University of Missouri

52-28: A Resolution Supporting The Changes To The Student Conduct Hearings Process [TABLED, 12/5]

PDF of Bill 52-28

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 52-28

A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE CHANGES TO THE STUDENT CONDUCT HEARINGS PROCESS

PURPOSE: To show support of the changes to 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri System

WHEREAS, the Student Conduct Committee hears cases of alleged violations to the Student Code of Conduct; AND

WHEREAS, the Student Conduct Committee has the authority to levy sanctions as severe as expulsion, suspension, and dismissal from the University; AND

WHEREAS, it’s important that all of the involved parties have an opportunity to speak and make their case in Student Conduct Committee Hearings; AND

WHEREAS, complainants in non consensual sexual behavior cases have not always had the same rights as the accused; AND

WHEREAS, the new Rules of Procedure in Student Conduct Matters of the Collected Rules and Regulations for the University of Missouri System allow for complainants in non consensual sexual behavior cases to be afforded the “same rights” as the accused; AND

WHEREAS, the new rights granted to the complainants are: making an opening statement, presenting evidence, questioning the accused (through the Committee’s chair), questioning witnesses of the accused, rebuttal of information presented by the University or the accused, petition for review, and appeal to the Chancellor.

WHEREAS, all of the rights granted to the complainants are: being present at the Student Conduct Hearing Committee meeting, having an advisor or counselor present at the Committee’s hearing, questioning the accused (through the Committee’s chair), presenting evidence to the Committee, making opening statements to the Committee, a petition for review, appeal to the Chancellor, and rebuttal of evidence presented by the University or the accused.

WHEREAS, it’s important for members of the Student Conduct Committee to know as much information as possible when determining the responsibility of the accused and levying sanctions against the accused; AND

WHEREAS, expanding the rights of the complainants better helps members of the Student Conduct Committee make fair, just and accurate decisions; AND

WHEREAS, expanding the rights of the complainants make the Student Conduct Committee hearing process more fair; AND

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that the Missouri Students Association supports the changes to 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri System.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Senior Coordinator of Student Life, Director of Student Life, the Chancellor, and the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Respectfully Submitted.

Taylor Major, MSA Senator