Level 2 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 do include more than two years’ disciplinary probation, final probation, suspension, expulsion or removal from University housing are designated as Level 2 cases.
In a Level 2 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, a hearing will be held with the student and a Level 2 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, they will be notified of the outcome and next steps.
Level 2 Hearing Outline
Prior to the start of the hearing, the Student Conduct Board reviews all written materials submitted for the hearing.
Hearings are conducted in 2 phases and generally include:
Phase 1 – Finding
- Review of rules
- Opportunity for student to object to any board members
- Reading of allegations
- Review of documents
- Investigator statement summarizing investigative process and findings
- Statement from student (optional)
- Questions by the hearing board
- Questions from investigator and student
- Witness participation as deemed appropriate by the board
- Final statement from the student
At the conclusion of this phase of the hearing the board goes into a closed session to deliberate. Decisions regarding responsibility are made based on the Preponderance of the Evidence standard. Once the board reaches a decision the student is notified. If the board finds the student responsible, the hearing reconvenes and moves into the sanctioning phase. Whenever possible, this will occur on the same day.
Phase 2 – Sanctioning
- Statement from the student
- Questions from the board
- Information from others as deemed necessary by the board
- At this point in the process the student may provide the board with character statements, though character witnesses will not be needed in person at the hearing.
- Upon conclusion of the sanctioning phase the board again goes into a closed session to deliberate on sanction.
- The student will be notified, in writing, of the hearing outcome including sanctions and rational for the board's decision.
Note: For cases involving sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, BOTH parties are afforded all of the same rights and opportunities to participate in the hearing. For detailed information regarding the procedures for these cases, see the Code of Student Conduct.
For more complete information, refer to the Code of Student Conduct