To determine whether or not the case should proceed to the Judicial Panel, based on the available evidence. If there is not substantial evidence to support the charge, the case is dismissed; otherwise, the case is sent forward to the Judicial Panel. The Investigative Board's decision does not indicate guilt or innocence; it simply indicates that further scrutiny by a Judicial Panel is warranted and that the case should be reviewed with the aid of personal testimonies from the parties involved.
A minimum of five graduate students and two faculty members.
Student members. Faculty members serve only as advisors.
The hearing is chaired by the Investigator, and the detailed procedures can be found below under "Order of Events."
Investigative Board Waiver
The accused student(s) and referrer shall have the opportunity to review the report prepared by the Investigator, before it is presented to an Investigative Board.
If, after review of the materials presented in the report, the accused student(s) accepts that there is substantive evidence to support the charge and warrant a full hearing of the case by the Judicial Panel, the student may request an Investigative Board Waiver. This request must be submitted to the Chief Justice within five (5) University business days of the student(s) receiving the case packet.
A request for an Investigative Board Waiver must be received before an Investigative Board is scheduled.
A request for an Investigative Board Waiver does not, in any way, imply guilt on the part of the student(s).
In cases involving multiple accused students, if all accused students do not request an Investigative Board Waiver, the case will proceed to an Investigative Board.
Cases for which an Investigative Board waiver is granted shall proceed directly to a Judicial Panel for a hearing.
For more information on the Investigative Board, please see Article IV of the GHS Constitution.
Order of Events
Prior to the hearing, the investigator will have prepared the case packet, and copies were mailed to each panelist ahead of time. In addition, the investigator brings sufficient copies of the following items for each member: GHS Constitution, blank paper, and pencils.
1. Reminders to board members:
No writing in case packets
Board discussions must be kept confidential
Panelists are not to take the case packets from the meeting room
Faculty members serve on investigative boards in an advisory capacity, without voting privileges.
The purpose of the IB is to determine whether substantive evidence exists to support the charge(s). The lack of such evidence should lead the IB to vote against sending the case to the Judicial Panel and consequently lead to the termination of the proceedings. Otherwise, the Investigative Board should send the case forward for the further scrutiny of the Judicial Panel. The fact that the case is forwarded to the Judicial Panel does not imply guilt; the IB simply states that the case should be reviewed with the aid of personal testimonies.
3. Investigator summarizes the case and opens the floor for discussion.
4. When discussion is exhausted, the investigator asks faculty members present for their final advice or comments.
5. Motion is made (either to send forward or to dismiss case) by a student member.
6. Vote is taken and recorded.
7. Ask to nominate case representative for Judicial Panel hearing, if applicable.
8. Investigator collects all case packets and reminds board members of confidentiality.
9. Board meeting is adjourned.