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Office of Judicial Affairs

Hearing Forums

In some instances, your case will be “heard” by a member of the Division of Student Life staff. In other situations, you may choose to have your case heard by a hearing panel.

  • 1. The Judicial Hearing Panel
  • This panel is composed of a University administrator, a student, and a faculty member. These panels are pre-selected and scheduled at the beginning of each semester.
  • 2. The University Disciplinary Committee
  • This board is comprised of three faculty members and two students.

For more information, see the Student Handbook for specific details regarding hearings.

Hearing Information for the Student Charged

  1. You have been charged with a violation of academic or social conduct at the University. This is a serious situation since it can jeopardize your standing at the University.
  2. If you do not appear for the hearing, the hearing may still take place without you based on the evidence that will be presented.
  3. Although you have the right to remain silent both in your meeting with the hearing officer and the hearing board, it is probably to your benefit to express your side of the situation.
  4. Prior to the hearing you may receive, upon request, statements of the complainant(s) and witness(es) who will be speaking concerning your case. You may also receive, upon request, copies of written evidence to be used against you during the hearing.
  5. If you have witnesses on your behalf, you should tell them to submit written statements to the Office of Judicial Affairs no less than five days prior to the hearing and to be willing to speak at the hearing. Names of witness(es) should be provided immediately upon your being charged.
  6. You have the right to bring in an advisor from within the University community who is not permitted to speak in the hearing but may advise you during the process.
  7. During the hearing, you and the complainant(s) will be present for all testimony unless you choose not to be present for the hearing. (See #2.)
  8. You are permitted to question complainant(s) and any witness(es).
  9. If you choose not to remain silent (See #3), you will be subject to questions by the hearing board members as well as the complainant(s).
  10. When the hearing board determines all testimony and questions have been exhausted, all of those involved will be dismissed from the room.
  11. You will be notified of the decision by the Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement.
  12. The appeals process is as stated under the “Sanctions” section of the Student Handbook.
  13. The hearing is tape recorded.
  14. The hearing is private.