Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Procedures at Liberal Arts Colleges

Topics: Sexual Health and Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs, Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Experience

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Research Questions

  • What is the process for hearing sexual assault and misconduct cases? 
  • Do students sit on hearing boards?
  • What support measures are put in place for the alleged victim and the accused offender during the hearing process?


In adjudicating incidents of sexual misconduct through the campus judiciary system, student affairs administrators face the challenge of providing a fair and timely hearing while maintaining all parties’ safety and privacy.  This brief examines the adjudication procedures at six liberal arts colleges, focusing on the support provided to students after an allegation of sexual assault as well as the steps of the formal adjudication process.  Also considered are strategies for imposing sanctions against students found to have violated an institution’s sexual misconduct policy.

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