Student Rights in the Conduct Process

Did you know you are afforded rights through the student conduct process? Read on to learn more about your rights.

Rights afforded to all parties

The following rights are afforded to all parties participating in the Student Conduct Process: 

1.   To be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion by all persons involved in the conduct process.

2.   Information regarding the College student conduct process will be communicated to all students and affirmed at the beginning of each academic year.  At the time of a hearing, information regarding the process for the specific alleged violation will be communicated in writing to the respondent. 

3.   Information about accessing services through the College’s health and counseling services, Campus Safety department, etc.

4.   Freedom from intimidation, harassment, and retaliation throughout the student conduct process.

5. Privacy throughout the student conduct process in relation to campus and other media, and in relation to all other involved parties. 

6.   In the case of a formal hearing, separate hearing rooms (connected by electronic means) in order to allow full participation of both parties.

7. The right not to answer any questions that may be asked during the hearing.

8. The right to be accompanied at the hearing by an advisor from the Nazareth College community. The advisor may be any member of the College faculty, staff (exception: professional staff of the College’s counseling center), or student who is not an attorney, relative, or significant other. The advisor may confer with and assist the student but may not speak for them as an advocate. Legal counsel may not be present at the hearing. Upon notice of a formal hearing, the College will offer to supply an advisor to the student, however, the student may decline the offer and supply an advisor of their own choosing.  Should they be unable to find an advisor but still desire to have an advisor present, the respondent can request the College provide an advisor. Requests must be submitted in writing to the chair at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the time of the hearing. Exceptions to this may be made when extenuating circumstances prevent the timely submission of the name of the advisor.

9. Any person not affiliated with the hearing, is not allowed in the vicinity of the hearing room (or remote locations).

10. In the event a party, with notice, does not appear at the appointed formal or informal hearing, the hearing will be conducted in their absence. In the event a party does not remain for the entire hearing, the remainder of the hearing will be conducted in their absence.

More Information

More information about your rights through the process can be found in the Student Code of Conduct under Section 5: Conduct Process. The policy is on the Student Conduct homepage.