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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > STUDENT LIFE > STUDENT CONDUCT > CRIMINAL VS. STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS
Criminal vs. Student Conduct Process


  Student Conduct Process   Criminal Justice System
 Foundation The Robert Morris University Code of Student Conduct.Federal, state and local laws. 
   
 Standard of EvidenceLevel of evidence necessary for a finding of "responsible:" a "preponderance of evidence" - a showing it's more likely than not that a violation occurred. Level of evidence necessary for a finding of "guilty:" "beyond a reasonable doubt." 
   
 Types of Admissible EvidenceAll evidence may be presented, including anonymous reports, hearsay, photographic evidence, etc. The reliability and accuracy of the evidence will be considered as part of the decision-making process. Strict rules of evidence apply. Evidence must be gathered, held and presented according to strict legal guidelines.
   
 Retention of RecordsRecords are retained for seven (7) years following the student's last violation. Records of students who are suspended or expelled from residence halls or the university are retained indefinitely. Records may be maintained in perpetuity. 
   
 Release of RecordsRecords are private and may be released only as outlined in the Family Education Records Privacy Act (FERPA). Records are public and may be viewed by anyone. 
   
 HearingsPrivate hearings. Trained university hearing officers will conduct the meeting in a manner that is respectful to all involved. Students may elect that an advisor (no attorneys) may be present during the hearing.Usually public hearings. Attorneys may actively participate in questioning, cross-examination, etc.