Service as a University advisor on behalf of a student appearing before the Student-Faculty Discipline Committee does not imply the presumption of either guilt or innocence of the student by the faculty member serving in such capacity. Such service merely recognizes the right of the student to have present with him during a period of potential emotional stress and mental anguish a person not under such pressures who may give him counsel or encouragement on matters either substantive or procedural and who may assist in the student’s defense if requested by the student. The University advisor bears no responsibility for assuming the initiative in the student’s defense.
When a faculty member serves as an advisor for a student appearing before the Student-Faculty Discipline Committee, no advance notice to the committee is necessary. However, both the student and the University advisor are welcome to discuss the committee procedures with the dean of students and/or the Student-Faculty Discipline Committee chair in advance of the hearing. Attorneys are not permitted to be present or participate in the student discipline process unless the student is also facing criminal prosecution regarding the incident for which the hearing is being held. Only the student, his University faculty advisor, and the student’s witnesses are permitted to make presentations to the Student-Faculty Discipline Committee.