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hearing, the Resident Chair will bring the hearing to order and present the violations brought against the alleged resident. The resident has the right to attend the hearing, at a designated time, to respond to any evidence, and to present witnesses and evidence. If the alleged resident fails to attend then the hearing will be conducted in his or her absence. RHHC members and the resident shall be free to ask questions during the hearing. Following the presentation and hearing of all information pertain-ing to a particular violation, the RHHC shall deliber-ate without the alleged resident being present. The RHHC shall also determine the sanction that will be imposed as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct if the resident is found responsible. The Dean of Students’ office will maintain all records of violations of the Code of Student Conduct confidentially for a period of six calendar years from the date of the hearing. Appropriate University officials may be notified of actions taken by the RHHC on the basis of their need to know. The focus of inquiry in disciplinary proceedings shall be the responsibility of the accused party. The Resident Chair shall exercise active control over the hearing in order to elicit relevant information, avoid needless consumption of time, and to prevent harassment or intimidation of witnesses. Formal rules of evidence shall not be applicable, nor shall deviations from prescribed procedures necessarily invalidate a decision or proceeding unless signifi-cant prejudice to the alleged resident or University is shown to have resulted. Residence Hall Honor Council Composition The RHHC consists of five students, one of whom is the Resident Chair. Participants for each court are selected by the Advisor of the RHHC from a pool of residents. The pool consists of residents from all areas of housing who were nominated or volunteered to be members of the RHHC. Members were chosen on the basis of an application and interview process. Residents serving on the RHHC must live on campus, be in good behavioral standing at the University, and have at least of 2.5 GPA. The exception to the GPA requirement is if the resident is a first semester first -year student. Members of the RHHC are selected each fall to serve during the current fall and following spring semester. The Advisor of the RHHC acts as a non-voting administrator of the council, and appoints a Resident Chair to serve as chairperson for each council hearing, and selects members from the pool to serve at a particular council hearing. All matters involving an alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct or a policy violation in the residence halls shall subject the resident to the jurisdiction of the campus judicial system. Student Safety and Fire Prevention After Hours and Emergency Procedures Monday through Friday between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., and all day on the weekends, the following procedures should be followed for after-hours problems and emergencies: • RA’s on duty are posted in 1st floor lobby of the Palmetto/Magnolia House and outside the HRL office • The RA is called upon for noise, maintenance problems, roommate complaints, lockouts and any other housing related issues • The University Police are called for any criminal activities, such as illegal, underage drinking, theft, assault and battery, vandalism of personal property, domestic violence, trespassing, etc. They can be reached by calling ext. 7777 (non-emergency) or 911. Student Responsibilities It is important to become familiar with your surround-ings. The North Spartanburg Fire Department and University Police would like you to review the following safety tips to assist you in preparing for a fire. • Plan ahead • Have a flashlight with you • Read the fire evacuation plan carefully. If one is not posted in your room, request one from the HRL • Count the number of doors between your room and the exits. This will assist you in case of an emergen-cy evacuation • Locate the fire alarms on your floor If a student fails to vacate their area in a sufficient time as deemed by the fire department, he or she will be required to attend a fire safety course. Life Safety Tips • If the fire is in your room, get out quickly. Close the door, sound the alarm and notify the • Always use a stairwell, never an elevator. The elevator could stop at the floor of the fire • If the fire is not in your room, leave if it is safe to do so. Be sure to take your room key with you in case fire blocks your escape and you need to re-enter your room • To check the hallway for fire, touch the door with the back of your hand to test the temperature. If the door is cool, get low to the floor, brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly. Be ready to close it quickly if there are flames on the other side. Crawl low in the smoke to the nearest exit; the freshest air is near the floor • If your room door is hot, do not open it. Instead, seal the door with wet towels or sheets. Turn off fans 1‘7106 - ‘17 Student Handbook 166


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