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Dec 9, 2022
Hearing Procedures for Student Organizations
The discipline of student organizations is incorporated into the general Student Code of Conduct and operates according to the rules of that system. The University may carry out disciplinary proceedings and impose disciplinary sanctions on a student organization or recognized club found responsible for violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Any member of the University community may file charges against an organization for misconduct. Charges should be prepared in writing and directed to the Coordinator of Student Conduct. Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place.
The Coordinator of Student Conduct may conduct an investigation to decide whether a formal charge will be brought against the organization. The Coordinator of Student Conduct may refuse to grant hearings on complaints about incidents that occurred at a time too distant from the date of the filing of charges or when information or testimony is too vague.
The following procedural guidelines are established for the direction of all persons and boards conducting formal hearings on disciplinary complaints against a student organization at Gallaudet University:
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, action assessed by the initial Student Conduct Board or the Coordinator of Student Conduct may be held in suspense until acted upon in appeal, at the discretion of the Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee. The Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee may affirm, reverse, or modify the sanction originally assessed. The Coordinator of Student Conduct will convey pertinent information to the Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee. The decision of the Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee is final and is not appealable.
All Student Conduct hearings will be closed to the public in order to protect the confidential nature of the proceedings.
Any Student Conduct Board member will elect to abstain from participation in a hearing when the member has a duality of interest in the case or a personal reason that precludes participation without prejudice. The parties will be shared a list of potential panel members during the pre-hearing meeting. All objections to any panel member must be raised in writing, detailing the rationale for the objection, and must be submitted to the Coordinator of Student Conduct as soon as possible and no later than three (3) business days prior to the hearing. Panel members will only be removed if the Coordinator of Student Conduct concludes that their bias or conflict of interest precludes an impartial hearing of the allegation(s).
Determinations made or sanctions imposed under the Student Code of Conduct will not be subject to change or challenge because criminal charges arising out of the same fact-giving rise to violation of University rules are pending, were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of/or against the criminal law defendant.
Because of time concerns and the expenses it would incur, provision for written transcripts of campus disciplinary hearings is not required.
The Student Conduct Board, restorative practices committee, and/or Coordinator of Student Conduct will determine the rules of procedure in addition to those stated herein and all procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the Coordinator of Student Conduct.
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