Rights of an accused student who elects to have a disciplinary hearing:
Students have the right to a fair hearing and equitable procedures to determine the validity of charges of violation of campus regulations. When a student is charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct they have the right to:
- A hearing as provided in the Community Standards of Conduct.
- Be present throughout the hearing and to hear all information presented against them; (Note: If an accused student elects not to appear, the College will assume that the student is waiving their right to be present and proceed as scheduled in his/her absence.)
- Formal notice in writing of the time, date, place of the hearing no less than (2) days in advance of the hearing; and a list of specific policies allegedly violated. A copy of any written report that will be used at the hearing and a copy of this discipline policy are available on request at the initial conference.
- Select a support person of their choice from the College community. Support persons may not represent and/or interact with the Hearing Committee or any other individual in the hearing process. A person who is a witness or is directly involved in the conduct case may not be a support person. They may provide a statement as a character witness if requested to do so by the accused student.
- The presence of an attorney only if legal action surrounding the same incident is pending. In such an event an attorney may not represent/or interact with the Hearing Committee/Officer(s) or any other individual in the hearing process with the exception of their client.
- Present their case through statements, questions, witnesses, and other forms of evidence, and to have questions asked of any individual participant in the hearing through the Hearing Committee/Officer(s).
- A determination of the findings of the Hearing Committee/Officer(s) solely on the basis of the information presented at the hearing.
- Access to the college’s hearing audio record in order to prepare an appeal.
- Receive the discipline finding letter outlining the findings and reasoning of the Hearing Committee/Officer within two working days of the hearing.
- Notification of the appeals process.
The hearing rights for cases involving sexual and interpersonal violence can be found under the the Community Standard’s Sexual and Interpersonal Violence web page.