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Student Rights & Responsibilities

Student Accountability Board

The Student Accountability Board (SAB) has the authority 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 violation(s) of  University Policies, and to assign appropriate status and educational Outcomes.

Composition

TThe SAB will be comprised of three (3) eligible members of the University Community, selected from a pool of eligible SAB members, plus a Chairperson. The Chairperson will be the Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities or their designee. The role of the Chairperson is to facilitate the SAB and to advise the SAB regarding the proper procedures to follow. Specific guidelines for who may serve are as follows:

  • If the Respondent is an undergraduate Student, if possible, at least one (1) member of the SAB should be an undergraduate Student. If the Respondent is a graduate Student, if possible, at least one (1) member of the SAB should be a graduate Student.
  • If possible, at least one (1) member of the SAB should be a University faculty member. In Cases involving an alleged violation of Academic Integrity Policies, at least one (1) member of the SAB must be a University faculty member
  •  If possible, at least one (1) member of the SAB should be a University staff member.
  • The SAB may conduct a meeting with only two (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 (1) term of coursework at the University.
  • Faculty must be currently employed by the University and taught courses at the University for a minimum of one (1) academic term. Faculty must also have taught at least one (1) course within the most recent two (2) academic terms
  • 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 (1) academic term.
  • Members of the SAB are expected to excuse themselves from a particular SAB meeting if there is the potential for a conflict of interest.

 

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training members of the SAB

SAB Procedures
  • The SAB meeting will be audio-recorded. This recording will be kept for a period of no less than seven (7) years from the date of the Respondent's most recent Case.
  • The SAB meeting will be closed, with participation limited to the Respondent, the Complainant, approved support persons, and any witnesses
  • The SAB must be comprised of neutral and impartial decision-makers. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will notify the Respondent(s) and Complainant(s) (if applicable) of the SAB members who will be serving, and Respondent(s) and Complainant(s) have the right to object to the participation of any member based on a significant, demonstrable bias.
    • The party must submit such objections, with supporting information, to the administrator designated in the notice within two (2) Business Days of receipt of the names.
    • The designated administrator will review any concerns and determine whether the objection has any merit. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will notify the Respondent(s) and Complainant(s) if any changes to the SAB composition have been made as a result of the objection.
    • If the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities designates a new SAB member, Respondent(s) and Complainant(s) will have one (1) Business Day to submit any objections of the new member to the designated administrator for review.
  • All statements will be restricted to matters relevant to the Case.
  • Any person disrupting, interfering with or failing to abide by the decisions of the Chairperson may be removed from the SAB meeting. The SAB will continue in that individual's absence.
  • Support persons, if present, are restricted to consulting with the party they are there to support. Support persons may not address witnesses or the SAB unless invited to do so by the Chairperson.
  • Deliberations are limited to the members of the SAB and are not audio-recorded. A unanimous decision among the three (3) members is desirable for determining responsibility; however, a majority vote is acceptable if, in the Chairperson's opinion, unanimity is not reasonably achievable
  • The SAB Meeting and the results of the SAB meeting are considered part of the Respondent's educational record and are protected by FERPA.
  • Respondent's and, as appropriate, Complainants, will receive information regarding the proceedings of the SAB upon notification of the scheduled SAB. The order of proceedings includes the following:
    • Presentation of the Report and statement of the alleged violations
    • Opportunity for the Respondent to respond to the alleged violations
    • Opening statements
    • Presentation of evidence
    • Opportunity for the SAB to ask questions of involved parties and/or witnesses
    • Closing statements
    • Deliberations
  • The Chairperson has the discretion to vary the specific order of the proceedings, so long as each of the components is included. Additionally, there may be multiple Complainants and Respondents involved in a SAB at one time. All Complainants will speak first, followed by all Respondents.