How Hearings Work

Hearings are held in three circumstances:

  1. If a student is accused of a violation, he/she may request a hearing panel review the case; or
  2. If an instructor proposes a sanction of suspension or expulsion, then a hearing must be held even if the student accepts responsibility for the violation; or
  3. If a student already has a First Violation on record, a hearing must be held even if the student accepts responsibility for the violation because the panel will determine the appropriate sanction(s) after reviewing all previous violations.

Hearings are scheduled by the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at times when the student does not have class. Instructors are invited to attend the hearing, but not required to do so. Instructors may attend the hearing in person, via phone, or video chat. Students and instructors are notified of the hearing by email.

A hearing panel consists of two faculty members, one student, and a hearing chair who does not vote. A hearing may be held with only two voting members. Panel members are faculty and students who volunteer to serve and have been through a one-hour training.  Typically the faculty Academic Integrity Coordinator serves as the hearing chair.

Prior to the hearing date, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution sends relevant documents to panelists, the student, and the instructor to review before the hearing. Typically these documents are emailed 2 business days before the hearing. While both instructor and student may present additional documents at the hearing, it is preferable to circulate them in advance.

For more information see Section 5: Procedures of the Academic Integrity Code.