Conduct Process Support Persons
A support person is “a member of the University community, most frequently a full-time faculty or staff member, who is neither an attorney nor a family member and who assists a student by providing support throughout the student conduct process. The support person may help a student understand the various aspects of the Student Code of Conduct, including but not limited to, students’ rights and responsibilities, the Educational Conference meeting or Formal Hearing, and/or the appeal process” (Student Code of Conduct). Please note that neither family members nor attorneys may serve as a support person. Both complainants and accused students have the right to be assisted by a support person. A student may obtain from his/her Conduct Officer or the Office of Student Conduct a list of names of faculty and staff members who have expressed a willingness to serve as a support person and have participated in training regarding the University’s conduct process. It is the individual student’s responsibility to seek out a support person if he or she wishes to have one. Failure to secure a support person is not grounds for an appeal.
The role of a support person is to assist a student by providing support throughout the student conduct process. Although a support person cannot represent a student and therefore has a non-speaking role during the investigative meetings, Educational Conference, or Formal Hearing, a support person may:
- Assist the student in understanding the process in response to a charge of the Student Code of Conduct;
- Assist the student in understanding one’s rights and responsibilities as a participant in the Student Conduct process;
- Assist by accompanying the student to any meeting with a Conduct Officer, University Review Board and/or Appellate Board, including the Educational Conference and Formal Hearings;
- Assist the student in understanding the appeal process, when applicable; and
- As appropriate, foster a student’s personal growth through reflection and discernment of one’s behavior/decisions in light of University standards and values.