Overview of the Organizational Conduct Process
We want you to feel confident in the conduct process. When the Office of Student Life, Dean of Students Office, and Office of Judicial Affairs collaborate to address a complaint, the following interactive process is initiated:
- Complaint received and reviewed. If case merits further investigation, a lead judicial officer is assigned and an investigation proceeds. National organizations affiliated with the local organization may be notified and invited to participate in the investigation.
- Charge issued. The organization leader receives a charge letter indicating that an investigation is underway. Usually, organization officers and members will be asked to participate in interviews or provide additional evidence.
- Administrative action proposed. Based on the outcome of the investigation, charges may be dismissed or upheld. When charges are upheld, the lead judicial officer will work with the Dean of Student Life to determine an appropriate sanction. The organization leader can deny the charges and/or decline the administrative sanction and choose to proceed to an RCOCB Hearing.
- Hearing. If an investigation yields evidence that a policy violation is likely to have occurred and the organization leader either denies the charges or declines the administrative sanction, a hearing panel of students is composed to hear evidence from both the University and the organization. The panel makes an independent finding in terms of responsibility and, if applicable, sanctions. In cases where a national organization rescinds its recognition of a local organization, the hearing option is not available; the University will comply with the national organization's determination. (It is important to note that there is no penalty whatsoever for choosing to proceed with a hearing instead of accepting proposed administrative sanctions. The outcome of a hearing is independent and may result in a more or less stringent sanction.)
- Appeal. In certain circumstances, an appeal of a hearing body's decision may be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs within 10 working days.
- Sanction. If applicable, a sanction is implemented against the organization, which may range from a letter of University reprimand to rescission of University registration. The sanctioning options available to the board are broad and flexible so that educational sanctions can be implemented when appropriate. On occasion, individual students may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for possible violations of the Student Code of Conduct.