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My Hearing Options

The Office of Student Conduct provides students with case resolution options if they are alleged to be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Below are three avenues student may choose to resolve their cases. In rare cases, the OSC will decide the most appropriate venue.

Informal Hearing

An informal hearing is an information-gathering meeting. OSC most likely received your name from a police report; incident report from the residence halls; or a report was forwarded to us from a faculty member, staff member, or another student.

What happens when I go to my meeting?

In this meeting, you and your conduct administrator will discuss what happened (or did not happen) during the incident and why it occurred. After hearing all sides of the incident your conduct administrator will decide whether there is enough evidence or information to conclude that a University policy was violated or not (See Student Code of Conduct and Housing Regulations for a listing of policies). Responsibility will be determined and outcomes and sanctions will then be discussed based on the individual incident.

Formal Administrative Hearing

A formal administrative hearing is used when students have failed to attend their informal hearings or make contact with the office to reschedule the informal hearing.

What happens at a Formal Administrative Hearing?

The hearing officer may conduct this hearing without the presence of the charged student. The Code of Conduct charges for the formal hearing will be sent to the student via e-mail in advance to meet due process rights for students. Conduct administrators would far prefer to have students present to discuss the incident, and as such this format is only used when students refuse to attend.

Carolina Judicial Council Hearing (CJC)

All students who disagree with the findings or sanctions provided by the conduct administrator or hearing officer who presided over their case have the opportunity to have their case heard at a CJC Hearing. Students may also take their case to a CJC Hearing if they feel it would be more fair to have students or a panel decide the case.

What happens at a CJC Hearing?

The CJC panel is typically comprised of 3 students and 2 faculty or staff members that hear the case. There are two options for CJC Hearings:

  1. Sanctions Only Hearing - occurs when the student agrees with the finding of “Responsible” but disagrees with the sanctions.
  2. Full hearing – occurs when the student would like the entire case heard from start to finish because he/she disagrees with both the findings and the sanctions.