Both accused and accusers have the right to an advisor for all proceedings that occur during the investigation of the alleged violation.
NOTE: A University appointed advisor is not equivalent in their role to that of a “court appointed attorney.” Their role is as advisor to the accused/accuser, NOT as advocate for the accused/accuser.
The VCU Honor System, in all cases, affords accused students the right to procure and utilize an advisor (not an attorney).
The Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity will assign an advisor (a member of the University Honor Council) to all accused students. The student may contact and utilize his/her expertise at their discretion. The Advisor’s name and E-mail address will be provided. It will be your responsibility to contact your advisor. If a student would like their advisor to be present at their appointment they should contact him/her and have their schedule available when the student contacts the office to schedule their initial appointment.
You may select someone other than a member of the Honor Council, not an attorney, to serve as your advisor.
If you select your own Advisor, consider selecting someone familiar with the Honor System and the policies of VCU. This person could be, but is NOT required, to be your Academic Advisor.
If the accuser would like to procure and utilize an advisor via the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, they should notify the Coordinator for Academic Integrity so that a member of the University Honor Council may fulfill this role.