Philosophy of the Student Conduct Review Board (SCRB)
All of the Student Conduct Review Board (SCRB’s) activities, and ultimately its very existence, derive from a single principle: the student’s accountability for their own conduct. Thus the SCRB conceives of its role, in terms of the University student conduct process, as one of mediation between the expectations of the University as an enduring institution, the needs and rights of the student body as a whole, and the needs, rights and conduct of the individual student. Each alleged violation of University rules is considered unique, due to the circumstances surrounding the violation; therefore, there is no system precedence. The sanctions it recommends represent, not an attempt to punish, but the best possible balance of the three interests, and are a sincere attempt to communicate to the individual, at the most immediate level possible, that his/her actions have somehow damaged the mutual ongoing process of education.
Composition of the Board
The Student Conduct Review Board (SCRB) shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, and twenty elected members — five from each of the first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior classes. The Office of Student Conduct and Responsibility advises the SCRB. If a SCRB member feels that they cannot hear the case objectively, that member shall disqualify themselves from the hearing. Hearing panels are selected from the SCRB membership. A Hearing Panel is comprised of a Hearing Chair (either the President or Vice President) and three members. Members will select (from within SCRB) a Hearing Coordinator, a Sanctions Coordinator, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.
Procedures for SCRB hearings:
1. The SCRB President and/or Vice President receives the incident documentation and schedules the hearing.
2. The accused student is contacted about which violation(s) of the Code of Conduct they have been charged with, and about the scheduled date and time of the hearing.
3. When the hearing is convened, all those in attendance introduce themselves by their name and their role in the hearing.
4. The Hearing Chair reminds all present about adherence to the Honor Code, about the standard of evidence used, which is preponderance of evidence.
5. The Hearing Chair presents the incident documentation.
6. The Hearing Chair reads the charges to the accused student, who pleads “Responsible” or “Not Responsible” after each charge. (If the accused student pleads”Responsible” to all charges, the hearing may move directly into the sanctioning phase.)
7. The incident documenter (if present, virtually or in person) and witnesses (if present, virtually or in person) requested by the SCRB relate their perspectives of the incident. The accused student may question them.
8. The accused student relates his or her perspective of the incident.
9. Witnesses requested by the accused (if present, virtually or in person) share their perspectives of the incident. The accused student may question them.
10. The accused student is given the opportunity to hear all statements made by the incident documenter and by the witnesses.
11. The accused student is given the opportunity to make a closing statement.
12. The Hearing Chair adjourns the hearing for deliberation. The Hearing Panel may recall any individual to question them further. The decision of the Hearing Panel is based on the incident documentation and on statements made during the hearing. A simple majority of Hearing Panel members present will determine whether the accused student is found “Responsible” or “Not Responsible” for each charge.
13. The Hearing Chair reconvenes the hearing and the accused student (and his or her advisor, if present, virtually or in person) and announces the Hearing Panel’s decision.
14. If the accused student is found “Responsible” for one or more charges, they are given the opportunity to make a statement and the Hearing Panel is given the opportunity to question the accused student further.
15. The Hearing Chair adjourns the hearing for sanctioning. The decision of the Hearing Panel is based on the incident documentation, statements made during the hearing, educational questions asked by the Hearing Panel members, and any prior violations for which the accused has been found “Responsible.” Hearing Panel members will reach a decision concerning sanctions by a simple majority.
16. The Hearing Chair reconvenes the Hearing Panel and the accused student (and his or her advisor, if present, virtually or in person) and announces the Hearing Panel’s decision. The accused student is reminded about his or her right to appeal the hearing.
17. The Hearing Chair adjourns the hearing.
Waived rights procedures and appeals
Students have the option to waive their right to a Student Conduct Review Board hearing and to plead responsible to all charges. In a waived rights procedure, the accused student is not present. The Student Conduct Review Board President or Vice President reads the incident report to a panel of three SCRB representatives. The panel then discusses and decides on appropriate sanction(s) for the offense(s). A decision letter is sent to the student indicating what sanction(s) have been issued.
After the waived rights procedure has been completed, students who chose the procedure may appeal the panel’s decision if they feel that the sanction they received was too severe. Students who wish to appeal must submit a letter stating the grounds for their appeal to the Student Conduct Review Board within five business days after notification of the panel’s decision. In the case of an appeal, the accused student’s case will be heard before an appellate panel comprised of three representatives who did not sit on the original waived rights panel. The panel may sustain the original sanction(s), or may choose to decrease the sanction(s). As with other appellate procedures, the decision of the appellate panel is final.