The following information is intended to familiarize advisors with IUP’s student conduct procedures/processes and the role of advisors within student conduct proceedings.
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 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.
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 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 expectations outlined for him/her?
A hearing officer or student conduct board chairperson will request that the advisor comply with the expectations 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 policies and/or federal, state, and local ordinances by students
To hold students accountable for their actions when IUP policies or statutes have been violated
What are the responsibilities of an administrative hearing officer/student conduct 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 student conduct charges against him/her
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