The Student Conduct Process
Know Your Rights
- You can view the report before your hearing
- To do so, email your hearing agent to set up an appointment to review the incident report. The incident report will also be available during the hearing.
- You can have an adviser to help you through the process
- Please read the Role of an Adviser for more information
- You can appeal the decision of your hearing agent if
- You believe the sanctions are excessive or inappropriate,
- You would like a review of the procedures;
- You have new evidence to present that may change the outcome of the hearing
- Please read the Appeal Process for more information
- For more information, please read Rights & Responsibilities of Students Subject to Disciplinary Hearings
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Conduct Process?
The Conduct Process usually begins after Student Affairs receives a report that you might have been involved with. The Conduct process is then used to assess what happened, hear your perspective, and determine if College policy was violated.
I just got a Notice of Allegations Letter, what do I do?
Read it! The letter will tell you to meet with a hearing agent, provide their email address so you can contact them, and the date you need to contact them by to set up a hearing.
What does an allegation mean?
Being alleged with a policy violation means that with the information Student Affairs received, it’s possible a policy violation(s) occurred. It is not an assumption of responsibility, and just because you are charged with a policy violation(s) doesn’t mean you will be held accountable for it. If you have a question about specific policies, you can look up each policy in Section II of the Student Handbook.
What is a hearing?
Hearings are a time where you and your hearing agent meet to discuss the report. Student Affairs knows how important it is to hear your side of a situation and this is the time to do it. Being honest about what happened will help you in the long run.
What is the Conflict Resolution Process?
The Conflict Resolution Process works within the Conduct Process and provides you with an opportunity to discuss instances of disagreement or harm with another party and develop your own plan to address the incident. This option may not be available in all cases, depending on the nature of the alleged violation, availability of facilitators, and other factors. Student Affairs will tell you if this option is available during your hearing.
I received my Outcome Letter, now what?
Follow the instructions! If you were given any sanctions make sure you complete all the required tasks by the deadline that is noted in the letter. If you have multiple sanctions you may have multiple deadlines so be mindful!
What is a sanction?
Sanctions are any tasks or directions given to you after the outcome of your hearing has been determined. Often times, the sanctions issued to you will help you process or learn from the events.
Have a question that’s not on here?
Email Student Affairs or your hearing agent, and we will be more than happy help! StudentConduct@alma.edu
Last Updated 11/5/2018