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.

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

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 (found in the Student Handbook).

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.


NOTE: The information included on this webpage does not replace information published within the Student Handbook. For more complete information, please reference the Student Handbook. Please refer to the Sexual Misconduct Policy, which includes the disciplinary process for alleged violations of this policy.