A student who has been notified that his/her conduct is being investigated before a possible judicial board hearing or who has been charged with an alleged violation of the Honor and Student Conduct Codes that will be resolved through a judicial board hearing has the right to be accompanied by a disciplinary process advisor (DPA) [who is a current University of Lynchburg student, faculty, or staff member] to investigation, hearing, and appeal proceedings that the student attends. If the advisee elects not to attend a proceeding, the DPA cannot attend that proceeding.
When exercising the right to be accompanied by a DPA, a student should identify a person who is able to attend proceedings as scheduled by the University. Although a student can be accompanied to a particular proceeding by only one DPA, a student may elect to change advisors during the course of the disciplinary process. A proceeding is not subject to postponement due to the unavailability of a specific disciplinary process advisor.
If requested by the advisee, a DPA can provide support, guidance, and advice to the advisee. A DPA can also assist the advisee in preparing comments that the advisee will present during a proceeding. To enhance effectiveness, a DPA should read the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and Regulations. The University of Lynchburg is not responsible for the quality, accuracy, or effectiveness of assistance provided by an advisee’s selected DPA.
A disciplinary process advisor is not involved in determining the outcome of an incident review. Throughout the disciplinary process, a DPA cannot present information, advocate for, or argue a case on behalf of an advisee; the advisee is responsible for presenting comments he/she wishes to provide, even when accompanied by a DPA.
During any proceeding, a DPA’s communication is limited to conferring quietly with the advisee through written note or whisper; the DPA may not address any other participant or the hearing panel. The DPA may not interfere in, disrupt, or delay a proceeding. The Office of the Dean of Students or a hearing chairperson may remove or dismiss a DPA who becomes disruptive or who does not abide by the restrictions on advisor participation; the proceeding then continues without the advisor present.