Student Rights & Responsibilities
Throughout their involvement in the disciplinary process, students have the following rights and responsibilities. These rights apply to all students accused of misconduct, as well as to individuals designated as victims by the Dean of Students Office under this Code.
The Right to Fair Treatment
Students have the right to be considered innocent of all allegations until and unless found responsible by a hearing authority. Students have the responsibility to cooperate with all stages of the disciplinary process. Although students retain the right to avoid self-incrimination, a hearing authority is allowed to infer a negative conclusion from a student’s refusal to answer.
The Right to Privacy
Students have the right to privacy with respect to all disciplinary records, pursuant to university policies and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the right to have the university prevent unnecessary and unwanted contact with other parties involved in the disciplinary process. Students have the responsibility to notify the Dean of Students Office if they believe their privacy has been compromised.
The Right to be Notified of Options
Students have the right to be informed of all resources open to them, including the availability of counseling, the notification of law enforcement agencies, and the options to rearrange academic and/or living situations. Students have the responsibility to notify the Dean of Students Office if they desire to take advantage of any of these options.
The Right to an Adviser
Students have the right to be accompanied by an adviser of their choice at all stages of the disciplinary process. The adviser may counsel the student, but may not directly question adverse witnesses, present information or witnesses, or speak on behalf of the student. In cases where the hearing authority is considering sanctions including suspension or expulsion, or where the student has been charged with a crime, the adviser may question adverse witnesses, present information and witnesses, and speak on behalf of the student. Students have the responsibility to respond on their own behalf to questions asked during the course of the disciplinary process.
The Right to Written Notice
Students have the right to proper written notification of allegations made against them which may result in sanctions being imposed. Such notice shall include a description of the alleged misconduct, a description of all information available to the university regarding the alleged misconduct, specification of the sanction sought, and notice of the student’s right to a hearing. Students have the right to proper written notification of any hearing conducted to consider such allegations. Such notice shall include the date, time, and location of the hearing, and the hearing authority considering the allegations. Students have the right to proper written notification of the results of any hearing. Such notice shall include a description of the specific conduct the hearing authority has determined took place, the specific violations committed, the sanctions imposed, and notice of the student’s right to appeal. Students have the responsibility to maintain up-to-date contact information with the university, so that proper written notification is not unduly delayed.
The Right to Hear and Provide Testimony
Students have the right to hear and respond to all information presented in support of allegations made against him or her, and the right to present witnesses and other evidence in order to refute such allegations. Students have the responsibility to arrange for the presentation of any and all information they wish a hearing authority to consider in making a decision.