A. Overview of Informal Process: In all cases, students or groups may elect to proceed through an informal process. If the matter is resolved through one of the informal processes set forth below, the charged student or group waives his/her/its right to appeal.
B. Pre-Hearing Conference: In all cases, the student or group may accept responsibility for the alleged violation at a pre-hearing conduct conference. In this case, the conduct officer will propose an appropriate sanction. If the student or group agrees to the proposed sanction, the student or group waives his/her/its right to a hearing and appeal, the resolution becomes final, and the outcome is recorded on the student’s or group’s conduct history.
If the student or group accepts responsibility but is unable to agree on the proposed sanction, the case will be forwarded to a formal hearing to determine an appropriate sanction.
If the student or group denies responsibility, the case will be forwarded to a formal hearing to determine responsibility and, if necessary, sanction.
In all pre-hearing conferences, students will be informed of their rights under the Code of Student Conduct, which includes the right to proceed through the formal hearing process.
C. Restorative Resolution Process: The Student Conduct Administrator or designee may refer certain low-level, first-time offenses to the Restorative Resolution Process. In this process, the student or group accepts responsibility for the alleged conduct and engages in a process of self-reflection. Both the student or group and the Student Conduct Administrator or designee recommend appropriate sanctions. If the Student Conduct Administrator or designee determines that the student or group has complied with the process, the sanctions are imposed. After the student or group has complied with the sanctions, the matter is closed and the conduct does not create a conduct record for that student or group. If the student or group fails to comply with the process or sanctions, the case may be referred to an Administrative Hearing and will result in a conduct record.
D. Mediation: Mediation is a collaborative and confidential process where students who have a conflict with one another identify issues, develop options, consider alternatives, and develop a consensual agreement facilitated by a neutral third party. Mediation can take place in lieu of an administrative hearing when all parties involved have agreed to mediation, pending the approval of the Student Conduct Administrator or designated representative. Mediation may be offered by the Student Conduct Administrator as an alternative to a conduct hearing for all alleged offenses which do not involve drugs, repeat alcohol violations, violence, a threat of violence, sexual misconduct, or any matter which in the sole discretion of the University gives rise to a safety concern. It is an alternative to filing formal charges and does not result in a conduct file.
1. The Conduct Mediation Team under the Office of Student Conduct shall be comprised of faculty, staff, and student members of Tulane University appointed by the Student Conduct Administrator.
2. The Student Conduct Administrator or designated representative will gather information about the conflict.
3. The Student Conduct Administrator or designated representative will contact students and invite their participation in mediation.
4. Mediators will be assigned and a mediation session will be scheduled by the Office of Student Conduct.
5. At the session, the students will discuss the conflict, identify the issues, and together will strive to reach their own agreement.
6. The specifics of the agreement must be written and signed by all students involved. The students are responsible for upholding the agreement.
7. If the students fail to uphold the agreement or if the mediation fails, the original complaint or issue may be addressed by filing charges under the Code, as outlined above. Discussions during and outcomes of the mediation session are not admissible in a University hearing.
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