Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook 39 Personal Rights of a Student (or Student Organization) during the Discipline Process a. Right to abstain from verbal participation—Students are not required to share their version of the incident in question, but must understand that their nonparticipation will not preclude a discipline officer from making a decision on charges or responsibility. b. Right to review related information and question witnesses, and provide the same on his or her own behalf. c. Right to an adviser—For any alleged violation that will impact student enrollment status, students may choose to seek out an adviser. That individual may be present with the student during all meetings and/ or hearings. An adviser must be either a full-time member of the university staff or faculty. The adviser should be someone who understands the policies and procedures used in the student discipline process. An adviser may not “represent” a student or speak for him or her at any point. Rather, an adviser may be present to answer questions the involved student poses directly to the adviser. Regardless of whether a student chooses to utilize an adviser or not, every effort will be made by the discipline officer adjudicating the process to answer any questions a student may have before or after any meetings or hearings. Adjudication Process Notification Communication of the alleged violations will be provided to a student via his or her NSU provided email. Notices to student organizations will be sent via NSU email to the president of the organization. Notices of alleged violations will include the following: • the university conduct/academic responsibility standard(s) alleged to have been violated and sufficient details of the complaint for the basis of the allegation to be understood • a statement of the respondent student’s rights • the name of the person(s), group, or university office filing the complaint • a request to schedule a conference/hearing within five business days For any graduate or professional student who is alleged to have violated the Student Code of Conduct, a copy of the notification of charges will be provided to the dean’s office of the student’s college. A student and/or organization that is alleged to have violated the Student Code of Conduct shall have the matter adjudicated by either an administrative conference or hearing based on the alleged violations. Every effort will be made to have the accused student and/or organization misconduct considered expeditiously. If a student withdraws from the university or is no longer an active student, reentry shall not occur until all cases are resolved. D.2 Judicial Conference A judicial conference is a meeting related to violation(s) that could not result in suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the university.