When a report is received, SCCS will determine whether or not Dean’s Discipline is an appropriate response or if the report should be referred elsewhere. SCCS will also determine whether or not more information is required to initiate disciplinary action. Although the reporter will not participate in the hearing process, SCCS staff may follow up with him/her upon resolution of the case.
No report will be referred for disciplinary action unless there is reasonable cause to believe there has been a violation of policy. Reasonable cause is defined as some credible information to support each element of the violation, even if that information is merely a credible witness or a complainant’s statement. SCCS will assess the credibility of available information and determine if a report is wholly supported or unsupported by any such information. Information deemed not credible will not be forwarded for disciplinary action through Dean’s Discipline; however, may be addressed through less formal means, if applicable.
- Anonymity: SCCS will consider requests for anonymity made by a complainant or witness and, in compelling circumstances, may withhold the name of such person. Circumstances in which this request may be granted include a reasonably based fear of retribution, harassment, or any other inappropriate response to the disclosure of such individual’s name.
- Retaliation: Retaliation against any person involved in an investigation, including witnesses or investigators, is strictly prohibited and may result in interim or permanent measures and/or disciplinary action. The University defines retaliation as any adverse action taken against an individual who has participated in any capacity in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under these policies or procedures.
- Interim Measures: In certain circumstances during the investigative process, SCCS and/or other University administrators may place restrictions on a student prior to the conclusion of the hearing. Restrictions that may be placed on a student include, but are not limited to: restricting contact with another individual or people; restricting access to the residence halls or other buildings on campus; suspending a student from participation in classes or events and/or organizations within the campus community; or hold(s) on student transcript, registration, grades and/or diploma. These interim actions will only be taken if it is determined that the student’s behavior may make his or her presence on campus a danger to the normal operations of the institution, the safety of himself/herself, others, or to the property of the University or others. Students issued any interim measures may request a prompt and reasonable review of the need for and terms of any interim measure that directly affects them and may submit evidence in support of their request. Requests for review of the interim measure shall be submitted in writing to the Associate Vice President for Student Conduct and Community Standards and the Dean of the student’s respective school.