Optometry Student Handbook 2024-2025

52 Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook D.3 Judicial Conference A judicial conference is a meeting related to violation(s) that could not result in suspension, dismissal, or expulsion from the university. Conference Procedures Following notification of charges, the accused student/student organization must schedule a conference meeting with the designated discipline officer. If a student/student organization does not respond to a request to schedule a conference, the university reserves the right to continue its disciplinary procedure, conducting an in absentia conference. In addition, holds may be placed on a student’s account that restrict registration for future semesters. The conference is for the purpose of discussing the alleged violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility. The conference meeting will only be open to the accused student/student organization and the discipline officer. The accused student/student organization is presumed not responsible unless the student/student organization accepts responsibility, or is determined responsible for the alleged violation(s) based on the preponderance of the evidence. The dean of students, at their discretion, may hold the proceeding remotely. At the beginning of the conversation, the discipline officer will review with the accused student/student organization their rights in the process as aforementioned, as well as the alleged violations. The student/student organization will have the opportunity to provide a response to the allegations (responsible or not responsible). If the student/student organization accepts responsibility, the only determination the discipline officer makes is regarding the sanctions to be imposed. If the student/ student organization responds with “not responsible,” the student/student organization will be provided the opportunity to provide evidence, a witness, or information for the review of the discipline officer. Any witnesses requested shall be present only during the offerings of their information. Witnesses must be able to provide firsthand, relevant information regarding the case. Character witnesses are not accepted. In Absentia—If the student/student organization fails to schedule—or appear for—a scheduled conference, and the discipline officer has, in good faith, exhausted reasonable efforts to schedule the meeting, the discipline officer may make a determination based on the information available. If the student/ student organization is found responsible, the officer may impose sanctions. This decision shall be communicated, in writing, to the student/student organization via NSU email. By failing to schedule or appear for a scheduled conference, students/student organizations waive their right to appeal the decision. Failure to appear for a scheduled conference may also result in a student conduct hold. After the conclusion of the conference, the student/student organization will receive a written statement as to the disposition of the case, with information regarding each violation alleged. For any graduate or professional student, a copy of the final disposition will be provided to the dean’s office of the student’s/student organization’s college.