This section outlines the Student Conduct Process. Also refer to the Student Code of Conduct for specifications of each process.
A charge letter is the document that a student will receive if he/she has allegedly violated the Student Conduct Code. A student must call the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 644.5136 within 5 class days of receiving the charge letter to set up an appointment for an information session.
Typically, students may choose both their hearing type and hearing body. The Student Conduct Code provides for two distinct types of hearings, informal and formal.
Informal hearings are best suited for cases involving few questions of fact. They can typically be scheduled quickly, at the convenience of both the charged student and the hearing body. In an informal hearing, the University does not automatically call witnesses to support the charges. However, the charged student may call witnesses and present evidence. The hearing body may gather any additional information needed, including calling witnesses. If additional information is needed, the charged student will be notified.
Formal hearings are most appropriate for cases involving more serious alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code. Formal hearings require the hearing body to call appropriate witnesses to provide information relevant to the charges. Formal hearings are held no sooner than five class days after notice is given to the charged student. The hearings are recorded and this recording serves as the official record of the proceedings.
The following order of presentation is recommended for use in formal hearings. The hearing body may change the order if necessary.
An organization charged with an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code will be represented in the conduct process by the president of the organization. Information regarding the alleged charges will be communicated to the president. The Greek Judicial Board will serve as the hearing body for Greek organizations. The Student Judicial Board will serve as the hearing body for all other student organizations. All hearings for student organizations will be public.
Please note that information on this page is in reference to the University’s student conduct process.
The appeal form for student conduct cases is available on this webpage: https://dos.fsu.edu/srr/resources/office-forms
An appeal may be requested on any first-level decision, provided that one or more of the reasons for appeal listed in (3)(c) is relevant to the case. On appeal, the burden of proof rests with the student organization to show clearly that a fundamental due process error has occurred during the first level hearing process that would substantially impact the outcome of the hearing. The appellate body varies depending on the initial hearing body and is outlined below.
Specific Authority BOG Regulations 1.001(3)(a), (j), and (4) (a), 6.0105. Law Implemented 1011.48 FS History—New 6-8-12.
Upon conclusion of the hearing, the hearing body will make a determination of “responsible” or “not responsible” for each charge. If a decision of responsible is reached, the hearing body will craft a set of educational sanctions for the student to complete in order to fulfill the conduct process. These sanctions will be detailed in the decision letter along with a deadline for completion. If the deadline is not met, a judicial hold may be placed on a student’s University records.
The student has 5 class days to pick up and sign for their decision letter in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
An information session is an informal meeting with a representative from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities who will explain to a student his/her rights, discuss hearing options, and answer any questions. It is NOT a hearing, but an opportunity for a student to become more informed of the conduct process.
The Student Conduct Code affords all students involved in the University conduct process the right to an advisor (see section (7)(c)3). An advisor can be a friend, family member, faculty member, attorney, or anyone a student chooses. Student Government sponsors a Student Defender who can also advise students going through the conduct process. Regardless of who a student chooses to advise him/her, the advisor cannot speak for a student in the hearing unless authorized by the hearing body. Students will need to complete and submit the Role of Advisor form to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities two class days prior to their hearing in order for an advisor to be present at the hearing.
The University provides the following rights to the complainant. The cases to which these rights may apply include but are not limited to sexual misconduct, endangerment, harassment, stalking and hazing. Complainants must notify the Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or University Housing at least two (2) class days prior to the scheduled hearing, if they wish to exercise any of the following rights listed in this section:
Specific Authority BOG Regulations 1.001(3)(a), (j), and (4) (a), 6.0105. Law Implemented 1011.48 FS History—New 6-10-86; Revised _____________.
In light of the facts and circumstances of each case, the following sanctions, or combination of sanctions (with or without appropriate modifications) may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Conduct Code. Certain sanctions may incur a financial cost.
The university will call appropriate witnessed to provide information relevant to the charges in a formal hearing. In an informal hearing, the charged student may call witnesses to present information.
If you have been called to provide testimony in a student conduct hearing, please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the hearing.