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Administrative Hearings

The Administrative Hearing process was established to give students an opportunity to have behavioral issues addressed in an expedited manner. Students are encouraged to consider the charges carefully. Decisions should be made freely and without pressure from members of the administration or judicial body.

The Administrative Hearing process resolves incidents in which there is an alleged social violation of the Code of Conduct (non-academic) as described in the Code of Conduct [PDF].

Procedures for Administrative Hearings

Students accused of a violation which qualifies for an Administrative Hearing will be informed in writing of possible violations of the Code of Conduct. A student may review an incident report alleging the student’s violation of University policies or regulations. The student will also be given information regarding the Student Advisor Program.

During the Administrative Hearing, the accused student, as well as any witness(es), will have the opportunity to provide his/her account of the incident in question. All parties will also have an opportunity to ask and answer questions. The Administrative Process is a non-confrontational review of relevant information by the hearing officer. After a thorough review of the information, the hearing officer will make a decision.

Possible outcomes of Administrative Hearings include:

  1. a finding of “responsible” for the charge(s)
  2. a finding of “responsible” for one or more, but not all, charge(s)
  3. the assignment of additional and/or alternative charge(s)
  4. a finding of “not responsible” for the charge(s).

The student will be advised of the hearing officer’s decision. If there is a finding of “responsible,” sanctions will be assigned.

Students will acknowledge their understanding of the consequences of non-compliance regarding completion of sanctions.

Students may appeal Administrative Hearing outcomes to the Judicial Council. The Judicial Council will hear appeals of all Administrative Hearing cases that result in a recommendation of suspension or expulsion. All other cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Appropriate actions taken in instances of non-compliance may include increasing sanctions, assigning an additional charge of contempt of the judicial process, prohibiting the ability to register for classes, withholding transcripts or graduation, disciplinary probation, suspension, and/or notification to parents or guardians.