Role of an Advisor
Yes! Any complainant or respondent involved in the conduct process may be accompanies by one advisor of their choice throughout the conduct process. The OSCCR must be notified via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org that an advisor will be present at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting or hearing, unless circumstances call for an expedited hearing.
The role of an advisor is to provide a comforting and familiar presence for a student or student organization. The choice whether or not to invite an advisor is solely that of the student(s) involved. An advisor may not speak in a hearing unless asked a direct question by the conduct administrator or board. Advisors may not ask questions, interject, coach, advocate for, or otherwise speak on behalf of a student or student organization. An advisor may not function as legal counsel or “represent” student or student organization for the purposes of the University conduct process. Advisors may not also serve as witnesses in a hearing about the same matter. If any advisor conducts themselves in a manner inconsistent with these guidelines, then the individual will no longer be considered an advisor and the conduct administrator or board chair may excuse the individual from the conduct process.
A student may also request that the OSCCR assign an advisor to them, who will be either a student or staff member trained to serve in such a capacity. Such requests do not guarantee that an advisor will be available, and should be made as soon as possible. Assigned advisors are not available at the JFRC, Beijing Center, or Vietnam Center.
If an advisor is an attorney, this must be disclosed to the OSCCR, and the University reserves the right to have its own legal counsel present for the hearing.