Before a SAC Hearing​​

​Click the questions below to learn more about what happens before a SAC hearing.​​ 


 I have been referred to SAC. What does that mean?

Your department has referred you to SAC for violating the University Community Norms and Standards, failure to meet the requirements of your ADP, or a failure to progress in your program. Your SAC Hearing Notice (Notice) includes the reason for your referral.

 What is included in a referral?

You will be notified of the referral via email. You will get access to your Notice as a link in an email sent by Maxient, TCSPP's case management system. The Notice includes a link to your referral materials (e.g., referral letter, e-mail correspondence, unofficial transcript, previous Academic Development Plan) stored on One Drive. 

The letter of notice will list SAC members and include:
  • Reason for referral
  • Hearing date (within 30 days of referral)
  • Time
  • Location
SAC will copy the following individuals on the referral:
  • Department Chair
  • Associate Department Chair, where applicable
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Responsible Leader
  • Office of Placement and Training representative, where applicable
  • ARP/Thesis/Dissertation Chair, where applicable
  • SAC Administration

 What is a support person?

You may include one TCSPP faculty member or one TCSPP non-student staff member in the hearing to act as your support person. During your SAC hearing, your support person may be asked to speak about your openness to feedback, your work to remediate the matter that led to your SAC referral, and how you have shown growth over time. ​

Your support person cannot answer questions on your behalf during the hearing. ​

 Who should I select as my support person?

You are limited to one support person. Many students choose to have their faculty advisor serve as their support person. Some students choose another TCSPP faculty member or non-student staff member who they feel can best support them throughout the SAC process.

Once you select your support person, send their first and last name and position at TCSPP to [email protected] by the deadline stated in your Notice.

 What is the written response to SAC referral? How should I write it?

You have the right to present a written response to the referral. Please consider using SAC's Student's Response to Referral Template​. If you submit a written response after the deadline stated in the Notice, SAC is not obligated to consider it.