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Hearings

Standard of Review
All hearings under the Student Code of Conduct will be determined using the preponderance of evidence standard, which is established when all supporting documents of an incident provide information that a Student more likely than not violated the Code of Conduct.

Conduct Hearings
A Student Conduct hearing is an opportunity for a Student to have a conversation with a Conduct Officer and provide perspective regarding a report alleging a policy violation. The Student has the right to not attend the hearing, or to attend and stay silent, but active engagement in the student conduct process is encouraged. At the end of the hearing a determination of a finding and an outcome will be decided. The student will be notified of the decision. The procedures governing the student conduct process can be found here.

Any substantive changes to Student Rights or the Procedures of the Student Conduct Process must be shared with all governance groups 60 days in advance. The director of the Center for Student Conduct, or designee, will determine which hearing type is most appropriate for the incident. There are three hearing types, including:

  1. A hearing with a Center for Residence Life staff member. Center for Residence Life staff are authorized to issue the full range of statuses and conditions up to, but not including, removal from campus housing and separation from the university.
  2. A hearing with a Conduct Officer. Conduct Officers have the authority to impose a full range of statuses and conditions including suspension and expulsion.
  3. A D19.0 - Student Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy - Title IX hearing. These hearings are for cases involving possible policy violations of D19.0 and held in accordance with the provisions of this Policy. Conduct Officers have the authority to impose a full range of statuses and conditions including suspension and expulsion.
     

Recording of Hearing
All conduct hearings with Conduct Officers are audio recorded. Recordings will be retained in accordance with the C22.0 - RIT Records Management Policy. The recording of the conduct hearing is a university business record and the property of the university.  Hearings can be video recorded upon request. A request for video recording must be made in writing twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled hearing. Video recording requests made with less than twenty-four (24) hours' notice may be denied at the discretion of the Student Conduct Officer. All participants in the conduct hearing will give their consent to video recording. Any participant in the conduct hearing that chooses to not be video recorded will be audio recorded only.
 

Accommodations Request
Students requesting accommodations for the conduct process must make the request in writing. This written request will state the specific accommodations to be provided and the reason for the accommodations.  A current Disabilities Services Agreement from the Disabilities Services Office is sufficient to meet this requirement.