When an incident report/complaint is received, the report/complaint is assigned to an administrator within the Division of Student Life. The following options are available for case resolution:

1. Alternative Resolution, most often conducted by a member of the Division of Student Life. Alternative Resolutions may include conflict resolution, facilitated dialogues, and mediation.

2. Administrative Hearing, most often conducted by a member of Residence Life or Community Standards professional staff.

3. Peer Review Board Hearing with a three-person panel consisting of students.

The Peer Review Board (PRB) is a group of students who are trained to hear specific cases. The PRB includes the following members:

Board – Board members are selected by the Director of Community Standards/designee and the Chairpersons of the PRB. The President University Student Senate/designee shall be invited to participate in the interview process of new Board members.

Chairpersons – Two voting members are selected annually by agreement of the President of the University Student Senate/designee and the Director of Community Standards/designee.

Moderator/Resource Person – The Moderator shall advise the PRB on matters such as the type of information that may help in determining if Community Standards were violated and appropriate sanction(s). The Moderator shall also facilitate the appropriate paperwork and record keeping, as well as reserve the hearing space.

The Moderator selects three Board members (which includes one chairperson) to serve on a hearing panel for a particular matter. Board members shall disqualify themselves from serving on a panel if they believe in good faith that they cannot be objective in the matter. The respondent and complainant may object to a member for cause in writing within 24 hours of the written notification of the Board members serving on the panel. The Moderator shall rule on all objections and replace any disqualified members.

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4. Community Standards Board Hearing with a three-person panel consisting of faculty, administrators/staff, and students.

The Community Standards Board (CSB) is a group of students, faculty, and administrators/staff who are trained to hear cases that involve more serious violations of the Community Standards and serve a role within the Community Standards appeals process.

The CSB includes the following members:

Board – Undergraduate student members are selected from the Peer Review Board by the Director of Community Standards/designee. Undergraduate adult students and/or graduate students are selected by the Director of Community Standards/designee. Faculty members are selected by the Faculty Senate. Administrators/staff are selected by the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost. The term of membership on the Community Standards Board shall be two years for faculty and administrators/staff and one year for students, unless circumstances call for an adjusted term length (i.e. member withdrawal from the CSB before their term expiration). Terms are renewable.

Chairperson – The Chairperson is a voting member, who is selected by the Moderator on a case-by-case basis.

Moderator/Resource Person – The Moderator shall advise the CSB on matters such as the type of information that may help in determining if Community Standards were violated and appropriate sanction(s). The Moderator shall also facilitate the appropriate paperwork and record keeping, as well as reserve the hearing space.

The Moderator selects three Board members (which includes one chairperson) to serve on a hearing panel for a particular matter. The composition of each panel shall consist of at least one faculty/administrator/staff member and at least one student member. The third member may be either a faculty/administrator/staff member or a student member. Board members shall disqualify themselves from serving on a panel if they believe in good faith that they cannot be objective in the matter. The respondent and complainant may object to a member for cause in writing within 24 hours of the written notification of the Board members serving on the panel. The Moderator shall rule on all objections and replace any disqualified members.

5. The Office of Community Standards may choose to afford a respondent, based on the nature of the alleged violation(s), the opportunity to accept responsibility for violation(s) and accept assigned sanction(s) without a hearing being scheduled.

Most allegations of less serious Community Standards violations shall be heard by an Administrative Hearing Officer or the Peer Review Board, or addressed through an Alternative Resolution. More serious Community Standards violations shall be heard by an Administrative Hearing Officer, the Peer Review Board, or the Community Standards Board. Reports of Bias Activity, Discrimination, or Harassment by student respondents shall be addressed according to the Responding to Bias Activity Protocol.

For matters which involve more serious Community Standards violations, a pre-hearing meeting shall be scheduled. This pre-hearing meeting is part of the Community Standards process.