Eastern University holds a Code of standards within its Student Handbook. The standards are in place to ensure that there is a safe and supportive learning environment for each member of the student body. The University also seeks to uphold its tradition of Christian values, and the code reflects that, drawing philosophy from biblical passages. If a student does not adhere to these standards, they may be subject to the University's disciplinary process, and if they are found responsible for misconduct, they will have sanctions imposed upon them.
Any member of the University Community can make a report of alleged misconduct against a student. Reports of misconduct can be for either behavioral or academic misconduct. After the report is made, the Dean of Students will conduct an investigation into the allegations and decide whether to proceed with a hearing. Prior to any hearings, the Dean of Students will meet with the student under suspicion of misconduct. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the incident, and to also inform the student of what will happen.
Eastern University Hearings
Both academic and behavioral incidents alike can go to a hearing, but academic incidents will have separate academic sanctions in addition to any potential disciplinary sanctions that arise as well.
Throughout the hearing, students who are suspected of misconduct will be known as "the accused." Hearings can be heard and decided by either the Dean of Students or the Judiciary Board, depending on the situation. The Dean or Board will ask questions about the incident, as well as take into account any witnesses. The attitude of the accused, and their prior behavior will also be a factor in the decision making. The accused does not have to answer self-incriminating questions, and may choose to defer from answering a question. After all relevant information has been heard, the Dean of Students or the Judiciary Board will close the hearing and begin the decision-making process. Students may be able to get the results of the hearing verbally right away, if possible. The decision will also be sent in writing, regardless of whether the student was given their decision verbally.
Eastern University restricts hearings to just the necessary witnesses, the accused student, and the University personnel overseeing the hearing. Students are still able to receive counsel and advice from an attorney, and get the help they need from behind the scenes. Attorneys will be able to better prepare students for their hearings by seeking out relevant evidence and key points in the incident that can help a student's case. Students that receive an attorney's advice will feel more confident and knowledgeable when entering a hearing.
In the event of an unfavorable outcome, students have one week from notification of the original decision to make an appeal. The grounds for appeal are perceived irregularities in the hearing process, or new information to be considered that was not available at the original hearing. Appeals must be made to the Vice President for Student Development.
If you or your student is currently facing disciplinary action from Eastern University, contact attorney Joseph D. Lento today.