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Right to an Advisor

III. Right to an Advisor

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A student, party to a matter of student conduct, may elect to be accompanied at all formal proceedings by an advisor of his/her choice. The advisor must be a member of the faculty, staff or student body of the University except that legal counsel may accompany a student, at the student’s discretion, when a criminal charge arising from the matter is pending or is considered likely. Any student who elects to be accompanied by an attorney in matters involving criminal charges or the likelihood of such charges, is required to give advance notice of at least 48 hours to the Coordinator for Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution. Absence of a pending criminal charge or the bona fide likelihood thereof, the advisor must be drawn from within the University community. The role of the advisor in all cases, whether the advisor is a member of the University community or legal counsel, is limited to advising the student during the student conduct proceeding. The advisor may not speak on behalf of the student, or examine or cross examine witnesses, or address the student conduct entity publicly during formal student conduct proceedings. If a student would like to have an advisor accompany them at their formal proceeding, but he/she does not have someone in mind, the Coordinator for Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution may be contacted to provide the name and contact information of a member of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is a group of students, faculty, and staff who are versed and trained in student conduct proceedings. Advisory Board members have the right to refuse to aid any student, should they feel there is a conflict of interest. The University is a community that values teaching and learning and promotes the educational value of all of its internal processes, including the student conduct process. As the student in the classroom is expected to present his/her own work, free from plagiarism, so the student engaged in a student conduct proceeding is expected to carry on his/her own dialogue within a student conduct proceeding, presenting his/her ideas and thoughts, and not merely repeating verbatim the advisor’s language. During a Code of Conduct proceeding, if it becomes apparent to the student conduct entity that a student, in presenting testimony or responding to questions, is merely repeating the thoughts or ideas of the advisor verbatim, the student conduct entity will inform the student of its preference that the student present his or her personal thoughts in his or her own words. If the practice continues, the student conduct entity shall use its discretion in determining the validity of or the amount of weight to be given to the testimony of the student.

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