The Hearing Process

In accordance with article 6.6 of the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities, students may choose to have a hearing if there is an incongruence between the student and the hearing officer. When a student enrolls at the University, he or she does so voluntarily and in so doing implicitly accepts certain obligations of performance and behavior established by the University. The development of self-discipline is a goal of education, and the conduct process is intended to be educational in nature. The conduct system is designed to further the educational process; therefore, it is not comparable to, or a substitute for, jurisprudence under a criminal code. Therefore, formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in student conduct proceedings. The procedures are designed to balance the rights and responsibilities of the student accused of wrong doing with the rights of the accuser, other students, members of the academic community, and the public. Hearings should be conducted in order to provide a fair opportunity for hearing every participants position, explanations, and information.

Upon choosing to have a hearing, a student will be given a hearing packet to aid in the process. The packet contains the following materials: