Student Rights

VI.  Rights of Students Charged. (Bylaws, Art. VII. Sec. 7.7)

Each respondent involved in a judicial proceeding shall have the following rights:

  • Right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
  • Right to be informed, in writing, of the charges against her/him and in sufficient time to prepare for judicial proceedings.
  • Right to a speedy hearing or administrative procedure.
  • Right to have a formal hearing before Judicial Council for any alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Right to a hearing separate from that of another respondent.
  • Right to be assisted in her/his defense during a Judicial Council hearing by an adviser of her/his choice who must be a student, faculty, or staff member of The Claremont Colleges.
  • Right to consult an adviser of her/his choice prior to an administrative hearing, who is a member of The Claremont Colleges and is knowledgeable about the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Right to face the person who has brought complaints against him/her (the “complainant”).
  • Right to refuse to respond to questions that are self-incriminating.
  • Right to call material and up to two character witnesses from the College community.
  • Right to be free from a re-hearing for the same alleged violation.
  • Right to be free of penalty or sanction if found not responsible for violation of the Student Code.
  • Right to reconsideration of a decision on specific grounds (grounds for appeal are violation of a student’s rights as set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, insufficient or compelling new information, and/or severity of the sanction).