Student disciplinary matters at UC Davis are handled by the Office of Student Support & Judicial Affairs (OSSJA). A UC Davis student may face discipline if they are charged with a DUI, regardless of whether or not the alleged incident occurred on campus. University of disciplinary actions may be in addition to criminal charges.
In most cases, disciplinary actions are triggered by the OSSJA receiving a report of misconduct. In the context of a DUI, this report would likely come from either the District Attorney or arresting agency. Once a report is received, the accused student will receive an email from OSSJA instructing the student to set come in and meet with a staff member.
At the meeting with the OSSJA staff member, the accused student is given a rundown of the entire disciplinary process. This first meeting also serves as an informal way of resolving the issue. However, it is worth noting that the student has no obligation to provide any information. A student may have an attorney in attendance as an “Advisor,” but the student must speak on his own behalf.
If the matter cannot be resolved informally, a formal hearing is held in front of a Campus Judicial Board (CJB), a panel of students and faculty. The formal hearing is similar to a trial. Evidence is presented, and the University must prove that it is more likely than not that you committed a violation. Similar to the informal meeting, an attorney may serve as an “Advisor,” but cannot speak on the student’s behalf.
Word(s) of Caution
A student should thoroughly discuss the best course of action for the entire disciplinary process with their attorney. Even though an attorney can only serve as an “Advisor,” they can help a student resolve the disciplinary action, or prepare for any hearing that may take place. A student should not contact OSSJA and discuss the specifics of their case.
Punishment is dictated by the circumstances of a student’s allegations. Punishments include, but are not limited to: disciplinary probation, community service, or assignments related to alcohol consumption. A student who is already on disciplinary probation may face more serious consequences if they pick up a new offense.
The OSSJA website can be found at: http://sja.ucdavis.edu/. The website contains much of the OSSJA policy and procedures, as well as the student handbook and their FAQ’s.