Respondent's Bill of Rights

Hearing Process / Appeal Process / Complainant's Bill of Rights / Respondent's Bill of Rights

A. The right to investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct made in good faith to university administrators against the respondent student

B. The right to be treated with respect by university officials;

C. The right to be informed of and have access to campus resources for medical, counseling, and advisory services;

D. The right to be fully informed of the nature, rules and procedures of the campus conduct process and to timely written notice of all alleged violations within the complaint, including the nature of the violation and possible sanctions;

E. The right to a hearing on the complaint, including timely notice of the hearing date, and adequate time for preparation;

F. The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a campus hearing;

G. The right to make an impact statement at the campus conduct proceeding and to have that statement considered by the board in determining its sanction;

H: The right to appeal the [finding aid] sanction of the conduct body, in accordance with the standards for appeal established by the University;

I: The right to review all documentary evidence available regarding the complaint, subject to the privacy limitations imposed by state and federal law, at least 48 hours prior to the hearing;

J: The right to be informed of the names of all witnesses who will be called to give testimony, within 48 hours of the hearing, except in cases where a witness’ identity will not be revealed to the respondent student for compelling safety reasons.

K: The right to a hearing closed to the public;

L: The right to petition that any members of the conduct body be removed on the basis of basis;

M: The right to have the University compel the presence of student, and the opportunity to ask questions, directly or indirectly, of witness, and the right to challenge documentary evidence;

N: The right to have complaints heard by conduct and appeals officers who have received annual sexual misconduct adjudication training;

O: The right to have university policies and procedures followed without material deviation;

P: The right to have an advisor or advocate accompany and assist in the campus hearing process. This advisor can be anyone, [optional: including an attorney (provided at the respondent student’s own cost), but the advisor may not take part directly in the hearing itself], though they may communicate with the respondent student as necessary;

Q: The right to a fundamentally fair hearing, as defined in these procedures;

R: The right to a written notice of the outcome and sanction of the hearing;

S: The right to a University Conduct Board comprised of representatives of both genders;

T: The right to be informed in advance, when possible, or any public release of information regarding the complaint.

*statements that are italicized are from the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights from the 1992 Higher Education Amendment of 1992