Student Handbook

The University of Richmond Student Handbook contains important information about the University's expectations regarding student conduct, student rights and responsibilities, and relevant processes and procedures to address alleged misconduct.

All students at the University of Richmond are bound by the policies and regulations noted within the Student Handbook. The University reserves the right to make changes in the procedures, polices, and regulations contained within the Handbook at any time at its sole discretion.

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Standards of Student Conduct

The sections below contain all of the information contained in the Standards of Student Conduct for the University of Richmond. You can download a PDF version of this document by clicking the link to the right.

Preamble

The mission of the University of Richmond is to sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge. A Richmond education prepares students to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.

To that end, the University has established the following Standards of Student Conduct in order to foster an environment that is most conducive to meeting the University’s mission. The Standards of Student Conduct are in place to promote a safe, secure, and inclusive campus community and an appropriate environment for living and learning.

These Standards describe conduct that is prohibited at the University and, along with the Student Conduct Board policies, set forth the procedures by which student conduct matters will be handled at the University. Student conduct matters shall be handled in a prompt, fair, and impartial manner. The Standards shall govern the conduct of students and their guests on the campus of the University of Richmond, at University-­‐sponsored activities and functions and as otherwise provided herein.

All students of the University are expected to conduct themselves, both within the University and elsewhere, in such a manner as to be a credit to them and to the University of Richmond. As responsible citizens and members of the University community, students are expected to comply with local, state, and federal laws, and with all published University policies and regulations.

In order to fulfill its functions as an educational institution and to protect all members of the University community, the University of Richmond has the right to maintain order within the University and to exclude persons who disrupt the educational process.

Matriculation and/or continued enrollment at the University of Richmond is a privilege, not a right. Any revocation of such a privilege would be intended to protect or support the standards of the University community. All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the details of these standards, issued annually or more frequently, by the University or by individual Colleges or Schools of the University in handbooks or other official publications and announcements.

The Vice President for Student Development is the person designated by the University President to be responsible for the administration of the Standards of Student Conduct.

The Standards of Student Conduct, University policies, and related conduct procedures are not contracts and do not confer contractual rights upon any individual. The University has the right to amend or modify the Standards of Student Conduct, University policies, and related conduct procedures from time to time, without prior notice. Additionally, the Standards of Student Conduct, University policies, and related conduct procedures are not intended to replicate or supersede state, federal, criminal, or civil laws or procedures. University policies differ from the criminal and civil justice system and a finding of responsibility for a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct or a University policy shall not be construed as a finding that any criminal or civil statute has been violated.

Definitions

Article I

  1. Administrator / Staff Member. The terms “staff member” and “administrator” mean any person employed by the University to conduct administrative, professional, or trade assignments.
  2. Appellate Administrator. The term “Appellate Administrator” means any person authorized by the Vice President for Student Development to consider an appeal from a Student Conduct Board or from the sanctions imposed by the Conduct Officer.
  3. Chair. The term “Chair” means the chairperson of the applicable Student Conduct Board.
  4. College. The term “College” means either “Richmond College” or “Westhampton College”.
  5. Complainant. The term “Complainant” means the student or other individual who is alleged to be the victim or subject of conduct that forms the basis for a disciplinary charge.
  6. Conduct Officer. The term “Conduct Officer” means any person authorized on a case-­‐by-­‐case basis by the Vice President for Student Development to assign charges, conduct preliminary hearings, determine whether a student or organization has violated the Standards of Student Conduct, and to impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Standards of Student Conduct.
  7. Faculty Member. The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the University to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the University to be a member of the faculty.
  8. May. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.
  9. Member of the University Community. The term “member of the University community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, University official, or any other person employed by the University or acting as a University volunteer. The Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee shall determine a person’s status in a particular situation.
  10. Off-­Campus Education Programs and Activities. The term “off-­‐campus programs and activities” means educational, extra-­‐curricular, or athletic activities involving organizations or programs or activities recognized or sponsored by the University, such as University-­‐sponsored trips, athletic team travel, events for organizations that occur off campus (e.g., a debate team trip to another school or to a weekend competition).
  11. Organization. The term “organization” or “organizations” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition and registration.
  12. Respondent. The term “Respondent” means any student charged with violating the Standards of Student Conduct or a University policy.
  13. School. The term “School” means the “School of Arts & Sciences”, the “Robins School of Business”, the “Jepson School of Leadership Studies”, the “T.C. Williams School of Law”, or the “School of Professional and Continuing Studies”.
  14. Shall. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.
  15. Student. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the University, either full-­‐time or part-­‐time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies. Persons who withdraw during a pending conduct charge or proceeding, or who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University are considered “students” for purposes of these Standards of Student Conduct.
  16. Student Conduct Administrator. The term “Student Conduct Administrator” means any person authorized by the Vice President for Student Development to determine the appropriate Conduct Officer or Conduct Board authorized to hear each matter.
  17. Student Conduct Board. The term “Student Conduct Board” or “Board” means a group authorized by the Vice President for Student Development to determine whether a student or organization has violated the Standards of Student Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation has been committed. This term includes Student Conduct Councils and the University Hearing Board.
  18. Student Conduct Councils. The term “University of Richmond Student Conduct Councils” or “Student Conduct Councils” means a specific Student Conduct Board comprised of students specially selected and trained by the University.
  19. University. The term “University” means “University of Richmond”.
  20. University Hearing Board. The term “University Hearing Board” or “UHB” means a specific Student Conduct Board comprised of administrators specially selected and trained by the University.
  21. University Official. The term “University official” includes any individual employed by the University, performing assigned administrative or professional duties. A University official may include student staff such as Resident Advisors and Emergency Medical Technicians.
  22. University Policy. The term “University policy” means any policy, rule, or regulation of the University.
  23. University Premises. For purposes of these Standards of Student Conduct, the term “University premises” includes: (1) any building or property that is part of the University’s campus; (2) any building or property that is not located on or adjacent or contiguous to the campus, but is owned or controlled by a University recognized organization or that is used in direct support of or in relation to the University’s educational purposes and is frequently used by students; (3) public property within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus (such as public roads, sidewalks, parking lots); or (4) other areas that are within the patrol jurisdiction of the University Police Department.
Standards of Student Conduct Authority

Article II:

  1. The Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee shall develop policies for the administration of the student conduct system and procedural rules for the conduct of the Student Conduct Board Hearings that are not inconsistent with the provisions of the Standards of Student Conduct.
  2. Subject to the appeal rights set forth in these Standards, decisions made by a Student Conduct Board and/or Conduct Officer shall be final.
Jurisdiction and Prohibited Conduct

Article III:

  1. Jurisdiction of the Standards of Student Conduct
    The Standards of Student Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises and at University sponsored activities, including off-­‐campus education programs and activities. The Standards of Student Conduct also apply to University students studying abroad through a University approved study abroad program. The Standards of Student Conduct apply to conduct by a University student occurring at other locations or in connection with other activities if the Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee determines that such conduct may adversely affect any member of the University community, the University itself, or its educational programs.
    Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from their first day on campus through the actual awarding of a degree, even though the conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The Standards of Student Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the University while a disciplinary matter is pending.
  2. Prohibited Conduct
    1. Violence.
      Any act of violence, force, coercion, threat, or intimidation that includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Physical abuse of or assault upon any person;
      2. Conduct that threatens, intimidates, or endangers the health or safety of any person;
      3. Physical detainment of any person against his/her will; or
      4. Possession, storage, use of, or attempt or threat to use any kind of ammunition, explosives, firearms, or weapon.
    2. Property.
      1. Theft or possession of University property or the property of others.
      2. Vandalism or damage to, defacement, or destruction of University property or the property of others.
      3. Alteration, fabrication, misuse, or destruction of University documents including records, identification cards, or parking stickers/permits.
    3. Disruption.
      1. Obstruction, disruption, or attempts at obstruction of disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other University or University-­‐authorized activities, functions, events, or operations.
      2. Blocking the entrance or exit of any University facility or building, or any corridor or room therein.
      3. Blocking or impeding normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on or adjacent to University property.
      4. Disorderly conduct, obscene conduct, inappropriate behavior or expression.
      5. Disturbing the residence hall/community.
    4. Trespass.
      Unauthorized entry into, presence in, seizure, or occupation of any University facility or area that is locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted as to its use where ones presence is unauthorized.
    5. Illegal activity.
      The violation of local, state, or federal laws that includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Possession and/or use of illegal drugs, narcotics, pharmaceuticals, and/or drug paraphernalia;
      2. Distribution of sale of illegal drugs, narcotics, pharmaceuticals, and/or drug paraphernalia;
      3. Violation of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) Laws;
      4. Driving under the influence and/or while intoxicated;
      5. Possession and/or use of false identification; or
      6. Conviction of any felony and/or misdemeanor involving, fraud, theft, lying or moral turpitude.
        1. A student may, at the discretion of the Conduct Officer or Student Conduct Board Chair, be found responsible of Prohibited Conduct III (B)(5)(f) solely upon the introduction into evidence at a Student Conduct Board hearing of a certified copy of an order of conviction or other document satisfactorily evidencing conviction of a felony or of a misdemeanor.
    6. Other Regulations and Policies.
      1. Acts of harassment and/or discrimination, or violation of the University’s Harassment & Discrimination policy.
      2. Violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
      3. Violation of the University’s Hazing Policy.
      4. Violation of rules and regulations including those pertaining to the Alcohol policy.
        1. Consumption of alcohol under the legal drinking age.
        2. Possession of alcohol under the legal drinking age.
        3. Possession of an open container of alcohol in a public space.
        4. Hosting an illegal/unregistered event with alcohol.
        5. Hosting a registered event with alcohol that violated the University’s alcohol regulations.
        6. Having an underage guest who possessed and/or consumed alcohol while in attendance at your event.
        7. Consumption of an alcoholic beverage in public.
        8. Public intoxication.
        9. Violation of the alcohol policy at The Cellar.
      5. Violation of University policies or College rules or regulations including, but not limited to, those governing residence halls.
      6. Failure to comply with directions of a University official acting in the authorized performance of duty.
      7. Failure to present proper identification upon request by a University official.
      8. Violation of the University’s Information Services policies.
      9. Violation of the University’s Gambling Policy.
      10. Providing information about a Member of the University Community to organizations or individuals that are not affiliated with the University without the member’s permission.
    7. Inciting.
      Inciting others to commit acts of the kinds herein prohibited.
  3. Violation of Law and University Discipline
    1. University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and the Standards of Student Conduct or University policy (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest or prosecution. At the discretion of the Vice President for Student Development, proceedings under the Standards of Student Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.

      Determinations made or sanctions imposed under the Standards of Student Conduct shall not be subject to change because criminal or civil charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal or civil law defendant.
    2. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of the law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Standards of Student Conduct, the University may advise off-­‐campus authorities of the existence of the Standards of Student Conduct and of how such matters are typically handled within the University community. Subject to applicable laws, the University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal laws on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions).
Reporting and Investigation

Article IV

  1. Reporting.
    Any member of the University community with knowledge of an act by a student that may constitute a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct, including a violation of University policy, may file a complaint in writing to the appropriate dean of the College or School. Complaints should be submitted as soon as possible following the event that precipitated the complaint, preferably within seven (7) days. However, no complaint will be dismissed solely on the basis of the time it was filed.
  2. Preliminary Investigation and Charge.
    1. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Conduct Officer shall determine whether there has been any preliminary investigation or inquiry into the facts underlying the complaint (for example, by a Title IX Coordinator or the University of Richmond Police Department)
      1. If there has been such a preliminary inquiry or investigation, the Conduct Officer shall review the findings of that inquiry or investigation to determine whether a formal charge under the Standards of Student Conduct is warranted. The Conduct Officer, at his or her sole discretion, may conduct a follow-­‐up or additional investigation in order to gain sufficient information to determine whether a charge is warranted.
      2. If there has been no prior inquiry or investigation, the Conduct Officer shall conduct an investigation to determine whether a formal charge under the Standards of Student Conduct is warranted.
      3. In the process of conducting an investigation or assessing whether a formal charge is warranted, the Conduct Officer or the Vice President for Student Development, at his or her sole discretion, may seek the advice and counsel of individuals not involved in the anticipated hearing process. These individuals include but are not limited to University Police, University Counsel, members of the University Hearing Board pool who would not be called for a hearing connected with the complaint, and other administrators. The final decision on whether a formal charge under the Standards of Student Conduct is warranted rests with the Conduct Officer.
    2. If the Conduct Officer determines that a formal charge under the Standards of Student Conduct is warranted, the student will receive written notification of the charge and will be requested to attend a preliminary hearing.
    3. The University’s disciplinary process and proceedings commence upon the earlier of: (1) the commencement of an investigation by the Conduct Officer or (2) the issuance of written notification of the charge.
  3. Preliminary Hearing.
    1. Any student who is charged with a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct, referred to as the Respondent, shall be subject to disciplinary action if found responsible for such a violation. The Conduct Officer shall notify the Respondent of the charge in writing and request a preliminary hearing with the Respondent. During the preliminary hearing, the Conduct Officer shall:
      1. Provide the Respondent with a copy of Article V or Article VI of the Standards of Student Conduct as appropriate;
      2. Review the complaint filed against the Respondent;
      3. Explain the charge and any associated policy or policies; and
      4. Review the options available for resolution of the charge.
    2. The Respondent is asked if he/she accepts responsibility for the alleged violation(s).
      1. The Respondent may accept responsibility for the alleged violation(s).
        1. If the Respondent accepts responsibility for the violation and accepts the sanction(s) assigned by the Conduct Officer, the Respondent waives her/his right to a hearing and an appeal.
        2. If the Respondent accepts responsibility, but does not accept the sanction(s) assigned by the Conduct Officer, the matter will be referred to the appropriate board for a hearing to determine appropriate sanctions.
          1. Except as specified in subsections (b) and (c), below, the matter will be referred to the University of Richmond Student Conduct Councils.
          2. The matter will be referred to the University Hearing Board if the charge includes an alleged violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
          3. The matter will be referred to the University Hearing Board if the charge is determined to be particularly serious, including, but not limited to conduct that might lead to felony charges if prosecuted criminally.
      2. The Respondent may deny responsibility for the alleged violation(s). If the Respondent denies responsibility, the matter will be referred to the appropriate board for a hearing and a determination of sanctions, if any.
        1. Except as specified in subsections (b) and (c), below, the matter will be referred to the University of Richmond Student Conduct Councils for most charges.
        2. The matter will be referred to the University Hearing Board if the charge includes an alleged violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
        3. The matter will be referred to the University Hearing Board if the charge is determined to be particularly serious, including, but not limited to conduct that might lead to felony charges if prosecuted criminally.
    3. Within twenty-­‐four (24) hours after the preliminary hearing, the Respondent must advise the Conduct Officer in writing of his/her choice of the available procedural options.
      1. If the Respondent does not advise the Conduct Officer in writing of his/her choice within twenty-­‐four hours, the Respondent will be found responsible and will be subject to the sanction(s) assigned by the Conduct Officer in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct.
      2. The Conduct Officer at his/her discretion can extend this deadline up to seventy-­‐two (72) hours, with good cause.
    4. See Article VI for additional information regarding the rights of students in connection with alleged violations of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  4. Interim Suspension and Class Removal.
    1. In certain circumstances, the Conduct Officer, on his own accord or after consultation with other University officials, may impose a University or residence hall “interim” suspension prior to the resolution of a conduct case before a student conduct board. Interim suspension may be imposed when the Student Conduct Administrator has a reasonable basis to conclude that: (a) the continued presence of the Respondent on campus or in a residence hall may create a risk to the health or safety of students or of other members of the University community; or (b) the Respondent poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University. During an interim suspension, the Respondent must leave campus immediately and shall not participate in academic, extracurricular, or other activities of the University except as may be authorized by the Student Conduct Administrator. During the period of interim suspension, the Respondent is not permitted on the campus without the prior written consent from the Student Conduct Administrator. Such interim suspension, if imposed, shall be in addition to any other interim remedies, such as no contact orders, put into place by University officials, including Title IX coordinators. The interim suspension does not replace the regular hearing and appeal process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule. The Respondent subject to an interim suspension will be permitted to return to campus solely for purposes of participating in a hearing before the appropriate student conduct board.
    2. A Respondent may be denied attendance in a specific class if the Conduct Officer has a reasonable basis to conclude that the Respondent may pose an ongoing threat to the health and safety of any person in the class. Arrangements will be made for the Respondent to either attend another section of the class or to make an arrangement with the instructor of record to complete the course in another manner.
Preliminary Hearing

Article V

  1. Rights and Responsibilities of the Respondent. The Respondent shall be afforded the following rights and responsibilities throughout the conduct process:
    1. Hearing. The Respondent has the right to a hearing, conducted in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct and the procedures of the appropriate Student Conduct Board.
      1. The Respondent has the right to a conduct process outcome based on reliable evidence presented during the conduct process, including reasonable inferences drawn from such evidence, and reasonable determinations by the fact finder as to the credibility of witness testimony.
    2. Rules and Procedures. The Respondent has the right to a copy of the rules and procedures of the University’s conduct process.
    3. Advisors. The Respondent has the right to the services of an advisor of his/her choice. The advisor must be a member of the University community and may not be an attorney.
      1. Advisors are not permitted at the preliminary hearing.
      2. The Respondent is responsible for presenting his or her own information, and therefore, advisors are not permitted to participate in any hearing before a Student Conduct Board, including, but not limited to making oral arguments or statements, questioning witnesses, or raising objections during a hearing. An advisor may request a brief recess of the proceedings to provide advice to the Respondent.
      3. The Complainant should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the Student Conduct Board hearing, as delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.
    4. Attorney. The Respondent has the right to the services of an attorney of his/her choice at their own personal expense.
      1. The Respondent does not have the right to have an attorney present during any interviews or during any hearing.
    5. Right to Remain Silent. The Respondent has the right to remain silent and is advised that any statement he/she makes may be used in evidence against him/her.
    6. Access to Complaint. The Respondent has the right to read the complaint during the preliminary hearing upon request.
      1. The Respondent does not have the right to obtain a copy of the complaint from the preliminary hearing.
    7. Notice of Hearing. If the Respondent seeks to have the charge and/or the sanctions determined by a Student Conduct Board in accordance with these Standards, the Chair of the Student Conduct Board shall prepare and deliver to the Respondent a notice of hearing. Such notice may be delivered to the Respondent in person, by electronic mail, by U.S. Mail, or by campus mail.
      The date of the hearing shall not be less than five (5) or more than twenty (20) business days from the date of such notice. The time frame for conducting the hearing may be extended by the Chair of the Student Conduct Board, for good cause. The notice of hearing shall include:
      1. The name and address of the Respondent.
      2. The date, time, and location of the Student Conduct Board hearing.
      3. The alleged violations of prohibited conduct under Article III (B) of the Standards of Student Conduct.
      4. The time, date, and place of the alleged violation (if known).
      5. The name of the Complainant and, if not the same, the name of the person who filed the complaint.
      6. The name and administrative title of the Chair of the Student Conduct Board.
      7. The names and administrative titles of the voting members of the Student Conduct Board.
    8. Bias or Conflict of Interest on the Part of Student Conduct Board Member. The Respondent has the right to petition that any member of the Student Conduct Board be removed on the basis of bias or conflict of interest.
      1. The Respondent must submit a written petition to the Vice President for Student Development at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours prior to the scheduled hearing seeking removal of a member of the Student Conduct Board and stating the reasons for such request.
      2. The Vice President for Student Development shall respond to such request, in writing, within forty-­‐eight (48) hours of receipt of the request.
    9. Witness List. The Respondent has the right to receive the list of witnesses that the Conduct Officer intends to call at a Student Conduct hearing at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing. If the Conduct Officer identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Conduct Officer within such forty-­‐eight (48) hour time frame, he or she shall promptly notify the Respondent prior to commencement of the hearing.
      1. Witness Statements. If a witness submits a written statement, the Respondent will be provided an opportunity to review, but not copy, such statement at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to the hearing. If the Conduct Officer identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Conduct Officer within such twenty-­‐four (24) hour time frame, he or she shall promptly notify the Respondent prior to commencement of the hearing. The Respondent will be provided with copies of witnesses statements that the Conduct Officer intends to introduce at the commencement of the hearing. In order to ensure the confidentiality of the disciplinary hearing and to protect the privacy rights of the Respondent and other witnesses, the Respondent shall not copy, reproduce, disseminate or disclose to anyone other than his or her advisor any such witness statements and shall return such witness statements to the Chair at the conclusion of the hearing. Following the hearing, the Chair shall permit the Respondent to have access to such witness statements to the extent needed for any appeal conducted under these Standards of Student Conduct.
    10. Documentary Evidence. Subject to applicable privacy laws, including FERPA, the Respondent has the right to review, but not copy, all documentary evidence that the Conduct Officer intends to present at the hearing at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to commencement of the hearing. If the Conduct Officer identifies additional documentary evidence previously unknown to the Conduct Officer within such twenty-­‐four (24) hour time frame, he or she shall notify the Respondent prior to commencement of the hearing. . The Respondent will be provided with copies of all documentary evidence that the Conduct Officer intends to introduce at the commencement of the hearing. In order to ensure the confidentiality of the disciplinary hearing and to protect the privacy rights of the Respondent, Complainant, and other witnesses, the Respondent shall not copy, reproduce, disseminate or disclose to anyone other than his or her advisor any such documentary evidence and shall return such documentary evidence to the Chair at the conclusion of the hearing. Following the hearing, the Chair shall permit the Respondent to have access to such documentary evidence to the extent needed for any appeal conducted under these Standards of Student Conduct.
    11. Attendance at the Hearing. The Respondent and his/her advisor have the right to attend the entire Student Conduct Board hearing except for the deliberations of the Student Conduct Board.
    12. Right to Offer Evidence and Witness Testimony. The Respondent has the right to offer evidence and oral testimony of witnesses on his/her behalf at a Student Conduct Board hearing, provided that the Respondent informs the Chair and the Conduct Officer, in writing of the names, physical addresses, and email addresses of any witness at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing. If the Respondent identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Respondent within such seventy-­‐two (72) hour time frame, he or she shall promptly notify the Chair of the Student Conduct Board prior to commencement of the hearing.
    13. Right to Offer Witnesses Statements. The Respondent has the right to offer written statements of witnesses provided that, at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours before the scheduled Student Conduct Board hearing, the Respondent informs the Chair in writing of the names, physical addresses, and email addresses of those witnesses whose statement he/she intends to offer into evidence.
      1. Witnesses must submit written statements (either in print or electronically) directly to the Chair at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing in order to be introduced to the Student Conduct Board at the hearing. If the Respondent identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Respondent within such forty-­‐eight (48) hour time frame, he or she shall promptly provide the Chair of the Student Conduct Board and the Conduct Officer with copies of any written statement of such witness or witnesses prior to commencement of the hearing.
    14. Questions for Witnesses. The Respondent has the right at a Student Conduct Board hearing to submit to the Chair of the Student Conduct Board a list of questions that the Respondent wishes the Chair of the Student Conduct Board to ask any witness who gives oral testimony. The Respondent must submit his/her initial list of questions to the Chair of the Student Conduct Board at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to the hearing. The Chair shall use his or her reasonable discretion in determining the relevance or appropriateness of any proposed question submitted by the Respondent and the Chair shall not be obligated to ask all of the questions proposed by the Respondent. Where appropriate, the Respondent may request a brief recess of the hearing to prepare such questions. The Chair, in his or her reasonable discretion, may grant or deny such request.
    15. Closed Hearing. Student Conduct Board hearings are closed to the public. Admission of any person not directly connected to the hearing shall be at the sole discretion of the Chair.
    16. Failure to Attend Hearing. The Respondent has the responsibility to attend the scheduled Student Conduct Board hearing. If the Respondent, without valid excuse or authorization from the Vice President for Student Development, fails to attend the hearing as scheduled, the Student Conduct Board may proceed in the Respondent’s absence to a determination of the matter, and if appropriate, impose sanctions.
    17. Notice of Outcome. The Respondent has the right to written notice of the outcome and sanctions (if applicable) of the Student Conduct Board hearing by 5:00 PM on the second business day following the conclusion of the hearing. The Chair of the board at her/his discretion can extend this timeline.
    18. Appeal. The Respondent has the right to appeal the decision of the Student Conduct Board, in accordance with the standards for appeal established in Article VIII of the Standards of Student Conduct.
Rights and Responsibilities

Article VI

The rights and responsibilities set forth in this Article VI shall apply to all disciplinary hearings in which the Respondent is charged with a violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. These rights and responsibilities shall apply to all hearings in which at least one charge involves an alleged violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. The University shall respond to allegations of sexual misconduct in a prompt and equitable manner. As a general guideline, the University will use reasonable efforts to complete the investigative (including any inquiry or investigation by the University’s Title IX coordinators) and disciplinary process (excluding appeals) within sixty (60) days. However, the time frame for completion of a specific matter may vary depending upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the complexity of the case or investigation, the availability of witnesses, and the academic calendar.

  1. Rights and Responsibilities of the Respondent. The Respondent shall be afforded the following rights and responsibilities throughout the conduct process:
    1. Hearing. The Respondent has the right to a hearing conducted in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct and the procedures set forth in Article VII of the Standards.
      1. The Respondent has the right to a conduct process outcome based on reliable evidence presented during the conduct process, including reasonable inferences drawn from such evidence, and reasonable determinations by the fact finder as to the credibility of witness testimony.
    2. Rules and Procedures. The Respondent has the right to a copy of the rules and procedures of the University’s conduct process.
    3. Advisors. The Respondent has the right to the services of an advisor of his/her choice. The advisor may be an attorney.
      1. Advisors may attend the preliminary hearing and all other related meetings with the Respondent, hearings, or investigative interviews with the Respondent once the disciplinary process has commenced.
      2. The role of the advisor is to provide support, guidance, and advice to the Respondent. The Respondent is responsible for presenting his or her own information, and therefore, other than providing advice and guidance directly to the Respondent, advisors are not permitted to participate in the preliminary hearing, other related meetings or interviews, or in any hearing before a University Hearing Board, including, but not limited to making oral arguments or statements, questioning witnesses, or raising objections during a hearing. An advisor may request a brief recess of the proceedings to provide advice to the Respondent.
      3. The Respondent should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the University Hearing Board hearing, as delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.
    4. Right to Remain Silent. The Respondent has the right to remain silent and is advised that any statement he/she makes may be used in evidence against him/her.
    5. Access to Complaint. The Respondent has the right to read the complaint during the preliminary hearing upon request.
      1. The Respondent does not have the right to obtain a copy of the complaint from the preliminary hearing.
    6. Notice of Hearing. If the Respondent seeks to have the charge(s) and/or the sanctions determined by the University Hearing Board, in accordance with these Standards, the Chair of the University Hearing Board shall prepare and deliver to the Respondent a notice of hearing. Such notice may be delivered to the Respondent in person, by electronic mail, by U.S. Mail, or by campus mail. The date of the hearing shall not be less than five (5) or more than twenty (20) business days from the date of such notice. The time frame for conducting the hearing may be extended by the Chair of the University Hearing Board, for good cause and upon written notice to the Respondent setting forth the reason for the extension. The notice of hearing shall include:
      1. The name and address of the Respondent.
      2. The date, time, and location of the University Hearing Board hearing.
      3. The alleged violations of prohibited conduct under Article III (B) of the Standards of Student Conduct.
      4. The time, date, and place of the alleged violation (if known).
      5. The name of the Complainant(s) and, if not the same, the name of the person who filed the complaint.
      6. The name and administrative title of the Chair of the University Hearing Board.
      7. The names and administrative titles of the voting members of the University Hearing Board.
    7. Bias or Conflict of Interest on the Part of University Hearing Board Members. The Respondent has the right to petition that any member of the Student Conduct Board be removed on the basis of bias or conflict of interest.
      1. The Respondent must submit a written petition to the Vice President for Student Development at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours prior to the scheduled hearing seeking removal of a member of the Student Conduct Board and stating the reasons for such request.
      2. The Vice President for Student Development shall respond to such request, in writing, within forty-­‐eight (48) hours of receipt of the request.
    8. Witness List. The Respondent has the right to receive the list of witnesses that the Conduct Officer and/or Complainant intend to call at a University Hearing Board hearing at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing. If the Conduct Officer or Complainant identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Conduct Officer or Complainant within such forty-­‐eight (48) hour time frame, the Conduct Officer shall promptly notify the Respondent prior to commencement of the hearing.
      1. Witness Statements. If a witness submits a written statement, the Respondent will be provided an opportunity to review, but not copy, such statement at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to the hearing. If the Conduct Officer or Complainant identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Conduct Officer or Complainant within such twenty-­‐four (24) hour time frame, the Conduct Officer shall promptly notify the Respondent prior to commencement of the hearing. The Respondent will be provided with copies of witness statements that the Conduct Officer or Complainant intends to introduce at the commencement of the hearing. In order to ensure the confidentiality of the disciplinary hearing and to protect the privacy rights of the Respondent, Complainant, and other witnesses, the Respondent shall not copy, reproduce, disseminate or disclose to anyone other than his or her advisor any such witness statements and shall return such witness statements to the Chair at the conclusion of the hearing. Following the hearing, the Chair shall permit the Respondent to have access to such witness statements to the extent needed for any appeal conducted under these Standards of Student Conduct.
    9. Documentary Evidence. Subject to applicable privacy laws, including FERPA, the Respondent has the right to review, but not copy, all documentary evidence that the Conduct Officer or Complainant intends to present at the hearing at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to commencement of the hearing. If the Conduct Officer or Complainant identifies additional documentary evidence previously unknown to the Conduct Officer or Complainant within such twenty-­‐four (24) hour time frame, the Conduct Officer shall notify the Respondent prior to commencement of the hearing. . The Respondent will be provided with copies of all documentary evidence that the Conduct Officer or Complainant intends to introduce at the commencement of the hearing. In order to ensure the confidentiality of the disciplinary hearing and to protect the privacy rights of the Respondent, Complainant, and other witnesses, the Respondent shall not copy, reproduce, disseminate or disclose to anyone other than his or her advisor any such documentary evidence and shall return such documentary evidence to the Chair at the conclusion of the hearing. Following the hearing, the Chair shall permit the Respondent to have access to such documentary evidence to the extent needed for any appeal conducted under these Standards of Student Conduct.
    10. Attendance at the Hearing. The Respondent and his/her advisor have the right to attend the entire University Hearing Board hearing except for the deliberations of the University Hearing Board.
    11. Right to Offer Evidence and Witness Testimony. The Respondent has the right to offer evidence and oral testimony of witnesses on his/her behalf at a University Hearing Board hearing, provided that the Respondent informs the Chair and the Conduct Officer in writing of the names, physical addresses, and email addresses of any witness at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing. If the Respondent identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Respondent within such seventy-­‐two (72) hour time frame, he or she shall promptly notify the Conduct Officer prior to commencement of the hearing. The Conduct Officer shall promptly share this information with the Complainant.
    12. Right to Offer Witnesses Statements. The Respondent has the right to offer written statements of witnesses provided that, at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours before the scheduled University Hearing Board hearing, the Respondent informs the Chair and Conduct Officer in writing of the names, physical addresses, and email addresses of those witnesses whose statement he/she intends to offer into evidence.
      1. Witnesses must submit written statements must be submitted (either in print or electronically) directly to the Chair at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing in order to be introduced to the University Hearing Board at the hearing. If the Respondent identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Respondent within such forty-­‐eight hour time frame, he or she shall promptly provide the Chair of the University Hearing Board and the Conduct Officer with copies of any written statement of such witness or witnesses prior to commencement of the hearing.
    13. Documentary Evidence. The Respondent has the right to offer documentary evidence provided that, at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours before the scheduled University Hearing Board hearing, the Respondent provides the Chair and Conduct Officer with copies of all such documentary evidence.
    14. Questions for Witnesses. The Respondent has the right to submit to the Chair of the University Hearing Board a list of questions that the Respondent wishes the Chair of the University Hearing Board to ask any witness who gives oral testimony at the hearing. The Respondent must submit his/her initial list of questions to the Chair at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to the hearing. The Chair shall use his or her reasonable discretion in determining the relevance or appropriateness of any proposed question submitted by the Respondent and the Chair shall not be obligated to ask all of the questions proposed by the Respondent. The Chair shall protect witnesses, including the Complainant, from improper or irrelevant questions, insulting treatment and unnecessary or irrelevant inquiry into private affairs, including a witness’ dating or sexual history. Where appropriate, the Respondent may request a brief recess of the hearing to prepare such questions. The Chair, in his or her reasonable discretion, may grant or deny such request.
    15. Closed Hearing. University Hearing Board hearings are closed to the public. Admission of any person not directly connected to the hearing shall be at the sole discretion of the Chair.
    16. Failure to Attend. The Respondent has the responsibility to attend the scheduled University Hearing Board hearing. If the Respondent, without valid excuse or authorization from the Vice President for Student Development, fails to attend the hearing as scheduled, the University Hearing Board may proceed in the Respondent’s absence to a determination of the matter, and if appropriate, impose sanctions.
    17. Notice of Outcome. The Respondent has the right to written notice of the outcome and sanctions (if applicable) of the University Hearing Board hearing, including a brief summary of the rationale for such outcome and sanctions (if any), by 5:00 PM on the second business day following the conclusion of the hearing. The Chair, at her/his discretion can extend this timeline upon written notice to the Respondent setting forth the reason for the extension. This notice shall include a brief description of the appeal rights of the Respondent under these Standards of Student Conduct. The Respondent also has the right to written notice of any change in the outcome or sanctions imposed and notice as to when such outcome and sanctions shall be deemed final. The notice(s) described in this section 17 shall be sent simultaneously to the Respondent and the Complainant.
    18. Appeal. The Respondent has the right to appeal the decision of the Student Conduct Board, in accordance with the standards for appeal established in Article VIII Article IX of the Standards of Student Conduct.
  2. Rights and Responsibilities of the Complainant. The Complainant shall be afforded the following rights and responsibilities throughout the conduct process:
    1. Notice of Charge/Outcome of Preliminary Hearing and Hearing. When the Respondent is charged with a violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and the matter proceeds to a hearing, including a hearing limited to the appropriate sanctions, the Complainant has the right to participate in a hearing, conducted in accordance with the Standards of Student Conduct and the procedures set forth in Article VII of the Standards. If the Conduct Officer determines that no charge will be filed, the Conduct Officer shall notify the Complainant, in writing, of that determination. If the Respondent accepts responsibility for a charge of violating the University Sexual Misconduct Policy and accepts the proposed sanctions, the Conduct Officer shall notify the Complainant in writing of such outcome and sanctions that directly relate to the Complainant.
      1. The Complainant has the right to a conduct process outcome based on reliable evidence presented during the conduct process, including reasonable inferences drawn from such evidence, and reasonable determinations by the fact finder as to the credibility of witness testimony.
    2. Rules and Procedures. The Complainant has the right to a copy of the rules and procedures of the University’s conduct process.
    3. Advisors. The Complainant has the right to the services of an advisor of his/her choice. The advisor may be an attorney.
      1. Advisors may attend all meetings with the Complainant, hearings, or investigative interviews with the Complainant relating to the pending disciplinary charge, once the disciplinary process has commenced.
      2. The role of the advisor is to provide support, guidance, and advice to the Complainant. The Complainant is responsible for presenting his or her own information, and therefore, other than providing advice and guidance directly to the Complainant, advisors are not permitted to participate in the related meetings or interviews, or in any hearing before a Student Conduct Board, including, but not limited to making oral arguments or statements, questioning witnesses, or raising objections during a hearing. An advisor may request a brief recess of the proceedings to provide advice to the Complainant.
      3. The Complainant should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the Student Conduct Board hearing, as delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.
    4. Right Not To Participate. The Complainant has the right to decline to participate in the disciplinary process and in any hearing, meeting or investigative interview and is advised that a decision not to participate may affect the outcome of the disciplinary process and/or hearing.
    5. Access to Complaint. The Complainant has the right to read the complaint filed against the Respondent during the preliminary hearing stage of the disciplinary proceeding.
      1. The Complainant does not have the right to obtain a copy of the complaint from the preliminary hearing.
    6. Notice of Hearing. If the Respondent seeks to have the charge(s) and/or sanctions determined by the University Hearing Board, in accordance with these Standards, the Chair of the University Hearing Board shall prepare and deliver to the Complainant a notice of hearing. Such notice may be delivered to the Complainant in person, by electronic mail, by U.S. Mail, or by campus mail. The date of the hearing shall not be less than five (5) or more than twenty (20) business days from the date of such notice. The time frame for conducting the hearing may be extended by the Chair of the Student Conduct Board, for good cause and upon written notice to the Complainant setting forth the reason for the extension. The notice of hearing shall include:
      1. The name and address of the Respondent.
      2. The date, time, and location of the University Hearing Board hearing.
      3. The alleged violations of prohibited conduct under Article III (B) of the Standards of Student Conduct.
      4. The time, date, and place of the alleged violation (if known).
      5. The name of any other Complainants and of the person who filed the complaint if not the Complainant(s).
      6. The name and administrative title of the Chair of the University Hearing Board.
      7. The names and administrative titles of the voting members of the University Hearing Board.
    7. Bias or Conflict of Interest on the Part of University Hearing Board Members. The Complainant has the right to petition that any member of the University Hearing Board be removed on the basis of bias or conflict of interest.
      1. The Complainant must submit a written petition to the Vice President for Student Development at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours prior to the scheduled hearing seeking removal of a member of the Student Conduct Board and stating the reasons for such request.
      2. The Vice President for Student Development shall respond to such request, in writing, within forty-­‐eight (48) hours of receipt of the request.
    8. Witness List. The Complainant has the right to receive the list of witnesses that the Conduct Officer and Respondent intend to call at a University Hearing Board hearing at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing. If the Conduct Officer or Respondent identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Conduct Officer or Respondent within such forty-­‐eight (48) hour time frame, the Conduct Officer shall promptly notify the Complainant prior to commencement of the hearing.
      1. Witness Statements. If a witness submits a written statement, the Complainant will be provided an opportunity to review, but not copy such statement at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to the hearing. If the Conduct Officer or Respondent identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Conduct Officer or Respondent within such twenty-­‐four (24) hour time frame, the Conduct Officer shall promptly notify the Complainant prior to commencement of the hearing. The Complainant will be provided with copies of witness statements that the Conduct Officer or Respondent intends to introduce at the commencement of the hearing. In order to ensure the confidentiality of the disciplinary hearing and to protect the privacy rights of the Respondent, Complainant, and other witnesses, the Complainant shall not copy, reproduce, disseminate or disclose to anyone other than his or her advisor any such witness statements and shall return such witness statements to the Chair at the conclusion of the hearing. Following the hearing, the Chair shall permit the Complainant to have access to such witness statements to the extent needed for any appeal conducted under these Standards of Student Conduct.
    9. Documentary Evidence. Subject to applicable privacy laws, including FERPA, the Complainant has the right to review, but not copy, all documentary evidence that the Conduct Officer or Respondent intends to present at the hearing at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to commencement of the hearing. If the Conduct Officer or Respondent identifies additional documentary evidence previously unknown to the Conduct Officer or Respondent within such twenty-­‐four (24) hour time frame, the Conduct Officer shall notify the Complainant prior to commencement of the hearing. The Complainant will be provided with copies of all documentary evidence that the Conduct Officer or Respondent intends to introduce at the commencement of the hearing. In order to ensure the confidentiality of the disciplinary hearing and to protect the privacy rights of the Respondent, Complainant, and other witnesses, the Complainant shall not copy, reproduce, disseminate or disclose to anyone other than his or her advisor any such documentary evidence and shall return such documentary evidence to the Chair at the conclusion of the hearing. Following the hearing, the Chair shall permit the Complainant to have access to such documentary evidence to the extent needed for any appeal conducted under these Standards of Student Conduct.
    10. Attendance at the Hearing. The Complainant and his/her advisor have the right to attend the entire University Hearing Board hearing, except for the deliberations of the University Hearing Board.
    11. Right to Offer Evidence and Witness Testimony. The Complainant has the right to offer evidence and oral testimony of witnesses in his/her behalf at a University Hearing Board hearing, provided that the Complainant informs the Chair and the Conduct Officer in writing of the names, physical addresses, and email addresses of any witness at least seventy-­‐two (72) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing. If the Complainant identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Complainant within such seventy-­‐two (72) hour time frame, he or she shall promptly notify the Conduct Officer prior to commencement of the hearing. The Conduct Officer shall promptly share this information with the Respondent.
    12. Right to Offer Witness Statements. The Complainant has the right to offer written statements of witnesses provided that, at least seventy-­‐two hours before the scheduled University Hearing Board hearing, the Complainant informs the Chair and the Conduct Officer in writing of the names, physical addresses, and email addresses of those witnesses whose statement he/she intends to offer into evidence.
      1. Witnesses must submit written statements must be submitted (either in print or electronically) directly to the Chair at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours in advance of the scheduled hearing in order to be introduced to the University Hearing Board at the hearing. If the Complainant identifies an additional witness or witnesses, who were previously unknown to the Complainant within such forty-­‐eight (48) hour time frame, he or she shall promptly provide the Chair of the University Hearing Board and the Conduct Officer with copies of any written statement of such witness or witnesses prior to commencement of the hearing.
    13. Documentary Evidence. The Complainant has the right to offer documentary evidence provided that, at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours before the scheduled University Hearing Board hearing, the Complainant provides the Chair and Conduct Officer with copies of all such documentary evidence
    14. Questions for Witnesses. The Complainant has the right to submit to the Chair of the University Hearing Board a list of questions that the Complainant wishes the Chair of the University Hearing Board to ask any witness who gives oral testimony at the hearing. The Complainant must submit his/her initial list of questions to the Chair at least twenty-­‐four (24) hours prior to the hearing. The Chair shall use his or her reasonable discretion in determining the relevance or appropriateness of any proposed question submitted by the Respondent and the Chair shall not be obligated to ask all of the questions proposed by the Complainant. The Chair shall protect witnesses, including the Respondent, from improper or irrelevant questions, insulting treatment and unnecessary or irrelevant inquiry into private affairs, including a witness’ dating or sexual history. Where appropriate, the Complainant may request a brief recess of the hearing to prepare such questions. The Chair, in his or her reasonable discretion, may grant or deny such request.
    15. Right of Complainant to Testify in Person or Via Videoconferencing. The Complainant has the right to give testimony in the presence of the Respondent and the University Hearing Board at the hearing. As an alternative, the Complainant may choose to give testimony before the University Hearing Board while the Respondent observes the process by way of videoconferencing capability.
      1. If the Complainant chooses the videoconference option, the Chair must be notified at least forty-­‐eight (48) hours of the scheduled hearing.
    16. Victim Impact Statement. The Complainant has the right to offer a victim-­‐ impact statement at the Student Conduct Board hearing and to have that statement considered by the board.
    17. Closed Hearing. Student Conduct Board hearings are closed to the public. Admission of any person not directly connected to the hearing shall be at the sole discretion of the Chair.
    18. Notice of Outcome. The Complainant has the right to written notice of the outcome and sanctions (if applicable) of the University Hearing Board hearing that directly relate to the Complainant, including a brief summary of the rationale for such outcome and sanctions (if any), by 5:00 PM on the second business day following the conclusion of the hearing. The Chair of the board at her/his discretion can extend this timeline upon written notice to the Complainant setting for the reason for the extension. This notice shall include a brief description of the appeal rights of the Complainant under these Standards of Student Conduct. The Complainant also has the right to written notice of any change in the outcome or sanctions imposed and notice as to when such outcome and sanctions shall be deemed final. The notice(s) described in this section 18 shall be sent simultaneously to the Complainant and the Respondent.
    19. Appeal. The Complainant has the right to appeal the decision of the University Hearing Board, in accordance with the standards for appeal established in Article IX of the Standards of Student Conduct.
    20. Privacy of the Complainant. The Complainant has the right to preservation of privacy, to the extent possible and allowed by law.
      1. The Complainant has the right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a University Hearing Board hearing.
      2. The Complainant has the right not to have released to the public any personally identifiable information about the complaint, without his/her consent, except to the extent such disclosure is required by applicable law, regulation or court order.
Student Conduct Boards

Article VIII

  1. List of Possible Sanctions. Violations of prohibited conduct as outlined in Article III of the Standards of Student Conduct may result in one or more of the following disciplinary sanctions. Additional sanctions, if any, are listed in the handbooks or official announcements of the School or College concerned. Following a determination of responsibility by a Student Conduct Board as outlined in Articles V and VI, the board will impose sanctions from the following:
    1. Disciplinary Warning: A written notice that a continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct, within a specified period of time, will be grounds for more serious disciplinary action.
    2. Residential Housing Probation: Action permitting the student to remain in residence on probationary status. During the period of probation, if the student is found responsible for additional violations, the student may be evicted from on-­‐campus housing.
    3. Conduct Probation: Action permitting the student to remain at the University on probationary status. During the period of probation, if the student is found responsible for further violations, the student may be subject to suspension, dismissal, or separation from the University.
    4. Housing Relocation: Serious housing matters or repeated violations of University policy may result in relocation from one housing area to another.
    5. Housing Eviction: Serious housing matters or repeated violations of University policy may result in removal from University housing.
    6. Suspension: A forced, temporary leave from the University. The time period of a suspension is typically a semester or a full academic year, but can be set for any duration by the Conduct Officer or Student Conduct Board.
    7. Separation: Immediate and permanent separation from the University. A student who is separated from the University is not eligible for readmission, and is typically barred from University events, activities, and property.
  2. List of Additional Sanctions. A Student Conduct Board may also impose additional sanctions to the disciplinary sanctions listed in VIII (A). Additional sanctions include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Community Restitution/Service: An assignment to perform a task or service for the University or a University sponsored organization.
    2. Fine/Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to, destruction of, or misappropriation of property, to include but limited to personal and medical reimbursement.
    3. Revocation of Privilege: Including, but not limited to, registered events, using of University dining facilities, having an automobile on campus, and/or access to other University facilities. In serious matters, a student may have additional privileges revoked during and/or while University charges are being processed through the University conduct system.
    4. Notification of parents/guardians if deemed appropriate.
    5. No Contact: An order to have no contact in any form with an identified student or students.
  3. Multiple Sanctions. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
  4. Record Keeping. Other than University suspension and separation, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic transcript, but shall become part of the student’s conduct record.
    1. A student found responsible of a violation of prohibited conduct as outlined in Article III (B) of the Standards of Student Conduct will have an “active” conduct file until graduation, at which time the file becomes “inactive.” In the event that a student is on “conduct probation” at the time of their graduation, the student’s conduct file will remain “active” for one year following the student’s graduation.
      1. Conduct records may remain “active” indefinitely at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee with just cause.
    2. In compliance with the Clery Act, a student’s disciplinary record must be maintained for a minimum period of seven (7) years after the student’s graduation. After that period, the student’s disciplinary record will be destroyed.
      1. Conduct records may be maintained indefinitely at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee with just cause.
Appeals

Article IX

  1. Right to Appeal. The Respondent and the Conduct Officer shall each have the right to appeal the decision of the Student Conduct Board to the appropriate Appellate Administrator. In hearings that involved a violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Complainant also has the right to appeal the decision of the University Hearing Board.
  2. Time for Filing Appeal. An appeal must be received by the designated Appellate Administrator in writing (a document as an email attachment is acceptable) by 5:00 PM on the fifth business day after delivery of the written notification of the finding of the Student Conduct Board. The Chair of the Student Conduct Board may extend the time frame for submitting an appeal, at his or her sole discretion, for good cause upon written notice to the Respondent, Conduct Officer, and, where applicable, the complaint setting forth the reason for the extension.
  3. Time for Deciding Appeal. The decision on a request for an appeal shall be made within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the appeal, unless there is good cause for a reasonable extension of this time period. In which event, the Appellate Administrator shall provide written notice to the Respondent, Conduct Officer, and, where applicable, the Complaint setting forth the reason for the extension.
  4. Review Board. The Appellate Administrator, at his/her sole discretion, may seek the advice and counsel of a Review Board.
    1. The review board shall consist of two members of the Student Conduct Board who were not involved in the original hearing.
    2. The review board does not hold a new hearing. If the review board determines that an appeal is upheld, the case shall be remanded as prescribed in Article IX (E) of the Standards of Student Conduct.
    3. The final decision rests with the Appellate Administrator.
  5. Grounds for New Hearing. A new hearing shall be granted to the person filing an appeal if there is clear and convincing evidence that one or more of the following pertained:
    1. A witness at the Student Conduct Board hearing lied and the testimony was adverse to the appealing party.
      1. If an appeal is granted for this reason, the case will be remanded to the original board for a new hearing.
    2. New evidence of a material nature is available that was not available at the time of the Student Conduct Board hearing, unless such evidence was available but not presented at the Student Conduct Board hearing.
      1. If an appeal is granted for this reason, the case will be remanded to the original board for a new hearing.
    3. The Student Conduct Board hearing was conducted in a manner materially inconsistent with the Standards of Student Conduct and the written procedures of such Student Conduct Board.
      1. If an appeal is granted for this reason, the case will be remanded to a new board for a hearing.
    4. The sanction(s) determined by the Student Conduct Board was disproportionate to the findings.
      1. If an appeal is granted for this reason, the case will be remanded to the original board for a re-­‐evaluation of the sanction(s) only.
  6. Notice of Outcome. Upon reaching a decision on a request for an appeal, the Appellate Administrator shall provide written notification of his/her decision to the Respondent, the Complainant (if applicable), and to the Chair of the original Student Conduct Board.
    The written notification of the appeal decision should include:
    1. The grounds for request for appeal as outlined in Article IX (E) of the Standards of Student Conduct;
    2. A description of the pertinent points the Appellate Administrator considered in rendering a decision;
    3. The Appellate Administrator’s decision on the request for appeal; and
    4. Any remedy or prescribed action if applicable.
Interpretation and Revisions

Article X

  1. Any question of interpretation or application of the Standards of Student Conduct shall be referred to the Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee for final determination.
  2. The Standards of Student Conduct shall be reviewed annually under the direction of the Student Conduct Administrator.