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Witness FAQ

1. Who is considered a witness for student conduct purposes?

A: Anyone who directly observed an incident or has direct or indirect knowledge related to an incident. Reliable witnesses are crucial to the integrity and effectiveness of the student conduct process.

2. What do I have to do as a witness?

A: You may be asked to meet with a Student Conduct Administrator to provide your knowledge on the incident. The statement you provide will be available for the accused student to review. You may also be asked to attend and testify at a student conduct hearing and answer relevant questions.

3. How will I find out about the hearing?

A: The Office of Student Conduct will contact you with the date, time, place, and other pertinent information related to the hearing. Please confirm whether or not you are able to attend.

4. Do I have to be present for the hearing?

A: We strongly encourage that you make every effort to attend and provide your perspective of the incident. If there is a conflict with the time of the hearing that cannot be avoided, we are able to provide letters to your professor and/or employer to confirm that you were present at an official student conduct hearing.

5. What will happen in the hearing?

A: You will be asked to wait in a different room until a member of the office of student conduct tells you that it is your turn to testify. Before you speak, you will take an oath of honesty. You will then be asked questions by both parties, as well as the Hearing Panel if they choose. Once you are done, you will be dismissed.

6. Do I have to answer the questions that are asked of me?

A: While you have the right to refuse to answer questions, your refusal may impact the reliability of the information that you provide. If there is a reason that you do not feel comfortable answering certain questions, you can consult with the Student Code Administrator prior to the hearing to discuss the matter.

7. What should I do if I am being harassed by someone regarding the hearing?

A: Contact the Office of Student Conduct (304-293-8111) or University Police (304-293-2677) immediately for assistance. Behavior that discourages you from participating in the student conduct hearing is a violation of the Campus Student Code.