What To Do If You Are A Charged Student

If you are a student who has been charged with allegedly violating the code of conduct, the first thing to keep in mind is that you should remain calm. Just because you have been charged with a violation does not mean that you will always be found responsible. As in a court of law, you are “not responsible” until you are found “responsible”.

Students who face minor charges will meet with The Administrator for Judicial Affairs and Student Information for an initial, “informal meeting.”   You will receive a letter in the mail with information regarding the incident, and also contact information to schedule this meeting. The point of this meeting is to share the incident report with you, discuss possible sanctions, and clear up any inconsistencies that may exist. 

If the case is one where you do not face suspension or expulsion from the college, the charge may be adjudicated during this meeting if both the student and administrator agree on the facts and sanctions (if responsible). If the student chooses, or if a consensus cannot be reached, the student always has the right to attend a formal hearing in front of the Student Conduct Board.

If you face suspension or expulsion from the college, or the student so wishes, you will attend a Student Conduct Board. Each board consists of three students and two faculty/staff members. The facts are presented to the board, and the board gets the opportunity to question you, and any witnesses directly relating to the event. The board then decides if you are responsible or not responsible for the violation, and any sanction(s), including suspension or expulsion from the college, you will face.

During this entire process, it is important to keep your rights as a student in mind, which includes:
  1. Written notification of charges and possible penalties within a reasonable time period.
  2. The opportunity to have a hearing or to waive the right to a hearing and accepting the penalties imposed.
  3. The opportunity to have a discussion to clarify evidence and/or view of an incident before an initial determination is made by a hearing officer.
  4. Written notification of the time, place and date of the hearing at least three working days in advance.
  5. The opportunity to present evidence and witnesses.
  6. Written notification of findings and sanctions or penalties imposed based on a preponderance of evidence presented verbally or in writing.
  7. Written notification of an appeal process.

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