As a Catholic, Norbertine, and liberal arts institution, St. Norbert College places special emphasis on the sacred dignity of all persons and the spirit of communio.

A Student’s Rights During a Hearing

During a hearing, the Director of Prevention Education and Student Judicial Affairs or designee will explain the following rights afforded to him or her during a student conduct process: 

  • A student has the right to receive notice of the charges against him or her.
  • A student has the right to hear a description of the college’s evidence against him or her.
  • A student has the right to present his or her side of the story.
  • A student has the right to have an adult from the St. Norbert College community (faculty, staff) present during his or her hearing and serve as an advocate and/or have parent(s)/guardian(s) accompany him or her during a hearing. 
  • A student has the right to provide a character statement prior to the outcome of his or her sanction.
  • A student has the right to appeal the outcome of his or her hearing.

A member of the SNC community who is serving as an advocate for the student can assist the student with emotional support during the hearing. In a hearing, the student should be the primary speaker and the advocate is present mostly for assistance. A parent/guardian does not have a speaking role in a hearing. Furthermore, members of the legal profession are not permitted to attend the hearing and are not permitted to be included in the student conduct process. A student should select as an advocate a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled hearing date and time because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advocate.

For students participating in a sexual misconduct hearing, a more detailed statement of rights is located below: 

  • The Complainant (the student reporting an alleged violation of The Citizen)
  • The Respondent (the student charged with an alleged violation of The Citizen)