Student Conduct Process

The following section explains the student conduct process step-by-step. Each step explains what the actions of the Department of Student Community Ethics and what a student should expect when going through the process.

To see a diagram of how the process works, please see our Student Conduct Process Flowchart.

1. Notification

  • The student will receive notification in their university email informing them that a conduct charge has been filed against that student.
  • The student must then schedule an appointment with the Department of Student Community Ethics by the date indicated in the letter.

2. The Initial Meeting

  • A hearing officer will meet with the student to explain the charges.
  • A hearing officer will discuss the student's rights and responsibilities.
  • A hearing officer will explain all student conduct procedures.
  • A hearing officer will hear any statement that student may wish to make.

3. The Mutual Resolution

  • The student will be given to option to mutually resolve the case with the hearing officer at the initial meeting.
  • If the student is found not responsible for a charge or the charge is dropped, the process ends here.
  • If the student is found responsible for a charge, a sanction will be agreed upon by the student and the hearing officer.
  • If a student chooses to mutually resolve, the process ends here with no option for appeal.
  • If the student chooses to not mutually resolve the case, the will move on to a secondary hearing (Administrative or Student Hearing Board)

4. The Administrative Hearing/Student Hearing Board

  • The Administrative Hearing/Student Hearing Board will, independently determine the student’s responsibility based on the preponderance of evidence and the hearing proceedings only.
  • The sanction assigned by the hearing officer/body may be more, the same, or less severe than those proposed by the original hearing officer.

5. The Appeal Process

  • In accordance with University of North Carolina Code Section 502 D(3), (see Section II), appeals must be limited to the following grounds:
    (a.) a violation of due process; or
    (b.) a material deviation from Substantive and Procedural Standards adopted by the UNC Board of Governors, as set forth in the UNC Board of Governors Policy Manual 700.4.1. Related Links
  • Within five (5) days after the student's receipt of the University's final administrative decision, the party may submit a written rationale for appeal of the decision on responsibility and/or the decision on sanctions to the DSCE.
  • For appeals of decisions on Minor Violations, the Director of the DSCE, will immediately forward appeals, along with the record of the hearing on appeal, to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  • For appeals of decisions on Serious Violations, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will immediately forward appeals, along with the record of the hearing on appeal, to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for sanctions involving suspension and to the Chancellor for sanctions involving expulsion.
  • No appeal to the President of the University of North Carolina is permitted. When the sanction is expulsion, the party may appeal a decision of the Board of Trustees to the UNC Board of Governors.

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