What are the differences from the legal system?
While the nonacademic misconduct process does resolve cases where a student’s behavior violated established policies, which at times may be defined by state statute, it is separate and distinct from any legal proceedings. The campus process does not use the same procedures, burdens of proof, or rules of evidence as local, state, or federal legal systems.
Core to our educational approach, the University takes steps to ensure that the process is as non-adversarial as possible, while still safeguarding the rights of involved students. In most cases, including all cases of sex-based discrimination, University staff make decisions based on a preponderance of the evidence—information that persuades a reasonable person that is is more likely true than not true that misconduct occurred. In certain cases, clear and convincing evidence—information that would persuade a reasonable person to have a firm belief that the misconduct occurred—is necessary to remove a student from campus or restrict them from a course or program.