Preparing for a Hearing

A formal, non-adversarial meeting between the respondent, the complainant, and members of the University Hearing Panel (UHP)

  • Respondent: the student charged with academic dishonesty
  • Complainant: the instructor of record who reported the alleged academic dishonesty
  • Case manager: a university administrator who will facilitate the process
  • University Hearing Panel: 3 full-time students and 2 faculty members
  • Presiding Officer: a UHP member who will exercise control over the proceedings (included in the 3 students described above)
  • Witnesses (sometimes): individuals with relevant information regarding the alleged violation(s) who can be requested by the respondent, the complainant, or a university official
  • Advisor (sometimes): person to emotionally or strategically support the respondent or the complainant
  • To ask questions regarding the reported violation(s)
  • To answer questions regarding
    • The reported violations
    • The level of your responsibility, if any
    • Your decision-making process during the incident
    • How this incident will impact you in the future
    • What harms occurred and how they can be repaired
  • To interact with the presiding officer and other individuals present by asking and answering questions
  • Provide information that is true and accurate
  • Engage in good faith with all involved in the process
  • Dress in a way that is comfortable for you, as you would for class
  • Think through the allegations you have made and the sanction you have proposed. When you address the Academic Integrity Council Hearing Panel, you will need to be specific as you present your version of the facts of the case. Be prepared to offer a rationale for what you think the appropriate sanction should be.
  • Meet with the assigned case manager to discuss your evidence, your ability to call witnesses, and the overall hearing procedures.
  • Review the specific charge(s) that have been made against you. Be prepared to enter a plea of "in violation" or "not in violation" for each of the charges.
  • Think through your response to each charge. When you address the Academic Integrity Council Hearing Panel, you will need to be specific as you present your version of the facts of the case.
  • Be prepared to offer a rationale for what you think the appropriate sanction is
  • Meet with the assigned case manager to discuss your evidence, your ability to call witnesses, and the overall hearing procedures.
  • Overview of the conduct process
  • Affirmation to be truthful
  • Review of alleged violations
  • Parties’ statements and questioning
  • Statements and questions of witnesses
  • Parties’ clarification statement
  • Closing information regarding notification of decision and the appeals process
  • The UHP members deliberate over all the evidence presented during the hearing and make a determination if the respondent is more likely than not in violation or not in violation of all or some of the charges.
  • The UHP members will review the sanction proposed by the complainant and may make a recommendation.
  • The case and outcome are forwarded to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for review.
  • The faculty member and student receive notification of the Council’s decision on the student’s responsibility and the Provost’s decision on the sanction recommendation, if applicable.