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When a student denies responsibility for a separable violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, he or she may request a University Hearing. The hearing is a meeting of the complaint party and the accused student before the University Hearing Board and a Hearing Officer. The Hearing Board, composed of students and faculty, considers information from both parties and determines whether the student is responsible for the charges. The Hearing Officer ensures that the correct procedures are followed and that both parties receive a fair hearing.

A University Hearing follows this format:

1. Thirty minutes prior to the hearing, the Hearing Officer briefs the Hearing Board on the case.

2. After the briefing, all the participants assemble and the Hearing Officer reads the charges and explains the procedures to be followed. The hearing is audio recorded.

3. The Conduct Officer who conducted the Preliminary Review presents his or her report summarizing the review.

4.  The complaint party gives an opening statement, a brief summary of the facts he or she plans to present to the board.

5. The accused student gives an opening statement.

6. The complaint party 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.

7. The Hearing Board, Hearing Officer, and the accused student question the complaint party.

8. The accused student gives his or her narrative and presents physical evidence.

9. The Hearing Board, Hearing Officer, and the complaint party question the accused student.

10. The complaint party calls his or her factual witnesses. Each witness gives a narrative, describing his or her knowledge of the event in question. The complaint party then questions him or her, followed by the Hearing Board, Hearing Officer, and the accused student.

11. The accused student calls his or her factual witnesses. After each witness’s narrative, the accused student questions him or her, followed by the Hearing Board, Hearing Officer, and the complaint party.

12. The accused student makes a closing statement, summarizing his or her case.

13. The complaint party makes a closing statement.

14. The Hearing Officer explains the standard of proof and the procedures to be followed in deliberations.

15. The Hearing Board deliberates privately.

16. When the board has come to a decision, all the participants reconvene and the Hearing Board announces its decision.

17. If the student is found not responsible, the hearing ends.

18. If the student is found responsible, the sanction is considered. Both parties and the Conduct Officer may recommend a sanction. Any character witnesses are introduced at this point.

19. The Hearing Board deliberates privately.

20. When the board has come to a decision regarding the sanction, all the participants reconvene and the Hearing Board announces its decision.

21. The hearing is concluded.

Students have the right to appeal the outcome of any proceeding. See the Academic Integrity Appeal Process for more information.