You must provide any written response on or before the date of the scheduled hearing. At this level, you are not entitled to a formal hearing with the examination of witnesses nor a court reporter or transcript of any proceedings.
You may be represented by a representative of your choice at the Skelly Hearing, such as your union representative or attorney. The hearing will proceed whether the employee chooses to attend the hearing in person or provide a written response.
It is not the function of the Skelly Officer to conduct a full trial-type hearing of all the evidence. This opportunity comes later, if the employee elects to challenge the action taken.