California University of Pennsylvania exhibits an overarching Student Code of Conduct in order to create a safe and secure learning environment for its students. The Code outlines a number of potential violations, including academic misconduct violations, as well as the sanctions which students found responsible for committing violations will be forced to endure. California University of Pennsylvania's disciplinary process begins with a referral of an alleged violation. This referral is then filed as a complaint with the Office of Student Conduct.
After an initial complaint is filed, a hearing officer will be assigned to the complaint and review the complaint and the events surrounding it. The hearing officer is responsible for making the determination as to whether or not charges for violations will be necessary. If possible, the hearing officer may suggest alternative dispute resolutions, such as mediation or restorative justice conferences, in order to avoid an escalation to a full hearing, or negative sanctions on a student's transcript record.
Official hearings can come in one of two forms: Administrative Hearings and Conduct Board Hearings. Students are normally given the option to choose between the two of them, however in some circumstances, the proceedings default to a Conduct Board Hearing. During the hearing process, students that are under suspicion of violations are known as "respondents."
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