Nonacademic Misconduct Hearing

Respondents have the right to a hearing before a nonacademic misconduct committee or examiner if they wish to contest the findings or outcomes recommended by the investigating officer.The Nonacademic Misconduct Committee represents the university community in matters of student misconduct that are set to be resolved via hearing.

  • Committee members are trained by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards on conduct procedures, effective questioning, and determining appropriate sanctions.
  • Committees are composed of at least one student and at least two faculty/staff, from a pool appointed through shared governance processes.
  • Examiners are faculty or staff member appointed to the Committee and may resolve cases at the request of the respondent.

Hearings follow established procedures for consistency that are provided to Respondents after a hearing is requested/required, and are based upon the UWS 17 hearing procedures.

  • Hearings are conducted in private, unless student privacy rights are waived by all student participants.
  • Hearings are audio recorded and the record is maintained as part of the involved parties’ (respondent/complainant) student record.
  • Hearings involving allegations of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment are resolved by a misconduct committee only.
  • Hearings maintain the same educational purpose as the overall misconduct process. Respondents and witnesses are expected to answer questions and fully participate.
  • Advisors, including attorneys, may only consult with their advisee, except when suspension or expulsion are recommended, or criminal charges for the same behavior are pending. In these cases the advisor may pose questions to parties to the hearing. Respondents are still expected to answer questions directed to them.
  • The hearing chair may take appropriate steps to ensure the order in the hearing, including designating procedures by which questions may be asked of the complainant or respondent.

The decision of the hearing body will be rendered within 14 days of the date of the hearing and delivered to the respondent (and complainant, if applicable) via email.

Respondents, and in certain cases the complainant, have the right to appeal the decision of the hearing body.