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When a student denies responsibility for a separable violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, he or she may request a Disciplinary Conference. A Disciplinary Conference is an informal administrative meeting between an accused student, the complaint party, the Preliminary Review Officer, and a Conduct Officer. The Conduct Officer considers information from both parties and determines whether the student is responsible for the charges.

A Disciplinary Conference follows this format:
1. All the participants are assembled and the Conduct Officer explains the procedures to be followed. The conference is audio recorded.
2. The Hearing Officer reads the charges and asks the accused student to answer each charge with “responsible” or “not responsible.”
3. The Preliminary Review Officer presents his or her report summarizing the review. The Conduct Officer allows the student and the complaint party to ask clarifying questions of the Preliminary Review Officer.
4. The person filing the complaint gives his or her narrative, describing in detail the incident in question. At this point the complaint party can introduce his or her physical evidence.
5. The accused student then gives his or her narrative and introduces physical evidence.
6. The Conduct Officer questions both parties, then allows the complaint party and the accused student to ask questions of one another.
7. If there are any factual witnesses, they are called one at a time. Each witness gives a narrative, describing his or her knowledge of the event in question. The Conduct Officer questions the witnesses, then the accused student and the complaint party can ask questions of each witness.
8. If a witness cannot appear at the conference, he or she may submit a written statement. However, this statement can be used only to supplement or explain other information; it cannot support a finding by itself. See these instructions for preparing a witness statement (pdf).
9. In the event that the student is found responsible, the Conduct Officer asks the Preliminary Review Officer, the complaint party, and the student to recommend a sanction. If there are any character witnesses, the Conduct Officer will hear from them at this point.
10. The Conduct Officer concludes the Disciplinary Conference. He or she considers the information presented by the parties and determines whether the student is in violation. If he or she finds the student responsible, the Conduct Officer imposes or recommends a sanction, taking into consideration the sanction recommendations of the various parties.
11. The Conduct Officer notifies the parties of the outcome of the Disciplinary Conference in writing.
12. Accused students have the right to appeal the outcome of a Disciplinary Conference. See the Academic Integrity Appeal Process for more information.