Student Conduct Hearing - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology

Student Conduct Hearing

The college believes it is in the best interest of the student and the BFIT community to resolve conduct matters as quickly and rightfully and following the procedures outlined here.

Complaints about questionable student behavior will be documented by completion of the “Incident Report” form and submitted to the appropriate student conduct designee.

  1. Upon receipt of an incident report, the Conduct Hearing Officer will review the report and determine if any alleged violations have occurred.

  2. After reviewing the student’s class schedule, the Conduct Hearing Officer will notify the student via email of a conduct meeting to resolve the incident. The Conduct Hearing Officer will allow at least two (2) days notice for the scheduling of the meeting, unless the student asks for a different day or time due to an approved conflict, or the seriousness of the matter determines a more prompt response. It is the student’s responsibility to attend the schedule conduct meeting. Failure to attend (or to make schedule an alternate meeting beforehand) will result in the case being heard without the student’s input.

  3. During the conduct meeting, the Hearing Officer will present the incident to the student and discuss the alleged violations and any responsibility of the student.

  4. Based on the preponderance of the evidence from the report and the conversation with the student, the Hearing Officer will determine if the student is responsible for each of the charges.

  5. If the student is found not responsible, the alleged charges are dismissed. If the student is found responsible, the Hearing Officer/Board will assign appropriate sanctions with due dates. In the case of suspension or expulsion, the student’s instructors, Academic Advisor, and Department Chair will be notified, as well as the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean of Students, and President.

  6. The Hearing Officer will notify the student of the conduct decision in writing through the “Conduct Meeting” form either at the time of the meeting or within 24 hours of the meeting if more discussions are needed.

  7. Students may appeal only a decision rendered the Hearing Officer or Conduct Board once, through the appeal process. The outcome of the appeal is final, and cannot be appealed further.