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Advocates

The RIT Student Conduct process is intended to address Student misconduct in accordance with RIT's community expectations. As an educational experience, the participating Student is expected to take primary responsibility for responding to the incident in question. Throughout the conduct process, Students may find that a trained and knowledgeable advocate can be both supportive and beneficial. 

The RIT Advocacy Program is a university initiative designed to provide Students with assistance throughout the RIT Student Conduct Process by partnering the Student with a trained RIT faculty or staff member as they engage in the RIT Student Conduct Process. An RIT Advocate neither represents the Student in the hearing, nor may an RIT Advocate serve as a character witness for the Student. The RIT Advocate serves as a supportive partner to the Student in this educational process. Easy instructions to request an RIT Advocate are in the student's charge letter.


Interested in becoming an advocate?

if you are interested in becoming an RIT Advocate, please fill out the New Advocate Applicaton Form Here! 

Additionally, you will be expected to attend a Student Advocacy & Mentoring Training - Student Conduct Process session, and our upcoming training dates for advocates can be found at the CPD website. You can also email StudentConduct@rit.edu and we can  answer questions or schedule a training time that works for you.


Resources for Advocates

Conduct Advocate Manual (PDF) 
The manual includes:

   ♦  Overview of the Advocate role
   ♦  Code of Conduct
   ♦  Possible hearing outcomes
   ♦  Sample case materials including a redacted Public Safety report and hearing outcome form
   ♦  Overview of the appeals process

Codes of Conduct

   ♦  Code of Conduct (D18.0) – Policies and procedures, including appeals
   ♦  Student Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy – Title IX (D19.0)

Frequently used referral resources

   ♦  RIT Counseling & Psychological Services
   ♦  Drug & Alcohol wellness services
   ♦  Tigers Care referral page

Advocate v. Advisor of Choice (for Title IX hearings only)
Sometimes students will meet with their Advocate to ask for advice about whether or not to use an Advisor of Choice instead. The sidebar on the right shows some of the differences you can discuss to help them weigh their options.