Conduct Board Procedures
office of the dean of students
The following procedures apply to the Student Conduct Board and the Administrative Hearing Board
All statements below refer to the rights of and procedures for both the responding party and the complainant.
- Both parties will be sent written notification of a hearing a minimum of 72 hours in advance, indicating the type of board, time and location of hearing, the name of the responding party, and the name of the complaining party.
- Both parties have the right to request that a partition be put in place during the hearing so that the opposing parties will not be visible to each other. Both parties will, however, be visible by the board members. A final determination to use such a partition will be made by the Office of the Dean of Students.
- If either party has a basis to believe that a specific person should not be on the board due to a conflict of interest or bias, the party will be given an opportunity to present this information to the chairperson of the board at the start of the hearing. If the chairperson determines that there is evidence of a conflict or bias, the board member in question will be excused and another board member, if available, may be substituted. The decision of the chairperson is final.
- The chairperson will introduce the complaint by reading the alleged violations as determined by the Office of the Dean of Students. The chair of the board or a designated complainant will then read or refer to the incident report(s) and any other relevant materials. The respondent will have an opportunity to respond to the complaint. The respondent may elect to not to respond, but the board may then review only the information presented by the complainant and any witnesses.
- The board members may question both parties on all matters relevant to the complaint at any time during the hearing. Both parties will be given an opportunity to ask questions. All questions, however, must be directed to and through the chairperson.
- Witnesses, upon request of either party, may make a presentation concerning those facts to which they are witness and are relevant to the complaint and will then answer questions posed by the board and by either party.
- The chairperson has the authority and discretion to determine whether to exclude testimony, evidence, or questions that the chairperson reasonably determines are not relevant to making a finding in the case.
- The board may elect to continue a hearing, and may request additional evidence or witnesses to be presented at the hearing.
- Both parties are given an opportunity to make a final statement to the hearing board. The chairperson may elect to give each party a few minutes to prepare these closing statements.
- The Board will meet to determine whether the respondent is responsible or not for the violation(s), based upon a preponderance of the evidence. A simple majority vote of the panel is required to render a decision. The board may find the respondent responsible for a lesser or other related violation of the Code of Student Conduct. If the finding is responsible, the board will have access to the student’s record of previous conduct history, if any, and then they will decide upon the recommended sanctions. The board’s decision will be sent to the Dean of Students or designee as a recommended resolution to the case.
- The Office of the Dean of Students will send written notification of any decisions and/or sanctions reached as a result of a hearing, typically within ten business days of the conclusion of the hearing.
NOTE: Boston College reserves the right to amend or deviate from the above procedures from time to time; deviations will not necessarily invalidate a decision or proceeding unless significant prejudice to a party is likely to result.