In student conduct cases in which the student is determined by the Dean of Students or his or her designate to be responsible for a Code of Conduct violation, the finding of the Dean of Students or his or her designate is final except in cases where the sanction of University disciplinary probation is imposed by the designated hearing officer, or when the Dean of Students imposes the sanction of suspension or expulsion from the University as defined below.
- In student conduct cases involving university disciplinary probation assigned by the designated hearing officer, the student may appeal his or her university disciplinary probation to the Dean of Students. The finding of the Dean of Students is final.
- In a serious student conduct case involving suspension or expulsion from the University, and thus heard by the Dean of Students, an appeal may be heard by the University Judicial Council (UJC). Appeals must be presented in writing to the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs within 48 hours of notification of the sanction imposed.
The written appeal must be based on (1) a question of process, which is limited to failure of the University to notify the student of alleged violation, or failure of the University to provide a hearing; and/or (2) a claim of an excessively harsh sanction.
In those appeals within the appellate jurisdiction of the UJC, the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs will submit the student’s written appeal to the UJC Chairperson who will then schedule an appeal review meeting of the UJC.
University Judicial Council (UJC)
The UJC comprises seven members: three faculty members appointed by the President of the Faculty Senate, one of whom is appointed as chairperson; one administrator appointed by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs; and three students appointed by the President of the United Student Government. In the event that the accused is a graduate student, the students on the UJC will be appointed by the Dean of the particular graduate school.
The UJC shall have the power to uphold the decision of the Dean of Students; uphold his or her decision but change the sanction; or remand the case back to the Dean for further hearing. The decisions and sanctions of the UJC are determined by majority vote, and are final and not appealable.
UJC Appeal Review Process
- The Dean of Students and the accused will present their respective versions of the case. The accused student will represent himself or herself in the hearing. The accused student may be advised by another student, with the exception of any students who were involved in the complaint, or a member of the faculty of the school in which he or she is enrolled. However, there will be no active participation by the student advisor or faculty member during the hearing.
- The UJC may pose questions to the Dean of Students and to the accused student.
- The UJC may choose to ask the Dean of Students to return to the meeting to answer specific additional questions about the case or ask the Senior Vice President for Student Affirs or Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at any time to answer questions on the process of the Council.
- The UJC hearings are conducted in closed session.
- When and if the UJC decides by majority vote that it needs more information in order to reach its decision, it may call witnesses or request information to the extent it requires.
- As soon as possible, the Chairperson of the UJC will inform the accused and the Senior Vice President of Student Affairs of the final decision.