The Responding Party is entitled to be accompanied by a Support Person in meetings
related to the investigative and disciplinary process. This includes informational
meetings, Investigation meetings, conduct resolution meetings, and University Hearings.
A Support Person is someone who provides support, guidance, and/or advice to the individual.
However, a Support Person cannot speak on behalf of the individual, directly participate
in the proceedings, or submit any written requests (including appeals) on behalf of
the individual. The Support Person also cannot serve as a witness in the context of
an Investigation. A Support Person may be a family member, friend, faculty member,
staff member, attorney, or other advisor/supporter. Should a Support Person not adhere
to these expectations or attempt to play a direct and/or active role in any proceedings,
the Hearing Officer or staff member, at their discretion, may order the excusal of
the Support Person.
Parents & Family
If your student is involved in the Student Conduct process, it is understandable that
you will want to support them. This page is intended to provide you with general information.
Answers to general questions can be found on the FAQ page. We highly recommend that
you read other sections of our webpage such as "Conduct Resolution Meeting" and "Appeal
Procedures" along with your student. While the disciplinary process is the method
for upholding the University's policies, our ultimate objective is to provide a fair
process and help your student learn. We strive to get to know students, listen to
their stories, and provide opportunities for growth throughout the process, regardless
of their responsibility for violating policies. Every part of our process is designed
to be educational.