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 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.