FAQs for Students
What happens if I get documented?
After an incident is reported by a member of the Residence Life staff or Safety and Security, the students involved will receive Call to Hearing Letters, alerting them to the need to make an appointment with a judicial officer. The student is responsible for making and attending an appointment within the time allotted. During the appointment, the student will have the opportunity to review the Incident Report and share any additional information with the conduct officer as well as discuss the incident and the student's involvement.
What if I do not show up or do not make an appointment for a hearing?
If a student fails to attend a hearing within the allotted time frame, the conduct officer will make a decision as to the responsibility of the student and assign sanctions accordingly. The student then has the opportunity to fulfill the sanctions (if found responsible) within an allotted time frame.
What if I am found responsible for an incident?
If a student attends a hearing and is found responsible or if a student fails to attend a hearing and the conduct officer decides based on the Incident Report to find the student responsible, appropriate sanctions will be assigned. Sanctions range from, but are not limited to:
- Formal Warning
- Policy Review
- Education Project
- Campus Improvement Hours
- Counseling Hours
- Online Alcohol Education Course
- Parental Notification (see notes below on this policy)
- Residence Hall Probation
- Residence Hall Suspension or Expulsion
- University Probation
- University Suspension or Expulsion
What if I don't fulfill my sanctions?
Student who fail to complete sanctions by the assigned date will have a conduct hold placed on their accounts, meaning these students cannot register for classes for the upcoming semester. In addition, a Student Life Fine will be assessed to the student's account, based on the sanction.
Why and when is the university allowed to call my parent's about an incident?
Based on various national and state laws including FERPA (Family Educational Rights to Privacy Acts) and IPA (California Information Privacy ACt), when the University decides that compelling circumstances exist which affect the health and/or safety of an individual, it is the right of the University to notify parents about their student's situation. There are specific times and incidents which the University will alert parents about. They are not limited to, but include the following:
- Transport to the hospital for emergency/life threatening care
- 2nd Alcohol Violation (if the student is under 21 years of age)
- Drug Possession
When parents are notified, the student will also be notified of the information passed along to parents.
What rights do I have to disagree with a decision made by the University?
Every student has the right to file an appeal of the decisions regarding responsibility to the University Hearing Board (UHB). A request for appeal must be received in writing within 5 class days of the administrative hearing. After appealing to the UHB, a student may only contest the UHB's decision under two conditions: 1) Presentation of new evidence, or 2) Violation of due process.