The Dean of Student Development and Deputy Title IX Coordinator is designated to promote and administer the standards of conduct. To assist students in understanding the accountability process, please read the following information about student rights and expectations.
Your Rights as a SAC Student
You are entitled to certain rights in any case with the Student Advocacy and Accountability (SAA) office.
- The ability to ask questions and have them answered by a member of the Student Advocacy and Accountability (SAA) staff;
- Expect confidentiality to the extent permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and to waive that confidentiality in writing if you choose. (Please be advised that pursuant to FERPA exceptions, some confidential information may be disclosed without consent);
- Have an advisor present during a case before a Hearing Panel. The role of the advisor is to provide advice and support during the accountability process. An advisor may not speak for you, or address any other participant in the process;
- You may decline to answer questions or provide a statement during any meeting or Hearing. Any statements you make may become part of your case file;
- You also understand that any information you provide could be subject to subpoena if you have a pending criminal case resulting from the same incident; however, the likelihood of this information being subpoenaed is extremely low;
- You may review the contents of your case file by scheduling an appointment with an SAA staff member;
- You may submit an Appeal of the decision within the established District policy.
The Student Advocacy and Accountability Office has certain expectations that all members of the campus community should be aware of:
- Decisions are made using the preponderance of the evidence standard. If it is “more likely than not" that a violation occurred, a student will be held responsible for violating the policy.
- All communication will primarily be through email. It is the responsibility of students to check their email regularly (not checking email is not an excuse for missing a deadline or meeting).
- If participants fail to appear for a scheduled hearing, the hearing may be conducted without the participant(s), and a decision will be made based on the information that is available at the time of the hearing.
- All participants are expected to provide truthful and complete information. Knowingly providing false or misleading information may result in additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct.