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In instances where a student is charged with alleged Student Code of Conduct violations that will likely result in a sanction less than removal from University housing, University suspension, or expulsion, the student will be entitled to a disciplinary conference. Minor residence hall violations are usually handled in this manner (for more information on residence hall disciplinary conferences, refer to Residence Hall Policies). Students entitled to a disciplinary hearing may also choose to request a disciplinary conference, with the understanding that the full range of sanctions, including residence hall suspension, University suspension, or expulsion, will be applicable. A disciplinary conference will normally consist of an informal meeting between the respondent and the Coordinator of Student Accountability, who will serve as the hearing officer. The Coordinator of Student Accountability will gather all information necessary to make a just decision in the case. If the Coordinator of Student Accountability determines that the student is responsible for the violation, the Coordinator of Student Accountability will impose sanctions appropriate for the violation.
The following procedural guidelines are established for respondents charged with violations of the Student Code of Conduct and assigned to a disciplinary conference through Student Accountability and Restorative Practices:
An appeal must be in writing, must indicate the basis of the appeal with an explanation, and must be made within five business days of the date the parties were notified of the decision. In an appeal case, sanctions assessed by the initial Coordinator of Student Accountability may be held in suspense until acted upon in appeal. The appeal will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services (or Dean of Student Affairs if the Associate Dean served as the hearing officer), and he or she may affirm or reverse the decision, or modify the sanction originally determined. The Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services (or Dean of Student Affairs if the Associate Dean served as the hearing officer) may decide to remand the matter back to the Coordinator of Student Accountability to reopen the hearing, if appropriate. The Coordinator of Student Accountability will convey pertinent information related to the case. The decision of the Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services (or Dean of Student Affairs if the Associate Dean served as the hearing officer) is final and is not appealable.
All disciplinary conferences will be closed to the public in order to protect the confidential nature of the proceedings.
Because of time concerns and the expenses it would incur, provisions for written transcripts of disciplinary conferences are not required.
The Coordinator of Student Accountability will determine the rules of procedures in addition to those stated herein, and all procedural questions are subject to his/her final decision.
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