FAQ

General Questions

What are my Rights in the Integrity Formation Process?
 
As a Respondent, you have the right to remain silent during the hearing; to respond to all information the University has been given about the incident; to bring a Support* person and any Witness(es)*; to be notified of the outcome in writing, and; to have the option to appeal within 3 calendar days. 
Who is Involved in the Process?

 

The Office of the Dean of Students administers the Integrity Formation process.  Definitions of roles can be found in Section 5 of the Code of Student Conduct and on the definitions page. Staff bios are available on the staff page.

What are the Steps to Resolving an Alleged Incident?

 

See the Step-by-Step process page of the Office of the Dean of Students website.

*For more information about Supporters and Witnesses, please visit the Who's Who section. 

General Information

Do I Need an Attorney?

 

Attorneys are not permitted to participate in conduct hearings held at Seattle University.

Can Someone Come With Me to the Hearing?

 

Only a Supporter or Witnesses(es) with first-hand knowledge of the incident can participate in a the hearing.  Students must notify their Conduct Administrator at least 24 hours before a hearing if they plan to bring either a Supporter or a Witness. 

How Long Does Seattle University Keep Conduct Records?

 

Seven years in most cases. After about seven years, records will be deleted. Cases involving suspension, dismissal, and sexual misconduct are kept permanently. 

Hearings

What is a Hearing Like?

 

They are usually a one-on-one, conversation between a student (Respondent) and a staff person (Conduct Administrator). The Conduct Administrator will review any report(s), ask the Respondent for their side of the story, ask questions, and ask the respondent to state whether they believe they should be found Responsible or Not Responsible for each alleged violation. 

Can I Reschedule a Hearing?

 

Conduct Administrators will schedule your hearing around your class/lab schedule. Hearings will only be rescheduled for exigent circumstances, such as illness. To request a rescheduled hearing, please contact your Conduct Administrator by email at least 24 hours (or as soon as possible in an emergency) before the hearing time to explain the reason for the request.  

What Happens if I Miss/Choose Not to Attend the Hearing?

 

If a student does not attend the hearing, the Conduct Administrator or board chair will conduct the hearing in a their absence and make a determination of responsibility based on the information available at the time of the hearing. The CA will not reschedule a missed hearing. 

Sanctions

What are Some Examples of Sanctions?

 

An informal warning letter;
A reflection, interview, or research paper;
Letter of apology;
Fine, fee, restitution;
Alcohol/drug education or off-campus professional assessment;
Disciplinary Warning or Probation for a specific period of time;
Suspension or dismissal from a residence hall or from the University;
 
I Cannot Afford a Fine/Fee; What Should I Do?

 

Contact your Conduct Administrator before the fine/fee due date to inquire about alternative sanctions or payment plans. Generally, a Conduct Administrator may be able to offer a combination of a reduced amount along with an academic assignment or educational project. Conduct Administrators cannot negotiate fine/fee alternatives after the due date. 

What Happens if I Do Not Complete Sanctions?

 

A Conduct Administrator will contact you to issue a $50.00 non-compliance fine. If the sanctions are still not completed one week later, the Office of the Dean of Students will place an administrative hold on your account.  A hold will prevent you from registering for classes for future terms until the sanctions have been completed. 

Sanctions

What are the Differences Between Fines, Fees, and Restitution?

 

While not all cases will result in monetary sanctions, they are imposed for some violations. A fine is intended to be a deterrent that emphasizes that the behavior was unacceptable and to prevent its recurrence or for failing to complete sanctions on time. A fee is incurred when an educational program or activity has an associated cost. Restitution is paid to an individual or organization for damages. 

Where Can I Pay My Fine/Fee/Restitution?

 

Fines and fees can be paid in person in Student Center 140.  We accept cash, checks made payable to Seattle University, debit/credit cards, and ApplePay.  Please note that there is a $1.50 transaction fee for all debit/credit card and ApplePay payments.  There is no fee to pay by cash or check.  

What is Fine/Fee Money Used For?

Money from fines and fees is used for programs, events, and student support. Examples include: program fees for eCheckup Online (alcohol/drug education); materials for Teaching Responsible Alcohol Choices workshops; registration for 3 students to attend the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference; sponsor student presentation at Creating Change Conference; co-Sponsored "Can I Kiss You", "Drag Show", and "Intersectionality Picnic" programs, and; support for basic needs emergencies.

Sexual Misconduct Investigations

How is the Process Different for Sexual Misconduct Allegations?

 

The University has established a separate process for resolving allegations related to sexual offenses, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. More information is available in Section 4.6 of the Code of Student Conduct. 

What Happens if I Report Sexual Misconduct?

 

An SU official will notify you of your rights, options, and the resources available to you. You'll receive information about how to file a complaint with local law enforcement if you choose; SU's policy and procedures for sexual misconduct complaints; interim actions that might be available; and, information about preserving evidence and/or obtaining a protective order. 

Where Can I File a Report?

Students can report sexual misconduct to an SU official, law enforcement, or both. Direct on-campus reports to Andrea Katahira, Dr. James Willette, and/or the Department of Public Safety. Learn more about campus resources in our Downloadable Resource Guide for Survivors.*