Initiation of Allegations; Investigation
The UJAO shall be responsible for receiving all complaints and drafting allegations. Any student, faculty member, or employee may file a complaint regarding an undergraduate with the UJAO. In addition, the UJAO may initiate an allegation on the basis of information coming to its attention from any source. The UJAO shall determine whether complaints or other information concerning a student shall result in formal disciplinary allegations. The UJAO shall coordinate the investigation and disposition of complaints and shall call upon other members of the College community for assistance as necessary. The Dean of the College or his/her designee has sole discretion to take immediate action to preserve and protect the safety and/or welfare of specific individuals on campus and/or the College community as a whole during an investigation and pending a hearing in a disciplinary case. This action includes (but is not limited to) restricting access to specific areas of campus or to specific individuals, requiring a medical assessment, removing a student from Dartmouth housing, or any other action deemed appropriate under the circumstances.
Minor Misconduct and Repeated Minor Misconduct
Where information concerning a student would not result in a suspension for misconduct (if the student were found responsible), a College hearing officer, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, may impose educational requirements, fines, College Warnings, College Reprimands, or College Probations.
The Director of Judicial Affairs shall determine whether information available in support of an allegation could result in suspension or separation if the student were found responsible. If suspension or separation is a possible outcome of a disciplinary hearing, the Director shall inform the student in writing, and provide the student with copies of the available information related to the allegations. The student will have an opportunity to admit or deny the allegation within five days of the written notice of the allegations. If the student denies the allegations or the facts are in question, the case shall be referred to the Committee on Standards (COS) for a hearing. If the student admits the allegations, the student may choose to request an individual hearing with the COS Chair, who may grant or deny the request depending on the nature of the case. If the Chair agrees to a one-on-one hearing, the Chair may impose any sanction appropriate to the circumstances. If the Chair denies the request for an individual hearing or if the student prefers to be heard by the Committee on Standards, the COS shall hear the case according to standard procedures and impose any sanction appropriate to the circumstances.
Last Updated: 8/15/14