What is the University Hearing Board and How to Become a Member

The University Hearing Board, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, is the body that conducts hearings concerning the most severe sanctions for alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity.  Students issued the following sanctions have the right to request a hearing before the Board:

  • University Suspension
  • University Expulsion
  • Degree Revocation
  • Permanent Notation on Transcript  

The Hearing Board is advisory to the Vice President for Student Affairs or Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs who will make the final decision. The purpose of the Hearing Board is to review documents and hear testimony from the relevant parties (i.e., Dean of Students Office personnel, involved student(s), faculty, and/or witnesses), and to formulate a recommendation to the Vice President for Student Affairs (Student Code of Conduct) or the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Code of Academic Integrity) regarding the student’s appeal. 

This recommendation may have two parts depending on the nature of the appeal. First, the Hearing Board may make a recommendation as to whether a violation of the Student Code of Conduct or Code of Academic Integrity was more likely than not to have been committed by the student.  Second, the Hearing Board may make a recommendation as to whether the imposed sanctions should remain as issued or should be modified.

Time Commitment

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The time commitment depends on the number of cases brought before the Board, which can vary each year. The Dean of Students Office strives to maintain a sizeable pool of Board members to accommodate individual schedules, as hearings are usually scheduled for either a half-day or full-day. 

University Hearing Board members are required to attend new member training before being eligible to sit on a hearing panel. Additional training may be required as policies and procedures are updated or new topical areas need to be addressed. There is no minimum number of panels to serve on each year, however, the DOS attempts to ensure that each board member participates as much as scheduling allows.

Hearing Board Member Requirements (as applicable)

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  • Completed freshman year by the current academic year, or, if an upper-class transfer student or graduate student, must have completed one full semester at the University of Arizona.
  • Good academic (2.50 cumulative GPA)  and student conduct standing
  • Good reasoning and inquiry skills
  • Effective communication skills, including responsiveness
  • Ability to work in a group to reach consensus
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Organization and time management skills
  • Knowledge of campus resources

Hearing Board Member Benefits

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  • Acquisition and application of critical thinking skills and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a diverse team
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply the rules of, due process
  • Develop comprehensive understanding of University policies and procedures
  • Serve as a role model for University service among peers