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Prep Tools for Student Conduct Hearings

 Student Conduct Hearing Preparation Tips

  • Read section IV 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 the Student Conduct Hearing in advance.
  • Prepare a 2-3 minute opening statement that will outline your stance during the hearing.
  • Prepare a 2-3 minute concluding statement that will summarize your stance and highlight your desired outcome for the case.
  • Gather your thoughts and write down your version of the incident in a chronological narrative and/or bulleted format.
  • Be prepared to read or tell your version of the incident to the Director of Student Conduct or a student conduct body consisting of faculty, students, and possibly staff and community members.
  • Request to review the case packet of documentation (the findings of the University investigation) that may be presented during the student conduct hearing.
  • Write down any relevant open-ended and/or closed-ended questions for your accuser or the alleged victim, which may help to prove your version of the incident.
  • When you address the designated student conduct body, make eye contact with them.  Their task is to determine what more than likely occurred.  You can make their task a little bit easier if they can get a feel for you verbally and non-verbally.  
  • Be prepared to answer potentially and seemingly adverse or uncomfortable questions truthfully.
  • Be respectful to the panel members of the student conduct body and avoid being argumentative, rude, and overly defensive when answering their questions.
  • If any, ask an eye-witnesses, circumstantial witnesses, or character witnesses to be present, who may be able to provide an objective, yet favorable account of the incident for you.
  • If necessary, ask a character witness to be present on your behalf.
  • If necessary, ask for an advisor to be present at the hearing and inform the Director of Student Conduct, no later than two (2) University business days  in advance. 
  • Inform the advisor that they cannot represent the student.  Students must represent themselves at Student Conduct Hearings.
  • Tell the truth.



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Contact Us

  • Office of Student Conduct
  • Lillard Administration Building RM 213
  • 100 N. University Drive 
  • Edmond, OK 73034
  • (405) 974-2361
  • (405) 200-3004 (To report behavior or policy violations after hours)
  • studentconduct@uco.edu

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