Student Conduct Code Procedures
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa February 2016
I. REPORTING & INVESTIGATION OF VIOLATIONS
All reports of violations of the Student Conduct Code shall be submitted to the Student Conduct Administrator in writing and signed by the complainant or reporting person. Reports should be submitted as soon as possible after the event in question occurs. In emergency or exigent situations, the Student Conduct Administrator may proceed initially without a written report.
Upon receiving a report that an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code has occurred, the Student Conduct Administrator shall initiate an investigation. The student(s) accused of misconduct will be notified in writing of the alleged violations and provided an opportunity to meet with the Student Conduct Administrator to discuss the alleged violations. The Student Conduct Administrator has the authority to render a decision and impose sanctions if an accused student chooses to not respond to the alleged violations or otherwise participate in the process.
The accused student has the right to be assisted by an advisor of her/his choice, at her/his own expense. The advisor may be a member of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa community and may not be an attorney. The accused student is responsible for presenting his/her own information, and therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak during or to participate directly in an investigation. An accused student should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the investigatory meeting because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor. If an accused student is also the subject of a pending criminal matter arising out of the same circumstances, s/he may be allowed to have an attorney serve as his/her advisor, at his/her own expense, to behave in the same manner as any other advisor above.
- Determination of Charge and Administrative Decision
If, following the investigation, the Student Conduct Administrator finds that the existing evidence fails to support the alleged violation, no action will be taken against the accused student. If the Student Conduct Administrator determines that it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Conduct Code, s/he will render a decision and sanctions.
The accused student will be informed in writing of the decision and sanction(s). If the accused student accepts the decision and sanction(s), no further action will be taken and the documentation will be filed into the student's case file.
- Process for Dealing with Academic Dishonesty
In cases of suspected or admitted academic dishonesty, the instructor involved shall attempt to discuss the matter with the student. If appropriate, the instructor may bring the matter to the attention of the departmental chairperson and the student services office of the instructor's school or college. Additionally, an instructor may make use of campus mediation services or may refer any case of academic dishonesty to the Student Conduct Administrator for action under the Student Conduct Code. The instructor may require the student to redo the assignment, give a failing or reduced grade for the course, and/or refer the student to the Student Conduct Administrator for possible University action. The Student Conduct Administrator shall pursue such cases to determine appropriate disciplinary actions if, after a preliminary investigation, it is his/her determination that probable cause exists to establish that an act of academic dishonesty took place.