Student Conduct: Due Process Rights

An individual student, or a student representing a student organization, alleged to have violated university policy is entitled to the procedural guarantees listed below to insure a fair hearing:

  • Accused Given Advance Notice of Charges
    The student or organizational representative will be provided with a written statement of charges sufficiently in advance of the judicial hearing and in reasonable detail so as to allow the student or organization representative to respond at the judicial hearing.
  • Accused May Question Evidence and Present Defense
    Although student or organizational representative may remain silent during a judicial hearing, they may choose to refute or question any evidence or witness presented and will be given the opportunity to present a defense against the charges and to produce witnesses or written affidavits on their behalf.
  • Accused May Have an Advisor
    To assist in preparation of their remarks, students or organizational representatives may chose an advisor, who may be present at the judicial hearing, but who may not participate in the proceedings. An advisor is limited to assisting the referred student or organizational representative with their questions or answers, but may not speak during the proceedings.
  • Accused May Challenge Objectivity
    At a committee judicial hearing, students or organizational representatives may challenge the objectivity of any committee member, giving reasonable cause to believe that the member may be biased or have some conflict of interest. The Dean of Students or his designee will make a final ruling on any such challenge.
  • Outcome Based on Evidence Presented at Hearing
    The outcome of the judicial hearing will be determined solely on the basis of the evidence presented during the judicial hearing.
  • Appeal Option
    After the judicial hearing, the student or organizational representative may appeal the decision made by the judicial hearing officer or judicial committee, provided there are appropriate grounds as found in the Student Life Policies Handbook.