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Student Accountability Process

Students are expected to uphold Policy 6-400: Student Rights and Responsibilities while attending the University of Utah. We understand that the policy may be complicated to understand. Our intention of writing the policy is to be as thorough as possible by outlining all details of the student accountability process. However, we also wanted to break down the policy in plain language to help you better understand the process if you are considering filing a complaint or if you are accused of a violation. 

This is the process that is outlined in Section III of Policy 6-400: Student Rights and Responsibilities. Student Academic Performance, Academic Conduct, and Professional and Ethical Conduct processes are included in Policy 6-410. Reports of Discrimination or Sexual Misconduct are handled through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action  in accordance with Policy and Procedures 5-210

Definitions of Common Words in the Process

  • Allegations: A claim that there has been a possible violation(s) of the Policy 6-400: Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Complaining Party: An individual who filed an allegation of a policy violation/misbehavior.
  • Student Accountability Officer: The person(s) from Office of the Dean of Students who will investigate and determine an initial outcome for the complaint.
  • Due Process: The right of students involved in the accountability process to have notice of accusations, an opportunity to respond, and an unbiased review and decision made on the issue. 
  • Informal Agreement: When a responding party is found responsible for violating policy, they may choose to accept the proposed sanctions without the case going before the Student Behavior Committee.
  • Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action: The office which will investigate and determine an initial outcome for reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination.
  • Preponderance of the Evidence: The University’s standard of determining if someone is responsible which is "more likely than not."
  • Responding Party: Student who is accused of a violation of Policy 6-400: Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Rules/Regulations/Polices: The policies used at the University found in the Regulations Library.
  • Sanctions: Educational measures that may be taken to help a student who is found responsible for violating University policy examine and reflect on their behavior and encourage positive behavior in the future.
  • Student Behavior Committee: The committee which conducts appeal hearings for assigned Sanctions as a result of the formal resolution process.
  • Violations: The act of doing something that is not allowed by a law or policy.

Process Flow Chart

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Complaint Sources

Title IX Coordinator / OEO/AA Student / Student Groups Staff/Dept. Faculty / Academic Dept.
Police / Dept. of Public Safety Athletics Advisor Other
Last Updated: 2/8/24