11.11.1. Fundamental Rights of Accused Persons

The following rights are accorded to all accused persons, unless overridden in subsequent portions of this code. A reference to a meeting of the honor council means any meeting of an investigatory or judicial panel:

The right to be charged with a suspected violation of the honor code within twenty academic business days of the reporting party’s suspicions first being aroused.

The right to be guaranteed that no meeting will be scheduled so as to conflict with the official schedule of classes and labs in which the accused person is enrolled.

The right to a minimum of three full academic business days’ warning between the time-date stamp on the announcement of a meeting by the secretary and the scheduled starting time and date of that meeting.

If multiple persons are accused relative to the same series of alleged events, the right of each party to receive his/her own individual investigation and, if warranted, hearing.

The right to strike, with reason, members of the honor council who may be biased against the accused person, according to the precepts outlined in 11.10.

The right to see and study all documentary and physical evidence which has been submitted or collected against an accused person prior to the conclusion of every meeting.

The right to be present for the entirety of the interrogatory and testimonial portions of every meeting. At the discretion of the presiding officer, disruptive behavior may result in expulsion of any party for the duration of a given meeting.

The right, at every meeting, to offer an opening and closing statement, to query members of the investigatory or judicial panel, and to query any witnesses or accusers who might be present.

The right to be notified of the outcome of every meeting as soon as possible and certainly within three academic business days of the meeting’s conclusion.

Unless suspended or expelled, the right to still be a viable member of the larger University community and to not be shut-out from any routine activities (including classes, events and functions) or shunned by members of the honor council who may be familiar with the circumstances of the accused’s case.

This list is not exhaustive. Many additional rights are granted in later portions of this code, but these are of a more particular nature (perhaps having only to do with investigations or only with hearings), whereas the above rights are in force for every meeting unless specifically overridden in later sections of this code.