Hearings before the Student Judicial Council or Dean of Students


Accused students who choose to have their cases presented before the Student Judicial Council in lieu of disposition by the dean of students will be entitled to a hearing before the council, pursuant to the following procedures and guidelines:
A.  After the accused student has informed the dean of students of his or her desire for a Student Judicial Council hearing,
 the dean of students will notify the members of the council and schedule a hearing to be held no fewer than five calendar
 days nor more than 15 calendar days after the mandatory meeting. In cases where a suspension or expulsion is possible,
 the Office of the Dean of Students may require a mandatory administrative hearing. The dean of students will inform the
 accused student of the time and place of this hearing at least 72 hours before the hearing is scheduled to begin. At this
 time, the dean of students will also give the accused student a copy of this article of the Code of Student Conduct.

B.  All hearings will be conducted in private, and all records or transcripts of the hearing will remain the private property of
 the university, not subject to access by the general public, unless the accused student and a simple majority of the
 membership of the Student Judicial Council agree in writing to the public dissemination of specified records or summaries
 of the proceedings or to the opening of the hearing itself.

C. The dean of students or another staff member employed within the Division of Student Affairs will serve as sergeant-
 at-arms of the Student Judicial Council, and in that capacity during the hearing, he or she will enforce proper decorum and
 adherence to the procedures and rules set forth in this article.

D. The accused student has the right to be assisted at the hearing by an adviser he or she may choose at his or her own
 expense. This adviser may be an attorney. However, the accused student is responsible for presenting his or her own
 case and, therefore, advisers are not permitted to speak to the council or to address any witness or other person
 participating at the hearing. The accused student must speak for himself or herself throughout the hearing, and thus
 the adviser’s role during the hearing shall be limited to private consultations with the accused student.

E. The admittance of any person to a private hearing other than council members, the dean of students (or his or her
 designee), the accused student, and his or her adviser will be allowed only upon the consent of the accused student and
 a simple majority of the council members present.

F. Written statements, documents, exhibits and pertinent records may also be presented at the hearing by either side
 and may be accepted for the consideration of the council at the discretion of the council chairperson. Both the accused  
 and the SGA attorney general, or other university official presenting the charges, are entitled to present live witnesses
 at the hearing. Any such witness is subject to follow-up questioning by any member(s) of the council.

G. Neither the federal rules of evidence, the Mississippi rules of evidence, common-law principles of evidence nor any
 other formal law of evidence apply in council proceedings. The acceptance of live testimony and any tangible proof will
 be at the discretion of the council.

H. The Office of the Dean of Students will prepare and preserve a verbatim record of all hearings held before the council in
 the form of a complete tape recording or a transcript prepared by a court reporter. The choice of the form of
 record will be left to the discretion of the dean of students. Records shall be kept by the Office of the Dean of Students
 or its successor office for a period of at least seven years. The University Appeals Committee, for good cause, may void
 student disciplinary files. Requests for expungement should be in the form of a written request to the Dean of Students
 office and be accompanied by three notarized recommendation letters. Requests for expungement will not
 be considered for those students who have not graduated or have not been enrolled for at least one calendar year. Records
 of suspension or expulsion will be kept permanently in the Office of the Dean of Students.