Rights for those who have been Accused (students)

From Kent State's Code of Student Conduct, the following rights are identified.

Student rights and procedural standards. (Section 2B)

(1) The university shall provide respondents and complainants (either of who may be a student or members of a student organization) the following rights:

       (a) For the respondent to be sent a written notice of accusations including the identity of the complainant(s).

              (i) Complainants name(s) may not be forwarded if the office of compliance and equal opportunity and affirmative action suggests a potential detrimental risk as a result of doing so.

       (b) To be notified of the scheduled hearing in writing at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the hearing.

              (i) Respondents and complainants may waive this right if an earlier hearing date is agreed upon by the respondent and complainant and scheduled through the office of student conduct.

       (c) To have a person or persons of their choice (not to exceed a total of two) accompany a respondent or complainant throughout the disciplinary process (individually referred to as a "conduct advisor"). A person serving in an advisory capacity may not participate directly in the hearing or address a hearing officer or panel on behalf of a student or student organization. The university is not responsible for supplying a conduct advisor.

       (d) To participate in person or, upon request, have a logistical accommodation to participate outside of the hearing room (when necessary and/or requested in advance), during the entire proceeding except as per paragraph (C)(12)(a)(i) of this rule.

       (e) To be given an opportunity to present evidence, including witnesses on the student's or student organization's behalf.

       (f) To question the respondent/complainant and witnesses.

       (g) To be informed of the outcome of the hearing in writing.

       (h) To appeal, as defined in the code of student conduct and section (F) of this rule.