Student Rights and Responsibilities


While the campus conduct process is different than criminal or civil proceedings, the following rights are provided to students, along with the expectation that students fulfill their responsibilities in the process. Students or others who fail to respect the rights of others or the process may be excused from a meeting or proceeding, and the process will continue in their absence.

Student Rights

Student Responsibilities

To be treated with respect and dignity

To treat others with respect and dignity

To be informed of the policies and procedures in the Student Code of Conduct, published online and

available in hardcopy from the Office of the Dean of Students

To review and abide by the Student Code of Conduct, including both policies and procedures

To be provided with notice of charges, if the student

conduct process is initiated, and to be informed of the procedures for resolution

To review the notice and seek clarification if there are any questions about the process

To be provided with the opportunity to review materials, information, and relevant case information in a timely

fashion

To follow the procedures (including deadlines) to request such a review

To be provided with an opportunity to be heard through the appropriate resolution process

To follow the process as outlined by the College, as failure to do so does not constitute grounds for an appeal

To be free from compulsory self-incrimination regarding behaviors that may also be the subject of criminal charges, and that the decision not to share

information does not create a presumption of responsibility

To understand that, if they choose not to participate, the conduct process will still proceed and that decisions about responsibility and any sanctions will be made based on the available information

To have an advisor of choice present with him/her to support/offer advice in any student conduct hearing or meeting Students seeking an advisor can request a list of potential advisors (i.e. faculty and staff who have received training about the student conduct process)

from the Dean of Students.)

To notify the College if an advisor will be present, and to understand that if the advisor does not comply with the College’s expectations, they will be asked to leave the proceeding or meeting, which will continue without the advisor’s presence

To contact and present witnesses to the incident(s) being investigated or reviewed

To present only those who have relevant information to the incident/behavior in question (i.e. no character witnesses)

within the guidelines presented by the College

To have his or her educational records related to the conduct process maintained as confidential except as otherwise required by law or permitted by College policy, to have all conduct proceedings and meetings be closed, and to inspect and review student conduct

records, in accordance with FERPA.

To understand the recordkeeping policies and that any information related to other students will be redacted from any records that are released, unless otherwise required by law

To have the information reviewed by an unbiased, trained, hearing body/officer who will use the

preponderance of the evidence standard of proof

To understand that the conduct process is designed to be educational, not adversarial, and that it is different than a

court proceeding

To request appeals based on the grounds described in this Code of Conduct

To submit appeals as instructed when applicable