The university's student conduct process offers students the option to have information about alleged offenses weighed by trained and caring professionals whose goals include protecting the safety of the complainant, promoting accountability and preserving fairness.
Most cases involving allegations of interpersonal violence are heard by a panel of students, faculty and staff members who maintain strict confidentiality. These Carolina Judicial Council panelists, along with all staff members in the Office of Student Conduct, receive annual training on dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. All case proceedings will be prompt, fair, and impartial from the initial investigating to the final result.
How do I begin the student conduct process?
To begin the student conduct process, submit a report online. Complainants can also request that the police report be forwarded by the UofSC Police Department or Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention to the Office of Student Conduct and to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.
The student conduct office will meet with individuals thought to have relevant information, including the alleged student(s). The Office of Student Conduct will assess which Student Code of Conduct charges most closely meet the alleged behaviors and offer the alleged student(s) the option of resolution through a conduct hearing or Carolina Judicial Council hearing. The university prioritizes the resolution of these cases while maintaining fairness. Most cases can be resolved within 30 to 60 days.
Preparing for the hearing
Both the complainant and the respondent meet with the Office of Student Conduct in preparation for the Carolina Judicial Council hearing to outline the hearing script, the hearing format, the layout of the room, possible sanctions (if there is a finding of responsible), facts of the case and other components of the hearing process. Since the process can be stressful, services through Counseling and Psychiatry are available to both students.
Standard of evidence
The Office of Student Conduct uses the standard of a "preponderance of the evidence", which means that the evidence/information presented must demonstrate that the charged student is more likely than not in violation of the Student Code of Conduct charge(s).
Notification of outcomes
Both students are notified simultaneously and in writing of the outcome of the proceeding within two university business days.
Both students are afforded the opportunity to appeal the finding for one or both of the two reasons below. If one student submits an appeal, the other student will be notified. The other student will have five university business days to submit an appeal if she or he chooses. After the five days, the appeal(s) will be sent to the vice president for student affairs and academic support for consideration at which time all appeal opportunities are closed.
Hearing outcomes from the Office of Student Conduct or designee (including the Carolina Judicial Council) that meet the criteria for appeal must be submitted via the appeal form within five university business days from the date the decision letter is received. Student Conduct will forward it with a response memorandum to the vice president of student affairs and academic support.
An appeal may be made for the following reasons:
- a procedural error was committed that has significantly prejudiced the findings of the hearing council
- new evidence that could not have been available at the time of the hearing and would have a significant effect on the outcome of the case is now available.