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Informal vs. Formal Hearing

What happens at an informal administrative hearing?

A student makes an appointment and comes in to talk to the Hearing Officer. The Hearing Officer will explain KU's handling of conduct matters, possible sanctions, and answer any questions. The student is asked to tell what the student knows about the incident and what his or her perspective is regarding what occurred. The hearing officer will determine the sanctions and share those with the student during their conversation. Most students are apprehensive about coming into talk to a University official about their misconduct; yet, the conversation is meant to be educational, and the student is treated as a responsible adult who used poor judgment.

What happens at a formal panel hearing?

A panel hearing is conducted with more formal procedures and is recorded. An audio recording will be made of the proceeding, and each party is entitled to receive a copy. At the hearing, the Hearing Panel Chairperson will:

  1. Introduce the hearing panel members, the complainant, the student/organization charged, and their representatives, if any.
  2. Explain the hearing procedures.
  3. Review the charges of the Code violation which led to the hearing.
  4. State that the charging party (Complainant) has the responsibility to persuade the panel by a preponderance of the information that a violation of the Code occurred.
  5. State that the party charged (Respondent student/organization) has the privilege of remaining silent and of refusing to provide evidence.
  6. Permit the Complainant to state the complaint and explain the incident/event.
  7. Permit the Respondent student/organization to reply and explain the incident/event.
  8. Permit Hearing Panel members to ask questions of either party or of witnesses.
  9. Permit each party to ask questions of one another and any witnesses appearing.
  10. State that the Hearing Panel will make a written report of its findings and recommendations to the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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