Residential Conduct and Judicial System
A staff member or fellow student may document a student for allegedly violating a Residential Life policy. The documented student will receive notification of the documented incident and must schedule and attend an appointment with his/her Resident Director within three school days of the incident.
1. For most sanctions, if the student feels he/she is in violation of the policy and acknowledges so in the judicial meeting, the Resident Director will sanction the student and he/she will receive written documentation of the sanction.
2. If the student does not believe he/she is in violation of the policy, he/she may request a conduct hearing to adjudicate the matter. In preparation for the hearing, the Resident Director will fill out a pre-hearing checklist with the student, discuss the hearing format, and may schedule the hearing day and time. The hearing may also be scheduled later if a master conduct calendar needs to be consulted. In the event that it is scheduled later, the student will be notified as to the date, time and location of the hearing, in writing, the day before the hearing or sooner.
There are three types of Conduct Hearings:
Administrative Hearing: One College official, the Director of Residential Life or his designee, hears the case and makes a determination of responsibility.
Peer Review Board Hearing: Three students hear the case and make a determination of responsibility. The intention of this board is to provide an appropriate forum in which peers can hold one another mutually accountable.
Peer-Review Board Hearing: Two faculty and/or staff members and one student hear the case and make a determination. A staff member or fellow student may document a student for allegedly violating a Residential Life policy. The documented student will receive notification of the documented incident and must schedule and attend an appointment with his/her Resident Director within three school days of the incident.
What happens at a Conduct Hearing?
At the hearing, the incident report will be read, and the complainant, the accused and any witnesses to the incident in question will be able to provide testimony. All these parties will have the opportunity to ask questions of the others. The College administrator or Board members will also have the opportunity to ask questions of all involved.
After all parties have presented their cases and questions are answered, all present will be excused, except the Board members and/or College administrator. The College administrator and/or Board members will then deliberate and make a determination about the student’s responsibility.
The Board members or the College administrator will give the decision to the Director of Residential Life, and he will notify the complainant and accused about the outcome in writing within three school days of the hearing.
The Director of Residential Life, or his/her designee, imposes sanctions when a student is found in violation of the Residential Life policies. Sanctions may vary according to the severity of the matter and include, but are not limited to, community service, an administrative warning, a written reprimand, drug testing, attendance at the Alcohol and Drug Education workshop, a fine, restitution, a written apology, relocation to another unit or building, an Alcohol and Drug assessment, suspension from housing, or removal from housing.
Some sanctions will have dates by which the corrective action must be taken. Those sanctions may either accrue a fine or convert to a fine immediately if the sanction is not completed by the date specified on the sanction notification. If a student owes money for a judicial matter, that amount may be deducted from his/her housing deposit or added to his/her College account.
Students who are not satisfied with the outcome of any judicial process related to the Residential Life Judicial Policy may make a written appeal to the Dean of Students within three days of notification. Forms for such appeals are located in the Student Development Services office in Cecilia Hall 209. Grounds for appeals include (1) substantial evidence did not exist; (2) the sanction is disproportionate to the offense; (3) new evidence has come to light; or (4) proper procedures were not followed. The Dean of Students has five school days to respond in writing to the person filing the appeal. Her decision is final.
ion of responsibility. This board hears Student Code of Conduct violations that may include alleged violations of Residential Life policies.