Peer Review Board
The Peer Review Board hears cases involving violations of the Baker Code of Student Conduct or Baker Residence Hall policies in which the Accused Student is not claiming responsibility.
The Baker Peer Review Board will only hear cases involving Level 1 or Level 2 violations. Depending on the severity of the situation, some Level 2 cases will still be heard by a University Conduct Board. Level 3 violations will always be heard by a University Conduct Board when the student is not claiming responsibility. In cases involving the potential for suspension or expulsion, a University Conduct Board is always used even if the student accepts responsibility.
Each board will have up to three student members and a chairperson (although a smaller number can still be used at the discretion of the Chair). This will not be a standing committee, but meeting times will be kept the same so long as a student’s class schedule allows it.
The student members of a Peer Review Board (PRB) will have the authority to find students responsible or not responsible and to assign sanctions if found responsible. The PRB Chair will facilitate the process and can provide advice in a given case, but will not have the power to find students responsible or assign sanctions.
The PRB will be dedicated to an educational sanctioning process. The goal is not to punish students for their choices, but to provide opportunities to help students reflect on their choices and make better choices in the future.
1. Before the hearing begins, PRB board members will be provided a copy of the incident report charging the accused student of a violation. The Chair will provide these copies and answer the questions that she or he is able to answer.
2. The accused student and complainant will be asked to enter the room. The Chair will introduce himself or herself, the board members, the complainant, and accused student.
3. The Chair will then ask the accused student whether she or he is responsible for each individual violation.
a. If a student takes responsibility for a violation, the accused student will be sanctioned by the Peer Review Board.
b. If a student does not take responsibility for a violation, the PRB will continue with the following process.
4. The complainant will make a statement, followed the accused student making an opening statement.
5. The complainant will then be questioned by the PRB. The accused student will then have the opportunity to question the complainant.
6. The complainant will have the opportunity to call witnesses (character witnesses will not be allowed), who will be questioned first by the board and then by the accused student.
7. If the complainant does not show up, steps 4 through 5 will be skipped and only the incident report will be used.
8. The accused student will then be questioned by the PRB, followed by the complainant.
9. The accused student will then have the opportunity to call witnesses (character witnesses will not be allowed), who will be questioned first by the board and then by the complainant.
10. The PRB Chair will then ask for summary statements from first the complainant and then the accused student.
11. The Chair will then explain the decision and sanctioning process to the complainant and accused student before asking both to leave the room for deliberation by the PRB.
12. After the complainant and accused student are asked to leave, the PRB will first decide whether to find the accused student responsible for the violations or not.
13. All results of the hearing will be communicated to the graduate assistant in Residence Life in order to keep track of sanctions. If sanctions are not completed on time, the area coordinator will continue in the process.
a. If the accused student is not found responsible, the accused student will be asked to return to the room and be informed of the decision.
b. If the accused student is found responsible, the PRB will decide what sanctions to assign. After that is completed, the accused student will be asked to return to the room to be informed of his or her sanctions.