UTC Student Conduct Advisor Program
The UTC student conduct process is educational in nature and is intended to address student misconduct in accordance with UTC’s student code of conduct. Within our process, student-respondents are expected to take a primary role in responding to the incident in question and any charges that stem from that incident. In some cases, depending on the behavior and the student conduct charge in question, there may also be student-complainants who need assistance and empowerment throughout the process. For both complainants and respondents, the presence of a well-trained and knowledgeable advisor by their side can be both supportive and beneficial.
To meet these needs, the Office of the Dean of Students has created the UTC Student Conduct Advisor Program to provide students with assistance throughout the student conduct process. We accomplish this by connecting the student with a UTC faculty or staff member who has been trained and understands UTC student conduct policies and procedures.
It is important to note that student advisors do not legally represent students. They also cannot participate in the hearing process in any other role (e.g., witness, panel member, etc.) The advisor serves as a supportive partner to the student in the educational process.
Advisors WILL provide:
- Assistance prior to conduct hearings or meetings, including:
- meeting with the student to assist in preparing for the hearing,
- assisting the student in understanding UTC policies, and the procedures of the Student Conduct Process, and
- assisting the student in accessing available university and/or community resources.
- Assistance during conduct hearings or meetings, including:
- providing silent support and/or
- providing advice regarding statements and responding to questions.
- Choosing an Advisor. In choosing an advisor, Students may:
- Select a specific person from a list of trained advisors provided by the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Select a UTC faculty/staff member that they know. Advisors who have not yet been trained must receive training from the Office of the Dean of Students.
- It is up to the UTC faculty/staff member to determine whether or not they would like to serve as an advisor in any particular case. If the faculty or staff member declines to serve in that role, the student may select another person.
- Advisors do not need to be a UTC faculty or staff member. Student have the right to choose an advisor of their choice. We do not, however, provide training to advisors who are not UTC faculty or staff members.
Advisors WILL NOT provide:
- Representation for students – the students need to be able to speak for themselves within the conduct hearing process.
- Legal advice – UTC student conduct advisors are trained to be able to provide students counsel regarding University policies and procedures. They are not trained to provide and should not provide any legal advice. Should the student request such advice, UTC advisors should direct the student to consider retaining legal counsel.
- Counseling/Survivor Advocacy – we do not expect our advisors to provide any counseling for the student. If an advisor feels that the student could benefit from counseling, the advisor will be expected to refer the student to the UTC Counseling and Personal Development Center. In the case that the student is the reporting party/complainant, the advisor should also refer the student to the Survivor Advocacy Program in the UTC Women’s Center.
Requirements to be a UTC Student Conduct Advisor:
- Student Advisors Program advisors must be full-time UTC faculty or staff and complete an application process.
- Once accepted into the program, all advisors must receive initial training from the Office of the Dean of Students before being placed on the Student Advisors Program advisors list.
- In order to remain on the list, advisors must complete yearly refresher training.