Investigation in Student Code of Conduct

Investigation in Student Code of Conduct

Investigation refers to the review of the complaint, interviews, and information gathering completed by the assigned hearing officer(s). The University reserves the right to assign more than one hearing officer to a complaint or to assign an external investigator to review the complaint. The hearing officer(s) investigates and considers information to determine the accused student’s responsibility for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Hearings follow an investigatory model, in which hearing officers:

  • review the complaint,
  • request that the accused student respond to the complaint,(d) review and investigate the complaint with the complainant,(f) consider documentation, records, reports, authenticated written accounts;  additional information submitted by, or at the request of, the complainant or accused student related to the complaint; any other relevant documents,(h) summarize information considered and set forth findings and rationale for findings; and,
  • The hearing officer will audio record hearings with the complainant, accused student and any witnesses or other individuals contacted, to the extent possible. The hearing officer has the authority to independently investigate and gather additional information which may be relevant and related to the complaint.
  • (i) recommend sanctions to the Associate Dean of Students when a finding(s) of responsible has been determined.
  • (g) determine whether the accused student is responsible for one or more of the cited Student Code of Conduct Regulations based upon a preponderance of the evidence (determined by “what a reasonable person believes more likely than not to have occurred based upon the available information reviewed”),
  • (e) investigate the complaint further with witnesses, involved parties, or others as deemed appropriate by the hearing officer,
  • (c) review and investigate the complaint with the accused student,


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