Student Conduct Hearing Board
The Student Conduct Hearing Board is a committee of students, faculty, or staff members who hear disciplinary cases. The hearing board is authorized to determine whether a student and/or a student organization has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend the imposition of sanctions.
The Student Conduct Hearing Board originates out of student rights that are guaranteed through the University in regard to disciplinary proceedings. These rights are very deeply entangled with the idea of a hearing body where students can come forth and plead their case. This can be seen in the student rights listed below:
- To be informed of the Student Code of Conduct and its corresponding procedures;
- To petition for redress of a grievance arising from an incident which violates University policy and/or the Student Code of Conduct.
- To receive notice of any alleged violation of University policy and/or breaches of the Student Code of Conduct.
- To have the benefit of an opportunity to be heard by an impartial Hearing Board or Hearing Officer in addressing an allegation(s) of a violation of University policy.
- To have an advisor, including an attorney, present in a hearing.To examine evidence to be used against him or her;
- To view the list of witnesses against him or her at the administrative discipline conference or prior to a hearing in front of a hearing board.
The Student Conduct Hearing Board has its members serve in either one of two roles: either as a Board Member or a Chairperson.
The role of a Board Member is to attend hearings and listen to the case presented by the complainant, respondent, and witnesses. By objectively looking at the evidence and testimony presented at the hearing, Board Members will give input on whether or not they feel the respondent is responsible or not responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct given the information presented and preponderance of evidence. If a respondent is found responsible, Board Members will then be tasked with discussing and recommending appropriate sanctions proportional to the code of conduct violation.
The role of a Chairperson is to control the ebb and flow of a case. They are tasked with keeping the case on track and moderating discussions. This role is reserved for experienced hearing board members.
Student Conduct Hearing Board members are expected to:
- Attend the necessary training to resolve cases
- Be objective and impartial during cases
- Show a strong sense of integrity
- Maintain confidentiality
- Critically analyze and evaluate cases and evidence
- Be respectful of all parties involved of cases
Communication Skills - shows an awareness of verbal and non-verbal skills, can express self clearly and defend expressed thoughts
Assertiveness - expresses self honestly without infringing on the rights of others
Listening Skills - hears ideas and opinions of others, attentive, does not interrupt, does not repeat ideas already expressed
Leadership - can direct others without being over bearing, encourages participation, earns respect
Sensitivity - understands feelings, shows concern for others, tolerant of others, open to other's ideas, concern for personal rights
Decision-making - makes decisions objectively after thinking through most aspects of the issue
Problem-solving - able to analyze and evaluate all aspects of a conflict situation and determine possible alternative solutions
Flexibility - willing to reconsider viewpoints given new and significant information, willing to make compromises, willing to work as a group member
Maturity - exhibits sound judgment, can set goals and evaluate progress, purposeful, reliable, and responsible; ability to be fair and honest
Motivation/enthusiasm - express sincere interest and enthusiasm for working with other students, general understanding of the position, desire to learn more
Personality - friendly, outgoing, honest, patient; ability to relate with a variety of individuals
Confidence - composed, willing to take an unpopular stand; able to support own ideas; strong self concept
All potential student board members must hold the following:
- A 3.0 cumulative AND semester GPA,
- Good disciplinary and academic standing,
- A minimum 30+ hours earned (Sophomore status)
- Full-time student status (12 hrs. or more for Fall & Spring),
- Be able to serve for the full academic year (Fall & Spring)
- A strong work ethic,
- The ability to maintain confidentiality.
Student Conduct Hearing Board Recruitment takes place once a year during the Fall
semester, usually during the first few weeks of classes.
To apply to be on the Student Conduct Hearing Board, you must either be nominated
by a faculty or staff member or fill out the online application by visiting the link