The administration at Temple University has developed guidelines that reflect their standards and expectations for student behavior and conduct. They have a Student Code containing the rules and disciplinary procedures. These provisions are focused on respecting the rights of others, maintaining a safe environment, and upholding the principles of academic integrity.
Student Conduct Administration
The University Code Administrator is appointed by the university president to administer the Student Code. The University Code Administrator then designates a Student Conduct Administrator that manages disciplinary actions. When a complaint is received, the Student Conduct Administrator hosts a Process Review Meeting. This is a “non-adversarial” gathering with one party such as the accuser, the accused or an alleged victim.
Process Review Meeting
The purpose of this meeting is to inform the participants of how the conduct process works. Written notification will state and summarize the allegations and contain information about the procedures for a disciplinary hearing. The accused student or student organization is notified of their right to have a Personal Advisor present at the Process Review Meeting.
Role of Personal Advisor
A Personal Advisor is defined as someone that assists a party in the Student Conduct Process. The individual is to have a “non-active” role in formal proceedings. This person will not address the Student Conduct Board directly in meetings or hearings. The Personal Advisor may be an attorney or another individual willing to accompany and assist a party.
Possible Outcomes of a Process Review Meeting
The Student Conduct Administration may find that “there is no basis for charges” and halt any further proceedings. They may propose that an alternative resolution be considered, such as a form of mediation. All of the parties must be in agreement to proceed with any type of alternative resolution. If an alternative resolution is successful, there are no disciplinary sanctions imposed.
Alternative resolutions are not appropriate for matters with allegations involving serious violations. Examples may include potential acts of sexual misconduct. When appropriate, the Student Conduct Administration will schedule a hearing where all parties will be present. Hearings are led by a Chairperson and evidence and testimony are presented before a Student Conduct Board.
The accused party may not be forced to testify. The Student Conduct Board is not to draw any conclusions based on a decision to remain silent. After the presentation of evidence, the Board will deliberate to reach a decision based on a majority vote. The standard used is “more likely than not.”
Importance of Retaining Representation from a Lawyer
Those found to have violated the Temple University Student Code of Conduct may face sanctions that include a loss of privileges, probation, suspension, expulsion, and others. Having experienced representation will ensure that you are well prepared for a hearing. Your attorney will identify any favorable evidence that should be presented and potentially achieve a favorable resolution.
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