Policies

Changes of Address

It is the responsibility of the student to provide correct permanent and local mailing address information at all times and on all documents at the university. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the student code of conduct. Students who change their mailing address must notify the Registrar's Office immediately, (940) 565-2111.

Identification Card Regulations

The identification card is distributed during registration after all fees have been paid. The card entitles the bearer to student admission to athletic events, University Program Council entertainment, Fine Arts Series programs, dances, movies, general access computer laboratories and the University Health Center. It provides identification at the libraries for checking out materials, at the University Union for check cashing, and at Recreational Sports and the UNT Health Center for use of these facilities. The ID card also serves as the ID Plus (debit) Card and meal card for those students with meal plans. As the student's official university identification, it must be presented to any UNT official upon request.

Lost ID cards may be replaced for a $10 charge in the ID Systems Office of the Bursar's Office in the Eagle Student Services Center, first floor. Misplaced ID cards that have been turned in are held in the ID Systems Office.

The card is void upon termination or interruption of enrollment and when not properly encoded. Students are asked to retain their ID cards, even though they may not be enrolled. The cards are reactivated upon subsequent enrollment.

Fraudulent use of the ID card subjects the user to a fine not to exceed $4,000, confinement not to exceed one year, or both (Class A Misdemeanor). Anyone who uses the ID card to give false information to a police officer is subject to a fine of not more than $500 (Class C Misdemeanor).

Liability for Personal Loss

The university is not responsible for and does not assume any liability for loss of or damage to personal property. A student may want to obtain personal insurance coverage for loss or damage to possessions on campus.

Motor Vehicle Regulations

Persons who operate motor vehicles and bicycles on the UNT campus must comply with the Texas uniform traffic code and the published university regulations regarding vehicle and bicycle use, parking, display of decals and penalties for violation. The regulations are available from the University Police in the Sullivant Visitor Center and are distributed to all students during enrollment.

Paying Bills

State law does not permit the university to extend credit; bills must be paid when due. Checks must be made payable to the University of North Texas for the exact amount to be paid. Checks on which money must be advanced and postdated checks are not accepted.

Student checks in limited amounts may be cashed in the University Union. Personal checks are accepted for tuition and other fees. It is advisable to use cashier's checks, money orders or checks drawn on local banks for payments to firms or individuals other than the university.

Severe Weather Dismissals

Because of conditions prevailing during periods of severe weather, a policy was adopted regarding university operations during such times. This policy pertains to all university classes, in Denton as well as at the University Center of Dallas (formerly the Dallas Education Center) and at other off-campus locations, unless exceptions are noted specifically in the announcements to the news media. The current policy may be found in the Schedule of Classes

Student Guidebook

Policies and regulations governing students are explained or recorded in full in the Student Guidebook, available on the university's web page at www.unt.edu The guidebook also deals with other applicable state, local
and university policies, student services and programs. The student is responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies.

Other Policies in Print

Additional policies and guidelines pertaining to particular subjects or for specific publics are listed in other publications, such as the ABCs of Residence Hall Living, available in the Housing and Residence Life Office; Tuition and Fee Register, available in the Bursar's Office; Parking Regulations, available from the Parking Office and the UNT Bookstore in the University Union; The Financial Connection, available in Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, etc. International students should consult the International Admissions and Advising Center for information regarding policies and procedures required by federal regulation agencies.

All university policies are subject to change throughout the year.

Summons

In the event a student's conduct or behavior is found to be in violation of a published policy or regulation, a summons may be issued. A summons is an official request that the student appear before a university administrator. A student who receives a summons should always consider it important and respond immediately. Failure to answer a summons can result in disciplinary action up to and including withdrawal from the university.

Code of Student Conduct and Discipline

I. Purpose of the Code

The primary concern of the University of North Texas is the student. The university attempts to provide for all students a campus environment that is conducive to academic endeavor and social and individual growth; to that end rules, regulations and guidelines governing student behavior and the student's relationship with the university have been formulated into a student code of conduct and discipline. Enrollment at the University of North Texas is considered implicit acceptance of these and other policies applicable to students, all of which are educational in nature and designed to help students understand expectations and accept responsibility for their own actions. This code and other university policies are subject to change without notice. The student is responsible for obtaining all published materials and updates from the Dean of Students Office relating to the code and to become familiar with other rules and guidelines which have bearing on student behavior and responsibilities.

II. Authority for Discipline

As both the responsibility and the authority for discipline at the University of North Texas ultimately rests with the Board of Regents, the president, acting in their behalf, has delegated authority to administer a fair and just disciplinary program to the Dean of Students. Therefore, the Dean of Students, staff of the Dean of Students Office, and certain committees to whom this responsibility has been delegated, have the authority to enforce all regulations approved and stated in university documents or otherwise and to administer disciplinary procedures.

III. Observance of Law

The university expects that each student, regardless of place of residence, will observe all federal, state and applicable local laws both on and off campus. Any student who violates any provision of those laws is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding action taken by civil authorities on account of the violation.

IV. Nature of the Code

The code of student conduct is not a contract and serves only as guidance for the fulfillment of acceptable and fair procedures. The standard of review in all hearings is by preponderance or greater weight of the credible evidence. The Board of Regents has the authority and may modify or change the code of student conduct at any time. In addition, the procedures contained herein may be modified by the university at any time in order to effectuate justice.

V. Categories of Misconduct

Misconduct for which students are subject to discipline falls into the following categories:

A. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to:

1. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism.

The term 'cheating' includes, but is not limited to:

(a) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;

(b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or

(c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty or staff member of the university.

The term 'plagiarism' includes, but is not limited to:

(d) the knowing or negligent use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment; and

(e) the knowing or negligent unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

2. Furnishing false or misleading information to any university office or official, faculty or staff member acting in an official capacity, or giving false or misleading testimony or other falsified evidence at any campus disciplinary proceeding.

3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any university document, record, or instrument of identification.

4. Tampering with the election of any university-recognized student organization.

5. Attempted or actual theft of university property, or damage to property of the university, other than accidental.

6. Attempted or actual theft of personal property of a member of the university community or of a campus visitor.

7. Theft, unauthorized access or other abuse of computer systems or computer time relating to university endeavors.

8. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any university premises, or unauthorized entry to, or use of, university premises.

9. Conspiring, planning or attempting to achieve any of the above acts.

B. Conduct which adversely affects the university community, including but not limited to the following:

1. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other university activities, including public service functions or other authorized activities on or off university premises.

2. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. Speech protected by the First Amendment is not a violation of this provision. Fighting words and statements which reasonably threaten or endanger the health and safety of any person are not protected speech. Each allegation of a violation under this provision shall be reviewed in consideration of these factors.

3. Use or possession on campus of ammunition, firearms, guns, or other objects that are dangerous or flammable or that could cause damage by fire or explosion to persons or property.

4. Disruptive activities as defined by Section 4.30 of the Texas Education Code.

5. Hazing as defined by Section 4.51 et. seq., Texas Education Code.

6. (a) Illegal use, possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances, chemical precursors, controlled substance analogues or dangerous drugs (illegal drugs) on or off campus. Students found on or off campus in possession of, in effective control of (includes remaining in the presence of), engaged in the manufacture, sale or distribution of any illegal drug shall, if determined to be in violation after appropriate due process, be suspended from enrollment at the university. The minimum period of suspension shall be for two long semesters. Additional or more severe sanctions may be imposed based on the specific facts of the case.

(b) It is also a violation of the code to possess drug paraphernalia or to misuse any legal drug or other substance. This also is a suspendable offense.

7. Use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and university regulations, or public intoxication.

8. Conduct that is disorderly or obscene; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on university premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by the university.

9. Violation of university policies or regulations which have been published and are readily available to the students, including but not limited to those which govern academic matters, housing, alcohol use, financial matters, student affairs, and the maintenance of the health, safety, and welfare of the university community.

10. An act constituting violation of federal, state, civil or criminal laws or city ordinances, regardless of whether the act occurred on or off campus and regardless of whether the individual is ultimately convicted of the act.

11. Conspiring, planning or attempting to achieve any of the above acts.

C. Misconduct relating to official obligations between the student and the university or its officials, including but not limited to the following:

1. Issuance of a check without sufficient funds.

2. Failure to fulfill financial obligations to the university.

3. Failure to fulfill other legally binding obligation(s) to the university.

4. Failure to comply with reasonable directions of, or failure to heed an official summons of, university officials, faculty or staff members acting in the performance of their duties.

5. Failure to comply with sanction(s) imposed under the student code of conduct or sanctions otherwise imposed by the university.

6. Conspiring, planning or attempting to achieve any of the above acts.

VI. Misconduct Penalties

Should adjudication determine guilt, one or more of the following misconduct penalties may be imposed by the university upon individuals, groups or organizations, to become effective as of the date the offense occurred. Penalties for violation of institutional policies or rules and regulations may be administered regardless of whether the actions of the student are also civil or criminal violations. Students are advised that cumulative offenses will be cause for more serious consequences, including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion. Whenever disciplinary actions lead to the student leaving the university, grades will be assigned in accordance with the university grade policy and the academic calendar.

A. Admonition:

Admonition consists of a verbal or written warning. Admonitions will not become a part of the student's permanent behavioral record in the Dean of Students Office.

B. Loss of privileges or imposition of certain tasks:

1. Loss of privileges: Under some circumstances of misconduct, the university may deem it appropriate to take away certain privileges. Penalties such as prohibiting pledging, membership or leadership in student organizations; prohibiting or limiting participation in events on the social calendar; denial of participation in any official athletic or non-athletic extracurricular activity, including practices; withholding of official transcript or degree; blocking from enrollment for a specified period of time; recommendation of failing, reduction, or changing a grade in a test, course assignment, course or other academic work; cancellation of the housing contract or removal from the residence hall system; or loss of money-related privileges may be imposed.

2. Performance of tasks: The student may also be required to perform certain tasks, such as making restitution, whether monetary or by specific duties; attending counseling sessions; performing additional academic work not required of other students in a specific course; moving to another residence hall or within the same hall; complying with a behavioral contract; paying of special fees, fines or service charges.

C. Probation:

Probation is levied for a specified time, the duration of which will be determined by the seriousness of the circumstances of the case. The two types of probation are:

1. Conduct Probation a sanction that will be removed from the student's permanent behavioral record in the Dean of Students Office at the end of a specified period without further incidents.

2. Disciplinary Probation a sanction that remains a part of the student's permanent behavioral record in the Dean of Students Office. Students placed on disciplinary probation are no longer in good conduct standing with the university.

D. Suspension:

Continued and/or flagrant violation of the probation terms or serious offense cases that warrant such action may result in suspension from the university for a specified period. The student will be blocked from re-enrollment until he or she applies for readmission to the university and is cleared by appropriate officials. Suspension becomes a part of the student's permanent behavioral record in the Dean of Students Office.

E. Withdrawal:

Withdrawal is administrative removal of a student from a class or from the university and may be imposed in instances of unmet financial obligation to the university; for reasons of health; or pending the outcome of competent medical evaluation. The withdrawn student may also be barred from re-enrollment until such time as specific conditions have been met.

F. Expulsion:

Expulsion is permanent severance from the university.

G. Revocation of degrees:

The revocation of degrees may occur for discovered misconduct of prior students. Allegations of misconduct which may result in a revocation of a degree will be considered by the appropriate academic process.

VII. Records

Upon receipt of information regarding an alleged violation of the code, a disciplinary file will be generated in the Dean of Students Office. At the conclusion of the disciplinary process the file, including original complaint or evidence, summons, statements, hearing notations, conclusions and sanctions, if any, will become a part of the disciplinary records in the office. Disciplinary records are kept for seven years from date of incident. At that time, the material will be destroyed, except for files dealing with misconduct penalties such as disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion, which become a part of the student's permanent behavioral record in the Dean of Students Office and will be retained indefinitely.

Disciplinary records may be introduced and given due consideration in any subsequent case in which the student may be involved.

VIII. Disciplinary Procedures

A. Initiation of disciplinary action

Disciplinary action may originate in the Office of the Dean of Students or in other units of the university which may initially deal with the alleged misconduct. Examples of disciplinary action which may originate in other units include but are not limited to the following:

1. Matters of academic dishonesty

Consideration of academic dishonesty matters begins within the academic department. The faculty member who believes a student to be guilty of academic dishonesty shall provide the student with opportunity for a hearing, after which, if still convinced that academic dishonesty has taken place, the faculty member may assign a sanction such as withdrawal from or failure in the course, reduction or changing of the grade, performance of additional work, etc. (In instances where a degree has been or is about to be awarded on work for which academic honesty is in question, the department and school or college may also deny or revoke the student's degree using the same process as noted herein.) Acceptance of the faculty member's sanction by the student shall make the penalties final and constitute a waiver of further administrative procedures. Once an academic sanction has been assigned, the faculty member (or the department, college or school) shall so inform the Dean of Students, who will make the documentation part of a disciplinary file and may assign additional non-academic sanctions.

A student who contests the faculty member's accusation of academic dishonesty may request a hearing by the academic department chair. If the student does not accept the department chair's decision, the student may have the matter referred to the Dean of Students. If the student does not accept the decision of the Dean of Students, the student may then follow the normal hearing procedures listed below under the Committee on Student Conduct. If the student is ultimately found not to have been involved in academic dishonesty, the instructor shall not base the student's grade on the alleged but unproven dishonesty. If the student is found to have been so involved, the faculty member's academic penalties will stand. Any student who believes a grade has been inequitably awarded may request a hearing under the Grade Appeals Procedure.

2. Housing disciplinary matters

Students who reside within the residence hall system are under a contractual obligation to abide by the rules and regulations governing residence hall living, as well as being bound by the university catalogs and all other university rules and regulations governing the conduct of students. Rule or regulation violations may be handled directly by housing staff, may be referred to the Housing Judicial Board or may be referred, in whole or in part, directly to the Dean of Students at any time the severity of the violation so warrants. The dean or housing staff member may recommend penalties such as cancellation of contract, removal from the residence hall system, moving to another hall or within the same hall, imposing of behavioral contract, restitution or special fees as outlined in the residence hall room and board contract and the rules and regulations for residence hall living, or other appropriate penalties. The student's acceptance of the penalties recommended by the housing staff shall make the penalties final and constitutes a waiver by the student of further administrative procedures. If the student does not accept the recommended decision of the housing staff, the student may have the matter heard by the Judicial Appeals Board, assistant/associate director of housing, and/or the director of housing as stipulated by central housing. If the student does not accept the decision of central housing, the student may appeal the matter to the Dean of Students within 72 hours (three working days) of receipt of the decision. If the student does not accept the decision of the Dean of Students, the student may then follow the normal hearing procedures listed in this section under hearing procedures of the Committee on Student Conduct.

3. Financial matters

Procedures for violations of financial obligations to the university, including issuance of a check without sufficient funds, are provided for under state law. Such violations will ordinarily be addressed first by the department in which the funds are owed, which may initiate action and assign penalties such as late fees, service
charges, fines, loss of money-related privileges, etc. Upon failure of the student to meet financial obligations within time limits set by state statutes, the appropriate department administration may recommend the student's withdrawal from the university. Financial withdrawal is not a disciplinary measure but may require nullification of the institutional/student relationship in the event of unpaid financial obligations. If the student believes that procedures for violations of financial obligations have been applied prejudicially or in an arbitrary or capricious manner, or where penalties are the result of an alleged error on the part of the university, he/she may have the matter reviewed by the appropriate department administration. If the student does not accept the decision of the appropriate department administrator, the student may appeal to the vice president for finance and business affairs, whose decision is final. Whenever unpaid financial obligations have led to withdrawal and when these obligations have remained unpaid more than five days from date of withdrawal, students must pay the debt, meet all administrative procedures related to financial matters, and request consideration for reinstatement/re-enrollment from the Dean of Students. If the student does not accept the decision of the Dean of Students, the student may request the matter be heard by the Reinstatement/Reenrollment Appeal Board, whose decision is final.

4. Health matters

Students whose physical or mental health problems may affect the health, safety and/or welfare of the university community or who represent a danger to themselves or others, or whose continuing presence disrupts the academic or administrative process, or who fail to follow the directives of the university health center or other medical or psychological authority regarding these problems may be medically withdrawn from the university. Action may be initiated by the Dean of Students upon the recommendation of the director of the health center or other medical or psychological authority after attempts to achieve the student's cooperation have failed. If the student does not accept the decision of the Dean of Students, the student may request a hearing before the Committee on Student Conduct. After the mental or physical health problem has been resolved and the directives of the university health center or other medical/psychological authority have been complied with, the student may apply for re-admission to the university.

B. Interim or emergency disciplinary action

Pending a hearing, the president of the university or the Dean of Students may take such immediate interim disciplinary action as is deemed necessary against a student or group of students when, in his/her opinion, such action is necessary to protect the health, safety, life or property of members of the academic community or to prevent the disruption of the educational process. In cases where contact with the student can be reasonably obtained, the Dean of Students shall contact the student, provide information regarding the nature of the charges and provide the student with an opportunity to respond.

C. Dean of Students Office disciplinary procedures

The following disciplinary procedures will be used in all cases referred to the Dean of Students Office:

1. When a complaint or report alleging misconduct is received in the Dean of Students Office, the Dean of Students staff will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether an infraction against the code of conduct may have occurred. If the investigation reveals that the code has been abridged or appears to have been abridged, the student may be summoned. Students are expected to respond to the summons in a timely way. Failure to report after two summons notices may result in suspension from the university.

2. Upon meeting with the student, the dean will explain the charges against him/her and the disciplinary procedures; will inform the student of the names of any witnesses; and will summarize their proposed testimony. The student will then be given an opportunity to respond to the allegations and to present pertinent information.

3. The dean shall then conduct any further investigation which may be warranted by the information given by the student and make a determination of whether disciplinary action is necessary; if so, the dean shall assign appropriate misconduct penalties as outlined in this code. The dean will then explain the code violations with which the student is charged; the misconduct penalties which will apply; and will provide the student with a copy of the code and the procedures for appeal to the chairman of the Committee on Student Conduct.

4. The student can either accept the penalties or can appeal for a review of the disciplinary action against him/her by the Committee on Student Conduct. If the student accepts the assigned penalties, they become final. If the student chooses to appeal, he/she must follow the procedures for review by the Committee on Student Conduct. Failure of the student to follow the specified procedures to institute the committee's review within 72 hours from the date disciplinary action was initiated by the dean shall constitute a waiver of all rights for further review of the matter. However, the dean has the authority to extend the time limits for any request for review by the Committee on Student Conduct when it is in the best interests of the student or the university to do so.

D. Procedure for review by the Committee on Student Conduct

The purpose of the Committee on Student Conduct is to ensure that fairness is observed in the administration of student discipline. Whenever misconduct penalties have been assigned under the code, the student may appeal
the case to the Committee on Student Conduct for just cause. The student must, within 72 hours from the date disciplinary action was levied against him/her by the Dean of Students, complete and submit to the chairperson of the committee a written request for review. The request must set forth specifically the following:

1. Name, current address and student telephone number

2. Description, date(s) and place(s) of alleged act(s)

3. Date and by whom discipline was levied

4. The disciplinary penalty assigned

5. Circumstances which the student feels merit review

6. Signature and date

E. Composition and authority of the Committee on Student Conduct

The composition of the Committee on Student Conduct shall be two faculty members, two students, and one administrator. A representative from the Dean of Students Office will be present during the hearing.

1. Faculty members are appointed by the Faculty Senate to serve on the Committee on Student Conduct for a period of three consecutive years. A pool of nine faculty members will be appointed, one-third of whom will be replaced each year to preserve continuity of experience.

2. Student participants will be limited to junior, senior and/or graduate students. A pool of nine students shall be appointed annually by the president of the Student Association.

3. Administrative members are appointed by the president. A pool of six will be appointed, two of whom will be replaced each year. No administrative member shall be selected from the Office of the Dean of Students.

4. The president shall appoint an additional member from the faculty to serve as permanent chair of the committee. The president shall also appoint an alternate permanent chair. The chair shall participate fully in the hearing process but shall only vote in case of a tie. All members except the Dean of Students' representative shall have voting privileges.

5. The permanent chair of the committee and the Dean of Students shall conduct training for all members of the committee at the beginning of each fall term to familiarize members with the code and other rules, regulations and policies of the University of North Texas. Failure of a committee member to attend training may constitute grounds to nullify the member's appointment and may result in a request that a new appointment be made.

6. For a given case, two faculty members, two students and one administrative staff member will be chosen, based on availability, from the roster of the current committee. The other member is the faculty chair appointed by the president.

7. The Committee on Student Conduct has the authority to summon witnesses. Refusal to obey the summons may subject the student to disciplinary action upon the recommendation of the committee.

8. The Committee on Student Conduct has the authority to review disciplinary matters which have been properly brought before the committee in accordance with the procedures stated above. Upon completion of its hearing, the Committee on Student Conduct has the authority to modify, uphold or reverse the disciplinary penalties, if appropriate, or to issue new or different penalties.

9. All members of the Committee on Student Conduct are cautioned of the confidentiality of the committee's entire function and are admonished not to discuss any case with anyone other than authorized persons.

F. Duties of the chair of the Committee on Student Conduct

The chair of the committee shall, as soon as practicable after the receipt of a request for hearing:

1. Request the Dean of Students to submit a written statement of position to the chair of the committee.

2. Thereafter, notify all committee members of such request and accompany such notice with copies of the student's request and the statement of the Dean of Students position.

3. Thereafter, notify the committee, Dean of Students Office, and the student of the place, date and time of the committee's meeting for review of the recommended disciplinary action, such meeting to be arranged as soon as practicable. The student shall have notice of such meeting at least three class days prior to the date. Such notices shall include a brief explanation of procedure. The above procedures shall be implemented on a timely basis but may be modified by the chair if it is in the best interests of the student or university to do so.

4. Summon witnesses on behalf of the Committee on Student Conduct if the chair determines it is necessary or if so requested by the student and/or the Dean of Students and where such witnesses are available.

5. Preside over the hearing before the Committee on Student Conduct and assure compliance with appropriate procedures. Hearing procedures may be modified if in the chair's judgment such deviation is necessary to effectuate justice.

6. Send a written statement to the student within a reasonable time, (normally within five class days after completion of the hearing), stating the decisions of the committee and disciplinary penalties, if any.

G. Hearing procedures of the Committee on Student Conduct

Unless specifically requested in writing by the student that it be otherwise, the hearing shall be closed to the public. If the accused student requests an open hearing, student witnesses may have their testimony closed to the public. A tape recording or written summary shall be made of all hearings and retained as a part of the committee's file. Transcripts or copies of the summary will be made at the written request of the Dean of Students or the student, the cost to be borne by the one requesting the transcription/copies.

1. A quorum of the committee shall be present during the course of the hearing and must include at least one student.

2. The student accused of misconduct and requesting the hearing is expected to attend the hearing. Failure to attend, at the discretion of the Committee on Student Conduct, may result in consideration of the matter with the available information and a determination of misconduct penalties, if any.

3. The chair will open the meeting by introducing the committee members and asking each party if there is an objection to a member. The objection, if any, shall provide a factual basis for the request that a member should not serve. The chair will decide whether to remove the member based on the objection. In such case, a replacement will be chosen by the chair if a quorum is not otherwise present to hear the case.

4. The chair will then advise the student of the committee's procedures and the student's right to make a statement, call and question witnesses, and have an adviser of the student's own choosing present. The adviser can be a member of the university's faculty, a parent, an attorney, or other individual. However, only the student may speak and ask questions on their own behalf.

5. The Committee on Student Conduct may seek the advice of the university's attorney at any time.

6. The committee may in its sole discretion temporarily stay the hearing at any time to summon crucial witnesses, if necessary to effectuate justice.

7. The chair shall review, in the presence of the student and the Dean of Students, the allegations against the student for the matter under review.

8. The chair shall then call upon the Dean of Students for a formal statement and questioning by members of the committee and the student.

9. The chair shall then call upon the student for a formal statement and questioning by committee members and the Dean of Students.

10. The chair shall then proceed to ask the Dean of Students if he/she cares to introduce witnesses, in which event the student and the Dean of Students, as well as members of the committee, shall have the right to question them. Upon the conclusion of questioning, each witness shall leave the meeting room. In like manner, the chair shall ask the student to introduce witnesses; and, if so, like procedure shall be followed. Normally, witnesses shall only be present in the hearing during their testimony.

11. After hearing all witnesses, the chair shall ask for a concluding statement first from the student and then from the Dean of Students, if they desire to make one. No further questions should be asked during the closing statements.

12. Previous discipline records of the student may not be used in any hearing unless a determination of guilt has been made. If the committee finds a student guilty, the previous disciplinary record, if any, may then be introduced to be considered in assessing penalties.

13. Legal rules of evidence do not apply to hearings before the Committee on Student Conduct. The standard of review is by a preponderance or greater weight of the credible evidence.

14. Following the concluding statements, if offered, the chair shall request that everyone other than him/herself and the committee leave the room. The chair shall preside over deliberations and may vote in case of a tie.

15. The committee shall deliberate and voice opinions. A ballot shall be taken to decide whether the student has violated standards of acceptable conduct as governed by this code. A majority vote will control. In the event a majority decision cannot be reached regarding innocence or guilt, the case may be dismissed or the Dean of Students may request that a second committee be formed to rehear the case.

16. Upon the determination of whether a violation has occurred, the committee shall either dismiss the disciplinary matter or deliberate the misconduct penalties, whichever is appropriate. If misconduct penalties are to be decided, the committee shall consider any penalties recommended by the Dean of Students and may affirm, modify, or reject such penalties. In these deliberations, but not before, the committee shall request from the Dean of Students a statement of prior disciplinary actions, if any, taken against the student. If such previous action exists, the student shall also be present while the Dean of Students gives a statement regarding prior disciplinary action. These deliberations shall continue until a majority opinion has been obtained.

17. When the committee's deliberations are concluded, the student shall be called back into the room and informed by the chair of the committee's decision.

18. The student's written request for review, the written statement of the dean of student's position, the committee's decision, and the tape recording or written summary of the hearing, shall, upon completion of the hearing, be made a part of the student's confidential file in the Dean of Students Office.

IX. Procedures for Appeal of Decisions of the Committee on Student Conduct

A. Within three class days after the decision has been made, either or both parties may give notice of appeal to the vice president for student affairs. The decision will be reviewed upon the basis of the written summary or tape recording of the hearing and/or documents filed and produced at the hearing and/or any witnesses the vice president for student affairs wishes to call. The vice president for student affairs may request both parties to submit oral or written arguments to support their positions. In order for the appeal to be considered, all the necessary documentation to be filed by the appealing party, including written arguments when appropriate, must be filed with the vice president for student affairs within three days after notice of appeal is given. The vice president for student affairs may approve, reject, or modify the decision in question or may require that the original hearing be reopened for the presentation of additional evidence and reconsideration of the decision.

B. All decisions by the vice president concerning matters of student disciplinary appeal are final.

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