Rights of a Complainant

Once charges have been filed within the University student conduct process, the term "complainant" is used to refer to the University or individual filing the complaint. The complainant has the following rights during conduct proceedings conducted by the University:

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