​​When a student is scheduled to attend​ a Hearing the Conduct Proceedings Officer will assign a Hearing Officer or a Hearing Panel to hear the case.  In situations where a student is facing suspension or dismissal, the student may choose which hearing forum they would like to hear the case.  

In a Hearing, the student will have the chance to present their case on why they feel they are not in violation of the Code of Conduct.  Students may bring witnesses and present evidence on why they feel they are not in violation.  If a student plans on bringing a witness they are encouraged to notify the Student Conduct Office 24 hours in advance.

Mechanics of the Hearing Process

Usually a two-part Hearing:

  1. To determine if an act was committed which was in violation of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures; and or,
  2. To Determine the sanction according to the provisions of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures.
It is the responsibility of the Hearing Officer or Hearing Body to hear and examine all of the evidence available, to determine the facts in the case and to make a decision of whether or not the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures has been violated.

A University Hearing Officer presides at all hearings (5.2.3.4).  The Hearing Officer may follow the procedures outlines below or modify it as his/her discretion. 

The Hearing

​I.  The Charge

​A.  The Hearing Officer will make the opening statement which includes the following information
  • Date
  • Location
  • People Present
B.  Hearing Officer will then request that the University present its case.
C.  Student may cross-examine.
D.  The Hearing Officer/Body may cross-examine.
E.  Hearing Officer will request that the student present the case.
F.  University may cross-examine.
G.  Hearing Officer/Body may cross-examine. 
H.  Presentation of the University's final agreement.
I.  Presentation of the Student's final argument:
  • ​​​​​​​​​Hearing Officer/Body reserves the right to raise questions, recall any person involved in the    process or request additional information or materials
​​J.  Deliberation of the Hearing Officer/Body.
K.  Decision of the Hearing Officer/Body.

II. Sanction
  • This portion of the hearing process may be included with Part I or it can be continued at another time and date
​A.  If on another date, it would make sense to start with the following information:
  • ​​Date
  • Location
  • People Present
  • Purpose of Hearing (Sanction)
B.  University presents its case related to the sanction.
C.  Student may cross-examine.
D.  Hearing Officer/Body may cross-examine.
E.  Student presents the case related to the sanction.
F.  University may cross-examine.
G.  Hearing Officer/Body may cross-examine.
H.  University presentation of final argument.
I.   Student presentation of final argument
  • ​​​​Hearing Office/Body reserves the right to raise questions, recall any person involved in the process or request additional information materials.
J.  Deliberation of the Hearing Officer/Body.
K.  Decision of the Hearing Officer/Body.

***Students are encouraged to read Section 5.2 of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures for a complete description​ of Hearings***


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