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If you deny the allegation, you may elect to have a hearing in front of a panel of officers or one officer.  Some allegations require a panel for your hearing.  This decision can be the difference between beating these allegations or being punished for them.

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At the hearing you will again be given the chance to admit to the allegations or deny them.  If you admit to them, you will be given a chance to speak about the punishment you are hoping for and why.  If you deny them, the hearing will start.

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Depending upon what the allegations are, they might make you an offer of punishment if you admit to the violations that day.  Otherwise they will set you for a hearing.  Usually any punishment that might result in suspension or expulsion will be required to be taken to a hearing.



You will have the opportunity to question the witnesses or at least have them ask questions that you’ve written on your behalf. ​This will help provide clarification and fortify important information you find pertinent to the overall case.

The Code of Conduct Office will begin the hearing by allowing you to make an opening statement and then they will present their evidence, including witness statements, records, police reports, photographs or other information helpful to their case. ​

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Whether your case is a Title IX investigation, UCF Golden Rule Hearing, Rollins Academic Honor Code case, or a similar hearing at another school, there are some very important things you need to know.  Read over this page and then give us a call to discuss your case in more detail at (407) 906-JLAW (5529).

During your meeting with the advisor for a Golden Rule or Academic Honor Code Hearing, they will review the allegations with you, discuss the evidence against you, and explain the academic punishment process to you.

Your best opportunity to protect YOUR future is to BE PREPARED. Call Jordan Law today to learn the best way to fight your case today.  We can train you for what to expect, help you get out the evidence you need and prepare you for the challenging road ahead.  Do not go it alone!  The best defense is a good offense, call us now at (407) 906-JLAW (5529).


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Important notes to remember for your hearing:

1. Everything is being recorded and can be used against you in a criminal proceeding. If the allegation includes a violation of law, consult with an attorney before giving a statement.

2. Also, just because the criminal case is dismissed or dropped down, doesn’t mean that the school has to agree with that decision.

3. The hearing officer must find that you are in violation by preponderance of the evidence. This means that they must decide that the evidence against you proves that more likely than not, you violated the code of conduct.

4. Hearing officers are school employees and sometimes students. They are not trained legal professionals or experts at understanding an implementing the hearing process.

5. You must address your violation immediately. The school will place a hold on your records and prevent you from involvement in school activities pending resolution of the case.  You can also be punished for not participating in this process.

6.  You can be expelled from school if found in violation.  You can also lose scholarship money, on-campus jobs, on-campus house, etc.

At the end of the evidence, you are permitted to make a closing statement, arguing why you are not in violation of the code of conduct.  Or what punishment you should be given and why.


The hearing officer will then deliberate to decide if you are in violation. The officer will then announce whether you are in violation and if there is any recommended penalty.  Usually they will also make some written findings of why they ruled that way.

During these initial meetings and the resulting hearing, you are permitted to have an advisor to assist you. They may be a school employee, an attorney, or a trusted friend. However, most school employees and outside individuals are unfamiliar with the rules, process, and how to combat the evidence. At UCF, the advisor is not permitted to speak during the hearing, but can consult with you at any point.  At Rollins, the advisor is usually given more leeway to argue on your behalf.  Make sure you have an advisor who has discussed with you the pros and cons of all of your options.

You will receive notice of a potential code of conduct violation by email or regular mail. The letter will notify you of the alleged violations and give you a time/date range to meet with a code of conduct advisor.


Explore an overview of the process for academic

hearings and contact us today to learn more




​Violations of the student code of conduct can result in a wide spectrum of consequences, varying from warnings to expulsion from school. Although expulsion is usually reserved for the most serious or repeated violations, other punishments may seriously endanger your ability to complete school and apply for future job opportunities. Code of conduct hearing officers have the power to revoke your campus housing, scholarships, university employment, and involvement in school activities, as well as place you on probation and subject you to further monitoring by the conduct office. Additionally, your disciplinary record may affect your applications for graduate programs, transferring education and professional licensing.

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