Conduct meetings and what to expect
The student conduct process
As a part of an institution of learning, the student conduct process is designed to be an educational opportunity in which students are encouraged to reflect on and learn from their behavior. The student conduct meeting is an informal discussion in which the disciplinary process will be explained to the student, and the student will be asked to respond to the allegations against them.
Students are entitled to all rights specified in university policies. These rights include:
- Knowing the allegations against the student and the evidence that has been provided to the Office of the Dean of Students in support of those allegations.
- Receiving assistance from an advisor of choice. This advisor may be a parent, guardian, attorney, friend, counselor, or any other support person chosen by the student who is not otherwise a party or witness to the conduct under investigation.
- Having relevant witnesses speak on their behalf.
- Reviewing their case file upon submission of a written request to the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Appealing the final decision of the hearing officer if the decision results in an eviction from university housing, or suspension or expulsion from the university.
During the conduct meeting, the Student Life staff member will:
- Review the student disciplinary procedures and the student’s rights in the process.
- Review the allegations against the student.
- Ask questions about the information provided to the Office of the Dean of Students and the allegations.
- Review the information discovered in the investigation.
- Invite comments from the student.
- Refer the student to support resources on campus and in the community, as applicable.
Note that if the student does not attend the conduct meeting, a decision on the case may be made without the student’s input, and the student will be responsible for complying with any sanctions, if applicable.
Standard of proof
The standard of evidence that will be used in determining if a violation has occurred is the preponderance of the evidence. This standard means that the staff member will determine whether it is more likely than not that the student is responsible for violating university policies.
At the end of the conduct meeting, the staff member may determine one of the following:
- Further investigation is necessary before fully resolving the case.
- The evidence is insufficient to meet the standard of proof, and therefore, the student will not be found responsible for the alleged violation.
- The evidence meets the standard of proof to show that a violation of the Code of Conduct took place, and the student is responsible for the alleged violation.
If the student is found in violation, sanctions will be applied and explained to the student. The sanctions are designed to encourage a student to learn from the violation. Additionally, a letter will be sent to the student after the meeting that explains the violations and sanctions in more detail.
Only the following outcomes may be appealed:
- Eviction from university housing
- Suspension from the university
- Expulsion from the university
- Degree revocation
- Any decision in a case investigated under the Student Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures may be appealed by either the accused student or the student that made the complaint.
All other decisions and related sanctions are final.