Each campus will develop and maintain fair processes for resolving complaints against students and student groups under Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code. These processes will emphasize student development through understanding and accepting responsibility for personal behavior, while protecting community interests and due process. Each campus's disciplinary process will
- provide fair notice to students of alleged violations of Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code;
- provide privacy in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
- provide access to at least one advisor throughout the disciplinary process as permitted by campus procedures;
- provide timely notice of any meeting or proceeding;
- provide the range of possible sanctions;
- encourage informal resolution of alleged violations without the need for a hearing;
- permit students the opportunity for a formal hearing upon request;
- provide timely and equal access to information that will be used during disciplinary hearings;
- provide prompt and fair resolution;
- provide for a preponderance of the evidence (i.e., more likely than not) standard of proof throughout the disciplinary process; and
- provide one campus-wide appeal of a finding of violation of the Code.
In addition to the previous elements of the process, for cases involving alleged violations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, or relationship violence, each campus's disciplinary process will also
- be conducted by officials who receive annual training on the issues related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and relationship violence, on how to conduct an investigation, and on how to conduct a hearing process that protects the safety of all parties and promotes accountability;
- provide equitable access to a formal hearing and to a campus-wide appeal by both the respondent and the complainant;
- allow equitable access to at least one advisor at meetings and hearings throughout the disciplinary process for both the complainant and the respondent; and
- provide to both the respondent and the complainant simultaneous written notice of:
- the results of any disciplinary proceeding;
- the procedure for the respondent and the complainant to appeal the results of the disciplinary proceeding;
- the final results after appeal.
Each system campus will provide a hearing body (comprising a hearing panel or hearing officer) to conduct hearings requested by students and student groups. The hearing body may differ depending on the nature of the alleged violation and the college/campus of which the student is enrolled. Specifically, individual colleges may establish their own hearing body to determine responsibility related to intra-college cases of scholastic dishonesty (that is, cases that involve the college's student within the college's own course).
This Administrative Policy only applies where a sanction is sought for an alleged violation of Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code. Professional and graduate programs may have their own supplemental codes to address additional behavioral requirements in their programs. Likewise, certain administrative programs, such as housing and residential life, student activities offices, and learning abroad offices, may establish and apply their own codes of conduct and hearing procedures. If sanctions are sought for an alleged violation of Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code, then the hearing procedures must comply with the requirements of this policy.
Reason for Policy
This administrative policy implements Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code. It provides a framework for each campus to resolve complaints about violations of Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code.