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What are some of the terms used in the campus judicial system?


Initial conference:

An individual meeting with a campus official during which an accused student has access to any written reports containing information used for the judicial action. Depending on choices made by the accused student, the Initial Conference may result in a resolution of the charges. Alternatively, the accused student may choose to have the charges resolved by either an Administrative Hearing Officer or a Hearing Committee.



A hearing conducted by a panel including student(s) and faculty/staff members to obtain all information on a given discipline case and to make appropriate decisions based on the information obtained. (See hearing).


Hearing Committee:

A committee consisting of College faculty/staff, and students who have been trained to conduct disciplinary hearings.


Administrative Hearing Officer:

An College faculty/staff member who has been trained to conduct disciplinary hearings.


Administrative hearing:

A hearing conducted by an administrator or administrator(s). (See hearing).


Appeals Board:

A committee consisting of College faculty, staff, and students who have been trained to consider appeals filed by students who wish to contest a finding of an Administrative Hearing Officer or Hearing Committee. The Board acts as a safe guard to assure due process for students.



A formal meeting during which an accused student has a right to hear all information, to present rebuttal information, and to present witnesses related to pending charges. Hearings are conducted by either an Administrative Hearing Officer(s) or a Hearing Committee.


No contact order:

A formal directive issued by the College requiring parties in any interpersonal conflict to have no direct or indirect interaction. A no contact order remains in effect until it is officially removed in writing by the College.


Victim/survivor impact statement:

A written or oral communication provided by a victim during a judicial hearing. The victim impact statement describes the effect that the alleged behavior has had on the physical, emotional, social, and educational dimensions of the victim’s life; it becomes one of the factors considered by the hearing officer/committee in reaching any final determination.



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[ii] (CALCASA Campus Violence Prevention Resource Guides p.28

[iii] (National Criminal Justice Association, 1993).

[iv] For discussions of stalking behaviors, see both Hall, _____ etc. 1998; and Orion, ___1997. [v] Levitz-Spitz, ____________.

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