The complainant and respondent each may have an advisor of their choosing present throughout the process. This person may be a friend, family member, faculty or staff member, or an attorney. The university has designated and trained individuals who may serve in this capacity and their information will be shared with both parties upon request.

The role of the advisor is limited in scope. Complainants and respondents are expected to ask and respond to questions each on their own. An advisor may not answer for, speak for, or represent the advisee. The advisor may consult with their advisee quietly or in writing during hearings and meetings, or outside during breaks.

If complainants and respondents will be accompanied by an advisor, they should inform the investigative team in advance so they may make accommodations for the meeting location. To ensure timely completion of investigations, these procedures and timeline will not be extended due to the unavailability of an advisor. The university reserves the right to proceed with any meetings regardless of the availability of an advisor.

There is one instance and one instance only, where an advisor will speak on behalf of their advisee. Should a formal proceeding continue to a hearing, advisors are required to conduct the cross-examination of the other party and witnesses on behalf of their advisee. A party cannot participate in a hearing without an advisor; if a party does not have an advisor the university will provide one for the party without fee or charge, for the sole purpose of conducting cross-examination during the hearing. Further, even if a party does not participate, a hearing advisor will be appointed on their behalf. Strict adherence to the hearing rules of decorum is required and failure to adhere will result in the removal of the advisor from the hearing process.

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