Student Conduct Authority

A.  Authority
Authority in non-academic affairs and academic integrity matters under the Code of Conduct are the jurisdiction of the Office of Student Conduct through the Vice President for Student Affairs and/or designee. The day-to-day management of the program is the responsibility of the Office of Student Conduct under the direct supervision of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and/or designee. The Director of Student Conduct (or designee) will assume responsibility for the investigation of an allegation of misconduct to determine if the allegation has merit.

The Vice President for Student Affairs/ or designee will develop policies for the administration of the Student Conduct program and procedural rules for conducting hearings which are consistent with provisions of the Code of Student Conduct.

Decisions made by the Conduct Officer or designee or hearing panel are final, pending the normal appeals process. (A finding will be determined and is final except in cases that involve Title IX or other discrimination allegations. In those cases, the Title IX Coordinator, will review and finalize the resolution).

No individual involved in the process other than the investigator, conduct officer, panel members, or appeals officer may audio or video record any investigation, conduct conference, or resolution meetings or other portions of the process without prior authorization.

B.  Gatekeeping
No allegation will be forwarded for a hearing unless there is reasonable cause to believe a policy may have been violated. Reasonable cause is defined as some credible information to support elements of the offense, even if that information is merely a credible witness or a reporting parties’ statement.  An allegation wholly unsupported by any credible information will not be forwarded.

C.  Interpretation and Revision
The Director of Student Conduct will develop procedural rules for the administration of hearings that are consistent with provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. Material deviation from these rules will, generally, only be made as necessary and will include reasonable advance notice to the parties involved, either by posting online and/or in the form of written communication. The Director of Student Conduct may vary procedures with notice upon determining that changes to law or regulation require policy or procedural alterations not reflected in this Code. The Director of Student Conduct (or designee) may make minor modifications to procedure that do not materially jeopardize the fairness owed to any party. Any question of interpretation of the Code of Student Conduct will be referred to the Vice President for Student Affairs/or designee, whose interpretation is final. The Code of Student Conduct will be updated annually under the direction of the Director of Student Conduct.

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