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Student Rights and Options

Rights of the Complainant

The complainant has the following rights and options throughout the judicial process:

  • The right to have a judicial referral handled in a forthright and timely manner.
  • The right to be accompanied throughout the judicial process by another member of the college community, i.e. an administrator, faculty member, staff or student in good standing.
  • The right to request and be provided accommodation in the event of a disability.
  • The right to request removal of a panel member due to perceived or real conflict(s) of interest.
  • The right to have unrelated behavior excluded from the judicial process.
  • The right to submit an oral or written statement about the impact of an offense to be considered in determining the disciplinary sanction.
  • The right to be advised of the determination of a judicial referral in cases involving federally defined crimes of violence and non-forcible sex offenses.

Rights of the Accused

Throughout the university student conduct process, a student or student organization accused of an alleged violation of the Hocking College Student Code of Conduct is provided the following rights and options:

  • A letter from the Director of Community Standards and Equity explaining procedures, rights, and options open to the accused;
  • A copy of the referral containing a description of the alleged violation;
  • The opportunity to discuss the entire matter with a hearing authority at a Procedural Interview.
    • For Alleged Code I Violations:
      If, during the Procedural Interview, the potential sanction is described by the hearing authority as suspension or expulsion, the accused has the right to: 1) admit the charge and be sanctioned by the hearing authority, or 2) deny the charge and request either an administrative hearing or a college hearing board to further explore the facts and circumstances of the alleged violation. A date for a hearing will be determined within a reasonable period of time after the procedural interview.
      If the potential sanction described by the hearing authority is not suspension or expulsion, the accused will be given the right to: 1) admit the charge and be sanctioned by the hearing authority, or 2) deny the charge and request an administrative hearing to further explore the facts and circumstances of the alleged violation. A date for a hearing will be determined within a reasonable period of time after the procedural interview.
    • For Alleged Code II Violations:
      During the Procedural Interview, the accused will be given the right to: 1) admit the charge and be sanctioned by the hearing authority, or 2) deny the charge and request an administrative hearing to further explore the facts and circumstances of the alleged violation. A date for a hearing will be determined within a reasonable period of time after the procedural interview.

At any time before or during a hearing, the accused may ask for the removal of any member of the Hearing Board, by presenting evidence of bias on the part of the member. The Director of CS&E (or designee) may excuse the Hearing Board member or permit the Hearing to continue with no modification.

A charge of bias against the Director of CS&E (or designee) must be submitted to the Provost (or designee). Upon determining the validity of the claim, the Provost (or designee) may excuse the Director of CS&E (or designee) or permit the hearing to continue with no modification.

Accused students have the right to be accompanied by a member of the college community (an administrator, faculty member, staff, or student in good standing) to serve as an advisor. The advisor may be present during the hearing, but are not permitted to address the board or speak on behalf of the student. It is not the role of the advisor to "win" the case for the student. Rather, the advisor may assist the student in preparing for the hearing, attending the hearing, and, if necessary, assisting the student with an appeal. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate contact with the hearing advisor.

Accused students have the right to request and be provided accommodation in the event of a disability. Assistance can be obtained through the 504 Equity Compliance Officer.