Overview of Process
The conduct process is used to determine if a student or student organization engaged in behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct. Additional details are available in the Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct, including exceptions to this process.
When Student Conduct receives information that indicates that a student may have engaged in behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct, we inform the student of this and ask the student to schedule a meeting to discuss the incident.
An informal resolution is reached in the initial meeting with conduct staff and the student. The case is resolved if the student accepts the resolution and agrees to complete the sanctions. Student Conduct may make other decisions at this time, such as determining that more investigation is needed, to issue a notification or to drop the case.
FORMAL RESOLUTION - HEARING
If the student does not accept the sanctions or prefers to have a hearing, or if Student Conduct believes it is appropriate, the case will be forwarded to a hearing. Prior to the hearing, the student will be asked to submit any information for the hearing body to review. The student will also receive a copy of the hearing packet to review prior to the hearing. For more detailed information about hearings, see Hearing Information.
DEAN'S DECISION - SANCTIONS
After the hearing, the decision letter is issued by the Dean of Students. Although the Dean must uphold the finding of responsibility, the sanctions that the hearing panel recommends may be adjusted. Sanctions aim to help a student reflect on their actions, to learn how to act in ways that are congruent with the community expectations, to repair any harm caused, and sometimes to remove the student from campus if warranted.
Appeals may be made in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and must be based on new information not available at the time of the hearing, significant procedural error, or other good cause.
Student Conduct strives to resolve cases in a timely fashion. We must balance our need for adequate time to investigate alleged violations with the impact those alleged violations have on the campus community and individual students involved in the process. The Code currently requires that a student receive a formal notice of charges 7 days after a complaint is filed. Students should also note that the campus conduct process is separate from legal proceedings and may occur simultaneously.