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IV. Commencement of Disciplinary Proceedings

A.  All complaints of misconduct by any student enrolled at the Law School shall be lodged with the Dean of the Law School or with a representative the Dean may designate.  Within a reasonable period of time after receiving the complaint, the Dean or Dean’s designated representative shall make a judgment as to whether action on the complaint is appropriate. 

B.  If, in the judgment of the Dean or the Dean’s designated representative, the complaint of student misconduct does not warrant any action, no record of the complaint shall be entered in the official file of the student. 

C.  If, in the judgment of the Dean or the Dean’s designated representative, a complaint of misconduct warrants action of a disciplinary nature, he or she shall hold a conference with the accused student.  Notice of the conference shall include a warning that anything he or she may choose to say may be used in subsequent proceedings and that he or she is entitled to representation at the conference. 

D.  After such conference or a failure by the student to appear, the Dean or Dean’s representative shall either:

1.  Make an informal and final disposition of the case, which may not include any disciplinary sanction more severe than an oral warning or reprimand of which no record is made in the student’s file; or

2.  File charges against the student with the Law School Committee on Student Conduct and Responsibility; or

3.  File charges, accompanied by a proposed disposition by consent with the Law School Committee on Student Conduct and Responsibility. 

E.   If the Dean or Dean’s representative files charges against a student with the Committee on Student Conduct and Responsibility, the Dean or Dean’s representative shall at the same time provide the student with a copy of such charges