DISPUTE HEARING PROCESS

Dispute Hearing Process for Registered Student Organizations

The following process has been established to handle situations of dispute within or between organizations that are irreconcilable or are violations of the organization's constitution, but NOT violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Situations which appear to be violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Student Conduct Review Council. Mediation or other forms of conflict resolution will be explored before this process will be implemented.

1. The charge of an irreconcilable dispute or violation of a constitution or bylaws should be submitted, in writing, to the Director of the Student Center & Leadership Activities or the President of the Student Government Association. The Director of the Student Center & Leadership Activities will determine if the charge should be handled through the Dispute Hearing Process or referred to the Student Conduct Review Council.

2. If the Dispute Hearing Process is appropriate, a panel is set up consisting of:

a. Vice President of S.G.A., who will chair the hearing and only votes in the case of a tie.
b. Two representatives of the House of Representatives, appointed by the Chair of the House.
c. One representative of the Senate, appointed by the Chair of the Senate.
d. Director of the Student Center & Leadership Activities (or designee).

 

3. A hearing date and time will be set and all involved parties will be notified.

4. The hearing will be conducted in private.

5. The panel will hear the case with all parties having a chance to be heard and members of the panel having the opportunity to gather information through questioning.

6. The panel will then make a decision by a majority vote. The decision will answer the question at hand and outline any sanctions, if necessary. The decision is binding on the parties involved.

7. The decision can be appealed to the Dean of Student Life, in writing, within 2 working days. Appeals will only be granted if there are questions about the following:

 

a. a party did not receive due process as outlined in this policy,
b. the sanctions were not appropriate to the evidence,
c. to consider new evidence which was not available at the time of the hearing.

 

8. If the Dean of Student Life judges that the case may be appealed, the Dean will set up an Appeals Board. The Appeals Board will consist of:

 

a. Parliamentarian of S.G.A., who will chair the board and only vote in the case of a tie.
b. Two representatives from the House of Representatives who did not serve on the previous hearing, appointed by the Chair of the House.
c. One representative from the Senate who did not serve on the previous hearing, appointed by the Chair of the Senate.
d. Dean of Student Life (or designee).

 

9. The decision of the Appeals Board is final.