Upholding Our Community Standards Regis University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment where individual and institutional responsibility combine to promote each student’s development. Student Conduct Expectations Within the traditions of its mission and Catholic, Jesuit heritage, Regis University expects its students to develop a high standard of behavior and personal values. Among these expectations are included: Respect for the rights and human dignity of others, especially in the conduct of relationships; Respect for the rights and needs of the Regis community to develop and maintain an atmosphere conducive to academic study and personal development; Respect for the University’s academic traditions of honesty, freedom of expression and open inquiry; Tolerance and respect for the different backgrounds, religious traditions, personalities and beliefs of the students, faculty, and staff that make up the Regis community; A willingness to assist others in need of support, guidance or friendship; Respect for federal, state and local laws and ordinances; and Respect for the authorities, policies, procedures and regulations established by the University for the orderly administration of University activities and the welfare of the members of the University community. Your Rights Within the Disciplinary Process Please review your rights as a student in the disciplinary process, as well as your rights as a victim within the disciplinary process. If you have further questions about the process, or your role within it, please refer to the contact information contained on the left hand side of the page. In the case of any discrepancy between the Student Handbook and information contained on this site, the language contained in the Student Handbook will always supersede the language contained on this site. Statement of your Rights as a Student in the Disciplinary Process Should you be required to appear at a hearing, you will be afforded certain due process (procedural) rights. Please familiarize yourself carefully with the following: You will be given the opportunity to read all written reports to be presented at the hearing regarding the circumstances and allegations of the case. You will have an opportunity to give your reaction to the report(s) and to offer any additional information that might be helpful in resolving the case. You have the right not to answer any question(s) that may be asked during the hearing and the assurance that a choice to remain silent will not be treated as an admission of guilt. You have the right to hear any testimony related to the case that may adversely affect you and to question persons giving such testimony. You have the right to present witnesses on your behalf (either to verify your character or to substantiate circumstances related to the case). You must inform the person or board hearing your case of the names of your witnesses, in writing, prior to the hearing date. You have the right to have a student, faculty or staff member from the University community appear with you as an advocate for support as you discuss your case with University officials or give testimony during a hearing. It is the student’s responsibility to select an advocate and make him/her available for the scheduled hearing. The University cannot guarantee that a particular individual will be able to serve as an advocate. The University does not warrant the competency or conduct of any University employee or student chosen to act as an advocate. (Note: See section on Advocate) You have the right to request an appeal based on the criteria outlined in the Disciplinary Process section. You will receive written notification of the results of the hearing within five (5) class days of it, unless extended by the Dean of Students for good cause. You have the right to confidentiality in the conduct of disciplinary hearings and record keeping. Except in cases of suspension or expulsion, such information does not become part of your permanent academic record and is normally removed from University files and records after a reasonable time period following your departure or graduation from the University. This right has the following exception: parents, advisors, and/or coaches will be notified if you are held accountable for an intoxication or drug violation or if you are on First Probation. If you are a varsity athlete, your coach will be notified if you are held accountable for any type of alcohol violation. The University reserves the right to modify these rights and adjust the disciplinary process as it determines necessary in order to assure fairness, order, and the physical and emotional security of individuals. Statement of Your Rights as a Victim in the Disciplinary Process You have the right to have University officials inform you of your options in the disciplinary process and to inform you whether a hearing will be scheduled based on the available evidence. You have the right to have your statement heard and recorded. You have the right to decline to file charges or withdraw charges previously filed at any point in the process. Should your case result in a hearing, you have the right to have the case heard in front of a judicial officer rather than the Student Judicial Board at your request. You have the right to have a student, faculty or staff member from the University community appear with you as an advocate for support as you discuss your case with University officials or give testimony during a hearing. It is the student’s responsibility to select an advocate and make him/her available for the scheduled hearing. The University cannot guarantee that a particular individual will be able to serve as an advocate. The University does not warrant the competency or conduct of any University employee or student chosen to act as an advocate. (Note: See section on Advocate). You have the right to confidentiality in the conduct of disciplinary hearings and record keeping by University officials as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. You have the right to offer the testimony of witnesses of your own who have personal knowledge of the relevant facts in the case, and to question the opposing testimony. If you are the victim of a ‘crime of violence,’ you have the right to be notified in writing of the University’s preliminary review of the case as well as of the hearing results if one takes place. You have the right to appeal the preliminary review or hearing results to the Dean of Students if you believe the disciplinary or hearing procedures were not conducted in accordance with the Regis Standards of Conduct. You have the right to receive counseling support from University counseling service providers. You may request that the University prohibit the alleged assailant from contacting you in any way. The University will accommodate the request to the extent feasible. You have the right to receive a change in course assignment or housing assignment if such changes can be reasonably accommodated.