What is a "respondent?"

A respondent is the most commonly used name for students accused of wrongdoing in a college judical system.  A respondent is the campus judicial equivalent of a defendant.  At the end of a hearing a respondent is found either "responsible" for the policy violation or "not responsible" with a much lower standard applied than in almost any other adjudicatory system. If a student is found "responsible" then they are "sanctioned" with anything from a letter to their file to expulsion with limitless "educational" options in between.  Almost all schools avoid using terms like "guilty," "punishment," or "sentence" in their systems to avoid drawing parallels to other systems. Visit our section for respondents for more information.