Students Involved in Allegations of Misconduct
Students involved in allegations of misconduct are entitled to:
- Meet with an official from the Dean of Students office regarding the conduct matter in question.
- Have information maintained in a reasonably confidential manner, if allowed by law, to the extent provided by Applicable Law. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Except as otherwise provided in this SCC or as prohibited by University Policy or other law, complaints, charges, witness names and evidence may be shared among University employees or external parties on a need-to-know basis. In cases involving sexual misconduct, the reporting party may request confidentiality and the process outlining how such requests are handled can be found in the Student Conduct Hearing Process.
- Be provided support services.
- Request that OU take immediate and interim measures to protect parties involved and the OU community throughout this process, regardless of whether the matter is adjudicated through the SCC or reported as a crime to the OUPD.
- Receive a written statement of the charges prior to any hearing.
- Choose either an administrative or a committee hearing (responding party only). On occasion, a less formal means may be used for resolving complaints if the reporting and responding parties voluntarily agree; however, such means will not be used to address allegations of sexual violence and the responding party may request an administrative or committee hearing at any time before completion of any less formal means.
- Bring witnesses to a committee hearing who have direct information relating to the case and present exhibits at a committee hearing. The reporting and responding parties must notify the Dean of Students office in writing prior to the hearing of the names of any witnesses who will testify at, and exhibits that will be presented at, the committee hearing. Information from character witnesses must be submitted in writing.
- Ask questions of the witnesses, including the reporting party. However, due to the sensitive nature of some incidents, in some cases questions will be submitted to the Chairperson of the hearing panel to ask the questions of the reporting party on the responding party’s behalf. The Chairperson must deem the question(s) appropriate and relevant to the hearing. The parties will be notified by the Dean of Students office in such circumstances.
- Receive 72 hour notice of the time, date, and place of a committee hearing along with a list of potential witnesses and exhibits that have been provided to the Dean of Students at that time. The Dean of Students will notify both parties, prior to the committee hearing, if any other witness names or exhibits are provided to the Dean of Students.
- Exclude, without explanation, one committee member. Notice must be given at least 24 hours prior to the hearing via written notification or by telephone. The excluded committee member will not participate in the hearing. The Dean of Students may be present at the hearing but does not participate in determining responsibility for the allegations
- Refuse to answer any questions or make self-incriminating statements.
- Have an adviser that is an OU faculty, staff, or student to offer support to the student. If necessary, the Dean of Students office will assist in identifying an adviser that is part of the OU community; provided, however, that OU does not guarantee that: (i) OU will be able to secure an adviser for the student; and/or (ii) OU will be able to secure a particular adviser selected by the student. Notwithstanding anything in this paragraph to the contrary, it is the student’s responsibility to secure and communicate with his or her adviser. In cases involving sexual misconduct, both students may have an adviser of their choice, including an attorney. An adviser may attend an administrative or committee hearing; provided, however, that the adviser’s only role in any committee hearing is to observe and provide support and the adviser will not be allowed to otherwise actively participate in a hearing.
- Know that, if held responsible, the conduct committee or the Dean of Students conducting the administrative hearing may impose one or more sanctions as provided in this SCC.
- Receive written notification of the decision reached by the hearing panel concurrently and the right to appeal in writing within ten business days if there is new evidence or a significant procedural error. In cases involving sexual misconduct, students have the additional right to appeal on the basis that the sanction is substantially disproportionate to the findings.
- Choose to resolve the matter in an administrative hearing with the understanding that selecting an administrative hearing means the responding party waives the rights provided to me in #7, #8, #9, #10.