Administrative Hearing

Certain violations may be addressed through an administrative hearing, including all Title IX, Violence Against Women’s Act and sexual misconduct cases. You may be involved in an administrative hearing as an accused student, reporting party or as a witness.

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The Administrative Hearing Process

Administrative hearings are coordinated and held by University administrators, who act as hearing officers to determine whether an accused student is responsible for violating a rule or regulation, and assign sanctions as appropriate. The hearing officers make their determination based upon a preponderance of the evidence standard.

If you are involved in an administrative hearing, we encourage you to read the Administrative Hearing Procedures so that you know what to expect throughout the hearing process.

Scheduling and Appearing for Your Administrative Hearing

You will be notified to appear for a hearing. You will receive notification through an appearance referral, which is typically issued by an e-mail from Student Conduct and Advocacy. You must contact Student Conduct and Advocacy within the dates stated on the appearance referral to schedule your hearing.

If you fail to schedule or appear for your hearing, it may be scheduled and/or held in your absence.

If you are unsure when your hearing will be, contact Student Conduct and Advocacy. You are responsible for ensuring the completion of your hearing and other obligations.

Possible Sanctions

Students found responsible for violating a rule or regulation may be assigned sanctions. Sanctions are not meant to simply punish you. Instead, they are designed to help you learn and grow, while providing justice to the University community. Sanctions are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of Common Sanctions

  • Warnings
  • Alcohol and other drug education classes
  • Restitution
  • Community service
  • Loss of privileges
  • Counseling
  • Transcript notations
  • Placement of a hold on your registration record
  • Probation*
  • Suspension*
  • Expulsion
  • Other sanctions as may be deemed appropriate

*Pursuant to the Administrative Hearing Procedures and Sexual Violence Addendum, a finding of “responsible” for sexual violence requires either immediate suspension with additional requirements or expulsion as a sanction.

Get an Advisor for Hearings

A University hearing is a student conduct matter, not a criminal proceeding. You are not required to have an advisor or lawyer, but you have the right to be assisted by an advisor of your choosing throughout the conduct process. An advisor can help you prepare for your hearings, and may also attend the hearings with you. You are not required to have an advisor — it’s your choice.

Who Can Be My Advisor?

The advisor can be anyone of your choosing, including:

  • Another student
  • Faculty member
  • Staff member
  • Parent or family member
  • Friend
  • Lawyer

How to Get an Advisor

If You Know Who You Want to Advise You

If You Do Not Have an Advisor

You can contact your preferred advisor directly, and ask them to help you.

SBI Legal Assistance will provide an advisor upon request. SBI Legal Assistance Advisors are law students trained in dispute resolution and familiar with the procedures of the Student-Wide Judiciary. In addition, SBI Legal Assistance provides free legal services to all university students.

The advisor may not represent you or speak on your behalf during any step of the process, as all students are expected to represent themselves.

For More Information

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9 Norton Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6154; Fax: (716) 645-3376