UTC Student Conduct Advisor Program

The UTC Student Conduct process is educational in nature and is intended to address misconduct in accordance with the University's Student Code of Conduct.  Within the process, respondents (accused) are expected to respond to the incident in question and any charges that stem from that incident.  In some cases, depending on the behavior and the charge in question, there may also be complainants who need assistance and empowerment throughout the process.  For both complainants and respondents, the presence an advisor by their side can be both supportive and beneficial.

The complainant or respondent has the right to be accompanied by an advisor of their choosing (any student, faculty, or staff member, a relative, legal counsel, etc). The complainant or respondent may also choose to have a trained individual serve in this role. These individuals, referred to as Student Conduct Advisors, are trained faculty and staff members who volunteer to learn about the Student Conduct process. This includes knowledge of University policy and hearing proccesses.  It is important to note that Student Conduct Advisors do not legally represent complainants or respondents and may not participate in the hearing process in any other role (i.e. Witness, Hearing Board member, etc.). 

Role

The role of the Student Conduct Advisor is to serve as ambassadors for the Student Conduct process and advise students going through the process.

Advisors should:

  • Provide information about the Student Conduct Process to any student.
  • Review and clarify the meaning of charges.
  • Review due process rights and the standard of evidence utilized.
  • Discuss investigation and hearing procedures.
  • Help prepare materials for hearings including gathering information, identifying witnesses and writing statements (the advisor should not do this for the student).
  • Advise complainant or respondent directly during the hearing.
  • Provide moral support during a hearing.
  • Discuss appeal options.
  • Help prepare appeal materials, including written appeal.
  • Provide and refer appropriate resources.

Advisors should not:

  • Do all of the work for the student.
  • Advise the student not to participate in the process.
  • Help the student abuse the process.
  • Speak for the student during any hearing.
  • Influence the Hearing Officer or Student Conduct Board.
  • Provide legal advice. 
  • Provide Counseling or Survivor Advocacy (services are available from the Counseling & Personal Development Center and Survivor Advocacy program in the Women's Center).