What is an informal hearing?
If the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities or designee feels that there is sufficient evidence to support a report/complaint, the Student Conduct Officer or designee shall offer the accused student an opportunity to resolve the violation at an informal meeting. The student or students will be notified of their right to the informal meeting orally, by email, or by mail to the last known mailing address on file in the College records office.
Prior to or at the beginning of the informal meeting, the student must be provided with the following information:
- An oral or written notice of the complaint.
- A copy of the Student Code of Conduct.
- An oral or written notice of a summary of the evidence to support the complaint specific policy he/she is accused of violating.
- A Tennessen Notice.
During the informal meeting, the Student Conduct Officer or designee shall review the report/complaint and evidence with the student and allow the student to present a defense against the complaint. The accused student may have an advisor or attorney present. However, the advisor or attorney may not participate in any questioning or advocate on behalf of the student.
Within a reasonable time period following the meeting, the Student Conduct Officer or designee shall inform the accused student in writing of his/her decision whether a violation of the code was established by a preponderance of evidence and any applicable sanction as well as options available for an appeal meeting or formal hearing.