Standard of Evidence

In compliance with federal guidelines and regulations, all Student Conduct decisions will be made based on the “preponderance of the evidence” standard which differs from the standards of evidence used in legal cases.

Under the preponderance standard, more than 50% of the evidence must point to a conclusion to reach a decision, or in other terms, the hearing agent must reach a conclusion that it is “more likely” that a violation of College policy occurred than not.

College disciplinary matters like those at Alma College are considered administrative actions with less severe consequences than legal proceedings and thus use a lower evidentiary standard.

Last Updated 7/28/2016