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Conduct Review Boards

The Student Accountability Board (SAB) is empowered to conduct case resolution meetings involving student Respondents and issue all forms of Outcomes, up to and including dismissal from the University.

Authority

The SAB has the authority to determine if a Respondent is responsible for a violation of the Student Conduct Policies, and to assign Outcomes as appropriate.

Composition

The SAB will be composed of three (3) University Community members, selected from a pool of eligible SAB members, and one Chairperson. The Chairperson will be the Director of Student Conduct or their designee. The role of the chairperson is to facilitate the SAB and to ensure that the procedures are being followed. Specific guidelines for who will serve are as follows:

  • If the Respondent is an undergraduate student, at least one member of the SAB will be an undergraduate student.
  • If the Respondent is a graduate student, at least one member of the SAB will be a graduate student.
  • If possible, at least one member of the SAB should be a University faculty member.
  • If possible, at least one member of the SAB should be a University staff member.
  • If the Case involves an alleged violation of Academic Misconduct, at least one member of the SAB will be a University faculty member.

The SAB may conduct a meeting with only 2 members provided that no participating party objects.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to serve on the SAB, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be registered as a full-time student in good standing after completing at least one quarter of coursework at the University.
  • Faculty must have been employed by and taught courses at the University for a minimum of one academic quarter. Faculty must also have taught at least one course within the most recent two academic quarters.
  • Staff must be currently employed part- or full-time, and must have been employed full- or part-time by the University for at least one complete academic quarter.

Student Conduct is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training members of the SAB. It is expected that members of the SAB will excuse themselves from a particular hearing if there is the potential for their objectivity to be compromised.

SAB Procedures
  1. The Chairperson calls the SAB to order.
  2. The Chairperson states the conditions of the  SAB , including:
    • The SAB will be audio-recorded. This recording will be kept for a period of no less than seven years from the date of the Respondent's most recent case.
    • The SAB will be closed, with participation limited to the Respondent, the Complainant, and any support persons and any witnesses.
    • All statements will be restricted to matters relevant to the case.
    • Any person disrupting, interfering with or failing to abide by the rulings of the Chairperson may be removed from the SAB.
    • Support persons, if present, are restricted to consulting with the person they are there to support. Support persons may not address witnesses or the SAB unless invited to do so by the Chairperson.
    • Deliberations will be limited to the SAB. Deliberations will not be audio-recorded.
    • The SAB and its outcome are considered part of the respondent's educational record, and as such are FERPA protected.
  3. The Chairperson asks the Complainant* and the Respondent if there are any objections to proceeding with the SAB at this time. The Chairperson is responsible for deciding if such objections are reasonable and what measures should be taken to address them.
  4. The Chairperson presents the report to the SAB and states the charges.
  5. The Chairperson asks the Respondent to respond to the charges with a statement of either "Responsible" or "Not Responsible".
  6. The Complainant* makes an opening statement.
  7. The Respondent makes an opening statement.
  8. The Complainant* presents evidence and/or calls witnesses. The SAB has the option of questioning the Complainant* and witnesses.
  9. The Respondent presents evidence and/or calls witnesses. The SAB has the option of questioning the Respondent and witnesses.
  10. The Complainant* presents a closing statement.
  11. The Respondent presents a closing statement.
  12. The Chairperson concludes the SAB.
  13. The SAB enters closed deliberations. A unanimous decision among the three members is desirable for determining responsibility; however, a majority vote is acceptable if, in the Chairperson's opinion, unanimity is not reasonably achievable.
  14. If the SAB determines the student to be responsible for violation of the Student Conduct Policies, a unanimous decision among the three voting members is desirable for determining outcomes; however, a majority vote is acceptable if, in the Chairperson's opinion, unanimity is not reasonably achievable.

*If one (e.g, a Complainant) has been designated and chooses to attend the SAB.

Note: As long as the components listed above are included, the specific order for the SAB procedure may vary slightly at the discretion of the Chairperson. Additionally, there may be multiple Complainants and Respondents involved in a SAB at one time. All Complainants will share first, followed by all Respondents.