Public Criminal Justice System vs. Kettering University's Judicial Affairs Process
Kettering’s Judicial Affairs process differs in both purpose and function from the public criminal justice system. The University’s process is designed to be educational and to afford students opportunities for personal growth and development. The criminal process is designed primarily to be punitive. Protections afforded the accused are less comprehensive in Kettering’s Judicial Affairs process than those extended in the criminal system. The university is not required to follow federal, state, and/or local rules of evidence. Instead, charges against a student need only be proven by “substantial evidence,” i.e., such evidence as a reasonable person might accept as adequate to support a conclusion that the offense more likely than not took place. Criminal investigations and/or charges do not hinder or delay the University’s responsibility to investigate and adjudicate allegations of student misconduct through Judicial Affairs in a timely fashion.