University Hearing and Appeals System

The purpose of the student conduct process, known as the University Hearing and Appeals System (UHAS) is to promote integrity, civility, respect, and accountability within the University community and to provide prompt, fair, and impartial means for resolving situations in which a Northwestern student(s) or student groups/organizations are alleged to have violated a nonacademic standard or policy of the University.

A number of factors, including the conduct alleged, the potential sanctions, and the interest and willingness of a reporter to engage in the student conduct process will determine the specific aspects of this process that are utilized in each case. The process is detailed in this section as follows:

  • Overview – In order to fully understand the UHAS, it is important to have an understanding of some of the foundational aspects of the system
  • Referral and Initial Inquiry – The student conduct process begins when the Office of Student Conduct receives a report or a referral. 
  • Interim Actions – At times, the University may take action to ensure the safety and security of the Northwestern community and its members while resolution of a student conduct case is pending. 
  • Informal Resolution – Reporters may prefer or the University may determine that an allegation is best resolved through informal means. 
  • Formal Resolution – The University uses administrative and panel hearings to determine responsibility for alleged policy violations and, when applicable, to assign sanctions.