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Rights & Responsibilities

All parties participating in the Community Standards or Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Processes are afforded a number of rights. Additionally, each party also has responsibilities in those processes. For more information about these rights and responsibilities, please review the following:

 

Rights of Respondent

All respondents in the Community Standards Process have the following rights: 

  1. Written notice of the charge(s) made against them and the basis of the allegation that led to the charge(s). 
  2. In matters that could result in a sanction of suspension or expulsion, the above-mentioned notification will alert the respondent to the possible severity of the outcome. 
  3. The right to an advisor, as defined in Section C of the Student Code of Conduct
  4. The right to a support person, as defined in Section C. 
  5. To request reasonable accommodations due to disability (see Section G.3). 
  6. Reasonable access to inspect and review their own case file, which includes all information that would be used during the Community Standards Process, to the extent permitted by confidentiality laws. 
  7. Explanation of the resolution options available to them through the Community Standards Process. 
  8. To be presumed not responsible for a violation of prohibited conduct until found in violation by a preponderance of the evidence. 
  9. To speak or not speak on their own behalf. 
  10. The opportunity to respond to information used as part of the decision-making process. 
  11. To deny responsibility for the charge(s) facing them and request a hearing. 
  12. To question any witnesses that participate as part of a hearing. 
  13. The right to appeal, as described in Section H. 
  14. To waive any of the above stated rights provided that the waiver is made freely and in writing. 

 

 

Responsibilities of Respondents, Complainants, and Witnesses

All respondents, complainants, and witnesses in the Community Standards Process have the following responsibilities: 

  1. To be honest and forthright in all information they provide during the Community Standards Process. Presenting false and misleading information during this process is a violation of Prohibited Conduct as outlined in Section D. 
  2. To attend all scheduled meetings, conferences, or hearings, unless alternate arrangements are made in advance. 
  3. To refrain from disruption of the hearing process. Disruption of this process is a violation of Prohibited Conduct as outlined in Section D. 
  4. Complainants and respondents have the responsibility to prepare and present their entire case as well as secure the presence of any witnesses who will speak on their behalf. 

 

 

Rights of the Complainant

All complainants in the Community Standards Process have the following rights:  

  1. To pursue criminal or civil charges where a legal case exists (without University assistance).
  2. Explanation of the resolution options available to them through the Community Standards Process.
  3. To be free from harassment and intimidation from respondents and others as they engage this process
  4. The right to an advisor, as defined in Section C of the Student Code of Conduct.
  5. The right to a support person, as defined in Section C.
  6. To request reasonable accommodations due to disability (see Section G.3).
  7. The opportunity to appear at any hearing that may take place in order to provide relevant information. 
  8. The opportunity to question any witnesses that participate as part of a hearing.
  9. The opportunity to submit a written impact statement for use in a hearing, even if the complainant chooses not to attend the hearing.

 

 

 

Responsibilities of Respondents, Complainants, and Witnesses

All respondents, complainants, and witnesses in the Community Standards Process have the following responsibilities: 

  1. To be honest and forthright in all information they provide during the Community Standards Process. Presenting false and misleading information during this process is a violation of Prohibited Conduct as outlined in Section D. 
  2. To attend all scheduled meetings, conferences, or hearings, unless alternate arrangements are made in advance. 
  3. To refrain from disruption of the hearing process. Disruption of this process is a violation of Prohibited Conduct as outlined in Section D. Complainants and respondents have the responsibility to prepare and present their entire case as well as secure the presence of any witnesses who will speak on their behalf. 

 

 

Responsibilities of Respondents, Complainants, and Witnesses

All respondents, complainants, and witnesses in the Community Standards Process have the following responsibilities:

  1. To be honest and forthright in all information they provide during the Community Standards Process. Presenting false and misleading information during this process is a violation of Prohibited Conduct as outlined in Section D of the Student Code of Conduct
  2. To attend all scheduled meetings, conferences, or hearings, unless alternate arrangements are made in advance. 
  3. To refrain from disruption of the hearing process. Disruption of this process is a violation of Prohibited Conduct as outlined in Section D. 
  4. Complainants and respondents have the responsibility to prepare and present their entire case as well as secure the presence of any witnesses who will speak on their behalf.

 

 

Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Any student with a disability involved in this process has the right to request reasonable accommodation in order to ensure their full and equal participation.  Students wishing to request reasonable accommodations should make those requests directly to the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Students do not have to disclose information about the complaint or charge to SAS to request reasonable accommodation, except to the extent that it may assist in the determination of reasonable accommodations.  Accommodations are determined on an individual basis by SAS staff and implemented in consultation with the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility.  Examples of reasonable accommodation include but not are limited to sign language interpretation, real-time communication access during hearings, large print documents, extended time to review documents, or assistance with transcribing questions during interviews or hearings.