More Information for Peer Dispute Allegation

A disciplinary case always begins with an allegation of student misconduct in the form of a complaint or report. In a peer dispute case, one student makes an allegation against another student (peer). The student bringing the allegation is called the Complainant. The student against whom the complaint is brought is called the Respondent. Any ensuing charges, however, must be brought by, and on behalf of, the College. In other words, an allegation begins an initial review which may or may not end with the College issuing a charge. A charge triggers further investigation by the Administrative Board. A charge does not assume misconduct has occurred. Once the charge has been investigated, the Board will review the case and issue a finding and outcome, which is a determination as to whether a student has violated the rules of the College and the College’s response, as appropriate.