The Fact Finding Process
What is the student conduct process?
Students contacted by the dean of students office will typically be contacted by email or phone indicating that the student has been referred to our office for possible violations outlined by the Student Conduct Code.
Students are required to meet with a hearing officer to begin the conduct process. Please note that we will NOT give additional details about the alleged violation over the phone, nor will any staff member discuss your disciplinary records with anyone except the student, without a signed FERPA Release of Information waiver [PDF] that expressively permits such disclosure.
What is a fact finding meeting?
A fact finding meeting is a conversation between you and a hearing officer in which you will:
- Be informed of your rights as a student
- Review the alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code
- Be given the details of your file and referred incident
- Present your side of the story, ask questions and respond to the allegations
- Mutually reach a determination of responsible or not responsible
- Be assigned sanctions (when applicable) and sign the Resolution Form
A hearing officer can be any of the following individuals: assistant dean of students, coordinator of student conduct and mediation programs, or resident director.
During your fact finding meeting, you may also request copies of the contents of your disciplinary file.
How are appropriate sanctions determined?
A variety of factors are considered when determining what sanctions will be effective in helping students to recognize misconduct, identify potential consequences, and make informed decisions in the future. The sanctioning considerations begin with educational opportunities and become more punitive as each factor is considered along a continuum of potential outcomes.
Your right to an advisor
Please be aware it is your right to have an advisor (i.e. family member, friend, etc.) present at all student conduct and mediation proceedings. If you choose to have an advisor present, they are not permitted to speak on your behalf during the hearing process. They are only to serve as support and give you advice as you respond to the allegations.