Supporting a Student - Advisor Role
The Code of Student Conduct allows a student or student organization to have an advisor assist them through the process.Since the conduct process expects that students will speak for themselves, the advisor role is designed to support a student, not to represent a student. If you are asked to be an advisor, this information may be helpful to you as you navigate this role:
- Learn the conduct process so that you can offer informed advice. You and the student are welcome and encouraged to ask questions so that the student can prepare and fully participate in the process.
- Encourage the student to participate in the process to further his/her own education. In addition, the student will have first-hand information about an incident, so the information that he/she can provide will be critical in the investigation and adjudication processes.
- Recognize that you will have access to student information that is protected by FERPA. If you are a University staff or faculty member, you may not share information about student records outside of the conduct process without appropriate permission from the student(s). The student will need to sign a waiver in order for you to participate in the process as an advisor.
- While you may be more involved in informal meetings with conduct staff, recognize that in the hearing setting your role is to be non-participatory unless the hearing body determines otherwise. This means you can communication with the student so long as your efforts do not interfere with the hearing process. If you do, you may be required to leave the proceedings
- Understand that the student may not share all of the details of a situation with you, especially if you are a parent, friend, faculty advisor, or other close relationship with the student. If the student seems uncomfortable answering specific questions with you present, feel free to offer to excuse yourself. In addition, the student can also ask to consult with you in private during conduct proceedings.
Students looking for an advisor can contact the Student Advocate's Office, a branch of the ASUC. The Student Advocate’s Office has a staff of student volunteers who provide support and advocacy for students throughout the conduct process.