Statement of Student Rights within the Student Conduct Process

Students engaged in the Conduct Process maintain the following rights:  

  • The right to an unbiased hearing and one based on evidence presented at the hearing.

  • The right to remain silent; silence is not construed as culpability.

  • The right to receive written notification of the complaint(s) brought against them at least one business day prior to a conduct review meeting and five business days prior to a hearing.

  • The right to review all relevant documents prior to the hearing.

  • The right to a hearing conducted without unreasonable delay following the notification of complaint(s), not to exceed 30 business days while the College is in session.

  • The right to present evidence and witnesses. Witnesses must testify to factual evidence only and may not be called to testify to the character of an involved party.

  • The right to question all evidence and information, as well as witnesses and the complainant.

  • The right to have an advisor, who is a member of the administration, faculty or student body who is not a party or witness to the case to assist in the preparation of the case and be present at the hearing. The role of the advisor is to ask clarifying questions and to advise the student, not to present the case. Respondents are obligated to present their own information throughout the process.

  • The right to a presumption of not responsible. The burden of proof rests with the College, such that the College must prove that the student is responsible by a preponderance of the evidence.

  • The right to written notification of a decision in a case in a timely manner, typically within five business days following a hearing. 

  • The right to appeal the decision of an administrative hearing officer or Student Conduct Review Board.