Rights of an Accused Student

A student who is accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct has the following rights during conduct proceedings conducted by the University:

  1. The right to be informed of and to have access to available University resources (i.e., Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, Dean of Students);
  2. The right to be presumed not responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct;
  3. The right to an explanation of the charge(s);
  4. The right not to be harassed by the complainant, the complainant's acquaintances, or supporters of the complainant, and the right not to have contact with the complainant if requested;
  5. The right to an explanation of the University's student conduct process;
  6. The right to have a support person who can assist the accused student throughout the conduct process;
  7. The right to a University conduct hearing without unnecessary delay once the accused has been charged;
  8. The right to testify on her/his own behalf;
  9. The right to present witnesses who can speak to the charges. Character witnesses are not allowed;
  10. The right to remain present during the entire formal disciplinary hearing, if any, with the exception of the deliberation phase when neither the accused student nor the complainant may be present;
  11. The right to be informed of the outcome of the hearing without unnecessary delay;
  12. The right to appeal the outcome of a University Review Board hearing.