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SCCS Process

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (SCCS) consults the student’s class schedule and preschedules an initial meeting. Student is e-mailed the date, time, and location of their meeting as well as their Fundamental Rights and the alleged Standard of Conduct violation.

If a student fails to attend the initial meeting,  a disciplinary hold will be placed on their account.

Student is informed of their Fundamental Rights and provided the opportunity to share their version of the events. Based on this information, Student Conduct may continue to investigate or decide that there will be no charges based on the information given.

The student is presented with a Case Resolution Form (CRF) documenting the violation and recommended sanction. A student may choose to accept responsibility and sanction during the initial meeting (administrative hearing).

OPTION 1

If the student chooses to accept responsibility and sanction, the student signs the Case Resolution Form.

The student is provided with dates and times of educational classes and any other requirements. The student is e-mailed an outcome letter documenting the violation and sanction. An administrative hearing may occur at the student’s initial meeting or at a later date.

Sanction examples:

  • Alcohol Education Program (AEP) Drug Education Program (DEP) BASICS
  • CASICS
  • Academic Integrity Matters (A.I.M.)
  • VOLSREACH
  • Written warning
  • Verbal reprimand
  • Probation
  • Suspension
  • Permanent dismissal

Failure to complete sanction may result in a violation of Standard of Conduct 26, and a disciplinary hold will be placed on the student’s account.

OPTION 2

Student does not accept responsibility and/or sanction and requests a hearing.

One of three types of hearings is held based on the type of incident.

There are two phases:

  • Responsibility
  • During the Responsibility phase, the student will be found either “responsible” or “not responsible.”
  • Sanction
  • If the student is found responsible, the hearing proceeds to the sanction phase during which the board determines an appropriate sanction.

Types of Hearings

Academic Review Board (ARB)

Hears violations of academic misconduct

Board composition: 4 to 7 student and faculty board members from the college of the course in which the alleged incident occurred

Student Disciplinary Board (SDB) (students only)

Hears student/student organization violations of the Standards of Conduct

Board composition: 3 to 7 board members

Greek Judicial Board (GJB) (Greek students only)

Hears violations of the Standards of Conduct by Greek organizations

Board composition: 3 to 7 board members

If recommended sanction is suspension or greater, then the student has the following hearing option:

Administrative Procedures Act (APA) hearing:

Students may retain counsel to represent them before an administrative law judge. The university is represented by General Counsel.

Student must waive their right to an APA hearing to request one of the other hearing options.

Student has the option to appeal the board’s decision within 7 calendar days based on:

  • Appropriateness of the penalty (sanction)
  • New evidence
  • Due process

Order of Appeals for Student Disciplinary Board or Greek Judicial Board:

  • Student Tribunal
  • Student Life Council
  • Chancellor

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