Level 1 Case Outline
After an incident occurs, an official report is first filed with the Office of Student Conduct and a case is opened. Cases in which possible sanctions include conduct warning and up to four semesters of disciplinary probation are designated as Level 1 cases.
In a Level 1 case, the process is as follows:
- The student meets with a Student Conduct administrator.
- The Office of Student Conduct begins investigation.
- If insufficient information is found during the investigation, there will be no charges and the case will be closed. The student will be notified.
- If sufficient information is found, the student will be charged.
- If the student accepts responsibilty, they will sign an Administrative Agreement. The case will be closed and the student will be notified.
- If the student does not accept responsibility, they will receive a charges letter and a hearing will be held with the student and a Level 1 Student Conduct Board.
- If the student is found not responsible after the hearing, they will be notified of the next steps.
- If the student is found responsible after the hearing, they will receive the outcome and sanctions.
- If the student is found responsible after the hearing decides to appeal the case for procedural error, they will be notified of the outcome and next steps.
Level 1 Hearing Outline
Prior to the start of the hearing, the Student Conduct Board reviews all written materials submitted for the hearing.
Hearings generally include:
- Review of rules
- Opportunity for student to object to any board members
- Reading of allegations
- Review of documents
- Statement from student (optional)
- Questions by the hearing board
- Witness participation (if applicable)
- Final statement from the student (optional)
At the conclusion of the hearing, the board goes into a closed session to review all information before them and ultimately determine responsibility. Decisions regarding responsibility are made based on the Preponderance of the Evidence standard. If the board finds the student responsible, the board members then determine the appropriate sanction(s) based on consideration of the University's sanctioning guidelines, consideration of mitigating and aggravating factors and the student's prior conduct record.
Students are electronically notified of the board's decision and next steps.
For more complete information, refer to the Code of Student Conduct.