Samford University

Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Students' Rights

A student, or an organization, that has been charged with a values violation and alleged to be involved in inappropriate behavior will be granted these rights to assure fundamental fairness in the judicial process:

Notice: To be informed of the specific values violation and inappropriate behavior in which the student is suspected of involvement.

Procedures: To be informed orally or in writing of the judicial process.

Hearing: To have an opportunity to be heard in person before a decision is made.

Evidence: To know the nature of the information related to the alleged violation and be able to challenge the information in question, in front of his accusers, unless there are extenuating circumstances which by doing so might jeopardize the safety or well-being of another.

Witnesses: To be able to offer a defense by having material and/or character witnesses speak on one’s behalf. It is the accused student’s responsibility to arrange for witnesses to attend a hearing. The Values Advocate should be notified in advance of any witnesses who will be attending.

Adviser: To have a Samford University faculty, staff or student attend the hearing in the role of a friend, adviser or counselor. Non-university personnel are not allowed in disciplinary hearings.

Written decision: To have a written response reporting the results of the hearing.

Appeal: To appeal a decision of the Values Advocate or Values Council, except when admitting responsibility for committing a violation and a minimum sanction is given.

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management has the right to appeal a decision of the Values Advocate, the Values Council or the Appeal Council to the president of the university if he or she feels a decision undermines the integrity of the judicial process.