Frequently Asked Questions for Legal Professionals
The student must provide written authorization for you to have access to information about the case or discuss the case with a staff member. Written authorization can be obtained through execution of a FERPA waiver for the case at issue. The Office of Community Standards will correspond at all times directly with the student, and not through any third party. You may receive copies of correspondence with the student’s authorization.
The standard of review used to determine responsibility is a “preponderance” standard. This determination is based on the greater weight of the information and does not require proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
The student can appeal the finding and/or the sanction. Appeals are decided on the basis of the record and written submissions. Appeals under the Code of Student Conduct may be submitted on the following grounds:
- Inappropriate sanction.
- A procedural error in the hearing of the case occurred that is found to be substantial enough to have changed the outcome of the hearing, including failure to objectively evaluate all relevant evidence or error(s) related to determination of relevance.
- New information exists that was not reasonably available at the time the determination was made that is determined to be substantial enough to have changed the outcome of the hearing.