Dean of Students Review Council

1. The Dean of Students Review Council is an educational process. Individuals with relevant information may be allowed to participate and will be invited into the Council at the appropriate time. Character witnesses may not participate in the Council. The student may be accompanied to the meeting by an advisor of their choice. The advisor may be a faculty or staff member, fellow student, parent, or other person so long as the availability of the advisor does not impede the timeliness of the Council meeting. The advisor may not be an attorney unless he or she is a parent of the student. The university may not be represented by legal counsel in the meeting. The advisor will not be permitted to address the Council.  The student will be expected to speak for themselves at all times. The advisor may be asked to leave the Council meeting if they become disruptive.

2. If a council member prior to the meeting determines they are unable to render a fair and impartial decision, the member has a duty to disqualify themselves.  The Chair may disqualify any member of the Council if the reported student shows that a bias exists.

3. A council meeting involving more than one student involved in the same incident, may be conducted either separately or jointly at the direction of the Chair.

4. The reported student may, prior to the meeting, request a change of schedule to allow for more time to prepare. Such requests will be considered by the Chair. If there is compelling reason to postpone the review, the Chair may reschedule the review.

5. The Chair may accommodate concerns for personal safety of any person participating in the review Council. Accommodations could include participation by telephone, or other means at the direction of the Chair.

6. The Council shall proceed as follows:  (a) the student will present the reason they requested the review. The Council may ask questions of the student. (b) The administrator from the Student Honor Office will present information. The Council may ask questions of the administrator. (c) The reported student, members of the Council, and/or administrator may direct questions to any witness at the direction of the Chair. (d) Pertinent records, exhibits, eye witnesses, and written statements may be accepted as information for consideration by the Council. (e) After all information has been presented to the Council, the SHO administrator, the student, and advisors will be excused. (f) The Council will render a decision.

7. The Chair has the responsibility to ensure that appropriate procedures are observed during the review process, including resolving any procedural questions that may arise.

8. If a student does not appear before the Council at the appointed time, the decision of the Student Honor Office will stand.