Student Conduct Code
Whether or not criminal charges are filed, the university or a person may file a complaint under the Student Conduct Code (policy number 03.70.12) (PDF, Download of Adobe® Reader® required) alleging that a student violated the university’s policy. In appropriate cases, reports made to Campus Safety Services will automatically be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
Student Conduct proceedings in cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual exploitation
In appropriate cases, complaints will lead to the initiation of disciplinary procedures. As set forth in the university’s Student Conduct Code, the university disciplinary process will be prompt, fair and conducted by impartial board members who are trained at least annually on issues of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation and on conducting hearings that protect victims' safety and promote accountability.
The Student Conduct Code provides that:
- The accuser and the accused student each have the opportunity to attend and to present evidence at a hearing before a properly trained hearing board.
- The accuser and the accused student each have the opportunity to be advised by a personal advisor of their choice, at their expense, at any stage of the process and to be accompanied by that advisor at any meeting or hearing. An advisor may only consult and advise his or her advisee, but not speak for the advisee at any meeting or hearing.
- A student conduct decision is based on the “more likely than not” standard. In other words, the conduct process asks: “is it more likely than not that the accused student violated the university’s Student Conduct Code?”
- The accuser and the accused student will be notified simultaneously in writing of any university disciplinary actions taken against the accused student, as well as any changes to those disciplinary actions before they become final.
- The accuser and the accused student each have the right to appeal the outcome of the hearing and will receive notice of their rights to appeal in writing.
- The accuser and the accused will be notified simultaneously in writing of the final outcome after the appeal is resolved.
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