Outline for University-wide Disciplinary Committee Proceedings

Hearings generally proceed according to the following format and are managed by the committee chair:

  1. Introduction of all parties present
  2. Reminder to all present that:
    1. Disciplinary proceedings are distinctly different from the legal-judicial processes of the general society
    2. The relation of collegiality and trust that binds all members of the University community entails an obligation of candor on the part of anyone involved in a disciplinary proceeding
    3. Information learned during the hearing process is to remain confidential
  3. Overview of the hearing process and of expectations
  4. Dismissal of witnesses (if applicable)
  5. Clarification of role and expectations of the support person (if applicable)
  6. Statement of the allegation(s) into which the UWDC is inquiring to determine what may have happened and whether or not sanctions are to be imposed
  7. Respondent is given an opportunity to accept responsibility for all, some, or none of the allegations
  8. Committee members ask questions of:
    1. Complainant
      1. Respondent given the opportunity to propose questions to ask after committee finishes (questions are written and given to chair)
    2. Respondent
      1. Complainant given the opportunity to propose questions to ask after committee finishes (questions are written and given to chair)
    3. Investigator (if committee determines it is necessary)
      1. Complainant and respondent given the opportunity to propose questions to ask after committee finishes, if the committee asks initial questions (questions are written and given to chair)
    4. Witnesses (if applicable)
    5. Follow-up questions of any person
  9. Complainant (if applicable) is given an opportunity to make a final statement (8 minutes)
  10. Respondent is given the opportunity to make a final statement (8 minutes)
  11. The next steps in the process are explained to the respondent and complainant (if applicable)

At the completion of the inquiry, all present who are not members of the UWDC will be asked to leave while the Committee members deliberate on the allegation and inquiry, possible sanctions and implications of those sanctions, and come to a decision.