All students at Ball State University have a right to fair and equitable procedures for determining the validity of charges of violating University regulations.3.1 These procedures shall be structured so as to facilitate a reliable determination of the truth or falsity of charges and to meet the fundamental requirements of fairness (i.e., right to notice of charge in advance, right to a hearing, right to examine evidence, right to prepare defense, right to appeal, and right to presence of counsel, but not representation by counsel).
3.2 Students have the right to know in advance the range of penalties for violations of campus regulations. Upon request students have the right to obtain copies of all specific policies of the University (e.g., routine administrative policies, Faculty and Professional Personnel Handbook, etc.).
3.3 Charges of minor infractions of regulations, for which a student is penalized by fines or reprimands, may be handled expeditiously by the appropriate individual or committee. Persons so penalized have the right to appeal to the next higher level of administration or to an established appeals committee.
3.4 In cases involving charges of infractions of regulations that may result in suspension or expulsion from the University, students have a right to formal procedures which include right of appeal. Any person penalized for a serious infraction of established University regulations or policies has the right to appeal, either to the next higher administrator or to an established appeals committee.
3.5 Students charged with or convicted of a violation of federal, state, or local law (see Appendix R for policy requiring students to disclose a felony conviction occurring after admission to the University) may be subject to the University sanctions for the same conduct, in accord with established policies and procedures, when the conduct is in violation of a University rule which is important to the continuing protection of other members of the University or to the safeguarding of the educational process. At the discretion of University officials, disciplinary action under this Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities may proceed in advance or or during the pendency of criminal proceedings. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same set of facts giving rise to University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
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