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Information for Advocates

How do I choose an advisor?

According to IUP’s student behavioral code, an accused student and alleged victim(s) of violence may select an advisor to advise him/her during student conduct proceedings. Only one advisor is permitted per accused student, witness, and alleged victim of violence. An advisor may be present at a hearing to provide support for an accused student, witness and/or alleged victim. An advisor may be any individual selected by the accused student, witness, or alleged victim, including (but not limited to) a friend, student, IUP administrator, family member, or attorney. S/he may consult and interact privately with the accused student, witness or alleged victim(s) during the student conduct proceedings. The advisor is not permitted to represent the student. If the advisor does not act within the limitations as outlined, the hearing officer or student conduct board chairperson will request that s/he comply or remove herself/himself from the hearing.

The following information is intended to familiarize advisors with IUP’s student conduct procedures/processes and the role of advisors within conduct proceedings.

Who can be an advisor?

An advisor can be any individual selected by the accused student, witness, or alleged victim of violence, including, but not limited to, another student, a friend, an IUP faculty, staff member, or administrator, a family member, or an attorney.

What is the role of an advisor?

An advisor’s role is to provide support for a student. According to the The Source: A Student Policy Guide, “The advisor may consult and interact privately with the accused student or alleged victim(s) during student conduct proceedings. The advisor is not permitted, however, to represent the accused student or alleged victim(s).”

What happens if an advisor does not act within the limitations outlined for him/her?

A hearing officer or student conduct board chairperson will request that the advisor comply with the limitations and warn him/her that if the noncompliance persists, the advisor will be required to remove himself/herself from the hearing.

What are the purposes of the university’s student conduct system?

  • To review alleged violations of university regulations and/or federal, state, and local ordinances by students
  • To hold students accountable for their actions when IUP regulations or statutes have been violated

What are the responsibilities of an administrative hearing officer/student conduct board chairperson?

  • To determine the facts of the alleged incident
  • To determine whether the accused student has violated university policy
  • If it is more likely than not that the accused student violated policy, to determine appropriate sanctions for his/her actions.
  • If it is determined that the student is unlikely to have violated policy, to dismiss the university conduct charges against him/her.

For more information on the IUP student conduct process, see the Student Behavior Regulations, located in The Source: A Student Policy Guide.

  • Office of Student Conduct
  • Center for Student Life
    Pratt Hall, Room 307
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-1264
  • Fax: 724-357-1242
  • Office Hours
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.