Student Judicial Board and Administrative Board hearings held to resolve charges of an alleged violation of the Honor and Student Conduct Codes are conducted according to the agenda below. Only current University of Lynchburg students, faculty, and staff may participate in or observe a board hearing.
- Call to order;
- Signing of the Honesty Statement;
- Determination of whether the hearing is open or closed to observers from the campus community (current University of Lynchburg students, faculty, and staff only). A hearing may be open to observers from the campus community only if both the charged student(s) and the accuser agree. When the University investigates a case, Community Expectations and Restorative Practices or an appropriate designee adopts the role of accuser. When multiple charged students are involved in a single hearing, the hearing may be open to observers only if all charged students express that preference. Observation of an open hearing is limited to the number of campus community members that can be accommodated in the hearing room (if any), as determined by the hearing chairperson. Online observation is prohibited for individuals who are not hearing participants.
- Reading of the charge(s) to be considered;
- Statement by the charged student of responsibility or lack thereof for the alleged policy violation(s);
- Presentation of information concerning the charge(s), including the following components if relevant to the hearing but not necessarily in this order:
- Investigation report;
- Information from witnesses;
- Information from the charged student concerning the charge(s); and/or
- Questions by board members;
- Review of a written statement from character reference, if provided;
- Summary comments by the charged student, if the student elects to make them;
- Break for private board deliberations. If the board determines that the charged student is responsible for one or more infractions, the board then also determines appropriate outcomes. If the hearing panel needs additional information to determine appropriate outcomes, the board may invite the charged student to return to the hearing room to respond to additional questions.
- Oral presentation of the hearing results, which the charged student may elect to attend and to be accompanied by a disciplinary process advisor.
If an invited participant fails to attend the hearing, the hearing proceeds without the participant, and decisions are made by the board.
Request to Omit Presentation of Incident Information
A student who has been charged with an alleged violation of the Honor and Student Conduct Codes that will be resolved through a board hearing may, prior to the deadline specified in the hearing notice, accept responsibility for all charges issued and request omission of the portion of the board hearing in which incident information concerning the charges is presented to the hearing panel (see “Hearing Procedures” Part G). When the presentation of incident information is omitted, neither witnesses nor the case investigator participate in the hearing, and the hearing is closed to observers. However, the charged student retains the option to attend the hearing, the right to be accompanied during the hearing by a disciplinary process advisor, and the right to provide a written statement from one character reference to the hearing panel during the hearing (see “Rights of a Charged Student”). When the presentation of incident information is omitted, the hearing panel may discuss the incident informally with the charged student and ask questions during the hearing before deliberating to determine appropriate outcomes.
A charged student’s request for the omission of the presentation of incident information is granted by Community Expectations and Restorative Practices only if the following conditions exist:
- The charged student accepts responsibility for all charges of infraction issued to them – If a single charge includes both an A-level and a B-level option, the charged student must accept responsibility for the A-level option; and
- Any other charged student involved in the hearing also accepts responsibility for all charges issued to them and requests the omission of the presentation of incident information – For a hearing involving more than one charged student, if any individual charged student does not request the omission of the presentation of incident information, then that hearing portion is conducted for all charged students.