Are you preparing for a conduct hearing? Unsure of what to expect? Take these steps before your hearing to relieve stress and make the process more positive:
- Carefully read your hearing notification letter. Ask questions if you do not understand the violations you are charged with.
- Make sure you can attend the hearing. If you cannot, contact the hearing officer immediately to reschedule. Not showing up will result in the hearing occurring in your absence and you cannot file an appeal based on not attending.
- Read your rights in the Student Handbook, pages 30-33.
- Once you walk into the hearing, it is your only opportunity to make your best case. This means you should bring witnesses that can substantiate your position at this time. (Not later, not after the hearing, not after you get the results of the hearing, now!) This is the biggest mistake students make in the hearing process. If your witness(es) cannot attend at the scheduled time, ask the hearing officer to either reschedule or ask for options, such as a written statement from your witness.
- Read the possible sanctions ahead of time and ask the hearing officer what is likely to happen if you are found responsible. Make sure you ask clarifying questions.
- Once you receive your follow-up letter, if you are found responsible, decide if you want to file a request for an appeal. The form can be found on pages 85-86 in the Student Handbook. You need to select one (or more) of the four reasons that you think an appeal should be heard. Please type the Request for Appeal, and make your best case in writing. You can select either an administrator or appeals board to hear your review. Please make sure you file your appeal within 5 business days, or your appeal will not be heard.
While the conduct process may seem confusing, the staff members who administer the process are focused on the educational aspects and really want you to play an active role in hearing. They are glad to answer any questions you may have and hope that the interaction will lead to future interactions not related to conduct situations.