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Peer Community Standards Board Hearings

The Senior Associate Dean for Student Life may refer offenses that do not involve possible separation from the University or a transcript remark to the Peer Community Standards Board (PCSB).  The Peer Board will hear cases involving undergraduate respondents.  The Peer Board will review the evidence, hear testimony, and receive information and determine whether the respondent(s) has violated the Code of Student Conduct, and, as necessary, determine a sanction.

PCSB Membership.  The membership of the Peer Board will consist of ten (10) undergraduate students selected annually by the undergraduate student government, which will appoint members no later than May 1 for the upcoming academic year.  If the student government fails to appoint members, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life may select members from the student body to fill the positions.  If there is a vacancy on the Peer Board, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life may appoint a temporary member.  All members are subject to the approval of the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life.

Quorum. For PCSB hearings, three members of the Peer Board will constitute a quorum.  If the Peer Board is unable to attain a quorum within a reasonable period of time, the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life will appoint temporary members. No more than five members of the Peer Board will hear a case.

Advisor to the Peer Board.  The Senior Associate Dean for Student Life will appoint a University official to serve as the advisor to the Peer Board.  The advisor will attend all hearings.

Chair.  All members of the Peer Board will be eligible to serve as the Chair on a rotating basis.

 

PCSB Pre-hearing Procedures

Notice. At least five (5) days prior to the day of the hearing, the advisor to the Peer Board will provide the respondent(s) with a written notification of the charges, a summary of the evidence, and the time and place of the hearing.

 

PCSB Hearing Procedures

1. Only members of the Peer Board, the advisor to the Peer Board, the respondent(s), complaining witness(es), and other witnesses will normally be permitted to participate in a hearing.

2. The chair of the Peer Board is responsible for conducting the hearing and, in consultation with the advisor, will make rulings regarding witnesses, evidence, and procedures.  Procedures adopted by the Peer Board will apply to both parties as appropriate.  The chair may exclude any person who disrupts a hearing.

3. Peer Board hearings proceed as follows:

a. The chair of the Peer Board will read the specific charges.

b. The respondent has the opportunity to make an opening statement.

c. The Peer Board examines the evidence and the testimony of the witnesses.  The respondent(s) and the complaining witness(es) will have an opportunity to ask questions of all witnesses.  The chair may require that all questions be directed through the chair.

d. The complaining witness and the respondent have the opportunity to make closing statements.

4. Deliberations.  After conducting a hearing, the Peer Board will deliberate in closed session.  The determinations of the Peer Board will be made by a majority vote.  If there is an even number of panelists for a hearing, the chair will not have a vote.

a. Findings.  The Peer Board will first determine whether the respondent(s) is responsible for violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct.

b. Sanctions.  If the respondent is found responsible, the Peer Board will impose a sanction up to probation for three semesters (see “Sanctions”).  The Peer Board may also impose accompanying terms (see “Accompanying Terms for Sanctions”).  Prior to determining a sanction, the advisor will inform the Peer Board of any prior disciplinary findings against the respondent.

5. Notification of hearing outcome.  Within five (5) days of the conclusion of the hearing, the advisor to the Peer Board will notify the respondent(s) in writing of the decisions in the case.