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Role of Advocates

Any student complainant or respondent may have an advocate with them at a hearing or other student conduct meeting. An advocate can be:   

  • A member of the University community (student, staff or faculty member)
  • A private attorney at the expense of the student

Note: For informational purposes. Consult the The Key Student Handbook for the official and most up to date policies. 

Role of Advocates in the Student Conduct Process

From the Document on Student Rights & Welfare, Article IV.F - Role of Advocates in the Student Conduct Process:

  1. Every student bringing charges or student charged with violating University regulations has a right to an advocate by: 
    •  A member of the University community which may be a student, staff member or faculty member. 
    •  A private attorney, unrelated to the student, whose expenses will be borne by the student.
  2. Any student having an advocate is obliged to notify the Office of the Associate Dean of Students at the preliminary briefing of the name, address and telephone number of counsel.
  3. All information, including the description of charges, names of witnesses, substance of testimony and other types of evidence, which may be used, will be supplied to the student at the time of the preliminary briefing. Counsel will have access to this information through the student client.
  4. During the preliminary briefing, the advocate may interact with the hearing officer during the meeting.
  5. Once the hearing has begun, the obligation to present the student case (respondent or complainant, if a student) rests solely with the student. Advocates for either party will have no interactive role with the hearing officer or hearing board. An advocate will be granted adequate opportunities during the hearing to privately advise and confer with his/her student. 
  6. If the advocate is not a student, the student will be considered as host while counsel is on campus. Any disruptive or disorderly behavior on the part of the advocate may result in charges being filed against the student under the following conduct standards: Abuse of the Student Conduct Process and/or Responsibility for Actions of Guests.