Community Responsibilities: Judicial Process
Disciplinary action necessary as a result of violations of the standards of Malone will be taken by the appropriate Resident Director, Associate Dean, or the Vice President for Student Development, or Non-Academic Judicial Committee depending upon the nature and extent of the infraction. All such persons or bodies have the authority to impose disciplinary sanctions, which they deem to be in the best interests of the student and Malone. Every reasonable effort will be made to resolve violations at the lowest judicial level possible.
Typically, in the residence halls the judicial process is initiated by filing a Complaint/ Incident Report (see a Student Development staff member to file such a complaint/incident report), or by a Security Report. Based upon these reports, the applicable judicial person(s) will conduct a preliminary investigation to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a formal hearing. Such a review will typically involve questioning any witnesses and the accused. Both witnesses and the accused will be notified by appropriate Student Development staff. Any student receiving this notification is required to make contact with the identified Student Development staff member within a twenty-four (24) hour time period. Failure to make initial contact with this Student Development staff member may result in disciplinary action for impeding the judicial process. If there is sufficient evidence to warrant a judicial hearing and their complainant is willing to proceed with his/her complaint, the accused student will be referred to the appropriate judicial person(s) for a judicial hearing. The appropriate judicial officer(s) may choose whether or not to hear any case, based on the evidence and information received.