Each hearing is a closed session. Present at the hearing to assist with procedural matters regarding student conduct will be the Dean of Students (or designee). The Dean of Students (or designee) may also remain with the board or council during the deliberations. For Judicial Council cases, a non-voting faculty member adviser, as well as a non-voting SGA observer, may also be present for the hearing and council deliberations. The hearing board may exclude any persons, including the complainant or respondent, if any party is being disruptive to the proceedings. The hearing board will employ a digital audio recorder, or other means, to make a digital audio recording of the proceeding. Neither the complainant nor respondent may record the proceedings. Hearing board members may take an active role in questioning the complainant, respondent, and any witnesses during the hearing. Witnesses are normally excused from the room until it is their turn to speak. Witnesses may be separated from each other before their appearance by order of the hearing board. After a witness has given information to the hearing board, the witness is excused by the Presiding Officer and should leave the hearing room. The witness shall have no further contact with any witness who has not spoken before the hearing board in the current proceedings.