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Hearing Forums & Formats


Informal Hearing (Summary Resolution)

If the student chooses an informal hearing, the hearing body may dispose of the matter through a summary resolution of mutual consent of the parties involved, if applicable, and issue the appropriate sanctions as outlined in the student code of conduct. Informal hearings shall not be recorded, and the written decision of the hearing body stands as the official record of the hearing. In this circumstance, the accused student can only appeal in cases where it is believed the sanctions are disproportionate to the violation.

Formal Hearing

If the student chooses a formal hearing, the vice president of student services or designee shall:

  • Schedule a formal hearing with the accused student no sooner than five College District business days after completion of the information session. The student may waive this right, and submit a written request to have an earlier hearing date
  • Provide the accused student notice of the hearing date at least five College District business days prior to the date of the hearing. Failure of the accused student to be present at the hearing without prior notification shall result in the hearing being held in the accused student's absence

Formal hearings shall be audio recorded, and the recording shall serve as the official record of the hearing.

When possible, the formal hearing shall be presented in the following order:

  1. Hearing body presents the formal charges, alleged violations, and summary of the incident resulting in the charges.
  2. Opening statement by the hearing body.
  3. Opening statement by the accused student. This may be waived by the accused student.
  4. Questions directed to the accused student by the hearing body.
  5. Hearing body presents evidence and witnesses (separately), followed by questioning of those witnesses by the hearing body and accused student. Witnesses shall be dismissed. The hearing body reserves the right to determine the process for witness cross-examination to ensure efficacy of the hearing.
  6. Accused student presents evidence and witnesses (separately), followed by questioning of those witnesses by the accused student and hearing body. Witnesses shall be dismissed. The hearing body reserves the right to determine the process for witness cross-examination to ensure efficacy of the hearing.
  7. Follow-up questions directed to the accused student by the hearing body.
  8. Hearing body provides closing statement.
  9. Accused student provides closing statement. This may be waived by the accused student.
  10. Hearing body closes hearing.
  11. Accused student and any parties except the hearing body shall be dismissed.
  12. Hearing body deliberates and makes decision. In cases involving academic misconduct, the hearing body shall consult with the appropriate faculty member or academic official during the sanctioning phase to determine the appropriate sanctions for the student.

The hearing body shall provide the student with a final decision, in writing, within five College District business days from the date of the hearing. The hearing body reserves the right to extend the deadline if further deliberation is necessary due to the complexity of the case or other factors which unavoidably delay the decision. The accused student must be notified of the extension.