Sexual Misconduct Hearing Committee and Hearing Panels

The Sexual Misconduct Hearing Committee (SMHC) is comprised of University members who serve as panelists for formal hearings.  Faculty, staff (including civil service, bargaining unit, and professional and administrative employees), and students from all five University campuses serve on the SMHC.  The SMHC Secretary provides administrative and scheduling support to the hearing process.

For each hearing, the SMHC Secretary appoints a hearing panel to decide whether it is more likely than not that the respondent violated Administrative Policy: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence.  Each hearing panel includes a hearing chair and four panel members.  At least one panel member will be of the same University classification (i.e., faculty, staff, or student) as the complainant, and at least one panel member will be of the same University classification as the respondent. 

All members of a hearing panel, including the hearing chair, are voting members.

For questions about the SMHC, please contact the Secretary at smhc@umn.edu.