Residential Conduct and Judicial System
Usually when an issue has occurred, the student realizes his or her mistake, acknowledges it and agrees that he or she is in violation of the policy. In such cases, the resident director will sanction the student. He or she will receive written documentation of the sanction.
If the student does not agree that policy has been violated, however, he or she may request a conduct hearing to adjudicate the matter. In preparation for the hearing, the resident director will fill out a pre-hearing checklist with the student, discuss the hearing format and may schedule the hearing day and time. The hearing may be scheduled later if a master conduct calendar needs to be consulted. In the event that it is scheduled later, the student will be notified in writing as to the date, time and location of the hearing, the day before the hearing or sooner.
There are three types of Conduct Hearings.
- Administrative -- The Residential Life director (or designee) hears the case and makes a determination of responsibility.
- Peer Review Board -- Three students hear the case and make a determination of responsibility. The intention of this board is to provide an appropriate forum in which peers can hold one another mutually accountable.
- Peer Review Board -- Two faculty and/or staff members and one student hear the case and make a determination. A staff member or fellow student may document a student for allegedly violating a Residential Life policy. The documented student will receive notification of the documented incident and must schedule and attend an appointment with his or her resident director within three school days of the incident.
What happens at a Conduct Hearing?
The incident report is read and the complainant, the accused and any witnesses to the incident in question may testify. Each party has an opportunity to ask questions of the others. The University administrator or Board members also may ask questions of all involved.
After everyone has presented testimony and questions are answered, Board members and/or the University administrator will excuse all other parties. The Marymount administrator and/or Board members then deliberate and make a determination as to the student’s responsibility.
The Board members or University administrator gives the decision to the director of Residential Life, and he or she notifies the complainant and the accused about the outcome in writing within three school days of the hearing.
The director of Residential Life (or a designee) imposes sanctions when a student is found in violation of Residential Life policies. Sanctions vary according to the severity of the matter and include, but are not limited to, community service, an administrative warning, a written reprimand, drug testing, Alcohol and and Drug Education workshop attendance, a fine, restitution, a written apology, relocation to another unit or building, an Alcohol and Drug assessment, suspension from housing or removal from housing.
Some sanctions have dates by which time the corrective action must be taken. Those sanctions either may accrue a fine or convert to a fine immediately if the sanction is not completed by the date specified on the sanction notification. If a student owes money for a judicial matter, that amount may be deducted from his or her housing deposit or added to his or her University account.
Students who are not satisfied with the outcome of any judicial process related to the Residential Life Judicial Policy may make a written appeal to the Dean of Students within three days of notification. Forms for such appeals are located in the Student Development Services office in Cecilia Hall 209. Grounds for appeals include:
- Substantial evidence did not exist.
- The sanction is disproportionate to the offense.
- New evidence has come to light.
- Proper procedures were not followed.
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