The Director of SCAI or designee may dismiss a case if it is found to not have sufficient facts or information to substantiate the claim of misconduct, the accused person is not a student, or the action claimed as misconduct is not a violation of the Rules of Conduct.
Depending on the nature and severity of the alleged violation, Student Conduct & Academic Integrity may recommend formal mediation through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities as an alternative to disciplinary action. The involved parties must each agree to mediation.
At the discretion of SCAI, violations found not to warrant a formal hearing may be referred to an informal hearing. At the informal hearing the charged student has the opportunity to accept responsibility for the charges of violation of the Rules of Conduct. At the informal level the matter will be settled by the following outcomes: punitive sanction (Disciplinary Warning, Disciplinary Probation or Disciplinary Deferred Suspension) as well as educational sanctions. The outcomes from an informal hearing process (decision of responsibility and recommended sanctions) are final and are not eligible to be appealed (UCF-5.010).
Where a student is charged with sexual misconduct and/or interpersonal violence, the procedures outlined in UCF-5.006(10) will apply in addition to the procedures of the Student Conduct Review Process outlined above.