Informal Resolution Options
A. Student Conduct Meeting
- Respondents may be provided with an informal meeting to resolve the allegations. Meetings are closed meetings that permit the Respondent to discuss the referral informally with a Conduct Officer and others as appropriate. During the meeting, the Conduct Officer and the Respondent discuss the referral and determine whether it is more likely than not the Respondent violated the Code or any other UK policy.
- After reviewing the referral and meeting with the Respondent, if the Conduct Officer determines sufficient information does not exist to prove an alleged violation, the Conduct Officer may dismiss the referral.
- If the Conduct Officer determines sufficient information does exist to prove an alleged violation, and the Respondent accepts responsibility for the alleged violation, the Conduct Officer and the Respondent will discuss restorative actions. The Respondent can either:
- Agree to fulfill the restorative action as discussed in the meeting; or
- Disagree with the proposed restorative action and request a restorative conference or a formal hearing on the issue of appropriate restorative actions only.
- If the Conduct Officer determines sufficient information does exist to prove an alleged violation, and the Respondent does not accept responsibility, the case will be referred for a formal hearing.
- An agreement by the student as to either responsibility or the restorative action reached during the student conduct meeting may not be appealed.
B. Restorative Conference
- A restorative conference provides an opportunity for interaction between the Respondent and any harmed party or Complaining Witness, but also may involve the community in the decision making process. Community participants may be anyone in the community concerned about the behavior. The goal is to provide everyone a voice in the process and bring understanding to all parties. Restorative conferences also allow for collaboration in deciding what is to be done about the incident in question and also to address any underlying problems that led to the incident.
- Participation in a restorative conference is voluntary. All parties must willingly agree to attend. The Respondent must have previously accepted responsibility for the behavior in question in order for a restorative conference to occur. Annual training for restorative conference facilitators is provided by the Office of Student Conduct. Restorative conferences may or may not result in additional restorative actions, depending on the outcome of the conference.
- If a resolution is not met through the restorative conference, the student conduct process will resume and a formal hearing will be scheduled to determine restorative actions.