Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook 49 c. R ight to an adviser—For any alleged violation that will impact student enrollment status, students/ student organizations may choose to seek out an adviser. That individual may be present with the students/student organizations during all meetings and/or hearings. An adviser must be either a full-time member of the university staff or faculty, unless 1) the alleged conduct arises under the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy, in which case the Sexual Misconduct Policy procedures will apply, or 2) the student is alleged to have engaged in stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, or sexual assault outside of the Title IX context, in which case the student may select the adviser of the student’s choice, in accordance with the policies described in the remainder of this paragraph. The adviser should be someone who understands the policies and procedures used in the student discipline process. An adviser may not “represent” a student/student organization or speak for the student/student organization at any point. Rather, an adviser may be present to answer questions the involved student/student organization poses directly to the adviser. Regardless of whether a student/student organization 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/student organization may have before or after any meetings or hearings. d. R ight to an impartial process—Students/student organizations who believe that the judicial officer has a conflict of interest, which prevents them from conducting the student conduct process in an impartial manner, should notify the judicial officer of such allegation, along with any supporting information, in writing, prior to the occurrence of the student judicial conference/proceeding. In such circumstances, an independent administrator will be appointed by the vice president of Student Affairs to review such claims and make a determination if a conflict of interest exists. If the determination is made that a conflict exists, the vice president of Student Affairs will designate a replacement judicial officer to complete the student conduct process. If a determination is made that no conflict exists, the student conduct process will continue with the original judicial officer. Adjudication Process Premeeting Upon receipt of the reported incident(s), the dean of students will conduct an investigation into the allegations. The dean of students has the discretion to designate another individual to conduct the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the dean of students will contact the student/student organization to schedule a premeeting in the case of an administrative judicial proceeding, or to schedule the judicial conference. The purpose of the premeeting is to discuss the adjudication process and to answer any questions the student/student organization may have. Students/student organizations are required to attend a premeeting for violation(s) that may lead to suspension, dismissal, or expulsion (i.e., administrative judicial proceedings). Students have the option to request a premeeting for violation(s) that do not lead to suspension, dismissal, or expulsion (i.e., judicial conferences). Students/student organizations requesting a premeeting prior to their judicial conference must contact the dean of students to schedule it. Where a premeeting occurs, students/student organizations have the option to submit a written statement to the dean of students within five days of the premeeting for consideration.