In cases where charges do not appear to merit suspension or expulsion or in cases which the accused does not contest the charges, the Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students may designate an Administrative Hearing Officer (AHO). The AHO will investigate the case and conduct a hearing with the accused. Administrative Hearings accommodate all those rights and procedures accorded to students by the University’s judicial policies. Following the hearing, the AHO will provide the student with written notification of the results of the hearing, as well as information about the appeals process.
University Board of Student Conduct
The Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students designates a judicial board or University Board of Student Conduct (UBSC) whenever charges may result in suspension or expulsion, including most cases involving academic misconduct. In these cases, the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students designates a Judicial Officer (JO) to chair the UBSC, comprised of a minimum of three members of the Kettering community and including representatives from faculty, staff, and students. The designated Judicial Officer investigates the charges and prepares the case for presentation to the UBSC. All presentations include resolution options. The UBSC makes recommendations to the Vice President of Student Life and Dean Students, who may endorse, alter, or dismiss them.
Other Resolution Options
The Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students may, after consultation with the involved parties, provide other avenues of resolution, including mediation and/or conciliation.
Administrative and Judicial Board Hearings Decisions
All decisions will be based only on documents, testimony, and evidence presented at administrative and judicial board hearings.
Judicial Affairs Sanctions
The University has the right to enforce a variety of sanctions upon students who are found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct. They include, but are not limited to, the following:
Creation of a Judicial File
The University applies this sanction whenever the Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students or other hearing officer[s] uphold charges against a student for violating the Kettering Code of Student Conduct, yet it appears that interviews and counseling associated with the pre-hearing and hearing are sufficient to deter further violation. The Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students creates an official file detailing the student’s offense, sanctions if any, and behavioral expectations.
A Judicial Warning consists of a formal, written notice that the student has violated the Code of Student Conduct and that any future violation will result in more serious consequences.
Restitution and/or Fines
When a violation of the Code of Student Conduct results in costs to other students, Kettering University, or others, a student may be required to make restitution and/or pay a fine. The University applies fines to community endeavors.
This sanction requires students to contribute a fixed number of hours, without compensation, to benefit the University or the local community. The University retains the right to require that students complete community service with particular organizations it specifies.
Judicial probation implies a medial status between good standing at Kettering, and suspension or expulsion. A student on Judicial Probation will be permitted to remain enrolled at Kettering University under certain stated situational conditions, depending on the nature of the violation and the potential learning value that may be derived from such conditions. Usually, Judicial Probation extends over a stated period, during which it is clearly understood that the student is subject to further disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, if the student violates the terms of probation or in any way fails to conduct him/herself as a responsible member of the Kettering University community. Judicial Probation serves as a final warning to the student to re-evaluate and modify his/her unacceptable behavior. Students on Judicial Probation will not be allowed to represent the University in any formal manner and may not serve in any student leadership position during the period of probation. Knowledge of a student’s Judicial Probation status may be made known to others at the University on a need-to-know basis.
Interim Suspension and/or Altered Privileges
Kettering imposes interim suspension when it appears the accused poses a threat to him/herself or others at the University. It may also be imposed following allegations of sexual or physical assault, drug use and/or distribution, threats of violence, etc.
The Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students or designate may alter or suspend the privileges/rights of a student to be present on campus and/or to attend classes for an interim period prior to the resolution of a judicial proceeding. Decisions of this sort will be based upon whether the allegation of misconduct appears reliable and whether the student’s continued presence reasonably poses a threat to the physical or emotional condition and/or well-being of any individual, including the accused student’s. Interim suspension may also be imposed when the accused student’s continued presence appears to disrupt the University’s regular or special functions, or threatens the safety or welfare of university property.
Interim suspension and/or altered privileges remain in effect until a final decision is made on a pending incident. The Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students or designate may repeal interim suspension or altered privileges at his/her discretion.
Suspension—an involuntary separation of a student from Kettering University—implies and states a time for return to the University. Suspension may extend for a school and/or work term, for a specified period, until a specified date, or until a stated condition is met. A University Board of Student Conduct may recommend suspension, but only the Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students may impose it.
Expulsion—a permanent involuntary separation of a student from Kettering University—may be recommended by a University Board of Student Conduct, but only the Vice President of Student Life & Dean Students may impose it.
Notification of Sanction to Co-Op Employers
The University has the right and responsibility to notify a student’s co-op employer whenever the student is found to have violated the Kettering Code of Student Conduct.