- The Conduct
Board shall be composed of:
- Two faculty members, appointed by the President of the College, with the
agreement of the Committee on Committees, to staggered, two-year, renewable
terms. Faculty members shall have at least three years of service as full-time
members of the teaching faculty.
- One administrative staff member, who is not an administrative hearing
officer, appointed by the President for a two-year, renewable term.
- Two members of the student body, with at least sophomore standing, appointed
by Student Senate to one-year, renewable terms.
- The Chair shall be the faculty member serving the second year of a term. If
no member qualifies, the Committee on Committees shall designate one of the
faculty members as Chair.
- A quorum must
be present to hear a case. A quorum shall consist of the Chair, either the
other faculty member or the administrative member, and one student member. In
the absence of the Chair, the other faculty member shall serve as Chair.
Hearing Procedures for Conduct Board
- The accused student and the complainant shall be provided with written
notice of the hearing at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.
- The accused student shall be presumed to be not at fault until the evidence
has been presented and a determination has been made.
- Both the
accused student and the complainant are expected to be present at the hearing,
where they will have the opportunity to question the other, to hear and respond
to evidence regarding the charges, and to present witnesses on their behalf.
If the accused student does not attend the hearing, he or she forfeits the
right to respond to evidence and to question witnesses and the complainant.
involving sexual misconduct, harassment or assault the complainant may work
with the Conduct Board Chair, in advance of the hearing, to determine
accommodations for the hearing (e.g., participation via conference call,
complainant and accused in separate rooms) or to designate a proxy to
participate in the hearing. The decision to proceed with a hearing if the
complainant or a previously designated proxy does not arrive will be made by
the Chair, in consultation with the Dean of Students.
- The conduct board may request that multiple accused students in a single
incident have their hearing conducted as a group hearing. Each student retains
the right to have the case heard individually.
- The accused
student and complainant may each be accompanied by a current member of the
Cornell faculty, staff or student body. This person may not participate in the
hearing, but may consult with the accused student or complainant during the
- Conduct Board
hearings are closed.
of the Cornell faculty, staff or student body may be witnesses. The Dean of
Students or the Conduct Board may determine whether others may appear in the
interest of the case. The names of witnesses shall be provided by the accused
student and the complainant at least 48 hours prior to the hearing. Each shall
have access to the names of all witnesses, which shall be provided to them by
the Chair at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Witnesses for one party
should not be contacted by the other party prior to the hearing. Witnesses may
be questioned by both parties and by members of the Conduct Board or the Chair
of the hearing. In hearings of sexual misconduct, harassment or assault cases, questions
by the complainant and accused will be submitted in writing to and read by the
- All procedural
questions shall be determined by the Chair of the hearing.
- Conduct Board
hearings shall be audio recorded and the recording will be the exclusive property
of the College. It shall be retained until any appeal of the case is completed.
- The Conduct
Board shall meet in closed session to deliberate and reach a decision.
Deliberations shall remain confidential.
of responsibility shall be made on the basis of the preponderance of the
evidence that the accused student violated College policy. In group hearings
individual determinations of responsibility will be made regarding each of the
accused students. In a hearing of the Conduct Board, a majority vote determines
the outcome. The Chair votes only in the event of a tie.
- When there is
a finding of responsibility in a Conduct Board hearing, the Dean of Students or
designee shall provide any information about past violations by the student to
be sanctioned or about sanctions assessed against others in similar cases. In
group hearings sanctions for each student will be based upon the individual
findings of responsibility and prior conduct history.
- The Conduct
Board shall notify the accused student and the complainant in writing of the
decision and of any sanctions. The Conduct Board shall also notify the Dean of