Student Rights and Responsibilities

The student and the complainant have the right to:

1. Be present at the hearing and present information regarding the incident. However, if either or both the student and complainant fail to appear at the hearing after being properly notified, the hearing may be held in their absences and a decision rendered accordingly based on the information presented.

2. Present information by witness or by signed written statement if a witness is unable to attend the hearing. It is the responsibility of the student and the complainant to notify their witnesses of the date, time, and place of the hearing. If witnesses fail to appear, the hearing may be held in their absence.

3. Bring an advisor to the hearing. The advisor, who can be anyone the respondent chooses, may not participate in the examination of witnesses or presentation of materials or information to the hearing officer/board. The advisor’s role is limited to providing advice and consultation to the student. The respondent is responsible for notifying their chosen advisor of the time, date and location of the hearing. Except in extenuating circumstances, failure by an advisor to attend the proceedings will not delay the meeting from occurring.

4. Students who are registered with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) may request that an additional person be present at the hearing for the administration of approved accommodations. Arrangements for this accommodation may be made through OARS or by notifying the hearing officer no later than 48 hours prior to the date of the hearing.

5. Students may request the assistance of an English language interpreter for the disciplinary proceedings. Interpreters are provided by the office of the dean of students. Requests for interpreter services must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the date of the hearing.

6. Challenge the ability of a board member to serve on the judicial board due to knowledge or bias in the case. The decision of whether the board member shall serve rests with the judicial board as a whole or with the office of the dean of students in cases where there is one hearing officer.

7. Question witnesses who are present through the board chair or hearing officer.

8. Be informed of the disciplinary outcome.