Student Conduct - a Division of Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma
Prep Tools for Student Conduct Hearings
- Read section III of the current Code of Student Conduct
- Ask for a copy of the Student Conduct Hearing outline, if you do not already have one, and review it.
- Inquire about the ground rules of formal hearings, in advance.
- Prepare a 3 minute opening statement that will outline your stance during the hearing.
- Prepare a 3 minute concluding statement that will summarize your stance and highlight your desired outcome for the case.
- Prepare to answer potentially and seemingly adverse or uncomfortable questions about your situation, which may not have been addressed by the investigator's summary by gathering your thoughts and writing down or accessing and bringing your written version of the incident in a chronological narrative and/or bulleted format.
- Prior to the hearing, request to review the case packet of documentation (the findings of the University investigation) that will be presented during the hearing.
- Write down any relevant open-ended and/or closed-ended questions for you to pose towards the other party, which may help to prove your version of the incident. Remember, questions will be posed through the hearing body chair.
- When you address the designated hearing body, make eye contact with them. Their task is to determine if university polices were "more than likely" violated. You can assist them if they can get a feel for you verbally and non-verbally.
- Be respectful to the hearing body and avoid being argumentative, rude, and overly defensive when answering their questions.
- If necessary, ask a witness, who is able to honestly and positively corroborate your version, to be present.
- Ask for an advisor to be present at the hearing and try to inform the Office of Student Conduct prior to the hearing for logistical planning.
- Consult with the Center for Counseling and Well-Being or Project SPEAK for options of support and advocacy. Don't forget: Your advisor could by a support person or advocate. (Call 405-974-2215 for more information about these services.)
- Inform your advisor that they cannot represent (i.e. speak on your behalf, present documents, etc.) the student. Students must represent themselves at formal hearings.
- Tell the truth.
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