Confidentiality of Conduct Hearings
Confidentiality is very important in the conduct review process, and it is the expectation of the Student Affairs Office that the Student Conduct Review Board members maintain confidentiality in their role as board representatives.
Confidentiality or the temptation to not be confidential involves a number of facets in the conduct review process:
A defendant may wish to know the deliberations involved in the board's rendering of a decision. These deliberations are confidential in order to protect the freedom of debate and expression necessary to properly arrive at a decision. Breaking confidence could potentially subject individual members of the board to harassment by defendants. If approached by a defendant regarding the process used in determining the board's decision, a Student Conduct Review Board member should refer the person to the Dean of Students.
Students may be aware of an occurrence or the fact that a student may have a scheduled hearing. Those students may be aware that a person is a member of the Student Conduct Review Board and may want to know the outcome of a hearing. Sanctions are rendered with the intention of educating only the individual(s) involved in the situation and subsequent hearing. No other students will be informed of the board's decision. In these cases, a Student Conduct Review Board member should simply inform other students that he/she is not permitted to share any information regarding any cases.
Resident assistants may feel they have a vested interest in knowing the outcome of a case. However, resident assistants are treated like other students when it comes to knowledge of Student Conduct Review Board decisions. Such individuals should be referred to a resident counselor or to the Dean of Students if they have any concerns regarding the outcome of a case.