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Students Rights and Responsibilities

Accused Rights and Responsibilities Form (requires Adobe AcrobatPDF Document)

As an accused student, you shall be entitled to exercise the following rights:

  1. To be given a written summation of the charges against you.
  2. To be given reasonable notice of and reasonable time to prepare for a hearing before the Committee.
  3. To be given the name(s) of your accuser(s) and the right to confront him/her (them).
  4. To be informed of the nature of evidence to be used against you.
  5. To refuse to give any statement which you feel may incriminate you during the investigation or trial, however, the Committee may draw a negative inference from such a refusal.
  6. To a fair hearing, including the right:
    a) To plead not guilty; or to plead guilty in which case the hearing will proceed directly to a hearing of evidence to determine an appropriate sanction;
    b) To have all proceedings against you held publicly or privately at your election; except in those cases where the alleged offense involves a breach of confidentiality. The Committee shall have the authority to establish guidelines for any public proceedings. The request to have public proceedings must be made at least five academic days in advance of trial date;
    c) To discuss any information regarding your case with any person, except where the alleged offense involves a breach of confidentiality. Under these cases procedures established in the University Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Article IV Section B-7.b shall supersede your right;
    d) To representation of your choosing from the student body of the University of Virginia;
    e) To confront and cross-examine witnesses against you;
    f) To challenge any judges of the trial panel for cause or any conduct during the proceedings that may prejudice any of the foregoing rights, the sustainment of which is subject to a vote of the Committee.
  7. If found guilty, the right to appeal the verdict and/or sanction to the University Judicial Review Board. Appeals must be made in writing no later than two weeks after the trial date and must state specific grounds for an appeal. A copy of any appeal must also be submitted to the University Judiciary Committee.
  8. To request a hearing panel consisting of psychologist(s), psychiatrist(s), or both, if a mental health condition has (a) significantly contributed to or substantially influenced the behavior underlying the judicial offense charged in the complaint or (b) created a present lack of capacity. The request must be made on the proper form, within the designated time period, and is subject to other requirements set forth in the Procedures for Student Disciplinary Cases Involving Psychological Issues.

As an accused student, you also bear the following responsibilities:

  1. To cooperate fully with the investigator at all times.
  2. To give truthful testimony (not construed to violate Right #5).
  3. To inform witnesses on your behalf of the date, time, and place of the trial, and to ensure that they appear at the trial.
  4. To bring all information pertinent to your case available at the time of the trial. Should you fail to do so, this shall not be considered an appropriate grounds for appeal.
  5. To appear at any proceedings in which reasonable notice was given. Failure to do so may result in a trial in absentia.