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.