Last year, 29 charges were dropped due to students responding to their charge letters and telling their side of the incidents.
If you do not respond to a charge letter, your side of the story cannot be taken into account and you could be found responsible for the misconduct.
Charge Letters are written based on allegations of student misconduct submitted to the Judicial Affairs office. It is important for students to remember that receiving a charge letter does not equal immediate responsibility (or guilt) of misconduct.
Just how important is it for a student to respond to a charge letter?
EXTREMELY, because the Judicial Affairs official needs to hear and examine both sides of the allegation. Once an allegation is submitted and there is sufficient evidence to support an official charge, a decision must be made with or without the accused student's input. By choosing NOT to respond, the right to a preliminary conduct hearing and/or a university hearing is automatically waived.
RESPONDING to a charge letter is very simple. Call the Judicial Affairs office 254-710-1715 by the deadline stated in the letter and schedule an appointment. During your meeting, relax and most importantly, tell the truth. At the conclusion of your preliminary conduct hearing, you will have the opportunity to admit or deny the charge stated in your letter.