University Conduct Board
The University Conduct Board is comprised of students, faculty, and professional staff members at Drexel University who serve on both the University Hearing Board and the University Appeal Board. The University Conduct Board hears most* cases of misconduct in which the accused student or student organization has contested the charges. The Board decides whether or not the student/organization is "in violation" of the policies stated in the University's Code of Conduct based on the information presented at the hearing. Should the Board find the student/organization "in violation," the board will then recommend the appropriate developmental and punitive sanctions to the University Hearing Officer.
The University Conduct Board also hears most* cases in which the student/organization has chosen to appeal the decision of the University Appeal Board and/or the decision of the University Hearing Officer. The University Appeal Board will determine if sufficient grounds exist for the appeal, and will then uphold or deny the appeal. Should the Board uphold the appeal, depending upon the grounds on which the appeal was based, the Board then will determine more appropriate sanctions and/or order the case to be reconsidered.
For obvious reasons, in no instance will any Board member who served on the original hearing serve on the Appeal Board for the same case.
*Cases involving Sexual Harassment and Misconduct may be assigned to an external adjudicator.
Become a Member
Students, faculty, and professional staff at Drexel University may apply to join the University Conduct Board.
Recruitment and Training
All Conduct Board applications received will be reviewed. Once reviewed, the prospective board member will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and further information about the membership process. Prospective members will have to go through an interview process and training before becoming a full board member.
University Conduct Board training is held once a term, and the timing is based upon the number of accepted applicants. Trainings are usually held between weeks 4 and 6 during the term.
The best answer for this question is that “it depends.” It depends, obviously, on the number of cases presented to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Based on past experience, nearly 90% of all cases are resolved at the administrative hearing level, meaning that the student/organization has opted not to contest the charges(s). Typically more hearings go before the University Appeal Board than before the University Hearing Board. The ideal situation is to spread the caseload among the respective board members.
All Hearing Board members are required to participate in a mandatory orientation/training workshop in order to be eligible to serve. Hearing Board members who have not participated in orientation and appropriate supplemental trainings will be deemed inactive until they are completed.
- Display appropriate behavior, serve as a role model for the Drexel community, and strive to preserve the rights and responsibilities of Drexel students.
- Attend all training sessions.
- Respond to requests to serve on hearings and communicate scheduling conflicts with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
- Participate in Board hearings by:
- Displaying questioning skills to help determine what occurred, who bears responsibility, and how the University should respond;
- Displaying good judgment and decision-making skills;
- Displaying the ability to work in a group to reach consensus.
- Be familiar with the Code of Conduct and Residence Hall Regulations and Policies found in the Student Handbook as well as campus resources and student support services.
- Other duties as assigned.
Detailed information may be found in the Student Handbook. Please contact the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (215-895-6074) should you have questions or need additional information regarding this process.