The initial step in the Marshall University conduct process is to meet with the Director of Student Conduct to discuss your part in the incident in question. Upon receipt of a charge letter you have 48 hours to contact the Director for a meeting. During this meeting you will:
- Review the specific charges being brought against you
- Have a chance to present your side of the case
After the case has been reviewed and charges are accepted, you will be sanctioned and a letter will be sent stating you sanction and the requirements (if any) to complete it. If the charges are accepted, you will complete your sanction and the case will be closed. If the charges are NOT accepted, you will have 24 hours from the receipt of the sanction letter to file “Intent to Appeal “form. Once this form is filled out completely and returned, the hearing process will begin.
The Hearing Process
Before the hearing you should:
- Review the charges and question whether you were sanctioned appropriately.
- Seek and secure the assistance of a Student Advocate or advisor.
- Notify witnesses
- Prepare and gather evidence, develop questions for witnesses, opening and closing statements.
- Notify the Director of Student conduct if any assistance is needed.
During the Hearing you should:
- Be on time and prepared as the hearing will proceed without your presence.
- Swear in anyone speaking on your behalf (including yourself if you are self-represented).
- Present all information gathered in the form of opening statement, questioning of the witnesses, and closing statements.
- Be patient and allow ample time for the hearing board to deliberate. This portion of the session will not be open to you or your witnesses.
- If found responsible, you should have a reasonable sanction ready for suggestion to present. If found “Not Responsible” the hearing is over.
The hearing board has the right to accept the suggested sanction, or recommend one of their own.
After the Hearing you should:
- Review the decision and recommended sanction and the opinion of the panel.
- Decide if you wish to appeal the board’s decision. You have 48 hours to do so.
If another appeal is desired, you have five (5) business days from the date the appeal is filed, to submit a summary of the grounds for an addition appeal.