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Preparation for a Hearing

  • Read and reread the hearing notification that includes the charge(s). Make sure you understand the charge and thoroughly review the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Set a reminder with the date, time and location of the hearing (that information is located in the hearing notification) in your phone or planner.
  • You may request access to any relevant evidence from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR).
  • Are there any witnesses that observed the alleged incident? If so, contact those individuals and request they share their observations with OSRR. Be advised that witness statements and/or attendance at hearings is encouraged. In addition, you may submit in writing the names and contact information of witnesses within three business days prior to your hearing.
  • Prepare any relevant evidence (if applicable) to present during the hearing.
  • You’re permitted an advisor at your hearing. This individual may include, but is not limited to, a member of the campus community, parent, guardian, relative, friend, or attorney.
    • To have an advisor at the hearing.
      • A student who intends to have an advisor present at the hearing must notify the OSRR in writing at least three days prior to the hearing. The notice must contain the advisor’s name, contact information, and relationship to the student.
      • The advisor’s role is not to represent the complainant or accused student. The advisor may not speak for the individual or ask questions of witnesses or complainants.
      • The advisor must agree to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Prepare questions to ask of any witnesses or rebut any evidence presented at the hearing. The OSRR or the chair of the panel may require that questions be submitted in writing.
  • Be prepared to enter a response to each charge (responsible or not responsible).