UCI Office of Academic Integrity & Student Conduct

Formal Hearing Process

Section 1

Formal Hearing Process

If a Registered Campus Organizations is sanctioned Suspension or their recognition is revoked, they can request a formal hearing with the Student Conduct Review Board. Registered Campus Organizations subject to such sanctions are entitled to resolve the matter informally and without a formal hearing, by having an Authorized Signer sign a waiver of the right to a formal hearing.

Like the administrative meeting, the formal hearing with the Student Conduct Review Board is an educational proceeding, not a court trial or hearing. The Student Conduct Review Board is a board compromised up of three (3) students, and two (2) staff/faculty, who are selected from a large standing pool. Prior to serving on a Student Conduct Review Board, members are involved in comprehensive training regarding the University Code of Conduct. Upon completion of the necessary trainings, members are eligible to sit on a Student Conduct Review Board and listen to the student’s account of the incident, read through police reports or other incident reports. In the Student Conduct Review Board hearing, information and witnesses on behalf of the complaint and respondent will be presented. Confidentiality is strictly enforced. The Registered Campus Organizations is afforded the opportunity to provide information, including witnesses and additional facts, in response to the  allegation(s) of policy violations. After reviewing the facts, the Student Conduct Review Board make recommendations to the Dean of Students with regard to the responsibility of the Registered Student Organization in question and, if found responsible, what sanctions to impose. The Dean of Students makes the final decision of responsibility and sanctions for every case. 

Appealing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs:

After receiving written notice from the Dean of Students of the imposed sanction(s), the Registered Campus Organization may appeal the decision to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs on the following grounds:

a)     The Board's findings of fact sufficiently (or insufficiently) support the finding of violation of University policies or campus 
        regulations for which the discipline was imposed;
b)     There is new evidence which could not be adduced at the time of the original hearing which is likely to change the result;
c)     There was a violation of due process at the hearing or;
d)     The sanction(s) imposed was/were too harsh given the finding of fact.

Upon completion of the review by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (or designee), s/he may affirm, modify, or reverse the sanction(s). Sanction(s) may not become effective until completion of this appeal process unless otherwise indicated. The Vice Chancellor's decision is final and binding.

For more information about the formal hearing process, refer to PACAOS Section 103.11.