A Three-Level System

Level One:

(two types): Both adjudicated by Judicial Coordinators

  1. Lower Level Hearings
  2. Upper Level Hearings

Level Two:

Community Board Hearing — adjudicated by Community Board (students, faculty and staff)

Level Three:

  • Dean and Senior Associate Dean
  • Title IX Cases
  • Community Board Appeals

Level One (Two Types):

1. Lower-Level Hearings

Lower Level hearings are conducted by a Judicial Coordinator. Lower Level hearings usually involve low-level violations such as candles in residence halls, guest policy violations, misuse of keys, etc. What qualifies as a low-level violation is at the discretion of the Judicial Coordinator.

2. Upper Level Hearings

Upper Level Hearings are conducted by a Judicial Coordinator. These hearings are for high-level violations such as drugs, alcohol, misuse of property, etc. What qualifies as a high-level violation is at the discretion of the Judicial Coordinator.

In both a Lower Level and Upper Level Judicial:

  • A hearing occurs when an information report, police report or other forms of evidence are present that support a violation of student Code of Conduct. During the hearing, the student will present their case and the Judicial Coordinator will determine whether the student is responsible or not responsible.
  • A Level One Hearing can occur when adjudication is requested by the college.
  • A Level One Hearing can occur when adjudication is requested by an accuser.

Level Two:

Community Board Hearing

If a student wishes does not agree with the outcome of the hearing made by the judicial coordinator they can choose to meet with the Community Board. The Community Board is a panel of five people consisting of students, faculty and staff. The Community Board will hear the case and issue a ruling. The board is responsible for setting and upholding the College standards of behavior. Holding the leadership position of Community Board member provides the opportunity to communicate about the conduct system while promoting a positive living-learning community.

Level Three:

Upper Level hearings also involve Title IX cases and Community Board appeals. These cases are adjudicated by the Dean and Senior Associate Dean.
This level is for a third minor violation, a second minor violation with aggravating factors, and all major violations. At a maximum the student may be expelled and permanently trespassed from campus. At a minimum the student’s parents or guardians will be notified, the student will be trespassed from campus after 8 p.m., and the student will be placed on probation for no less than one year.


Students have the right to appeal the original decision resolving their charges; below is a list of specific grounds that guide a request for an appeal.

  • Denial of a fair hearing as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Insufficient evidence to establish responsibility.
  • Disciplinary action taken can be shown to be arbitrary and capricious.

Please note, failure to agree with assigned sanctions is NOT grounds to an appeal.