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When it is alleged that a student has violated university standards of behavior, the Office of Student Engagement will be notified.
After review by the Office of Student Engagement, if it is determined that there is adequate cause for a conduct action, the Office of Student Engagement will consult with the Academic Dean responsible for the program in which the student is enrolled. He/she will determine whether the Office of Student Engagement or the dean of the school will pursue the case, in accordance with applicable process and procedure.
If it is determined that the Academic Dean will handle the matter, it will be administered through the regular process prescribed for conducting non-academic conduct matters in the particular school or unit involved. If the Office of Student Engagement is to administer the case, the Non-Academic Conduct Hearing Officer will meet with the student involved.
If the matter is to be referred to the Non-Academic Conduct Committee, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life will be advised and will appoint members to hear the case. A faculty member will be selected to serve on the committee; two (2) students will be selected from the USGA Student Court, and a staff member, who is to serve as chairperson of this committee, will be identified.
Non-Academic Conduct hearings will be conducted in accordance with the appropriate standards of due process.
A decision whether the Respondent is found "in violation" (responsible) of the policy or "not in violation" (not responsible) of the policy is made by the Non-Academic Student Conduct Hearing Officer or Non-Academic Conduct Committee. The standard of evidence used to determine responsibility is a "preponderance of the evidence" ("more likely than not");
An unexcused absence from a hearing, without just cause, may result in sanctions being imposed, based upon the available evidence. It may also result in additional charges per Section IV, 2.
When suspension or expulsion are recommended by the dean, Office of Student Engagement Non-Academic Conduct Hearing Officer, or Non-Academic Conduct Committee, the Assistant Vice President for Student Life shall review the case and make a final decision after recommendation to the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success and the President of the university. The response to the recommendations will be communicated to the student(s) involved by the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. Similar due process procedures will be available for student organizations.