The accused student has the right to a formal hearing before a discipline panel (excluding alcohol and community standards violations). However, at the Hearing Officer’s discretion, the accused student may opt in writing to waive their right to a discipline panel hearing and instead, have the matter decided administratively by a Hearing Officer. In such cases, the accused student waives the right to some procedural guarantees provided by the formal disciplinary process with a discipline panel hearing. In the first investigatory meeting with the accused student, if the informal administrative process is an option, the Hearing Officer will ask the student if they want to proceed through the informal administrative process or the formal disciplinary process with a discipline panel. The student retains the right to appeal in either case. If a student elects the informal administrative process, the Hearing Officer will investigate the allegations, determine if the student has violated the Code, and advise the student of the outcome at a subsequent meeting.