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Sexual Misconduct Hearing
The Conduct Officer ordinarily refers possible violations of the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy (including Sexual Harassment) that could result in suspension or expulsion or for which the student does not accept responsibility to the Student Conduct Board for a Sexual Misconduct Hearing.
Configuration of the Board The Board for a Sexual Misconduct Hearing is composed of five persons, all drawn from the Student Conduct Board:
· The Conduct Officer, who serves as Chair of the Board (non-voting);
· Three faculty and administration members (other than deans); and
· The Vice President and Dean of the Students representative.
· Except when the victim and accused student mutually agree, students do not hear such cases. If such agreement is reached, the Student Co-Chair of the Conduct Board will fill this role.
· At least one member of the Board shall be male and at least one shall be female.
Notification as to the Charge The same policy with respect to notification is followed as for the College Standards Hearing.
The Hearing The same policy with respect to the hearing is followed as for the College
Standards Hearing, with the following additions:
1. Unless the Conduct Officer determines it is appropriate in accordance with item 2 (below), no one shall present information or raise questions concerning: (1) incidents not directly related to the possible violation or (2) the sexual history of or the character of the person who believes she/he is a victim of sexual misconduct.
2. In those instances where the accused student believes such information is relevant, the student must submit a narrative of that information and an explanation of its relevance to the case in a written statement to the Conduct Officer at least seventy-two hours prior to the hearing. The Conduct Officer shall inform the accused student at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the hearing whether such information may be admitted as part of the hearing.
Decision The same policy with respect to the decision is followed as that for the College
The Conduct Officer shall forward a written decision to the accused student as soon as possible including, if applicable, sanctions. In addition, the person who believes she/he is a victim of sexual misconduct shall be informed of the final results of the hearing.
Sanctions Sanctions available to the Board in a College Standards Hearing are available for a Sexual Misconduct Hearing, including suspension or expulsion.
Appeal The appeal process available to the parties is the same as that for the College Standards Hearing. In addition, the person who believes she/he is a victim of sexual misconduct shall be informed of the final results of the appeal.
Records The same policy with respect to records is followed as for the College Standards
Student Disciplinary Procedures