Rights of the Accused | Spalding University Student Handbook

Rights of the Accused

Each case of an alleged violation will be dealt with in a manner which scrupulously protects the rights of the accused. Any Spalding University student who is accused of a violation has the right to have all proceedings and information relating to a pending or disposed of allegation kept private to the maximum extent possible, consistent with the Freedom of Information Act. The student has the right to seek advice concerning the case from whomever the student wishes, including attorneys, faculty, or other advisors.

If a hearing is held before the honor board the student must be present to present the student’s case. If a student fails to appear the student will be given one subsequent opportunity to appear before the Honor Board. If the student fails to appear a second time, the Honor Board may decide the case without the student being present. Students may bring one person with them when they appear before the honor board. That person, however, may not address the honor board. Students have the right to be present during the entire hearing, except for deliberations.

Students have the right to question witnesses giving evidence about the allegation unless the evidence has been allowed in written form for good cause as determined by the Dean of Student Development and Campus Life or the University Counsel. Students may challenge members of the Honor Board panel on the ground of personal bias. Students have the right to examine all physical or documentary evidence in the case file maintained in the Office of Student Development and Campus Life and to present evidence on he or she r own behalf. The student will have the right to make either a written or oral statement.

The student shall have the right to a written decision of the honor board from the Dean of Student Development and Campus Life within forty-eight (48) hours of the decision. The student may waive any or all of the aforementioned rights.