Student Conduct Board (SCB)

Student Code of Conduct 

Respondent disagrees with finding of responsibility:

If the student denies responsibility for violating the specified provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, OSCAI will schedule a SCB hearing to consider the information and evidence and make a determination concerning the allegations and, if necessary, any sanctions. 

The SCB is comprised of four University Community members with at least one student, one staff or instructional faculty member, and a non-voting chair.

OSCAI will notify the respondent of the date, time and location of the hearing at least five business days prior to the scheduled SCB hearing.  If the respondent (and/or the complainant, if appropriate) fails to attend the scheduled SCB hearing, the hearing will proceed in the student’s absence and the student’s ability to appeal the SCB hearing decision may be limited.  

A SCB hearing typically consists of the following components:

  • Introduction and procedural rules presented by the SCB chair.
  • Introductory statement and presentation of information by Student Conduct Administrator and/or complainant.
  • Witnesses presented by the Student Conduct Administrator and/or complainant if any.
  • Introductory statement and presentation of information by the respondent.
  • Witnesses presented by the respondent if any.
  • Closing statement by Student Conduct Administrator and/or complainant.
  • Closing statement by respondent.
  • Closed session deliberation by SCB.

Witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the SCB. The respondent or complainant may propose questions to the chairperson to be asked of the other party or witnesses. The chairperson will determine whether proposed questions or information will presented. 

All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the chairperson of the SCB.

There shall be a single record, such as a digital recording, of all SCB hearings excluding deliberations. The record shall be the property of the University and maintained securely consistent with university standards.

When the alleged victim is serving as the complainant or as a witness, alternative testimony options will be available, such as allowing the alleged victim to testify via electronic means.

The SCB will determine, by majority vote, if the respondent is responsible for the charges based on a preponderance of the evidence presented at the hearing.  The SCB will notify the Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity or designee of the determination and any recommended sanctions.  The Director of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity or designee will determine the final sanctions and notify the respondent, and if appropriate the complainant, within five business days of the SCB hearing in writing via their VCU e-mail address.