Hearing Procedures

All Bradley University students are answerable to the Standards of Conduct. No student may avoid a judicial inquiry by failing to respond in a reasonable time frame to a notice to see an administrator. Failure to comply with an administrative directive in this area may entail disciplinary action up to, and including, Dismissal from the University.

When a student is charged with violation of University Standards of Conduct, the following Hearing Procedures are followed by the University:

In all situations, procedural fair play requires the student be informed of the nature of the charges against him/her, that he/she be given a fair opportunity to refute them, that the institution not be arbitrary in its action, and that there be provision for appeal of decision. These requirements will be met by the following procedures which apply to your case.

  1. The student will be informed, in writing, of the reasons for the proposed disciplinary action with sufficient particularity and in sufficient time to insure opportunity to prepare for the hearing.
  2. Should the accused student fail to appear and/or respond to the hearing notice, evidence in support of the charges shall be presented and considered even in the absence of the accused party. No imposition of sanctions shall be imposed solely upon failure of the accused party to answer the charge or appear at the hearing.
  3. The student has the right to be assisted in his/her defense by an advisor of his/her choice. The advisor must be a non-lawyer.
  4. The burden of proof rests upon the one bringing the charges.
  5. The student will be given an opportunity to testify and to present material evidence and witnesses. He/she will have an opportunity to hear and question adverse witnesses. In no case will the committee consider statements against him/her unless he/she has been advised of their content and of the names of those who made them, and unless he/she has been given an opportunity to rebut unfavorable inferences which might otherwise be drawn.
  6. Pending action on the charges, the status of a student will not be altered or his/her right to be present on the campus and to attend classes suspended, except where such action is reasonably required for his/her physical or emotional safety and welfare of students, faculty, or University property, or except where the presumption is strong that he/she has participated in a willful disruption of the functions or services of the institution or the use of its facilities.
  7. All matters upon which the decision may be based must be introduced into evidence at the proceeding before the conduct body.
  8. In the absence of a transcript, there will be both a digest and a verbatim record, such as an audio recording of the hearing.
  9. Appeals of decisions shall be made to the Vice President for Student Affairs within five days of the date of notification of the decision.
  10. A student who purposely avoids or fails to respond in a reasonable time to a University conduct inquiry or investigation may be subject to temporary suspension until he/she has properly complied.
  11. In situations where two parties bring counter charges against each other over the same event, the Residential Living and Student Conduct office will conduct the Hearing.
  12. During the summer months when the University Student Arbitration Board is not in session, all students will have their hearings through the Residential Living and Student Conduct office.