Steps in the Conduct Process
- An allegation
of a student violation of College policy is initiated by an individual
("complainant") filing a complaint with the Dean, or by the Dean of
Students in response to an incident or report.
- The Dean may do
some preliminary investigation of the charges, shall contact the individual(s)
in writing and instruct the accused student(s) to make an appointment with a
designated Administrative Hearing Officer who shall be the Dean of Students or
a designated member of the Student Affairs staff. Students will be notified
via email that they have been charged with a policy violation and informed that
details regarding the charge(s) will be sent via letter to their College
Dean of Students may issue interim sanctions pending the outcome of a hearing.
These sanctions may include loss/change of housing, no contact directive, or temporary
suspension if there is compelling reason to believe that the action is in the
best interests of the College or to protect the safety of the student or of
- The accused
student shall admit or deny responsibility for the alleged actions in writing
during the meeting with the designated Administrative Hearing Officer.
- If the accused student accepts responsibility for the conduct charges, sanctions shall be determined by the designated Administrative
Hearing Officer or the Dean, and any complainant shall be notified of the
action in writing. Accused students will be notified via email that details
regarding the sanctions will be sent via letter to their College mailbox.
- If the charges
are denied, the accused student shall select the option of having an administrative
hearing or a hearing by the Conduct Board. The Dean reserves the right to
direct matters to the Conduct Board instead of an administrative hearing. If
the Dean determines a timely hearing by the Conduct Board is not possible, the
process shall be an administrative hearing.
- Students will
be notified via email that the outcome of the case and any sanctions will be in
a letter sent to their College mailbox. The investigation is considered open
until students have received written notification of the decision of the
Administrative Hearing Officer or Conduct Board.
- An appeal may
be filed in writing to the Dean of Students by either the accused student or
the complainant within three class days or 30 days, whichever occurs first,
after the student is notified of the decision. Conditions under which
appeals may be considered are described in the section on Appeals.
Administrative Hearing Procedures
- Administrative hearings shall be conducted by an Administrative Hearing
Officer. The Administrative Hearing Officer may be the same staff member with
whom the student has met to discuss the charges, and the hearing may proceed
immediately. Students may also request that a case be assigned to a different
Administrative Hearing Officer and the hearing be scheduled for a later date.
Administrative Hearing Officer shall conduct an investigation into the matter
and shall attempt to find all the relevant facts in the case.
Administrative Hearing Officer shall notify the accused student in writing of
the decision and of any sanctions.