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Conduct Review Board Procedures
The Mission for Green Mountain College’s Conduct Review Board is to uphold and maintain an environment conducive to learning, scholarship, and community by providing equitable and unbiased peer adjudication of alleged student violations of the Student Conduct Code. Through constructive, educational and fair processes, the Board emphasizes the development of each individual’s acceptance of their own personal and social responsibilities. The Board will also ensure that students are aware of their rights within the conduct process. All of the sanctions issued by the Conduct Review Board reflect educational values through focused attention on accountability and learning from circumstances rather than mere punishment, as to promote citizenry leadership.
A pool of ten to twelve (10 - 12) students and two (2) faculty members comprise the Conduct Review Board. The Student Senate, under the authority of the Director of Residence Life, selects student representatives for the Conduct Review Board. Student members must have and maintain a 2.5 GPA and must not have outstanding conduct charges or be on Disciplinary Probation at their time of service on the Conduct Review Board. The Faculty Nominating Committee selects faculty representatives annually.
For each Conduct Review Board Meeting, four (4) students (including one (1) student chair, selected for that particular meeting) and one (1) faculty member conduct the Conduct Review Board Meeting. A Procedural Advisor (a staff or faculty member not a member of the Conduct Review Board considering the alleged violation before them) serves to clarify procedures and brings the facts and circumstances of the alleged violation and relevant documents before the Board.
1. The Director of Residence Life and/or the Vice President of Student Life may decide, in his or her discretion, to refer an alleged violation to the Conduct Review Board in instances of disputes of fact, repeat offenses, or other violations.
2. The Procedural Advisor meets in advance with the accused student, prepares the relevant documents and information for the Conduct Review Board, and is present during the meeting to clarify any information or point of procedure. The Procedural Advisor is present during the Conduct Review Board's deliberations, but does not vote and does not participate in the administration of sanctions.
3.The accused student is notified of the date, place, and time of the Conduct Review Board Meeting. That notification shall be given to the accused student within seven (7) days of the student electing a Conduct Review Board Meeting or being notified that a Conduct Review Board will review their alleged violation.
4. Conduct Review Board Meetings are not open to the public. Parents and attorneys or other outside representatives are not permitted to be in attendance (unless a criminal charge is currently pending against the student, in which case an attorney may be present to advise the student; however, the attorney may not speak to or address the Board, orally or in writing, or otherwise represent the student in the hearing.)
5. The accused student may select a member of the College community to attend the meeting as an advisor to him/her. The advisor may not speak or ask questions during the meeting, but may consult with the accused student and suggest questions or points of clarification for him/her to raise.
6.The chair convenes the meeting in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Conduct Review Board Manual. The College and the accused student may present witnesses and the Conduct Review Board members may ask for additional witnesses to appear before the Board. Character witness testimony is not permitted.
7. After the meeting, the Conduct Review Board deliberates in closed session and
determines, by majority vote based upon a considered preponderance of the relevant facts and circumstances available during the Meeting, whether the accused student is responsible for the violation as charged and, if so, the appropriate sanctions. The accused student's prior Student Conduct Record will be brought forward by the Procedural Advisor during the sanctioning phase and will be considered as sanctions are determined.
8. After rendering a decision, the Conduct Review Board chair informs the Procedural Advisor of the decision, who informs the student. The Conduct Review Board chair provides the Procedural Advisor with a written statement of the outcome as soon as practicable after the meeting. The Director of Residence Life or Vice President of Student Life provides a written decision letter to the student within ten (10) business days of the close of the Conduct Review Board Meeting.