Students have the right:
More information about students' rights can be found in Section 3.1 of the Code of Student Conduct
Hearings could include the Conduct Administrator or Review Board, Respondent(s), their selected Advisor, and Witness(es). Section 3 of the Code of Student Conduct and the Definitions page describe who is involved in Integrity Formation processes.
See the Step-by-Step process page of the Office of the Dean of Students website.
Conduct records are generally maintained for seven (7) years from the date of the final disposition of a case. Records related to suspension, dismissal, and sexual misconduct are retained permanently. See Section 4 of the Code of Student Conduct for more information.
An Integrity Formation hearing is a student’s opportunity to respond to any allegations outlined in their hearing notification letter. Hearings are confidential, generally non-adversarial, and are not analogous to a court or other legal proceedings. Most hearings feel like a conversation. If the hearing is a Review Board hearing, at least two other members of the University community will be present in addition to the Review Board Chair. In the hearing, the Conduct Administrator of Review Board Chair will advise a student of their rights in the process. The student will have an opportunity to provide their perspective about the incident, as well as review documents related to the incident. If Witness(es) are present, they will have an opportunity to share their first-hand perspective. Throughout, the Conduct Administrator or Review Board Chair and the student will be able to ask each other questions about the incident and the Seattle University experience. You can review the hearing process on the Step-by-Step Summary on our website or in Section 3 of the Code of Student Conduct.
Conduct Administrators and Review Board Chairs will schedule hearings around a student’s class and/or lab schedule. Hearings will only be rescheduled for exigent circumstances. To reschedule, please contact your Conduct Administrator or Review Board Chair by email at least 24 hours with your request and rationale (or as soon as possible in an emergency) before the hearing is scheduled to occur.
If a student does not attend the hearing, the Conduct Administrator or Review Board will conduct the hearing in a their absence and make a determination of responsibility based on the information available. The Conduct Administrator or Review Board will not reschedule a missed hearing.
Attorneys are not permitted to participate in conduct hearings held at Seattle University.
Witness(s) with first-hand knowledge of the incident and a student’s selected Advisor can be present for the hearing. An Advisor should be a member of the Seattle University community. The Advisor may not be as attorney unless this person is a faculty member or staff at the University. A Witness is not permitted to be an Advisor. Students must notify their Conduct Administrator or Review Board Chair at least 24 hours before a hearing if they plan to bring either an Advisor or Witness(es).
Students will contact their Conduct Administrator or Review Board Chaird before the fine/fee due date to inquire about alternative sanctions or payment plans. Generally, a Conduct Administrator or Review Board Chair may be able to offer a combination of a reduced amount along with an educational assignment or project. Conduct Administrators or Review Board Chair cannot negotiate fine/fee alternatives after the due date.
A Conduct Administrator or Review Board Chair will contact the student to issue a $50 fine. If sanctions are not done one week after a Respondent receives an incomplete sanctions fine, the Office of the Dean of Students places a hold on the Respondent’s student account. This hold could prevent registration or other University business until the sanctions are completed successfully. Most Respondents will not reach this step.
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.
Fines and fees can be paid by debit/credit card or check. Debit and credit card payments are subject to a $1.50 transaction fee. At this time, payments can be made over the phone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to complete payment. Checks can be mailed to 901 12th Avenue, Student Center 140, Seattle, WA 98122. If you have concerns about payment given current circumstances, contact email@example.com for accommodations and/or alternatives. We will strive to resume payments in-person in Student Center 140 when possible, which may include accepting cash payments.
Money from fines and fees is used for programs, events, and student support. Examples include:
The University has established a separate process for receiving and resolving allegations related to sexual misconduct. More information is available on https://www.seattleu.edu/deanofstudents/sexual-misconduct-resources/