Mission of the Boards
Bentley University student conduct boards provide an impartial evaluation of the behavioral and attitudinal conduct of students accused of violating University policy. These boards enforce policy through appropriate sanctions and education.
Cases are forwarded to one of three levels of the student conduct boards. Hearings before the student conduct boards will follow a standard process as follows:
1. Notification: The accused student(s) are notified of the date, time and place of the hearing by a hearing notice. The reporter, residence life staff involved in the incident, campus police, and all witnesses that are indicated in the report are also notified and asked to appear at the hearing.
2. Welcome: The board chair will welcome everyone to the hearing and ask everyone to introduce themselves. Parties will be informed that they will each have a chance to relate their side of the story, as well as ask questions, through the board, of the other party.
3. Perspective: The board will ask each person speaking at the hearing to begin by relating what happened. The board will ask questions and seek to clarify any points made. Witnesses, including the reporting parties will be asked to come in and speak as well. Although the board will have read the reports, they will be interested in hearing firsthand accounts of what occurred.
4. Questions: The board will ask questions of each party throughout the hearing, for clarification purposes and to obtain further information. After all statements are given, the board will allow the parties to ask questions of each other. All questions will be directed through the board; direct questioning is not allowed.
5. Decisions/Sanctioning: After all statements have been heard and all questions have been answered, the board will thank all parties for their participation and dismiss them from the hearing. The board will deliberate in private and make a decision based on the evidence presented. The board will determine whether or not there is a preponderance of evidence indicating that the student is responsible for the alleged violations. In other words, what they heard and read at the hearing must convince them that it is more likely than not that the student violated the policies in question. If the Board finds the student(s) responsible, their conduct history will be reviewed and appropriate sanctions will be imposed. The student(s) will be notified in writing of the decision within three working days.
6. Appeal: The student(s) maintain the right to submit an appeal.