If an organization decides against resolving a case through administrative action, the Dean will refer the matter to a hearing for resolution. The hearing panel shall include: The Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, one director from the Office of Student Life, one undergraduate and one graduate student selected from the student members of the Student/Faculty Committee on Student Conduct or the Residential Review Boards. All five members (or a designee) of a hearing panel must be present to constitute a quorum. Hearings are closed to the public.
A representative from the Office of Student Life will present the University’s reasons for bringing charges against the organization. Witnesses may be called by the University to testify in support of the charges.
An officer must be chosen by the organization to serve as its spokesperson for the hearing. Up to three members of the organization may attend the hearing. With the exception of the spokesperson, organization members who are to be witnesses shall not be present during other witnesses’ testimony. The spokesperson may have up to three advisors, including the organizational advisor, the organization’s president, and one other advisor to assist him or her during the hearing. The spokesperson shall have the right to: be present at all phases of the hearing, except during the panel’s deliberation on procedural and evidentiary matters, findings of fact and potential sanctions; to present evidence and witnesses on behalf of the organization; and to have reasonable cross-examination of witnesses.
Hearing panel decisions shall be based solely upon evidence introduced during the hearing. Legal rules of evidence do not apply to hearings under this policy; the hearing panel may hear and weigh evidence of probative value. The hearing panel will exclude irrelevant, immaterial, and unduly repetitious evidence. A hearing panel member shall decide that a violation was committed only if the member finds that the greater weight of the credible evidence supports that finding. Decisions shall be made by majority vote.
If the organization is found in violation, the hearing panel shall, by majority vote, arrive at a sanction commensurate with the seriousness of the violation. In arriving at a sanction, the panel may consider evidence of past violations by the organization as well as recommendations from the Dean of Students (or designee).