Meeting Standards

Once the meeting convenes, the hearing officer will:

  • Outline the process
  • Review the incident report and/or allegations
  • Hear any statements the student may wish to make relating to the incident
  • Hear or review the statements or written testimony of witnesses the student may have brought who have relevant and personal knowledge of the incident
  • Hear or review statements or testimony of any victims, administrators, and/or investigators and other information from the investigation
  • Either defers the decision, or renders a decision that the student is responsible or not responsible and defines the appropriate sanctions
  • The student will also receive a decision in writing via their Becker College email


Preponderance of Evidence

Becker College strives to assure fairness to all parties in the adjudication of all student conduct cases.  However, College conduct procedures are not identical to the rights afforded the respondent in a civil or criminal proceeding.  Further, a lower standard of proof is required to reach a conclusion than in a criminal proceeding.  This means that the greater weight of information which the hearing officer finds credible and convincing warrants a finding of “responsible”.  Thus as finding of “responsible” shall be made only if a violation is proven by the preponderance or weight of evidence; i.e., it is more likely than not the violation occurred in the judgement of the hearing officer.