E-1 Due Process (1977, revised 2013)

Policy Number: E-1

Policy Category: Dental School Admin Policies and Student Government

The American Student Dental Association endorses the concept of due process for dental students in U.S. CODA-accredited dental schools. Dental schools should develop and publicize a clear definition of its procedures for the evaluation, advancement and graduation of students to its faculty and students.

Dental school due process procedures should encompass the following:

  1. Hearings should include student members. No student or faculty member involved in the case should be allowed to be a member of the judicial body.
  2. The accused student should be informed of charges and be given adequate time to prepare for the hearing. The content of all charges against the student should be clearly outlined.
  3. The student charged must be given the opportunity to select an advisor of his or her choice for assisting in his or her defense.
  4. The burden of proof must rest upon the party bringing the charge.
  5. The student charged must be given the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses and to hear and question adverse witnesses.
  6. All matters upon which the decision is based should be entered as evidence before the judicial body.
  7. The student has the right to appeal the decision of the judicial body.