The conduct process is not a court of law; its proceedings pertain only to the handling of alleged violations of the UCSB Student Conduct Code. Students who become involved with the criminal or civil court system may also be subject to a hearing through the Conduct Process. The issue of double jeopardy does not apply.
Whether you are involved in the disciplinary process as a charged student, a complainant, a witness, or an advisor, the goal of the office is to treat each person with respect and objectivity. The conduct process responds to incidents involving inappropriate behavior within our community. This process provides educational opportunities that encourage students to evaluate their actions, consider their decision making and acquire skills to improve their choices in the future. When an alleged violation is reported, hearing officers within Residential & Community Living begin the investigation to determine what most likely occurred. In addition, reports may be forwarded to the Dean of Students office resulting in University action. Conduct procedures are implemented according to guidelines established by the Regents of the University of California and adhere to due process.
Behaviors that appear to be violations of policy are documented in an Incident Report and submitted by residential staff or students. Incident Reports are then reviewed and are referred for adjudication. The nature of the violation, as well as any prior violations of policy will determine the type of hearing utilized to adjudicate the incident. In general, building staff conduct an administrative hearing to adjudicate cases that involve first-time violations of policies. Otherwise, incidents will be adjudicated by the Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises' Student Conduct staff.