FAQ for Students
When the OSSC receives information that a student may have been involved in a violation of University policy, a letter is sent to the student's university email address notifying them of the preliminary charges and the scheduled date of the pre-hearing meeting.
During this pre-hearing interview, the complaint or violation will be explained, the student's rights and the conduct process will be thoroughly outlines, and the student will be afforded the opportunity to explain the incident. At the close of the pre-hearing interview, the student will be informed of the options for the resolution of their conduct case. Students are afforded the ability to have their case heard administratively or through an All University Conduct Board hearing.
Yes, a student may bring an advisor. The process limits the role to one (1) person who serves the student in the role of an advisor. The advisor may be anyone that the student feels comfortable with during the judicial process. This individual could be a fellow student, member of the university community or family member. A student is allowed to use an attorney as an advisor if the attorney conforms tot he role of advisor during the process. The advisor is allowed to perform the following:
- Advise the student or student organization concerning the preparation and presentation of his/her case.
- Accompany the student or student organization to all judicial proceedings.
The advisor will not be allowed to speak for the student or student organization. All information presented and questions asked of individuals involved in the process must be presented by the student respondent. The student may seek the advice of the advisor throughout the process. All communication between the student and the advisor must be accomplished in a quiet and confidential manner. The pre-hearing interview, administrative hearing, or board hearing will not be scheduled or rescheduled based on the availability of the student's advisor.
One exception permits a school to disclose personally identifiable information from an eligible student's education records, without consent, to another school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. Some graduate, law, and medical schools ask students to disclose any disciplinary information. They have the right to contact us to verify any information that a student gives them. In those cases, the Office of Student Standards and Conduct will disclose information regarding a disciplinary case.