The student is entitled to have a single advisor present at his or her COS hearing and must identify his or her advisor to the UJAO in writing. Only currently enrolled Dartmouth students, members of the Dartmouth faculty, and members of the Dartmouth administration may serve as advisors. While students are free to confer with parents, friends and others, they should understand that they themselves are responsible for responding to allegations and questions at the hearing. Advisors are not permitted to address the COS.
The advisor's most important role is to assist the student in reviewing and understanding the procedures related to a hearing and to assist the student in obtaining answers to questions about the hearing. For this reason, many students request that class deans or other staff familiar with the disciplinary system serve as their advisors. (The unavailability or unwillingness of any specific individual to serve as an advisor is not normally grounds for postponing a hearing.)
Students who identify as an advisor someone unfamiliar with the process would be wise to schedule time to meet with a class dean or staff from the Judicial Affairs Office to discuss procedural issues. Because students are responsible themselves for responding truthfully to allegations and questions at a hearing, students should not expect advisors to prepare a case for them. While an advisor might appropriately help a student anticipate questions and issues likely to arise at a hearing, and while an advisor might provide feedback about the effectiveness of a student's written or oral presentation of the facts, the advisor does not function in the way an attorney would in a criminal or civil proceeding.
2009-2010 Student Handbook
Last Updated: 9/2/10