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Student Conduct

When a report is submitted of alleged student misconduct, we ask students to attend a meeting with a Student Rights and Responsibilities representative to talk about what happened and pursue a resolution. The information below details the different types of meetings that we have with students, all informed by our Restorative Justice philosophy and educational practices.

For an overview of how this process works, please review our student conduct flowchart here. 

Informal Meetings: Whenever a harm to the community or a policy violation may have occurred, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities may pursue an informal resolution. Our office will contact involved students to schedule a time for them to meet with a Resolution Coordinator (RC). In this meeting, they will discuss what happened in the situation, what issues and policies were involved, what harm may have been caused, and how the students could remedy this situation. The goal is for the RC and student to collaboratively develop and agree upon an appropriate resolution. If the case is not resolved through this meeting, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will turn to formal adjudication pathways to resolve the situation

Formal Hearings: There are a number of formal pathways that the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities may use in order to resolve conduct cases. Our office will schedule a time for the hearing to occur. In this hearing, the student will be invited to share their perspective on the incident, what issues and policies were involved, what harm may have been caused, and how the student could remedy this situation. The final determination is made by the presiding administrator or board. The following are all of our formal hearing processes:

  • Administrative Hearing
    • Administrative Hearings are formal hearings that occur with an Administrative Hearing Officer designated by the Assistant Dean of Student Rights and Responsibilities. These are most commonly scheduled when a formal adjudication pathway is deemed appropriate and a single Administrative Officer can effectively resolve the case.

  • Student Rights & Responsibilities Board Hearing
    • SRR Boards are made up of at least three, usually five, student members of the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities. The Intern for SRR chairs the hearing, with either the Assistant Dean or Graduate Assistant serving in an advisory role. This hearing type is mostly commonly used for instances when a broad range of student voices will be useful in resolving a case.

  • College Review Board Hearing
    • CRB hearings involve at least one student, at least one faculty member, and at least one staff member, and are chaired by the Assistant Dean or designee. This pathway is used for formal adjudication of cases involving severe misconduct.

  • College Honor Board Hearing
    • College Honor Boards are convened as formal adjudication for academic issues, especially academic dishonesty. The Honor Board is chaired by a student, and advised by Professor John Krussel, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Sexual Misconduct Board Hearing
    • Sexual Misconduct Board hearings may be convened for formal adjudication of cases that involve sexual misconduct, and are made up of several specially trained staff and faculty members.

  • Flowchart - Sexual Misconduct Complaints Process


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