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Rights & Responsibilities

All students have the right to continue their education free from the threat of harassment, abuse, retribution, and/or violence. The University may take whatever measures it deems necessary in order to protect the safety, security, and/or integrity of a complainant, the University, and/or any member(s) of its community. Such measures include, but are not limited to, involuntary removal from a course, program, activity, or the campus pending a hearing, modifications to living arrangements, and/or reporting incidents to law enforcement or other non-University agencies. The Director of the Student Conduct, in consultation with the appropriate faculty and/or administrators, shall be empowered to impose any interim restriction.

The University also recognizes its obligation to students who have been charged with but not found responsible for misconduct. Therefore, no interim action shall unduly interfere with a respondent's academic progress short of that deemed necessary to protect the University, any member(s) of its community, and/or its mission.

The complete text of the Honor Code can be found here.

Throughout their involvement in the Student Conduct Process, the Respondent and Complainant parties have the following rights and responsibilities:

Rights and Responsibilities

Fair Treatment
  1. The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  2. The right to information regarding the student conduct process and their role within that process.
  3. The right to object to a member of a Hearing Body based on a demonstrable significant bias.
  4. The responsibility to request reasonable arrangements and/or accommodations (i.e., for disability, language barriers, or location/proximity concerns) to allow their full participation in the Student Conduct Process. Requests must be received by Student Conduct within 24 hours of Hearing Notice.
  5. The responsibility to notify the Director of Student Conduct, or either the Associate Provost for Student Life or Graduate Studies, if they feel fair and equitable treatment has not been given.
  6. Additionally, the Respondent has the right to be considered not responsible of all Charges unless found responsible by a Hearing Body. However, this right will not prevent the University from taking necessary interim action as specified in Chapter VII of this document.
Privacy
  1. The right to privacy regarding their student conduct Case throughout the Student Conduct Process with respect to all parties without a legitimate educational interest.
  2. The right to be free from intimidation and harassment and, upon request, to have reasonable steps taken by the University to prevent unnecessary or unwanted contact with involved parties.
  3. The responsibility to notify the Director of Student Conduct, or either the Associate Provost for Student Life or Graduate Studies, if they feel reasonable steps need to be taken in order to protect these rights.
  4. The right to have HIPPA and FERPA information protected as provided by law.
Presence of a Support Person
  1. The right to have a support person of their choice present throughout the Student Conduct Process. A party may consult with their support person, but the support person may not actively participate in any student conduct proceeding, which includes serving as a witness. Additionally, a support person is not allowed to attend a hearing without the party they are supporting being present.
  2. The responsibility to notify their support person of the time, date, and location of any student conduct proceedings. Proceedings will not be rescheduled to accommodate a support person.
  3. The responsibility to provide notification of their support person to Student Conduct no later than 48 hours before the scheduled start of the hearing. The support person's name will be made available to the involved parties (as applicable), and an opportunity given to voice any objections to their participation no later than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the hearing. Student Conduct has the authority to exclude any individual from participation, based on a reasonable objection. Failure to provide names prior to the hearing may be grounds to exclude a support person.

    The Division of Student Life provides professional staff or trained students who can assist respondents as Student Life Conduct Liaisons during the Conduct Review Board process. Click here for more information.

Written Notice
  1. The right to Proper Written Notification of any hearing conducted as a result of a Report they filed, was filed on their behalf, or in which they are involved. This notice will include the following:
    • The time, date, and location of the hearing;
    • The consequences and process if a student chooses not to appear at the hearing;
    • A copy of the redacted Report OR the information on whom to contact for a hard-copy Report;
    • The Charges being considered and the name(s) of the Reporting Party (as applicable);
    • A list of all parties to be called by the University; and
    • The procedures for requesting a change in the time or date of the hearing.
  2. The right to view any supporting documents not already provided in the written notice, such as videos and photos. Note: photos and videos will not be released. However, reasonable accommodations will be made to allow parties the chance to review such materials in a monitored environment.
  3. The responsibility to ensure the University has been provided with accurate address and other contact information so that notification is not unduly delayed.
Respond to Charges and Provide Testimony

When an administrative hearing is held:

  1. The right to respond to the Charges, which includes the right to present information directly relevant to the incident.
  2. The right not to present evidence. This right should not be construed to allow the presentation of false or misleading information.

When a CRB hearing is held, additional rights and responsibilities include:

  1. The right to hear all witnesses and information presented during a hearing. This does not include the right to question witnesses.
  2. The right to present witnesses and other information directly relevant to the incident. Written statements from witnesses unable to participate must be provided at the time of the hearing. The Student Conduct Process addresses student behavior, not student character, therefore character witnesses, statements, and reference letters are not accepted.
  3. The responsibility to respond to any witnesses or information at the time such evidence is presented. A Hearing Body is not required to consider any rebuttal made after a witness has been dismissed. Any response must be directed to the Hearing Body and not to a witness.
  4. The responsibility to inform any witnesses they wish to call of the time, date, and location of the hearing, and to have on hand all evidence they wish to present at the time of the hearing.
  5. The responsibility to provide prior notification of any witness to Student Conduct no later than 48 hours before the scheduled start of the hearing. These names will be made available to the involved parties (as applicable), and an opportunity given to voice any objections to their participation no later than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the hearing. Student Conduct has the authority to exclude any individual from participation, based on a reasonable objection. Failure to provide names prior to the hearing may be grounds to exclude witnesses.
Written Decision and Appeal

Specific to Respondents:

  1. The Respondent has the right to Proper Written Notification of the results of their student conduct hearing. This notice will include the following:
    • The rationale for the finding;
    • The specific Student Conduct Policies the Respondent has been found responsible for violating;
    • The Outcomes imposed; and
    • The procedures for filing an appeal.
  2. The Respondent has the right to appeal the Outcome of the hearing. Information about the appeal process can be found here.
  3. The Respondent has the responsibility to comply with all Outcomes imposed as the result of a student conduct hearing once an appeal decision has been given.

Specific to Complainants:

  1. The Complainant has the right to Proper Written Notification of the results of any student conduct hearing convened as a result of a Report they filed if the Complainant is a victim of an alleged crime of violence. If the victim dies as a result of the crime or offense, the alleged victim's next of kin has the right to notification. This notice will include the following:
    • The rationale for the finding;
    • The specific Student Conduct Policies the Respondent has been found responsible for violating;
    • The Outcomes imposed; and
    • The procedures for filing an appeal.
  2. The Complainant has the right to appeal the outcome of the hearing. Information about the appeal process can be found here.