Hearing Options

There are several adjudicatory bodies that hear cases of alleged violations of the Code of Conduct.  Cases are assigned by the Dean of Students  based on the most appropriate body to respond to the alleged incident. Considerations in selecting the appropriate adjudicatory body includes, but is not limited to, the need for confidentiality, anonymity, community or individual safety, or expediency.  The hearing options are:

Student Conduct Board

The Student Conduct Board is a panel composed of students who were selected by the Dean of Students through an application and interview process. Violations of the EQB Guide are heard by this panel when responsibility and/or sanctioning are in question. A separate process from the Student Conduct Board exists for actions related to sexual misconduct.

The panel’s purpose is to determine responsibility or lack of responsibility and to recommend sanctions, as needed. The Student Conduct Board is the students’ judiciary. It is not a court of law. Although students have the right to the advice of another individual, there are no lawyers involved. The idea of the Student Conduct Board is for its members to gather as much information as possible about the situation in question in order to make an informed decision. Only by learning what really happen can the judiciary deal justly and fairly with alleged offenders.

Administrative Hearing

Administrators that hear cases include the deans of students, director of Student Conduct, and director of Residential Life.  When an administrator hears a case, the same procedures are followed as in a Student Conduct Board.  All Conduct Officer(s) have the authority to consult with other appropriate university officials in order to effectively resolve an incident. The Dean of Students or his/her designee(s) reserves the right to extend or reduce any deadlines associated with the Conduct Process if the effect of the extension or reduction would benefit the student.

Disruption of Conduct Process

  1. No one will engage in conduct that disrupts a hearing, lessens the authority or dignity of a Conduct Officer, or otherwise obstructs justice on campus.

  2. No one will cause, attempt to cause, or coerce a student to give false information in any hearing. Students found to be giving false information can be referred to the Honor System for lying.  

  3. Students will fully comply with instructions of a Conduct Officer.

  4. Behavior that disrupts the conduct process will be treated as a violation of failure to comply.

Conduct Process for Students Who Leave Sewanee before Resolution

  1. Incomplete Consequences. If a student completed the conduct process and received sanctions but leaves the University without completing the sanctions, then the student’s conduct record will indicate that he or she has incomplete sanctions and a Student Affairs hold will be placed on the student’s official University record/account. This hold will prevent a student from obtaining transcripts and reapplying to the University. Additionally, other institutions and groups requesting verification of a student’s standing with the University will receive a report of “not in good standing.” Depending on the severity of the issue the incident may also be reported to other institutions incident to the student’s enrollment and in accordance with his or her FERPA rights.

  2. Notice Provided. If a student has been given notice but leaves the University before the conduct process has been completed, he or she is still accountable for his or her actions and the process will continue regardless of the student’s participation. The student will receive notice of the continued process, opportunity to participate, and documentation of the outcome. Should the student receive sanctions and fail to complete them, then the student’s conduct record will indicate that he or she has incomplete sanctions, and a hold will be placed on the student’s official University record/account. This hold will prevent a student from obtaining transcripts and reapplying to the University. Additionally, other institutions and groups requesting verification of a student’s standing with the University will receive a report of “not in good standing.” Depending on the severity of the issue the incident may also be reported to other institutions incident to the student’s enrollment and in accordance with his or her FERPA rights.

  3. Notice Not Provided. If a student leaves the University before he or she is given notice regarding his or her alleged incident, all documentation of the incident will be placed in the student’s conduct record, and a hold will be placed on the student’s account. This hold will prevent a student from obtaining transcripts and reapplying to the University. Additionally, other institutions and groups requesting verification of a student’s standing with the University will receive a report of “not in good standing.” Depending on the severity of the incident, it may also be reported to other institutions as part of the enrollment process, and in accordance with his or her FERPA rights. If the student wished to obtain transcripts or reapply to the University, then the incident must be addressed through the conduct process.