voluntary, confidential means of resolving conflict. It brings the parties together with a trained mediator in an informal, neutral setting to discuss their dispute and to find a lasting solution to it. If a matter is referred to mediation, the timing/deadline requirements outlined in these procedures are suspended. If any party to a conflict is unwilling to engage in mediation or if the parties are unable to resolve the conflict through mediation, the matter may be referred to a student conduct hearing for resolution. When parties successfully resolve their dispute through mediation, the mediator will notify the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life that the matter has been resolved.
Note: Mediation is not available for dispute resolution in the case of allegations of violations of “Offense III: Sexual Misconduct.”
2. Peer Community Standards Board Hearing. The Peer Community Standards Board, comprised of undergraduate students, will hear matters involving undergraduate students that do not involve possible separation from the University and/or a transcript remark. Typically, the Board will hear cases involving minor, first-time offenses.
3. Dean’s Hearing. The deans and directors of the university will hear matters involving offenses that do not involve possible separation from the University. Repeated offenses of any kind, however, may result in a determination that the matter should be resolved though a Student Conduct Board hearing/administrative hearing.
4. Student Conduct Board Hearing. The Student Conduct Board, comprised of students, faculty, and deans or administrative officers, will hear matters involving offenses that may involve possible separation from the University and/or a transcript remark.
5. Administrative Hearing. An Administrative Hearing will be conducted by a dean or administrative officer of the University. For matters serious enough to warrant a Student Conduct Board hearing, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life will determine whether the charged student will be given the option to have the matter resolved through an Administrative Hearing or a Student Conduct Board Hearing. For charges 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, the only option being a Student Conduct Board hearing. 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).
6. Student Organization Hearing. Allegations of violations of University policies and regulations by student organizations will be resolved through student organization hearings conducted by the deans of the University.
For matters in which individuals pose a danger to themselves or the immediate well-being of the University community, the President, the Dean of the College, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, and the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life have the authority to separate a student(s) from the University and to impose any additional conditions deemed necessary.