Formal Hearing FAQ

I received a letter stating I have been scheduled for a Formal Hearing with the Student Community Standards Committee. What is a Formal Hearing?
For more serious cases of misconduct, the Student Community Standards office will schedule you for a Formal Hearing. The Formal Hearing involves the Student Community Standards Committee who reviews and addresses the misconduct. Like with Informal Hearings, Formal Hearings are conducted over the phone and are recorded.

Who makes up the Student Community Standards Committee?
The Student Community Standards Committee is comprised of faculty and senior administrators with Ashford University. The Student Community Standards Committee consists of at least three people to hear your case.

How much time will the Formal Hearing take?
Please plan on up to one hour for the Formal Hearing, though typically, a Formal Hearing will last less than 30 minutes.

Do I need to bring anything to the Formal Hearing?
You do not need to bring anything to the Formal Hearing. However, at least seven (7) business days prior to the hearing, you will receive the evidence relevant to the misconduct along with the date and time of the Formal Hearing by email.

Can I have someone on the phone with me during the Formal Hearing?
Yes, you can have someone with you at the Formal Hearing. If you do wish to have someone available to you, please contact scs@ashford.edu at least two (2) business days before the hearing for prior approval.

What happens during the Formal Hearing?
Usually, you will have an opportunity to address the Student Community Standards Committee about the misconduct. The Student Community Standards Committee may also ask you some questions for clarification.

What happens after the Formal Hearing?
The Student Community Standards Committee will review the evidence and your statements and will determine if there was misconduct and, if there was, determine an appropriate sanction. The decision is governed by a majority vote.

What happens if I am found in violation of the Student Community Standards?
The Student Community Standards Committee will create an appropriate sanction based on the severity of the misconduct.

What are the possible sanctions?
Because Formal Hearings address issues of serious misconduct, more serious sanctions may apply. A sanction could include, but is not limited to, permanent expulsion, suspension, fines, educational projects, or restitution.

When will I find out the result of the Formal Hearing?
The Student Community Standards office will contact you within seven (7) business days of the conclusion of the Formal Hearing by email.

What if I do not show up to the Formal Hearing?
Attendance at a Formal Hearing is not required. You can submit a written statement instead of speaking on the phone. However, the Student Community Standards Committee may still move forward with a decision based on the evidence presented.

Please note that this page is designed to provide only an outline of various Student Community Standards policies and procedures. For a more in detailed description of any information provided on this page, please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the Ashford University Academic Catalog.