Bucknell University governs its student body using its Student Code of Conduct, set forth in the Bucknell Student Handbook. The Code itself outlines a number of behaviors students can exhibit that is classified as Prohibited Conduct. Students who are found responsible for acts of Prohibited Conduct will be subject to harsh sanctions imposed by the University.
When a complaint is filed against a student, they are assigned a Student Conduct Administrator who will investigate and seek out potential resolution methods with the student. Once a student is accused of an act of Prohibited Conduct, they are known throughout the disciplinary process as the "respondent," while the student who initiated the complaint will be known as the "complainant."
Bucknell University Pre-Hearing Resolution
Before a case goes to a hearing, there is a brief Pre-Hearing Process. Respondents will be notified of a pre-hearing meeting with the Student Conduct Administrator to discuss possible methods of resolving the conflict, as well as the facts of the case. Respondents will be offered a chance to resolve the conflict without moving to a Formal Hearing, however, no appeal is permitted from arriving at a Pre-Hearing Resolution. In order to reach a resolution at this stage, the facts of the Prohibited Conduct charges cannot be in dispute, and both parties must be in agreement with one another.
Formal Resolutions can come in one of two forms: Administrative Hearings and Community Conduct Board Hearings. The hearing type used depends on the nature and severity of the offen