Informal Hearings FAQ

I received a letter stating I have been scheduled for an Informal Hearing with Student Community Standards. What is an Informal Hearing?
For non-serious cases of misconduct, you may be scheduled for an Informal Hearing. An Informal Hearing is designed to be a non-adversarial discussion of the misconduct. All Informal Hearings are recorded and are conducted over the phone.

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

Do I need to bring anything to the Informal Hearing?
You do not need to bring anything with you to an Informal Hearing. However, at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing, you will receive the evidence relevant to the misconduct along with the date and time of the Informal Hearing by email.

Can I have someone on the phone with me during the Informal Hearing?
You can have someone with you at the hearing, but it is not usually necessary. If you do wish to have someone available, please contact at least two (2) business days before the hearing for prior approval.

What happens after the Informal Hearing?
After the Informal Hearing, the Student Community Standards Specialist will decide if it is more likely than not you violated a Student Community Standard. Within two (2) business days of the Informal Hearing, the Student Community Standards Specialist will notify you by email of the decision.

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

What are the possible sanctions?
Depending on the violation, sanctions can include, but are not limited to formal warnings, conduct probation, or educational projects.

When will I find out the result of the Informal Hearing?
The Student Community Standards office will contact you within two (2) business days of the conclusion of the Informal Hearing by email.

What if I do not show up to the Informal Hearing?
Failure to show up to an Informal Hearing could result in an administrative hold being placed on your account until you are available to speak with a Student Community Standards Specialist.

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.