Peer Conduct Board

About the Peer Conduct Board

Peer Conduct Board hearings are formal hearings by a student panel to determine the responsibility of a student (hereafter called the respondent) for violating the Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions for responsibility.

The Peer Conduct Board is comprised of five student members and a Convener (a Residence Life professional staff member). The Convener will chair the Board, with no voting power.

Student members must be full-time undergraduates in good academic and disciplinary standing who have been enrolled at Aurora University for at least one semester.

A quorum of three Peer Conduct Board members is required to hold a Peer Conduct Board meeting.

Each student selected retains membership on the board for one academic year, with annual extensions granted if he/she has satisfactorily met expectations as a Board member. He/she must remain a full time student in good academic and student conduct standing throughout his/her time on the Board.

Any Peer Conduct Board member may be removed from the Peer Conduct Board by a positive vote of at least three of the four of the other members of the Peer Conduct Board, or under the direction of the Convener and/or the Assistant Dean of Residence Life. Board members who are charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct or with a criminal offense may be suspended from their positions by the Assistant Dean of Residence Life during the pendency of the charges against them. Members found responsible for any such violation nor offense may be disqualified from any further participation in the Peer Conduct Board.

Whenever possible, the respondent will have seven calendar days from date of notification to schedule and attend a Peer Conduct Board hearing.

Notification to appear at a Peer Conduct Board hearing will be in writing and will include:

a.         The specific alleged violations of the Code of Conduct;

b.         A confirmation of the time and place of the Peer Conduct Board hearing;      

c.         The fact that failure to appear for a Peer Conduct Board hearing will result in the hearing being conducted in the respondent's absence;

d.         The fact that the respondent and/or complainant may provide the names of a maximum of 3 witnesses who will appear on their behalf and the fact that the respondent may request additional information about the student conduct process;

e.         The fact that the respondent may be accompanied by an Aurora University faculty or staff member serving in the role of advisor. No outside legal counsel will be permitted.

Respondents who have a legitimate reason for not being able to attend a Peer Conduct Board hearing at the scheduled time may request an alternate hearing time, to be granted at the discretion of the Convener and/or Assistant Dean of Residence Life. The request for rescheduling must be made in writing, and must be submitted to the Convener no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing time.

The respondent and the complainant may be accompanied by an advisor whose role is to confer with and advise the respondent of his or her rights, suggest questions to ask witnesses, and offer counsel on behavior during the hearing. Advisors take no direct part in the hearing. The advisor must abide by the guidelines established for the hearing. A student may opt not to have an advisor present. The advisor must be an Aurora University faculty or staff member. No outside legal counsel will be permitted.

Peer Conduct Board hearings are not open to the public and are confidential in nature.

Only evidence introduced at Peer Conduct Board hearings will be considered in determining a respondent's responsibility.

Peer Conduct Board members must be impartial and must make conclusions based solely on the information presented during the hearing.

The decision of the Peer Conduct Board regarding the respondent's responsibility for a violation will be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the respondent violated the Code of Conduct. All decisions by the Peer Conduct Board will be decided by a simple majority vote.

Any person, including the respondent, who disrupts a Peer Conduct Board hearing or who fails to adhere to the rulings of the Peer Conduct Board may be excluded from the hearing.

Peer Conduct Board meetings may be recessed at any time, provided they are reconvened within five class days.

Any conduct which may have been influenced by a student's mental state or the use of alcohol or other controlled substances shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the student for the consequences of their actions.

A single record of proceedings will be made of all Peer Conduct Board hearings.  The record will be the property of the University and will be used for deliberations and appeals.  No other recording, audio or video, will be permitted.  The record of the hearing is University property and it may not be copied or removed from the campus.

Peer Conduct Board Procedures

The Peer Conduct Board has the authority to conduct administrative hearings.  Based on the information presented, the Board may rescind any charge deemed without basis.  If the Board finds that a violation has occurred, appropriate sanctions will be imposed.

In the hearing, the student and the Board meet and discuss the incident, the student's behavior, disciplinary history and consequences.  The Board will determine whether or not the student is responsible for the alleged policy violations and impose appropriate sanctions.

The Board Convener will communicate the finding and any applicable sanctions in writing and track the student's completion of all assigned sanctions.