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Overview of the Advocate Role

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. Advocates will provide:

Advocacy prior to Conduct Hearings

  1. Meeting with the Student to assist in preparing for the hearing.
  2. Review charge letter and reports, prepare relevant information to share, discuss possible outcomes, and answer any questions and concerns.
  3. Assisting the Student in understanding RIT policies, and the procedures of the Student Conduct Process.
  4. Assisting the Student in accessing available university resources.


Advocacy during Conduct Hearings

  1. Participating in the conduct hearing by providing silent support, assisting the Student in making statements and responding to questions, and/or unless otherwise stated, directly asking questions of witnesses and other conduct hearing participants.
  2. Assisting the Student in clarifying information pertinent to the incident.


Advocacy after Conduct Hearings

  1. Meeting with Student to debrief and process the outcome of the hearing.
  2. Assisting the Student with the Appeal process (if applicable), and attending the Appeal meeting with the Student.


An RIT Advocate will determine, within their sole discretion, whether they are willing to serve as an Advocate in any particular matter. In the event a chosen advocate declines to serve in any particular matter, the Student may select another Advocate or have the Student Conduct Office select another Advocate for the Student.