Procedural Advisor Shoulds & Should Nots

Remember, UCO P.A.s should . . .

  • Get confirmation from Student Affairs Rep of name and contact (phone and email) information of student;
  • Call student and arrange for location to meet (prior to or at first or next meeting with OSC Investigator);
  • Take the Code of Student Conduct or accessibility to thereof with you to the meeting;
  • Inform the student you ARE NOT a confidential reporting source;
  • At meeting, introduce yourself to establish rapport with student;
  • Genuinely, ask how the student is doing, follow up, and inform/refer to appropriate entities;
  • Ask the student what they were hoping to gain from requesting a P.A.;
  • Ask the student if they would be comfortable telling you about their situation;
    • If so, listen, without interrupting
    • Ask the student if they have specific concerns about the process and take note of any voiced concerns;
  • Advise students on how to voice concerns
  • Inform student about your role and parameters of advisement (what you can and cannot do);
  • Be prepared to explain meanings of policy violation allegations and how they apply to their alleged actions;
  • Review the students’ rights, responsibilities, and burden of  with the student;
  • Inform student about possible resources that may help in their situation;
  • Be an option for proofreading statements or form completions;
  • Inform student of appeal request options and procedures; and
  • Ask student if they would like for you to continue to advise them through process.  If so, arrange for next meeting(s)

Remember, UCO P.A.s should NOT . . .

  • Act as a confidential reporting source;
  • Do the work (personal statements, complete forms, appeal request statements, etc.) or serve as a “ghost writer” for the student during the student conduct process;
  • Assist or encourage the student to engage in any retaliatory actions, per the current UCO Code of Student Conduct, section III. K.
  • Assist or encourage the student to abuse the student conduct process, per any actions specified in the current UCO Code of Student Conduct, section III. H. 27.
  • Advise the student to be uncooperative and/or disruptive during the student conduct process;
  • Attempt to legally represent the student;
  • Disrupt informal conduct meetings;
  • Speak for the student during any formal hearings; and
  • Provide Counseling or Survivor Advocacy for the student (P.A.s should refer students to the UCO Center for Counseling and Well-Being)