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Hearing Bodies

Hearing Bodies 

The University disciplinary system is coordinated by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards as designated by the President of Eastern Kentucky University.  The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards coordinates the adjudication of hearings ranging from residential community concerns to offenses that may require suspension or expulsion from the university.  Different hearing bodies are utilized depending on the severity of the incident.  In each instance, the formality of procedures followed in hearing cases will vary with the gravity of the sanction suggested by the alleged violation of University Regulations.

  • Student Judicial Committees
  • Residence Hall Coordinators
  • Student Housing
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Student Disciplinary Council
  • Board of Regents

Student Judicial Committees

The student judicial committees offer a peer level hearing body that provides students the opportunity to become involved in the student disciplinary process. This hearing body shall consist of student(s) of the University community. It is authorized by the Student Conduct and Community Standards office in cooperation with Student Housing to determine if a student has committed lower level infractions of provisions of the Student Code of Conduct that occur on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University and to recommend imposition of sanctions.

Residence Hall Coordinators

Residence Hall Coordinators (RHCs) are professional staff residing in the residence halls who oversee the operation of the facilities, supervision of staff and the development of the residence hall community.  RHCs conduct informal administrative hearings involving students who violate policies in the residence hall community.  RHCs are authorized by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards in cooperation with Student Housing to adjudicate such cases.

Student Housing

The Assistant Director of Residence Life, Conduct and Crisis Management oversees the adjudication of cases in the residence halls heard by the RHCs.  All Assistant Directors of Residence Life may adjudicate cases more serious in nature including but not limited to, illegal controlled substances, alcohol and other residence hall community misconduct.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards oversees the entire student conduct system as designated by the President of Eastern Kentucky University.  The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards may adjudicate any policy violation including residential community cases and other violations of the Student Handbook.  Violations involving acts of sexual misconduct are heard by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Student Disciplinary Council

The Student Disciplinary Council is designated by the Board of Regents to hear those cases in which the gravity of the allegation suggests a possible sanction of suspension or expulsion. 

This hearing body shall consist of five members, two faculty, two staff, and one student member chosen from a pool of 12 faculty, 12 staff and 3 students approved by the President of the University. The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and Student Conduct and Community Standards staff members shall not be members of this Board in matters relating to student conduct.

Board of Regents

Kentucky Revised Statute 164.370 provides that: Each Board of Regents may invest the faculty or a representative committee of designated faculty, staff, and students with the power to suspend or expel any student for disobedience to its rules, or for any other contumacy, insubordination or immoral conduct. In every case of suspension or expulsion of a student the person suspended or expelled may appeal to the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents shall prescribe the manner and the mode of procedure on appeal. The decision of the Board of Regents shall be final.

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