Student Life

Community Standards

Incident Documented - Now What?

What is the Community Standards Process?

When an incident report/complaint is received, the report/complaint is assigned to an administrator within the Division of Student Life. The following options are available for case resolution (as determined by the Office of Community Standards):

1. Alternative Resolution Hearing, most often conducted by a single member of the Division of Student Life.

2. Administrative Hearing, most often conducted by a member of Residence Life or Community Standards professional staff.

3. Peer Review Board Hearing with a three person (plus a chairperson) panel consisting of students.

4. Community Standards Board Hearing with a three person panel consisting of faculty, administrators/staff, and students.

Most allegations of less serious Community Standards violations shall be heard by an Administrative Hearing Officer or the Peer Review Board, or addressed through an Alternative Resolution Hearing.

Generally, more serious Community Standards violations including significant interpersonal conflicts/sexual offenses shall be heard by an Administrative Hearing Officer or the Community Standards Board. Mediation will not be used to resolve sexual offense complaints. For these more serious Community Standards violations, a pre-hearing meeting shall be scheduled. This pre-hearing meeting is part of the Community Standards process.

Generally, Community Standards violations involving student organizations shall be heard by the Peer Review Board or an Administrative Hearing Officer.

CLICK HERE for a flow chart describing the Community Standards process from incident report to case closure.