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The aim of the Administrative Hearing is to come to a resolution that promotes student accountability and learning. Throughout the Administrative Hearing, the respondent student may ask questions regarding the charges, the student conduct process, as well as the possible outcomes of the hearing.
An Administrative Hearing process includes, but may not be limited to, the following steps:
- The respondent student will be asked to sign their acknowledgment of rights and honesty statement.
- The Administrative Hearing Officer will introduce themselves and ask if the respondent student has any questions.
- The Administrative Hearing Officer will inform the respondent student of the alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. At that time, the respondent student will be asked to enter a plea of “Responsible” or “Not Responsible” to each alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
- The respondent student will have the opportunity to read and/or hear the incident report and any supporting documentation regarding the alleged violations.
- The Administrative Hearing Officer may ask questions to clarify why the respondent student has entered this plea. They may also ask follow-up questions based on the information provided from reports and supporting documents.
- The Administrative Hearing Officer will seek to work towards an agreement with the respondent student on whether they will be found Responsible or Not Responsible for each alleged charge. If an agreement can be made, the Administrative Hearing Officer may begin to discuss potential sanctions with the respondent student.
- If the Administrative Hearing Officer and the respondent student cannot agree on the respondent student’s responsibility in the incident, the Administrative Hearing Officer may take more time (up to 2 business days after the Administrative Hearing) to determine an outcome.
- Following the Administrative Hearing, the Administrative Hearing Officer will send a Conduct Outcome Letter to the respondent student via email. The Conduct Outcome Letter will detail the findings of each charge (“Responsible” or “Not Responsible”, sanctions (if any), and options for appeal.
During an Administrative Hearing, additional information may become available and based on that additional information the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Conduct Officer or designated Administrative Hearing Officer may refer the case to the Conduct Board or the Vice President of Student Affairs.