A family member or friend may accompany the student during the hearing. This person may not participate in the hearing in any way other than in a support role for the accused student. The support person must at all times conduct him/her self solely in a support role, and NOT in a professional or advisory role, even if this person is a lawyer. The support person may sit next to the accused student, so long as this person at all times refrains from participating in the hearing in any way, including making comments to the student. If the support person participates in the hearing in any way, the hearing board chair will reiterate these guidelines regarding the expectations of the support person. If the support person continues to violate these conditions, the hearing board chair may ask this person to leave the hearing.