Procedural Protections and Student Rights

Due process will be afforded to all Ferris State University students when charged with an alleged violation of University regulations or policies. When a student appears for a conduct hearing, the following procedural rights will be afforded:

  1. The opportunity to read all written reports regarding the circumstances and allegations of the case.

  2. The opportunity to attend a hearing that shall not be earlier than three (3) calendar days after the date of the notice.

  3. The opportunity to give a reaction to the reports and to offer any additional information which might help in the resolution of the case.

  4. The student is not required to answer any questions asked during the hearing; the choice to remain silent will not be taken as an admission of responsibility.

  5. The opportunity to review all information related to the case that may adversely affect the student and to ask questions related to this information.

  6. The opportunity to present witnesses who may substantiate information related to the incident. A list of witnesses must be submitted no later than three (3) calendar days before the hearing.

  7. The opportunity to have a support person present during the hearing; the support person may not participate in presenting the case, question witnesses, or make statements during the conference.

  8. The student will receive written notification of the decision of the judicial hearing within ten (10) calendar days, barring unforeseen circumstances.

  9. The opportunity to submit an appeal, subject to the conditions of the appeal process, within three (3) calendar days after the date of the written outcome of the hearing. Conditions for an appeal are enumerated in the Code of Student Community Standards, which can be found on-line.