When the Dean of Students (DOS), Assistant Dean of Students (ADOS) or both are notified about student sexual misconduct, they will initiate a meeting with the alleged victim. The purpose of this meeting is to begin a preliminary investigation, provide available resources, and work with the alleged victim to help them decide whether and how to press charges. Alleged victims may pursue a college conduct review which will lead to a student conduct hearing.
Student Conduct Hearings
If the alleged victim wants to proceed with a conduct hearing through the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, either a Level I or Level II conduct procedure may be followed. In most cases, the Dean of Students (DOS) or Assistant Dean of Students (ADOS) will work with the alleged victim to choose the level; however, the prior history of the accused student may affect the appropriate level of conduct review. The accused students’ prior conduct history will not be shared with the alleged victim or with members of the Student Conduct Board unless the accused student is found responsible. The Board will be apprised of any conduct history when making decisions about appropriate sanctions.
The preponderance of evidence standard will be used to determine the outcome of both level I and level II reviews. Preponderance of the evidence means that the information presented shows that it is “more likely than not” that the accused student violated this policy.
Accused students who are found to have violated the Code of Conduct have the right to appeal the outcome of the hearing in accordance with College conduct appeal procedures. Alleged victims also have the right to appeal the outcome of a hearing. If either party chooses to appeal, they will have 5 days from notification of the decision to submit a letter stating why they are appealing. If only one party chooses to appeal, the other party will be notified and will have 5 days to provide written documentation regarding the decision. (See appeal section of Code of Conduct http://www.geneseo.edu/handbook/policies_procedures#Appeals.)
Possible Student Conduct Sanctions
A list of possible sanctions for both Level I and Level II proceedings can be found at: