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For more information, see our Accountability Board section or contact Associate Director, RJ Ohgren.


Can a parent/guardian be involved in an Accountability Board Case Review?

At an Accountability Board Case Review, a Responding Party’s parents/guardians can provide information as a witness in the case. Guidelines for Support Persons and Attorneys apply to parents; if a parent/guardian does not meet those guidelines, they may not serve in that capacity.

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How long does an Accountability Board Case Review take?

The length of an Accountability Board Case Review depends on the circumstances of the case. An Accountability Board Case Review can last as short as a half hour or could last as long as several hours.

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When will the student know the Accountability Board’s decision?

A Responding Party who attends an Accountability Board Case Review will receive the Board’s decision at the conclusion of deliberation. Responding Parties who do not attend the Accountability Board Case Review will receive the Board’s decision the following day via email.

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Will the Accountability Board be informed of previous history in OSARP when making their decision?

Responding Parties have the right to have previous history in the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices and/or sanctions imposed not be disclosed to the voting Board Members serving on the Accountability Board Case Review; unless they find the Responding Party is responsible for violating policy in order to determine the appropriate sanctions to impose or recommend. The Responding Party may elect to share previous violations or sanctions with the Board Members as a part of their own statements.

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What if a witness can’t attend the Accountability Board Case Review?

Witnesses who cannot attend the scheduled Accountability Board Case Review can submit a written statement to be reviewed by the Board Members. Witnesses who present to the Board Members can submit a written statement in addition to presenting orally. Written statements can be provided to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices up to 48 hours prior to the Accountability Board Case Review for inclusion in the case file, or may be provided to the Board Members by the Responding Party at the Accountability Board Case Review.

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Who will be on the Accountability Board for my case?

The Accountability Board is made up of volunteers trained by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices. Accountability Board Case Reviews that require a “Major Board” will consist of three voting student members, three voting faculty or staff members, and one non-voting faculty or staff member that serves as the Board Chair. Accountability Board Case Reviews that require a “Minor Board” will consist of three voting student members and one non-voting faculty or staff member that serves as the Board Chair. Responding Parties will receive the names of the Board Members serving on their case and may request in writing that a member be removed from the case for bias.

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Should my student get a lawyer for an Accountability Board Case Review?

Responding Parties have the right to a Support Person or Attorney to accompany them at the Accountability Board Case Review if the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices is notified at least 48 hours prior to the Accountability Board Case Review, provided that person is willing and able to attend the scheduled Accountability Board Case Review. An Attorney or Support Person attending a Case Review may not communicate for or speak on behalf of the Responding Party, but may give advice to the student on how to present their case. A Support Person must be a current student, faculty or staff member selected from the university community or a licensed Attorney. A person who serves as an Attorney or Support Person at an Accountability Board Case Review may not also serve as a witness at the Accountability Board Case Review or, if applicable, at a later Accountability Board Appeal Review.

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What are the possible outcomes of an Accountability Board Case Review?

An Accountability Board Case Review is a re-hearing of the case; the Accountability Board will make a new decision in the case. Their decision could be the same, more severe, or less severe than the decision rendered at the Administrative Case Review. A Responding Party cannot revert back to the decision rendered at the Administrative Case Review after the Accountability Board Case Review. Board Members will not know the decision rendered at the Administrative Case Review.

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