Responding Student Rights

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, expects that all disciplinary proceedings will be handled fairly.  All Rutgers University students shall therefore be granted the following rights in the disciplinary process under this Code:

A student has the right to

  • be treated with dignity by the University Hearing Board and by all persons involved in the disciplinary process.
  • information pertaining to counseling services.
  • a hearing by an unbiased Student Conduct Officer or University Hearing Board.
  • have a Campus Adviser present at all disciplinary meetings and hearings.  It is the responsibility of the student to make sure his/her Campus Adviser is present at hearings and meetings.  Specific Campus Adviser availability shall not be sufficient grounds for postponing University Hearings or Disciplinary Conferences. 
  • have a support person present at all disciplinary meetings and hearings.  It is the responsibility of the student to make sure his/her support person is present at hearings and meetings.  Support person availability shall not be sufficient grounds for postponing University Hearings or Disciplinary Conferences. 
  • written notice of the charges placed against her or him that also indicates the time and place of any Disciplinary Conference or hearing. Proper written notification shall be defined as delivery of mail to a student’s local or permanent address, as reported by the student to the University Registrar, or an e-mail message sent to the email account established by the student as his or her official e-mail. Students shall be held responsible for the contents of mail sent to reported addresses and e-mail messages sent to their established e-mail accounts.  Students have the responsibility for providing the University with current addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers. 
  • receive a written copy of the report(s) stating the circumstances and allegations involved. This information shall generally be available to the student when he or she is notified of the charges.
  • present information against herself or himself.  Students do not have to speak at any meeting, conference or hearing and no negative inference will be made should a student choose not to speak.
  • hear and respond to all information presented against her or him.
  • present information and/or witnesses on her or his behalf. The relevancy of witnesses shall be determined by the Student Conduct Officer or Hearing Officer.
  • written notification of the results of the hearing or conference within a reasonable time after the University Hearing or Disciplinary Conference.
  •  be informed of his or her right to appeal, and the process for doing so.

Click here for a list of Campus Advisers: Campus Advisers August 2017.pdf

COMPLAINT PARTY RIGHTS

When a member of the Rutgers University community files a complaint against a Rutgers University student, that person should expect that the University shall respond in a caring manner, allowing that person to utilize the disciplinary process while also maintaining the rights of the accused student. The following rights shall be provided persons serving as complaint parties for alleged conduct offenses under this Code:

The person has the right to

  • be treated with dignity by the University Hearing Board and by all persons involved in the disciplinary process.
  • information pertaining to the University disciplinary process and appropriate referrals for information on the criminal process.
  • information pertaining to counseling services.
  • to assistance throughout the disciplinary process, including the right to have a Campus Adviser and support persons at all disciplinary meetings and proceedings. It is the responsibility of the complaint party to make sure his or her Campus Adviser and support persons are present at the University Hearings or Disciplinary Conferences.  Campus Adviser or support person availability is not sufficient grounds for postponing a hearing or Disciplinary Conference.
  • the same protections provided to accused students, including the right to written notification of a conference or hearing, the right to hear all information presented to the Student Conduct Officer or Hearing Board, the right to present information and witnesses, the right to written disclosure of the results of a conference or hearing, and the right to appeal.
  • have any unrelated past behavior excluded from the disciplinary process. The Student Conduct Officer or Hearing Officer shall determine what constitutes unrelated behavior.
  • deliver or submit a written impact statement to the Student Conduct Officer or Hearing Board that will be considered only in sanctioning, should the accused student be found responsible.
  • privacy throughout the disciplinary process with respect to campus and other media, and from all other uninvolved parties.
  • expect to be free from intimidation and harassment throughout the disciplinary process.
  • the person has the right, upon request, to have reasonable steps taken by the Office of Student Conduct or other University agencies to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contact with the accused student(s).

 

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