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FACULTY/STAFF > DEPARTMENTS & OFFICES > STUDENT LIFE > STUDENT CONDUCT > SECTION 4. UNIVERSITY STUDENT CONDUCT BOARD
Section 4. University Student Conduct Board

4.1      The University Student Conduct Board is comprised of students, administrators, staff, and faculty. A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) representatives may serve on the board. When the accused student lives in a University residence, at least one (1) of the board members will be a Residence Life staff member. In all cases including those involving non-consensual sexual activity or a felony arrest, the complainant or the accused student may request that a non-student University Student Conduct Board comprised of three (3) members drawn from the faculty, staff, or administration be appointed by the Office of Student Life. The University Student Conduct Board is advised by the Office of Student Life or, in cases of non-consensual sexual activity or felony arrest, by the Dean of Students under the consultation of the University attorney. The individual who assumes the role of advisor to the University Student Conduct Board shall be referred to herein as the Conduct Board Chairperson.

4.2     The University Student Conduct Board may hear any case of alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct filed against individual students, student groups, or cases of academic dishonesty. The University Student Conduct Board may impose sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University and may design sanctions that are educational in nature. The Dean of Students and/or his/her designee will confirm the applicability of such sanctions.

4.3     Appeals of decisions made by the University Student Conduct Board that meet the criteria set forth in Section 11 are heard by the Dean of Students and/or his/her designees, or in specific cases, the University Appeal Board.

4.4      A University Conduct Appeal Board typically consists of the Dean of Students and the Assistant Dean of Students and/or a designee appointed by the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students can appoint any combination of University staff, faculty and students to stand in as the Conduct Appeal Board to consider an appeal on his behalf. The University Conduct Appeal Board has authority to hear appeals from decisions of any Student Conduct Board that meet the criteria set forth in Section 11. In addition, the University Conduct Appeal Board has authority to review the decision rendered by any Conduct Advisor described within these procedures. Members of the University Conduct Appeal Board are appointed by the Dean of Students from members recommended by the University community. The University Conduct Appeal Board is advised by the Dean of Students, or if these persons have been involved in the original board meeting, by a designee of the Dean of Students. The individual who assumes the role of advisor to the University Conduct Appeal Board shall be referred to herein as the Conduct Board Chairperson.

4.5      The Dean of Students or the University Conduct Appeal Board may re-hear cases or limit the proceedings to the specific issues outlined in the appeal, depending on the nature of the case. The board considering the appeal may change lower board decisions, increase or decrease sanctions, or return cases to the respective Conduct Board for further process. The University Conduct Appeal Board or other board considering the case may impose sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University and may design educational sanctions appropriate to a given case. The Conduct Board considering the appeal also determines whether substantial mitigating or exacerbating circumstances warrant reduction or enhancement of the standard sanction.

4.6      Decisions of the University Conduct Appeal Board or other board considering the appeal are final when reviewed and confirmed by the Dean of Students.