Not Responsible Plea

If the student pleads not responsible, the following procedure will be employed:

  1. The complaint will either be present during the hearing to answer all questions by the Board or the community standards review board advisor will have a statement read into the record.
  2. The Chair of the community standards hearing board will ask the respondent to give his/her opening statement. The board will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  3. The Chair will call all witnesses to the alleged incident individually into the hearing. The witnesses will be asked to give a brief statement about what they witnessed with regards to the alleged incident and the hearing board will have the opportunity to ask questions. Witnesses may also provide a written statement that will be read into the record if they cannot be present at the hearing.
  4. Once all parties have made their statements, the Chair will dismiss the participants so that the hearing board may deliberate in private.
  5. If the hearing board determines that the student is responsible, the hearing board will inform the Dean of Student Life & Conduct and/or his/her designee of the imposed sanction(s).
  6. The Dean of Student Life & Conduct and/or his/her designee will inform the respondent of the hearing board’s decision via Bergen email i.e. @me.bergen.edu.
  7. If the hearing board determines that the student is not responsible, the complaint will be dismissed and a letter of notification of the board’s determination will be sent to the respondent via Bergen email i.e. @me.bergen.edu.