What is the goal of a hearing in a university disciplinary hearing?

The goal at a university disciplinary hearing is to be found not responsible if you're the accused party. You've been through the process, say the investigation took place. If it's a Title IX case, it leads up to an investigation report being prepared and finalized. It's given time presented to the panel. You go before the panel. Whether it's say if it's a panel that is, or if it's like one person making the decision. Different schools use different decision makers.

Some use one person, some use say a panel of faculty members, a panel of administrators, a mixed panel that could include students. There's a school I deal with all the time, they had issues with their Title IX process before they now use a retired federal judge. She's a woman. I'll get questions from parents of young men who say, she's a woman. I say, well, she's a retired federal judge. No one may be perfect. She's fair, but there's not going to be a robot making decision.

People do come with their biases and whatever else may be the case, but the goal for an accused student is to be found not responsible because unfortunately so much is at stake. It can impact them both academically and professionally, both in the short and long term. That's why it's critical to have the help of a experienced attorney advisor through the process.

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