Student Rights in the Conduct Process

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You Have Rights

If you are a student who has allegedly violated university policies, it is important to know that you have rights during the student conduct process. Learn more about your rights during the conduct process below.

You have the right to: 

  • A written notice, including a brief statement of the factual basis of the charges, the policies or regulations allegedly violated, and the time and place of the hearing. This notice shall be sent to you within a reasonable amount of time before the hearing.
  • A prompt and fair hearing where the university will bear the burden of proof. You will have the opportunity to present documents and witnesses, and confront and cross-examine witnesses presented by the university. No inferences will be drawn from your silence.
  • An advisor during the conduct process. Advisors may support you, but may not represent you, and cannot be directly involved in the alleged incident. 
  • A record of the hearingThis is a prompt written decision based on the weight of evidence, accompanied by a written summary of the facts found.
  • Access to review information contained in your disciplinary file.
  • An appealInstructions on how to make an appeal will be detailed in your decision letter.
  • For more information on your rights in the conduct process appeal, access the Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students Section 103.00 Student Discipline Procedures.

If you need an advisor:

  • You may choose a family member, friend, attorney, former coach, faculty member, etc. — as long as they are not directly involved in the alleged incident.
  • Advisors may assist and support you, but may not represent nor speak on your behalf during the conduct process. 
  • Learn more about how an advisor can (and can't) help.
  • Contact us to request to be connected to someone from our pool of trained volunteers.
    • Please note this is a voluntary service performed by members of our campus community. Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Programs does not guarantee that a volunteer advisor will be available to assist you, nor does UCR assume responsibility for the advisor’s advice or actions.
    • All volunteer advisors are given general information about the student conduct and academic integrity processes at UCR, and their functions as a volunteer advisor.
    • If an issue arises with a volunteer advisor with whom you have been referred, please contact us immediately to report this information.

What about appeals?

You may submit a written appeal to Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Programs, addressing the dean of students, within 10 business days of receipt of the decision. We will check with you to see if you wish to meet with an advisor before submitting your finalized appeal to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Academic case appeals are referred to an Academic Integrity Committee. They will only review the written appeal, you will not meet with them again.

Appeals under review can result in the original decision being upheld, modified, or overturned.

Written notification of the appeal decision will be sent to all parties that received the original decision.