Frequently Asked Questions (Students)

4.  If I say I'm not responsible for the charge and my case goes to a judicial hearing, what should I know?

Answer:  Student rights in the judicial process are outlined in the Student Handbook Web Site.  You should know that you may select an Elon University advisor (faculty member, staff member or student) to advise you on the judicial process and/or to accompany you to the hearing.

You will be notified of the time and place of your hearing approximately one week in advance.  You should bring with you any witnesses who may give information about the event in question. If you choose,  you may also bring three letters of character reference (these may be from anyone on or off campus) that will be read by the judicial board between a decision of "responsible" and the determination of any sanctions.

You will be asked to give an opening statement in the hearing.  You may write out your statement in advance or you may talk about it extemporaneously.  In any case, the opening statement should outline the events as you know them and should include the reasons why you feel you are not responsible of the charge against you.  Near the conclusion of the hearing you will be asked to give a closing statement.  This can repeat information you gave in your opening statement and include your response to any additional testimony you heard during the hearing.

The judicial board will tell you their decision at the conclusion of their deliberation.  They may share with you the basis for their decision so you can understand their thinking processes.  Following sanctioning deliberations you will be informed about what sanctions the board has assigned to you.  You will need to talk to the instructor after the hearing to see what impact the hearing's outcome will have on your grade for the course.  The judicial board does not decide on or recommend options for grading students.

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