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PDFWAC 132Q-10-325

Student conduct board proceedings.

In cases in which the student conduct officer determines to refer a matter directly to the student conduct board for a hearing, the following procedures apply:
(1) The student conduct officer shall serve all parties, and student conduct board members with written notice of the hearing seven to ten calendar days prior to the hearing date, time and location, as further specified in RCW 34.05.434 and WAC 10-08-040 and 10-08-045. The student conduct officer may shorten this notice period if all parties agree, and also may continue the hearing to a later time for good cause.
(2) The student conduct officer is authorized to conduct prehearing conferences and/or to make prehearing decisions concerning the extent and forms of any discovery, issuance of protective orders, and similar procedural matters.
(3) The student conduct officer shall provide assistance to parties, upon request, in obtaining relevant and admissible evidence that is within the college's control.
(4) The student conduct officer may provide to the board members in advance of the hearing copies of: (a) The student conduct officer's notice of complaint and referral; and (b) any documents provided in response by the accused student. If doing so, however, the student conduct officer should remind the committee members that these documents are not evidence of any facts they may allege.
(5) Communications between committee members and other hearing participants regarding any issue in the proceeding, other than procedural communications that are necessary to maintain an orderly process, are generally prohibited, and any improper "ex parte" communication shall be placed on the record, as further provided in RCW 34.05.455.
(6) Hearings are ordinarily closed to the public. However, if all parties agree on the record that some or all of the proceedings be open, the chair shall determine any extent to which the hearing will be open. If any person disrupts the proceedings, the chair may exclude that person from the hearing room.
(7) The complainant, the accused student, and their respective advisors may attend the portion of the hearing at which information is received, but may not attend the board's deliberations. Admission of any other person to the hearing is at the discretion of the student conduct board chair.
(8) In circumstances involving more than one accused student, the student conduct officer may permit joint or separate hearings.
(9) The accused student has the right to be assisted by an advisor they choose, at their own expense. The accused student is responsible for presenting his/her own information. Advisors are not permitted to address the board or participate directly in the hearing. An advisor may communicate only with the person they are advising. The board chair may call recesses to facilitate this communication. A student should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the hearing. Delays are not normally allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.
(10) The accused student, the student conduct officer, and the board chair may arrange for witnesses to present pertinent information to the student conduct board. Witnesses may provide written statements in lieu of their attendance at the hearing. The accused student is responsible for informing his/her witnesses of the time and place of the hearing. Witnesses provide information to, and answer questions from, the student conduct board. To preserve the educational tone of the hearing and to avoid an adversarial environment, questions are directed to the chair, rather than to the witness directly. Questions concerning whether potential information may be received are resolved by the chair. The record will reflect the questions that were submitted and the rationale for disallowing any questions. All testimony and written statements shall be given under oath or affirmation.
(11) The board chair determines which records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted as information for consideration by the board, except as overridden by majority vote of the board.
(12) Formal rules of process, procedure and technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in board proceedings.
(13) Questions related to the order of the proceedings are determined by the board chair.
(14) If an accused student, with notice, does not appear before a student conduct board hearing, the information in support of the complaint is presented and considered in the absence of the accused student.
(15) The board chair shall cause the hearing to be recorded by a method that he/she selects in accordance with RCW 34.05.449. Board deliberations are not recorded. The record or transcript is the property of the college. That recording, transcript or a copy, shall be made available to the parties upon request. The board chair shall ensure maintenance of the record of the proceeding that is required by RCW 34.05.476, which shall also be available upon request for inspection and copying by the respondent. Other recording shall also be permitted in accordance with WAC 10-08-190.
(16) The board chair may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being or fears of confrontation during the hearing by providing separate facilities, or by permitting participation by telephone, audio tape, written statement, or other means.
(17) The student conduct officer (unless represented by an assistant attorney general) shall present the case for disciplinary action. The facts justifying any such action must be established by a preponderance of the evidence.
(18) At the conclusion of the hearing, the board shall permit the parties to make closing arguments in whatever form it wishes to receive them. The board may also permit each party to propose findings, conclusions, and/or an order for its consideration.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 25B.50.140. WSR 17-11-076, § 132Q-10-325, filed 5/18/17, effective 6/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. WSR 15-15-161, § 132Q-10-325, filed 7/21/15, effective 8/21/15.]
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