Administrative Guidelines

i. Authority

The Division of Student Affairs is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Student Code of Conduct. The determination as to which process will be utilized for the hearing and resolution of allegations of misconduct shall be made by the Resolution Center. The University reserves the right to make any exceptions to written disciplinary procedures if deemed necessary.

ii. Preponderance of Evidence Standard

The University uses a preponderance of evidence standard, also known as “more likely than not”. A determination of responsibility is based on a finding that the student more likely than not committed the act alleged.

iii. Terminating a Conduct Process

If the conduct officer(s) administering a conduct process receives information that suggests another conduct process would be a more appropriate setting, or receives information that suggests an incident involves an alleged violation of the University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy, the conduct officer(s) will stop the meeting. The Resolution Center will:

1. Schedule the appropriate conduct process, or
2. Consult with the University's Title IX Coordinator to initiate the review and resolution procedures listed in the University's Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

iv. In Abstentia

In the event that a student does not participate in a conduct proceeding, the conduct officer(s), in the exercise of their discretion, may adjudicate the matter in the absence of such student.

v. Conduct Record

The results of conduct processes are documented and this record may be used to establish a student’s conduct history at the University.

vi. Role of an Advisor

The role of an advisor is to provide support as a student represents themselves in the process. An advisor does not actively participate in any part of a Student Code of Conduct process. An advisor, may privately consult with and advise a student during the proceeding, but may not act as a representative of or spokesperson for a student; nor may an advisor provide any information on behalf of the student, examine a witness, or otherwise participate in a conduct proceeding. Neither a witness nor a potential witness is permitted to serve as an advisor. Advisors must make themselves available for all hearing processes as requested by the student and the individual schedules of advisors generally has no impact upon the scheduling of hearings or other Student Code of Conduct processes.

If an advisor is disruptive to the conduct process, they may be dismissed. Dismissal of an advisor does not constitute grounds to postpone, suspend, or reschedule any conduct process.

Last updated: 8/17/20