Students who do not accept responsibility for the policy violations that have been alleged against them have the option of stating their case in front of an Administrative Hearing Board or a Student Hearing Board*.
Administrators from both inside and outside the Division of Student Enrollment, Engagement, and Success and faculty members volunteer to assist with Administrative Hearings. There are more than forty (40) administrators and faculty combined on the Administrative Hearing Board. Three (3) Administrative Hearing Board members serve on the panel for each administrative hearing. Administrative hearings are conducted during the academic year every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and every Thursday at 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Administrative hearings are also conducted during the summer and January sessions, however no routine schedule is set for these periods.
The Student Hearing Board is made up of approximately twenty (20) student leaders from Hofstra's undergraduate and graduate schools. Four (4) to eight (8) students typically serve on the panel for each student hearing. Student hearings are conducted every Monday and Thursday between the hours of 4–8 p.m. when regular academic year classes are in session; student hearings are not available during summer or January sessions. In addition to hearing conduct cases, the Student Hearing Board also reviews student parking appeals the first Monday of each month during the regular academic year.
If you would like to know more about becoming a member of the Student Hearing Board, you may contact the Office of Community Standards at 516-463-6913 or email the office with any questions. You may complete an application for membership on the Student Hearing Board here.
Both student and administrative board members are knowledgeable of all University policies and codes and are trained in evaluating the facts of a case to determine if a student's behavior violates these policies/codes. Board members participate in all aspects of the hearing including listening to testimony, questioning students and witnesses, deliberating the case, and deciding whether a student is responsible for each of the charges. Hearing boards provide the Assistant Dean and Director of Community Standards with a recommendation regarding student responsibility and the Assistant Dean, in turn, determines appropriate sanctions when applicable.
*The Office of Community Standards reserves the right to assign cases directly to the Administrative Hearing Board.