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RIT Advocates for Conduct Hearings

Conduct Advocates at RIT are available for members of the RIT Community (students, faculty, and staff) going through the conduct process. Specifically, Conduct Advocates are available for students for Code of Conduct (D18) and Title IX (D19) violations, and will be available for faculty and staff members for Title IX (D19) violations.

The process for students to request an RIT Conduct Advocate is as follows:

  1. D.18 Code of Conduct: In your charge letter under "Your Rights and Resources" there will be a Student Request Form where you can request an Advocate and other supportive measures.
  2. D.19 Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct: You will receive a Notice of Investigation letter from the Title IX Coordinator, and within that letter is a link to request an Title IX Conduct Advocate to assist with the Title IX Investigation Process.
    • If you do not request an Advocate, you will be automatically assigned an Advocate if and when there is a Title IX Conduct Hearing.

You can review the list of trained RIT Conduct Advocates and let our office know if you have a preference for a specific advocate. The list also includes Title IX (D19.0) Conduct Advocates.

Advocates and Advisors of Choice

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 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 ("RIT Advocate"). 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:

  1. Advocacy prior to Conduct Hearings, including:
    • Meeting with the Student to assist in preparing for the hearing.
    • Assisting the Student in understanding RIT policies, and the procedures of the Student Conduct Process.
    • Assisting the Student in accessing available university resources.
  2. Advocacy during Conduct Hearings, including:
    • 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.
    • Assisting the Student in clarifying information pertinent to the incident.
  3. Advocacy after Conduct Hearing
    • Meeting with Student to debrief and process the outcome of the hearing.
    • Assisting the Student with the Appeal process (if applicable), and attending the Appeal meeting with the Student.

Choosing an Advocate for Conduct Hearings regarding D.18 Policy Violations. Students may:

  1. Select a specific person from a list of trained Advocates provided by the Center for Student Conduct.
  2. Request that a selection be made for them from a list of trained Advocates.


For Title IX Conduct Hearings regarding D.19 Policy Violations,

  1. Students may select an trained RIT Title IX Advocate (or have our office assign an RIT Title IX Advocate to them) OR select an Title IX Advisor of Choice.
    • Title IX Advisors of Choice may be any person who is not a party, witness, or otherwise involved in the investigation.
    • Students will have to choose between a Title IX Advocate or a Title IX Advisor of Choice.


An 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 person.

Title IX RIT Advocate / Advisor of Choice:
Similarities and Differences


Title IX RIT Advocate

Title IX Advisor of Choice

Automatically assigned when charges are issued



Receives all case materials directly from RIT



Helps student prepare for and process outcome of hearing



Can provide quiet counsel for the student at conduct hearing



Can participate actively at conduct hearing



Can be a parent, attorney or other non-RIT member



Can accompany student to appointment to listen to recording of original hearing (if preparing for an appeal)