You've Received a Notice of Charge(s) ...
If you have received notification of a student conduct hearing, it means the Center for Student Conduct has received an incident report that alleges you have violated University policy.
The hearing is your opportunity to respond to the alleged violations and share your perspective on the incident. The hearing officer's role is to first determine whether there is a preponderance of evidence to find you responsible for a policy violation and, if so, to determine appropriate sanctions.
The hearing officer will ask you to explain what happened from your perspective, what you have learned from the incident, what impact the incident has had on you and others, and what you believe should happen in response to this impact.
Preparing for Your Hearing ...
In preparation for your upcoming hearing, we encourage you to consider the following:
Read your Notice of Charge carefully. The Notice of Charge letter outlines the alleged violations as well as the date and time of your conduct hearing. Your hearing has been scheduled based on your academic course schedule. To request an accommodation for your hearing, contact the Center for Student Conduct. If you need to request a change to your hearing date/time due to religious observance, please contact your hearing officer directly.
Request a copy of your incident report prior to your hearing, so that you are prepared to respond to the report and alleged violations during your hearing. To make that request, you'll need to agree to keep information confidential.
Review the Code of Student Conduct [PDF] for more information about University policies, your rights during the hearing, and the hearing process.
Additional policy information is available for specific charges depending on the nature of the alleged violations:
- Alcohol, Cannabis, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use – Students Policy [PDF]
- Code of Academic Integrity [PDF]
- Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy [PDF]
- Discrimination and Harassment Policy [PDF]
- Hazing Policy [PDF]
- Student Organization Misconduct Investigation and Resolution Procedure [PDF]
Arrive to your hearing prepared to describe, as honestly and as clearly as possible, the details of your involvement in the incident for which you have been charged. Some students find it useful to prepare written notes or statements in advance of their hearing to assist them in sharing important information, timelines, etc. This is not required, but may be helpful. Your conduct history becomes an educational record protected by federal privacy guidelines. There are conditions to the extent of that privacy: FERPA Rights Disclosure [PDF]
Consider whether you wish to bring an advisor, witnesses, or additional documents to your hearing. Information about advisors and witnesses can be found in the sidebar of this page as well as in the Code of Student Conduct [PDF].
You may always Submit a Witness Statement ahead of your hearing so the Hearing Officer has an opportunity to consider it ahead of your hearing.
If you have any questions about the incident or the conduct process, please contact your hearing officer or the Center for Student Conduct. We are happy to answer questions, explain the process, and provide additional resources.