Policies

Student Rights and Responsibilities within the Conduct Process

Student Rights and Responsibilities within the Conduct Process

Rights

  1. To have a copy of the written complaint and have the complaint explained clearly and fully at any level of the conduct process.
  2. To request in writing to the dean of students that separate hearings be conducted, if more than one student has been accused of a Code violation.
  3. To hear testimony and/or see all written statements concerning the complaint.
  4. To be informed of the names of all witnesses who will provide oral and/or written statements, unless the dean of students makes special provision for a witness to remain anonymous in the event that it is determined that the identity of the witness is not critical information necessary.
  5. To refute oral and/or written statements made by witnesses and other parties.
  6. To have a fair and prompt hearing and to have any delays in scheduling explained.
  7. To be notified promptly of the resolution of the complaint.
  8. To be advised of the appropriate appeal process. Accused students do not have the right to appeal all types of violations (see section on appeal), but may petition for final review of any complaint involving violence (such as sexual misconduct, stalking, etc.) or discrimination (specifically see the Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Process).
  9. To have an advisor who can provide advice and support during the process. Advisors may be present at all meetings during the investigation, hearing and pre-hearing stages. Advisors may not be attorneys. Advisors are not participants in hearings, and while they may converse with the accused student, they are not permitted to address the hearing officers or members of the CHRB.  Any advisor who exceeds the role permitted to them will be removed from the hearing, and the student will proceed without the benefit of an advisor, unless the dean of students or designee permits a substitution.

Responsibilities

  1. The college expects students to assume responsibility for their own actions during the conduct process.
  2. Students are expected to appear when requested to do so throughout the entire process, and failure to do so may result in a complaint for failure to comply with the directives of a college official. Accused students are expected to answer the questions of hearing officers, but witnesses may elect to refuse to do so to avoid self-incrimination. Hearing officers may proceed without the active participation of the accused student, and may draw reasonable inferences from the failure of the accused student to answer questions or provide a response to the complaint.
  3. If the student fails to appear and proper notification has not been verified, the hearing will not proceed. Instead, the accused student will be given notice of violating the Code of Conduct for failure to comply with the directives of a college official. The hearing will be re-scheduled and the failure to comply charges will be added to the original charge.  If the accused student does not appear at the second hearing, s/he may be suspended until such time as they decide to comply by appearing for the hearing on both the first allegation and the failure to comply charge.
  4. Throughout the conduct process, students have the responsibility to present truthful information. Any student found to have willfully presented false or misleading information will be subject to notice and a hearing on a complaint of abuse of the campus conduct system.
  5. Students are expected to complete the sanctions issued at any level in the conduct process. Failure to do so may result in further conduct action.