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Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

Rights and Responsibilities

Northeastern Community Rights and Expectations

As students of Northeastern, we recognize that we are members of an educational community and have accountability for our actions, recognize our rights and responsibilities, and adhere to University rules and regulations. Disciplinary procedures at the University level are designed to produce an educational process that promotes appropriate behavior and fosters civil interactions within the Northeastern community and its surrounding communities. The conduct procedures of Northeastern University are an educational administrative process unique to Northeastern University. The following is general information. For specific and detailed information please review the Code of Student Conduct in its entirety.

Each Northeastern Student has the right:

  1. To written notification of any and all alleged Code of Student Conduct violations within a reasonable period of time from the filing of the complaint or incident report pertinent to those allegations. This notification will state the date, time, and place of the administrative hearing, or pre-hearing meeting in the case of a Student Conduct Board hearing. The date, place of incident, and the name of the complainant will also be included.
  2. To reschedule a hearing date no later than one business day prior to the hearing, due to academic or other reasonable conflicts.
  3. To request that an administrative hearing be suspended after the presentation of evidence should he or she desire to reevaluate his or her responsibility for the charges.
  4. To not attend his or her hearing, which will then take place in his or her absence.
  5. To receive the decision letter within a reasonable period of time from the conclusion of all hearings pertinent to the case.
  6. To appeal any decision within five (5) business days of the date of the decision letter on the basis of: procedural error, new information has arisen that was not available at the time of the hearing, or review of the imposed sanctions based on extraordinary circumstances.

In cases where a Student Conduct Board hearing will be scheduled, the following procedural rights apply, as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct:

  1. To review, in writing, all written information pertinent to his or her case a minimum of one (1) business day prior to his or her designated Student Conduct Board hearing date, and to rebut unfavorable inferences that might be drawn from such statements during the Conduct Board hearing.
  2. To a hearing with no fewer than five (5) Student Conduct Board members present. A student may waive this right if he or she wishes to convene a hearing with no fewer than three Conduct Board members.
  3. To request the removal of any number of names from the list of prospective conduct board members, with proper notification and explanation.
  4. To question any and all witnesses, to produce witnesses on his or her own behalf, and to present substantiating information and written personal statements on his or her own behalf. Witnesses are defined as individuals who were at the incident in question and/or have information pertinent to the incident in question.
  5. To an advisor, as outlined within the Structure and Procedure section of the Code of Student Conduct, to serve as a guide throughout the Student Conduct Board Process, selected at the student’s choosing.

Each Northeastern student has the responsibility:

  1. To review and abide by the University’s Code of Student Conduct and University Policies and Procedures.
  2. To maintain their University email address and respond to any Northeastern University notifications sent directly to the individual student.
  3. To maintain their local address information and update it at the beginning of each semester when they are an active student.
  4. To represent the University appropriately both on and off campus.
  5. To respect the differences of individuals and treat others in a civil fashion.
  6. To carry their University ID with them at all times and present it to officials when requested.
  7. To seek assistance or clarification when needed.
  8. To notify the Hearing Administrator of the need to reschedule.
    1. In the case of administrative hearings, students should contact the Hearing Administrator at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing time to reschedule the administrative hearing.
    2. In the case of Student Conduct Board hearings, the charged student should notify the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, as soon as possible, of any personal emergency that would necessitate the rescheduling of the Board hearing. Rescheduling is discretionary and will be decided by the Hearing Administrator. Students will be required to submit documentation of any such emergency.
  9. To be truthful in all dealings with the Hearing Administrator or the Student Conduct Board and the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.

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