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Student Conduct Advisor Resources

Recognizing that participating in the conduct process can be a challenging experience for any student, the Office of Student Conduct encourages students to seek the assistance of an advisor. The advisor is there to guide and support the student throughout the conduct process.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor. We have found that students who take advantage of the service of a trained advisor are more fully informed and better prepared as they approach a possible hearing.  In most cases, the student cannot use a practicing attorney to serve as their advisor through the conduct process. The exception to this rule is for hearings where the student has been charged with one or more violations of gender based personal violence, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or stalking. If the student has been charged with one or more of the aforementioned violations as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, they are permitted to have an attorney of their choice.

In all other cases, a student may select any member of the Tulane community who is not a witness, TUPD officer, or practicing attorney to serve as his or her advisor. The Office of Student Conduct maintains a list of individuals who have volunteered to serve as advisors.  These individuals have been trained in the conduct system and most frequently work with students who are under investigation for a possible violation of university policy.

What is the role of the advisor?

The advisor, upon request of the student, may:

  • Advise the student on the investigative model, the conduct process, and the student's rights;
  • Assist the student in the preparation of statements and questions to be presented at the hearing;
  • Accompany the student to all conduct proceedings and meetings; and
  • Advise the student in the preparation of any appeals.

What is not the role of the advisor?

  • An advisor does not do the work for the student. It is up to the student to initiate contact with the advisor and follow through with tasks;
  • An advisor does not help the student try to avoid accountability; and
  • An advisor does not act as a spokesperson or defense counsel for the student.