Student Rights & Responsibilities 

Any student accused of any violation of Kettering University’s Code of Student Conduct will be extended the following rights and responsibilities:

  • Formal, written notification of all charges to be heard at either an Administrative Hearing or a University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Right to a timely hearing. The University has the right to establish deadlines for hearing a case, as well as hear a case in a student’s absence should s/he fail to appear at the established time and place.
  • Opportunity to review the judicial file which will be presented at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Time to prepare a defense. Students will receive at least 48 hours’ notice of the time and place of an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Right to be present at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Right to have an advisor present at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct. The advisor must be a member of the Kettering University community and may advise the accused student, but may not conduct the student’s defense.
  • Right to ask questions of any witnesses who appear at an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • Right to present defense witnesses whose presences has been requested, in writing, at least 48 hours prior to an Administrative Hearing or University Board of Student Conduct.
  • All hearings will be closed. Hearing results will be held in confidence, except that the Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students may determine that other Kettering University officials ought to be aware of the results, and will inform them.
  • Crime victims will be notified of hearing results, in accordance with existing federal, state, and local laws.

Kettering University has the right to request a student return to campus during a work- or off-term in order to expedite a case perceived as serious and pressing in nature.

Students are entitled to the rights afforded by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This act ensures that most communication between a student and the University is considered confidential, and that such information about a student’s experience can be shared with the parents of an individual student only under very specific circumstances as defined by federal law. Exceptions are outlined in the University’s “FERPA Announcement”.  All rights accorded a student under this law take effect at the time of enrollment in a post-secondary educational program regardless of the student’s age.