FAQ about Conduct Hearings

Can I have a lawyer represent me for either the informal conference or the formal hearing?
Executive Order 1073 gives the university the option of using attorneys. The president of CSUSM has decided that attorneys will not be used for the hearing process.  Both the student and the conduct officer may have an advisor for the formal hearing. See Executive Order 1073 for more information, or the CSUSM Policy on Exclusion of Attorneys in Student Disciplinary Proceedings.  

What is the role of my advisor at the formal hearing?
The advisor will be there to help prepare you for the hearing and to help you present your case. Your advisor can ask questions for you and advise you of what questions to ask.

Who can I have for an advisor?
The person that you choose for an advisor can be a professor, a staff member, or someone from off-campus, excluding witnesses.

What is considered evidence?
Documents provided by the student and/or testimony that witnesses can provide that are relevant to the case.

What if I change my mind and I want to accept the recommendation that was offered to me during the informal conference?
At any time before or during the hearing, you may decide to accept the sanctions offered from the Settlement Agreement. 

Am I found automatically responsible if I miss the hearing?
The hearing will continue as scheduled and the Hearing Officer will make a decision based on the evidence presented.

Can I appeal if I don’t agree with the outcome of the formal hearing?
You can not appeal the outcome of the formal hearing. The decision from the CSUSM President is final.

What happens if I’m found not responsible of violating the academic integrity policy?  And how do I get the grade changed?
If found to have not violated the Academic Integrity Policy, you should then refer to the Grade Appeals Policy.