Hearings will be arranged to adjudicate all offenses not handled by administrative settlements. A student life administrator will assign each case to a hearing (administrative or Campus Accountability Board). An advisor to the student (faculty member, peer, etc.) can be present but may not participate in hearings. Every effort will be made to consider the individual circumstances of each case to determine which type of hearing would best serve the student and the College in the accountability process.

Georgetown College’s Executive Cabinet reserves the right to intervene and/or act as the deciding body in the Student Accountability process, as it deems necessary. This would only be done in extreme or extraordinary circumstances. In certain cases, the Executive Cabinet may impose an interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion of a student without a formal hearing process. Decisions made by the College’s Executive Cabinet are final and not subject to appeal.

An interim suspension or expulsion may be imposed: a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community or preservation of College property; b) to ensure the students’ own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or c) if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the College.

During an interim suspension, a student may be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other College activities and privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as may be determined to be appropriate.

Student Accountability information pertaining to student-athletes may be shared with the appropriate coach(es). The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows information to be shared with other College officials whom are determined to have a legitimate educational interests.

  1. Administrative Hearings
    • Administrative hearings will be provided when, in the judgment of a student life administrator, there is a clearly demonstrated need to conduct an administrative hearing. Examples include cases involving alleged misconduct at the beginning or an end of an academic semester when the Campus Accountability Board cannot be convened or due to the expediency that may need to be exercised as a result of the severity of the alleged offense.
    • The Hearing Officer or other student life administrator may conduct administrative hearings.
  2. Campus Accountability Board hearings
    • An Accountability Board Hearings shall consist of the following:
      1. 3 students
      2. 1 faculty member
      3. 1 student life staff member
    • A minimum of three Board members is necessary to conduct a Board hearing.
  3. Appeals Process
    • All decisions of an accountability hearing, except administrative settlements, may be appealed.
    • Requests for appeal must be initiated in writing within 48 hours of the decision and must state the reason for the appeal. The student may or may not be granted a hearing during the appeal process. Reasons for granting an appeal include, but are not limited to:
      • Procedural error;
      • New evidence has come forward that was not available during the hearing;
      • The decision reached was not supported by the information provided in the hearing; or
      • The sanction(s) imposed is unduly severe compared to the nature of the violation.
    • All appeals will be heard by the Vice President for Student Life or his/her designee.