Student Discipline & Due Process

UNR Med Student Handbook: Other Codes and Policies for Students

The Student Discipline & Due Process policy provides students with a framework for the administration of disciplinary action at UNR Med as administered through the SPCC, which may result in the dismissal of a student. The policy specifies the rights of the student and the rights of other parties during this process. The policy is designed to provide procedural rights when a student is determined to have failed to meet cognitive, academic or behavioral standards including professionalism standards.

  • When the relevant policy indicates a potential disciplinary action requiring probation, suspension or dismissal, the student will be notified in writing of the proposed action and the reason(s) for the proposed action(s). The student will meet with the SPCC during the next regularly scheduled committee meeting, but no later than fifteen (15) days after the date of the notice.
  • The student will be notified in writing of the date, time and place of the meeting with the SPCC at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting. The notice will include a description of reasons for the meeting and the range of possible actions. The student and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will exchange material to be introduced at the meeting and the name(s) of witnesses who will testify at least five (5) calendar days prior to the meeting. The student will be given the opportunity to discuss the proposed action with the committee, to present witnesses, to respond to the reason(s) given for the proposed action, and to otherwise present his/her side of the issue(s) raised by the proposed action. The student may waive the 10-day notice period in writing.
  • The standard of proof that the SPCC will use to make a determination is the preponderance of evidence.
  • The meeting with the SPCC shall be informal and non-adversarial. The student may have one representative present at the meeting. The student representative's participation is limited to giving advice to the student. If the student elects to have an attorney present as the representative, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs may also elect to have an attorney present, who will also be limited to giving advice. The Chair of the SPCC may also request the presence of legal counsel at any time to provide advice to the SPCC. In no event shall an attorney present evidence, make oral arguments, or examine witnesses on behalf of the student, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or the SPCC.
  • The student is entitled to be present throughout the SPCC meeting with the exception of SPCC deliberations.
  • Witnesses will be permitted and may be questioned by the student and the members of the SPCC. Witnesses will be in attendance only while providing their testimony.
  • The Chair of the SPCC will preside over the meeting, maintain order, and determine the relevancy of the information presented to the SPCC.
  • The SPCC meeting will be closed unless both the student and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs agree in writing to an open meeting. To the extent permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C., Sec. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99 (FERPA) or other law, the record of the proceedings will be confidential. All meeting participants will maintain confidentiality of all meeting proceedings except as required by law or called by witness in litigation.
  • Prior to the SPCC meeting, the student may inspect his/her academic file, excluding any contents of the file which the student has waived his or her right to review.
  • The student may request a copy of his/her academic file, excluding those matters mentioned above, at his/her expense. The student may also request a copy of the record of the SPCC meeting at his/her expense as it relates to his/her appearance before the SPCC.
  • The SPCC will provide the student and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs a written decision within fourteen (14) calendar days of the close of the meeting.

Appeal Process

  • The student may appeal the decision of the SPCC to the Dean.
  • The notice of appeal must be in writing and must be received by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs within five (5) calendar days of the date on which the SPCC's written decision was issued.
  • The student will continue enrollment at UNSOM during the time period for an appeal and, if the student has provided written notice of appeal, pending the decision of the Dean.
  • Failure to appeal within the time limit and protocol set forth in this section renders the decision of the SPCC final and binding as to all issues.
  • Within five (5) calendar days after the date of the notice of appeal, the following materials will be submitted to the Dean by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the student, where appropriate:
  • All materials considered by the SPCC during the meeting including the record of the applicable proceedings.
  • The Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the student shall each submit a written statement of issues to be considered by the Dean.
  • The SPCC may submit a written summary in support of its decision.
  • Written statements or summaries may not exceed five (5) pages unless the Dean approves a request to exceed this page limitation.
  • The Dean will provide a written decision to the student's appeal within a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed fourteen (14) calendar days, after the submission of materials. The Dean's decision is final and binding as to all issues and there is no further right of appeal.