Order of Hearing Proceedings

Note: The complainant and the respondent may have an advisor act on their behalf throughout the hearing proceedings listed below except for No. 5.

  1. Call to order by the hearing chair.
  2. Announcements and opening remarks by the hearing chair.
    1. Notice that the hearing is being recorded.
    2. Identification of the parties attending the hearing.
    3. Review of the standard of proof.
    4. Confirmation from hearing panelists that they have reviewed all submitted materials in advance of the hearing.
  3. Witnesses are asked to leave the hearing until recalled by the hearing chair.
  4. Presentation of the complaint by the hearing chair and specific policy provisions alleged to have been violated, including whether the policy provisions concern Title IX-based prohibited conduct or non-Title IX-based prohibited conduct.
  5. The respondent responds to the complaint by stating “Responsible” or “Not responsible.”
  6. The complainant provides opening comments (up to 10 minutes).
  7. The respondent provides opening comments (up to 10 minutes).
  8. The complainant’s case presentation, which consists of the following:
    1. The hearing panel asks any questions it has for the complainant.
    2. The complainant may, if desired, provide testimony and answer questions asked by the complainant's advisor.
    3. The respondent’s advisor may cross-examine the complainant.
    4. The panel may ask any follow-up questions.
    5. The complainant calls witnesses and presents information.
      1. The respondent’s advisor may cross-examine witnesses.
      2. The hearing panel may ask any questions it has for witnesses.
  9. The respondent's case presentation, which consists of the following:
    1. The hearing panel asks any questions it has for the respondent.
    2. The respondent may, if desired provide testimony and answer questions asked by the respondent's advisor.
    3. The complainant’s advisor may cross-examine the respondent.
    4. The hearing panel may ask any follow-up questions.
    5. The respondent calls witnesses and presents information.
      1. The complainant’s advisor may cross-examine witnesses.
      2. The hearing panel may ask any questions it has for witnesses.
  10. The hearing panel may recall the complainant and/or the respondent for follow-up questions, if any.
  11. Closing comments from the complainant (up to 10 minutes).
  12. Closing comments from the respondent (up to 10 minutes).
  13. The hearing chair closes the hearing.

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