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Hearings

The Student Conduct Policies and Procedures under the Honor Code defines a Hearing Body as any person or persons authorized by the University to determine whether a student has violated Student Conduct Policies and to impose Outcomes when appropriate. Additionally, authorized Student Conduct Administrators are administrators and staff authorized to implement the Student Conduct Process; and may include the professional and graduate staff of Student Conduct, Housing and Residential Education (HRE), Student Activities and Graduate Studies as described below.

Cases may be referred to the appropriate Hearing Body based on the following guidelines:

  1. One-on-One Administrative Hearing with Housing and Residential Education (HRE) staff in Cases which:
    • Occur within the Residence Halls/Apartments involving violations of the Residential Living Policies and basic violations of the Student Conduct Policies.
  2. One-on-One Administrative Hearing with Student Conduct staff in Cases which:
    • Occur within the Residence Halls/Apartments and involve physical violence, legitimate threats of violence, or Weapons.
    • Occur within the Residence Halls/Apartments and one of the Respondents involved is already on probation or has been previously suspended.
    • Non-Residential incidents.
  3. Conduct Review Board (CRB) hearing in Cases which:
    • An active Complainant is participating;
    • There is highly disputed information between parties;
    • The Outcome is potentially dismissal.

In Cases involving a minor violation of the Residential Living Policies and/or Student Conduct Policies, a simple warning letter may be sent to the Respondent instead of scheduling a hearing. However, a hearing is available upon request from the student.

NOTE: Student Conduct reserves the right to make exceptions to the above guidelines to accommodate scheduling, confidentiality, or other extenuating circumstances.

Director of Student Conduct

The Director of Student Conduct, or designee, has the authority to impose Outcomes up to, and including, suspension.

Student Conduct Staff

Student Conduct staff members have the authority to impose Outcomes up to, and including, probation.

Housing and Residential Education (HRE) Staff

HRE staff may be empowered by the Director of Student Conduct to conduct hearings for Cases that originate in the residence halls and are not otherwise routed elsewhere. Generally, HRE staff may hear Cases involving alleged violations of residence hall policies and alleged violations of Student Conduct Policies. HRE staff members have the authority to assign Outcomes up to, and including, probation.

Student Activities and Graduate Studies Staff

Student Activities and Graduate Studies staff shall be empowered to conduct hearings for Cases that involve licensed or unlicensed Student Organizations. Generally, Student Activities staff may hear Cases involving alleged violations of undergraduate Student Organizations policies and alleged violations of University Policies; Graduate Student Services staff may hear Cases involving alleged violations of graduate Student Organizations. Student Activities and Graduate Studies staff members do not have the authority to take conduct action against individual students but rather against an organization as a whole. If individual students are responsible for behavior contrary to the Honor Code, that information will be forwarded to Student Conduct who is responsible for case resolution involving individual students.

Faculty

The authority of faculty members to make decisions on Academic Actions in response to allegations of Academic Misconduct violations inherent to their role at the University. Academic Actions may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Failure of an assignment.
  2. Failure of a course.
  3. Termination from a program of study.

When Academic Misconduct violations are suspected, the faculty member involved should discuss these suspicions with the student, and then make a decision regarding Academic Actions. Academic Actions are not subject to the appellate process outlined in the Student Conduct Policies and Procedures, but are instead governed by the Grade Appeal or Academic Grievance process.

If a faculty member finds a student responsible for Academic Misconduct, the faculty member should report their findings, and the Academic Action taken (if any), to Student Conduct by completing an Incident Report found on the Student Conduct website. Student Conduct staff will then determine what student conduct action may be appropriate, taking into consideration the nature of the alleged violation, the student's previous student conduct record relating to Academic Misconduct violations, and the recommendations of the faculty member or academic unit.

Conduct Review Board

The Conduct Review Board (CRB) is empowered to conduct hearings involving student Respondents and issue all forms of Outcomes, up to and including dismissal from the University.

For specific information on the Conduct Review Board, its process, and Outcomes, please refer to our CRB page.

Restorative Justice Conference

A Restorative Justice Conference (RJC) is empowered to conduct case resolution for those Cases involving undergraduate student Respondents. RJC is an alternative dispute resolution process, and will only be considered when the student Respondent(s) have taken responsibility for violating the applicable Student Conduct Policies and have an interest in repairing the harm done by their actions. Members of the greater DU community will serve on an RJC, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, neighbors and impacted parties. Through a collaborative process in which an "Outcomes Agreement" is created, RJCs can impose all forms of Outcomes, up to and including dismissal from the University. If the members of an RJC cannot come to an agreement about Outcomes, the RJC is considered unsuccessful and the Case will be sent back to the Student Conduct Process for traditional case resolution. The RJC is a pilot program – contact Student Conduct staff for more information.