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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical time period for scheduling an administrative hearing?
Hearings are scheduled around the student’s class schedule. In addition, the time frame for the hearing to be held can vary depending on the schedules of residence life staff, police officers, other law enforcement agencies, and other representatives from the University who are required to testify, but will be held as soon as possible.

Which charges take precedence over other ones?
Any case involving the presumptive sanction of suspension or expulsion is expedited to be scheduled as soon as possible.

How does an accused student get assistance and guidance about the judicial process?
Students are encouraged to seek guidance and support from a student advisor. These advisors are trained through an orientation program and help to prepare and present the accused student’s defense.

Does a student have a right to appeal?
The student has 14 calendar days from the notification of the decision to request an appeal, by notifying the Secretary of the Judicial Council.  The grounds for filing an appeal are the following: (1) sufficiency of the evidence to support the decision, (2) the appropriateness of the sanction, (3) germane new evidence, and (4) procedural error that significantly impacts the outcome.

If a student is suspended, when would that suspension occur?
If the case involves an academic misconduct charge (ex: cheating, plagiarism, deception), the usual semester for the suspension is the one following that in which the decision is rendered.  The time-frames for other non-academic related suspensions are addressed on a case-by-case basis.