Referral of Allegations and Action
Other Conduct Violations
Admission of Allegation(s). In all cases where an undergraduate student admits alleged violations of the Standards of Conduct, the Dean of the College or his/her designee shall determine whether the allegation(s) to which the student has admitted responsibility merit a likely penalty greater than College Probation. Where the Dean determines that the seriousness of the offense merits a likely penalty of College Probation or less, he or she shall have authority to impose any penalty up to and including College Probation, after giving the student an opportunity to be heard. Where the Dean determines that the seriousness of an offense merits a likely penalty greater than College Probation, the student shall be advised of the nature and possible consequences of such penalty and shall be informed that the case will be referred to the COS for hearing and recommendation of penalty. The student shall also be advised that he or she may, instead, request to be heard and have the penalty imposed by the Dean, and in such cases where the Dean agrees to conduct the hearing the decision of the Dean on a penalty shall be final except for the student's right to request review.
Where the case is referred to the COS for hearing and imposition of penalty, the COS shall hear the case and impose a penalty in accordance with the same procedures used in cases where a student has denied the allegations.
Denial of Allegation(s). In all cases where an undergraduate student denies alleged violations of the Standards of Conduct, the Dean of the College or his/her designee shall review the case and determine whether he or she will hear the case or, if the nature of the case or the possible level of penalty so merit, refer the case to the COS. (Cases in which the student denies allegations that would merit a penalty of suspension or separation are referred to the COS, although in rare circumstances the Dean may approve a student's request that the Dean hear the case and impose any appropriate penalty, as above.)
In cases where the Dean of the College or his/her designee decides to hear a case that would appear to warrant a penalty less than suspension, he or she shall give the student an opportunity to be heard, and shall then decide whether the student is responsible for the violation(s) or shall decide not to render a decision but to refer the case to the COS for a hearing. If the Dean hearing the case finds the student responsible for a violation, he or she shall have authority to impose a penalty up to and including College Probation. The decision in the case shall be final except for the right of the student, to request review.
Last Updated: 9/2/10