The Student Conduct Board, comprised of students, faculty, and deans or administrators, will hear matters involving prohibited conduct that may result in separation from the University and/or a transcript remark. Cases before the Student Conduct Board may involve serious prohibited conduct in a single incident or a persistent pattern of less severe prohibited conduct.
Procedures. The Student Conduct Board will review the evidence and hear testimony before it determines whether the respondent(s) is responsible for violations of the Code and recommends an appropriate outcome to the Director.
Outcomes. If the respondent is found responsible, the Hearing Officers will recommend a range of community status outcomes up to expulsion from the University, including any accompanying terms (see Outcomes), to the Director for final determination. After a determination of responsibility and prior to the recommendation of an outcome, the Case Administrator will inform the panel of any prior disciplinary findings against the respondent. This information will also be provided to the Director. Within five (5) days of the conclusion of the hearing, the Director will notify the respondent(s), and the complainant(s) as permitted by applicable law, of the outcome of the case.
SCB Membership. The membership of the Student Conduct Board will consist of faculty members, undergraduate deans, graduate deans, deans from the Division of Biology and Medicine, School of Engineering, School of Professional Studies, and School of Public Health, other University administrators, undergraduate students, graduate students, and medical students. The appropriate student governance bodies will appoint student members for the upcoming academic year. If a student governance body fails to appoint sufficient members, the Director may select students to fill the positions. If there is a vacancy among the members of the SCB or if an additional member or members are needed to hear a case, the Director may appoint a temporary member. All student members are subject to the approval of the Dean of Students.
Hearing Panels. The composition of the hearing panel will correspond, in general, to the University status (undergraduate, graduate, and medical) of the respondent(s). Each panel will consist of three members - one must be a student while the other two panel members may be deans, administrators, or members of the faculty.
The Case Administrator. The Case Administrator organizes the hearing procedures, including recruiting the panel, communicating to all parties about hearing date and time, and distributing case materials to all parties. The Case Administrator also chairs higher-level hearings and is responsible for conducting the hearing and deciding upon matters related to witnesses, evidence, and procedures. The Case Administrator may exclude from a hearing any person in attendance who disrupts a hearing. The Case Administrator may consult with the Student Conduct Board and other University officials as necessary. As the chair of higher-level hearings, the Case Administrator may ask questions at the hearing and will participate in the deliberations but will not have voting rights.
Notice. At least seven (7) days before the hearing, the Case Administrator will provide the respondent(s) and complainant(s), if applicable, with written notification of the charges, the time and place of the hearing, and a copy of the case materials.
Expedited Hearing(s). If the Director determines that an expedited hearing is necessary (e.g., end of the academic year), deadlines may be shortened.
Requests for Witnesses. The respondent(s), complainant(s), and hearing officer(s) will provide the Case Administrator with a written list of witnesses they would like to appear at the hearing at least four (4) days prior to the hearing by 9:00 AM. For cases in which an investigator is not used, all witnesses will provide a written statement and/or any relevant documents at least four (8) days prior to the hearing by 9:00 AM. If, after the four-day deadline, either party believes that there is new information which may substantially influence the outcome of the hearing, they will request of the Case Administrator that the information be admitted to the hearing. The Case Administrator will also notify the parties of any other witnesses who have been called to appear at the hearing. The Case Administrator will make all decisions about witnesses appearing at the hearing.
Hearing Outline. Administrative and Student Conduct Board Hearings proceed as follows:
- The Case Administrator (and chair of the hearing) reads the charge(s) and informs the respondent(s) of the right to remain silent.
- The Case Administrator is available to answer questions about the case materials.
- The respondent or their advisor may make an opening statement.
- The complainant or their advisor may make an opening statement. A University Representative may fulfill this role if there is no complainant.
- The Hearing Officer(s) examines the evidence and the testimony of any witnesses, including the respondent, complainant, and the Investigator, if applicable. The respondent(s) and the complainant(s) may ask questions of all witnesses who are called to the hearing. It may be required that all questions be directed through the Case Administrator. At the discretion of the Case Administrator, witnesses may be recalled.
- The complainant or their advisor may make a closing statement.
- The respondent or their advisor may make a closing statement.
Deliberations. Following the closing statements, the Hearing Officer(s) adjourns into closed session (1) to determine if the respondent(s) is responsible for violation(s) of the Code and, if so, (2) to recommend a range of appropriate community status outcomes up to expulsion from the University and any accompanying terms (see Outcomes) to the Director. After a determination of responsibility but prior to the recommendation of outcomes, the Case Administrator informs the Hearing Officer(s) of any prior disciplinary finding(s) against the respondent and shares any impact statements with them. Decision(s) of the Student Conduct Board will be made by majority vote and will be forwarded to the Director. Administrative Hearing Officers will also forward their decision(s) to the Director. As the chair of higher-level hearings, the Case Administrator may ask questions at the hearing and will participate in the deliberations but will not have voting rights.
Outcome Notification. Within five (5) days of the conclusion of the hearing, the Director will notify the respondent(s), and the complainant(s) as permitted by applicable law, of the outcome of the hearing.
Appeals. Please see Appeals.
Power of Review in the President. After the appeal process has concluded, the President may review at the President’s own initiative the decisions of the SCB and may affirm, reverse, or modify the decision and/or change the community status outcome and accompanying terms. There will be no appeal from a decision rendered by the President.