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These rights are afforded to students participating in the Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence process.

Respondent’s Rights

Mississippi College provides the following rights to the respondent:

  • To be informed of the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy and its corresponding procedures;
  • To request a review of a violation of the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy. Any member of the Mississippi College community may file a charge or complaint against a student when that person believes the student has violated the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy;
  • To receive notice of any alleged violations of Mississippi College policy and/or breaches of the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy;
  • To have the benefit of opportunity to be heard by an impartial Hearing Board or Hearing Officer in addressing an allegation(s) of a violation of Mississippi College policy;
  • To have one advisor present in a student conduct conference and/or hearing. An advisor may not participate directly in a student conduct conference and/or hearing process nor may an advisor address any participant in the student conduct conference and/or hearing process other than the student the advisor represents;
  • To view the list of witnesses against him or her at the Administrative Student Conduct Conference or prior to a hearing in front of a hearing board;
  • To examine any information, incident reports, or pertinent records to be used against him or her in a conduct proceeding. Incident reports serve as official documentation to incidents involving students. Incidents that are considered valid for review when the circumstances warrant, include, but are not limited to, the following: alleged misconduct, actions that may be harmful to one’s self or others, or actions that may cause potential damage to personal or Mississippi College property. Students have the following rights regarding information on incident reports:
    • A student has the right to contest the information pertaining to him or her on the report;
    • A student has the right to present or provide information regarding his or her alleged conduct as stated in the report;
    • A student has the right to submit information to contest his or her alleged actions or involvement
  • To appeal any first-level decision, provided that one or more of the reasons for appeal is listed in the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct Policy. Appeals must be relevant to the case. On appeal, the burden of proof rests with the student filing the appeal to show clearly that an error substantially affecting the outcome of the proceedings has occurred during the first level hearing process. The appellate body is determined by the Chief Conduct Officer in cooperation with the Title IX Coordinator.
  • To be notified of the status and outcome of the student conduct process at the first hearing level and final outcome to the extent that the outcome directly relates to the complainant and the notification does not violate the privacy rights of the complainant and accused.

Complainant’s Rights

Mississippi College provides the following rights to the complainant:

Complainants must notify the Chief Conduct Officer, or his or her designee, at least two (2) class days prior to the scheduled hearing, if any of the following rights listed below shall be exercised:

  • To have his or her unrelated past behavior excluded from the hearing. The Chief Conduct Officer, or his or her designee, will decide if such information is unrelated. The past sexual history of the complainant is not relevant, unless deemed essential by the Chief Conduct Officer, or his or her designee, to protect rights of the parties.
  • To attend an information session, during which time the complainant can view all the information related to the case and receive instruction regarding the conduct process and rights of the individuals involved. Mississippi College shall provide notice to the complainant of these rights at leave five (5) school days prior to a student conduct hearing.
  • To have one advisor accompany the complainant when presenting information to the Chief Conduct Officer or his or her designee, the hearing board and to any other relevant meetings held throughout the student conduct process. An advisor may not participate directly in a student conduct conference and/or hearing process, nor may an advisor address any participant in the student conduct conference and/or hearing process other than the student the advisor represents.
  • To provide information including presenting witnesses and/or signed written statements, as well as other relevant reports and documentary information.
  • To question the respondent and witnesses during the hearing. Questions to the respondent will first be posed to the hearing board, and depending on the case, the hearing board will pose the questions to the respondent.
  • To submit an impact statement to the Chief Conduct Officer or his or her designee. This information will be used only in the sanctioning phase of deliberations, if the respondent is found responsible for the charge(s). The respondent may request to view the impact statement. The request will be considered by the Chief Conduct Officer or his or her designee, in consultation with the complainant.
  • To request to speak in a separate room from the charged student during the hearing procedure, as long as the process does not unduly compromise the respondent’s right to question the witness.
  • To request to be present throughout the entire hearing, or portions thereof. This option will be considered by the Chief Conduct Officer or his or her designee, and the decision shall be final and not subject to appeal.
  • To be notified of the status and outcome of the student conduct process at the first hearing level and final outcome to the extent that the outcome directly relates to the complainant and the notification does not violate the privacy rights of the respondent.
  • To appeal any first-level decision, provided that one or more of the reasons for appeal is listed in the Mississippi College Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence Policy. Appeals must be relevant to the case. On appeal, the burden of proof rests with the student filing the appeal to show clearly that an error substantially affecting the outcome of the proceedings, abridging a right of the student, has occurred during the first level hearing process. The appellate body is determined by the Chief Conduct Officer in cooperation with the Title IX Coordinator.