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. You must contact Student Conduct 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. 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.

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.

For More Information

Student Conduct

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