In some cases of student misconduct, a Student Disciplinary hearing may not be necessary. This is most often true when the violation is of a less serious nature and the misconduct would not result in suspension or dismissal. In such a case, the student attends an administrative hearing with a University staff member, normally the Associate Dean of Students, to discuss the incident, the student’s involvement in it, and any steps that must be taken or sanction imposed to resolve the matter. The meeting will be followed by an official letter summarizing this discussion. Administrative hearing decisions are not subject to appeal. If a student is interested in having the option to appeal, he or she may request a hearing with the Student Disciplinary Committee.
If, after reviewing a report of misconduct, the Associate Dean of Students determines that the incident is deemed sufficiently serious, or the involved student has a disciplinary history, the incident may be submitted for hearing by the Student Disciplinary Committee. The Committee is composed of two students, two faculty members, and two staff members. A quorum of one student, one faculty member, and one staff member is necessary to conduct a hearing. The Associate Dean of Students will chair the Committee but is not a voting member unless there is a tie vote.
Before meeting with the Student Disciplinary Committee, the student will be provided in writing with a summary of the behavior that allegedly violates particular provisions of the Code of Conduct. The notice also includes the time of the hearing, not less than five nor more than fifteen calendar days after the student has been notified. Maximum time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Students.
Hearings need not adhere to formal rules of procedure or technical rules of evidence followed by courts of law.
Students should also note that the Resident Directors and Resident Assistants are available for any needed counsel or guidance throughout the disciplinary process.