Every student, whether the alleged victim, accused, or witness, is guaranteed due process to ensure that all parties receive equitable and judicious treatment.
A hearing is conducted differently from legal proceedings and shall generally be conducted in accordance with the procedures listed below:
- A hearing shall be closed and not open to the public. Admission of any person into the hearing room shall be at the discretion of the Director of Student Conduct. The Director of Student Conduct shall have the authority to remove any person whose presence is deemed unnecessary or obstructive to the proceedings.
- When a hearing involves more than one Respondent, the Director of Student Conduct or designee may, at their discretion, permit the hearings to be conducted either separately or jointly.
- If a Respondent, after receiving notification, does not appear for a hearing, the hearing will proceed without the Respondent and a finding will be made based upon the information available and sanction(s) imposed, if appropriate.
- The Complainant and Respondent shall each have the opportunity to present opening statements, present evidence and ask relevant questions.
- The Complainant and the Respondent may arrange for witnesses to present pertinent information to the Hearing Officer or Hearing Body. The Hearing Officer or Hearing Body, the Respondent, and Complainant reserve the right to question the witnesses in a manner prescribed by the Code Administrator.
- The Respondent, Complainant, and any witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the Hearing Officers or Hearing Body.
- After the portion of the hearing concludes in which all pertinent information has been received, the Hearing Officers or Hearing Body and Code Administrator shall deliberate in private whether the Respondent has violated each section of The Student Code of Conduct which the student had been charged with violating.
- Determination shall be made based on the preponderance of the evidence, meaning whether it is more likely than not that the Respondent violated the Student Code of Conduct.
- When a student Respondent is found "responsible" for a violation(s), the hearing body shall continue private deliberations to impose appropriate sanction(s) and may review the student's academic transcript, student conduct history, and impact statement(s).
- Procedural questions may be asked at any point during the course of the hearing by any participant, with the exception of the support person/advisor.