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Student Code of Conduct

Conduct, Process and Sanctions

Student Code of Conduct Authority

The Student Conduct Administrator shall determine the composition of Student Conduct Boards and Appeal Boards, and determine which Board and/or Student Conduct Administrator(s) shall be authorized to hear and decide upon outcomes for each matter.

The Student Conduct Administrator shall develop policies for the administration of the Student Rights and Responsibilities system and procedural rules for the conduct of Board hearings that are consistent with provisions of the Student Social Conduct Code. Decisions made by a Board and/or Student Conduct Administrator(s) shall be final, pending the normal appeal process.

A Student Conduct Administrator may be designated as arbitrator of disputes within the student community. All parties must agree to arbitration and to be bound by the decision with no right of appeal.

Expectations of Elizabethtown College

Jurisdiction of the College Student Code of Conduct

College jurisdiction relative to community standards shall include conduct; (1) that occurs on college premises, (2) that occurs at college-sponsored or college-supervised programs and events regardless of location, including but not limited to internships, field study, community-based learning or service, athletic events, and study abroad, (3) that occurs off college premises when the behavior may adversely affect the Elizabethtown community or its reputation, including but not limited to violations of the College Alcohol or Drug Policy, (4) which relates to any facet of the relationship between Elizabethtown College and the student. The College may pursue disciplinary action against a student at the same time the student is facing criminal charges even if the criminal prosecution is pending, has been dismissed, or the charges have been reduced.  The Student Code of Conduct shall apply where conduct occurs before classes begin, during breaks and when student conduct is discovered after the degree is awarded. 

Standards of Conduct

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct or to have violated any other College policy contained in College publications is subject to Elizabethtown College disciplinary processes and sanctions.  

  1. Academic Misconduct:  See College Catalog Academic Policies.
  2. Alcohol – Use possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and College regulations. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any      circumstances, be used by, possessed by, sold or otherwise distributed to any person under 21 years of age. Prohibited use includes but is not limited to:
    • use or possession of common source containers defined as kegs, beer balls, or mixed drinks or punch served in large quantity from a common container on college premises; 
    • possession of quantities of alcohol that exceed college-approved limits;
    • possession or consumption of ethyl (grain) alcohol;
    • sale of alcoholic beverages without a license (includes door cover charge and sale of cups);
    • possession or use of alcohol-related paraphernalia, including beer bongs and funnels, or       engagement in activities and/or drinking games that contribute to high-risk drinking behavior;
    • consumption of alcohol that violates the rights of others or leads to lewd, disorderly or dangerous behavior including driving, or clearly impairs the student’s personal health or safety.
  3. Business Ventures – The use of college facilities or property including computers and network servers for business purposes of any nature is prohibited. Serving as agents for business firms or engaging in business ventures that involve solicitations of the giving and receiving of goods, services, or money is strictly prohibited.
  4. Complicity – Condoning or encouraging a violation of College policy. Students are expected to uphold college policies and to remove themselves from situations where college policies are being violated and/or report such incidents to Campus Security.
  5. Damage to property – Attempted or actual damage to or misuse of college property or property of a college community member both on and off college premises.
  6. Dishonesty and Unethical Behavior–  Acts of dishonesty and unethical behavior include but are not limited to:
    • Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty (see #1);
    • Furnishing false information, including but not limited to use or possession of a fake ID, to       any college official, faculty member or office; falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before a Student Conduct Board;
    • Forgery, alteration or misuse of any college document, record or instrument of identification;
    • Submitting a false allegation of misconduct;
    • Concealing one’s identity individually or collectively for the purpose of avoiding the consequences of illegal, irresponsible or inconsiderate behavior;
    • Surreptitious audio recording, photography or videography and/or posting of images to social media sites, etc. without expressed permission of all parties.
    • Tampering with the election of any College-recognized organization.
  7. Discrimination and Harassment – any behavior, verbal or physical, written or electronic, which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work, learning or living environment, particularly if questionable behavior is repeated and/or if it continues after the offending party is informed of the objectionable and/or inappropriate nature of the behavior, and which is based on individual characteristics including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or gender expression, age,      disability, religion, marital status, ancestry, veteran status or any other legally protected status. This includes bullying, bias motivated incidents and hate crimes.  See Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying .
  8. Disruptive/disorderly conduct–including but not limited to:
    • Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other College activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-College activities, when the act occurs on College premises; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities or proceedings within any campus building or area; infringing on the rights of other members of the College community; attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of the student conduct system;
    • Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by the College. Such behavior includes but is not limited to public drunkenness and public urination.
    • Failure to comply with the reasonable request or direction of a college official or police/fire       safety personnel acting in performance of their duties; failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.    
        • Failure to comply with summons of a Student Conduct Administrator or College official
        •    
        • Failure to comply with sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code of Conduct
    •  Students are responsible for the behavior of their guest.  See Guest Policy .
  9. Drugs – The use, possession, cultivation, manufacture, sale, distribution of (or intent to sell or distribute) marijuana, synthetic marijuana such as K-2 or Spice, “bath salts”, cocaine, heroin and other narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
    • Distribution, sale or sharing of prescription medication is prohibited. Students should keep prescription medication in its original, labeled container and store it in a secure location. Report any stolen prescription medication to Campus Security.
    • Possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited; confiscated paraphernalia will not be returned to the owner.
  10. Endangering safety of self or others –including but not limited to:
    • Arson, starting a fire or providing conditions where a fire is likely to occur or continue;
    • Open burning including bonfires;
    • Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning or threat of fire or       other safety emergency, interfering or tampering with safety or emergency response systems; intentional false activation of any safety alarm; failure to comply with fire safety regulations or officials during a fire safety drill or other evacuation;
    • Behavior that endangers safety/health of self or others or threats to cause such action;
    • Adulteration of food or beverages, the intentional placement of drugs or other illicit substances into the food or beverage to be consumed by others, and without their knowledge and consent;
    • Physical or sexual assault, verbal abuse, intimidation, harassment, coercion, stalking, bullying;
    • Use, possession or storage of dangerous articles or substances. This may include but is not limited to air rifles, BB or pellet guns, firearms and weapons including knives and swords, ammunition, gunpowder, explosives or other flammable substances. Any such articles or substances will be impounded by the College and will not be returned to the owner.
  11. Gambling for money or stakes representing money or for any other form or monetary reimbursement is prohibited.  Student athletes should refer to NCAA regulation regarding gambling. All raffles must be approved by the Dean of Students' Office and coordinated through the Business Office.  No raffles may be conducted without prior approval from both offices.  Organizations may conduct raffles under the following conditions:
    • Raffle is conducted by a College office or recognized organization;
    • Prizes are donated by an individual, firm or other organization;
    • Proceeds benefit the organization or a recognized charity.
  12. Hazing – Any act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual, or which destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy and acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule. See Anti-Hazing Policy .
  13. Theft, vandalism or other abuse of property or resources belonging to individuals or the College; this also includes College computer and network resources as described in the Acceptable Use Policy . 
  14. Unauthorized possession, use or sharing of College resources such as keys, ID cards, door in number to College property, or College electronic resources; unauthorized entry or use of College premises.
  15. Sex-based Offenses - Sexual offenses, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other inappropriate sexual behavior.  See Sexual Misconduct Policy .
  16. Violation of any College policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available      electronically on the College web site.
  17. Smoking is prohibited at all times in all College-owned facilities.
  18. Violation of federal, state or local law – students are responsible for upholding all federal, state and local laws and ordinances.  Students must inform the Dean of Students of any violation of Federal, state or local law.

 

  Violation of Law and College Conduct

  1. College conduct proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law which is also a violation of this Student Conduct Code, for example, if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to the pendency of civil litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.
  2. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status      as a student. If the alleged offense is also the subject of a proceeding before a judicial body under the Student Code of Conduct; however, the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Social Conduct Code and of how such matters will be handled internally within the College community.
  3. The College will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students, and faculty and staff members, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

 

Student Conduct Process

  1. Any member of the College community may file a complaint to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or to a Student Conduct Administrator. Complaints should be submitted as soon as possible.
  2. The College reserves the right to assume the role of Complainant.
  3. Student Conduct Administrators and/or designees may request initial meetings or an initial investigation to better understand the issue and/or collect additional information.
  4. Involved students and administrator(s) may agree that mediation and restorative practices are reasonable or appropriate. Parties of mediation will be expected to agree with the Student Conduct Administrators/designees decision and comply with any recommendations.      Documentation of mediation will be placed in the student’s confidential file. If the matter cannot be resolved by mutual agreement and the administrator(s), or parties do not comply with the administrator’s recommendations, the matter may be referred to formal proceedings.
  5. Simple resolution is a formal proceeding where students are sent written notification of alleged policy violations(s) along with recommended sanctions. If a student accepts responsibility for the violation(s) and agrees with the sanction recommendation(s), a formal record will be placed in the student’s discipline file of the violation(s) and sanction(s) along with any other pertinent information. If a student does not agree with a simple resolution outcome, s/he may request a formal      hearing.
  6. In a formal hearing, the student will be presented with the complaint; alleged violations shall be explained, as well as the range of possible and reasonable sanctions. Formal hearings may also require further investigation; witnesses may be contacted for additional information, and the Administrator(s)/designee will follow up with a formal decision, in writing. If, after a formal hearing, a student accepts responsibility and agrees with the sanctions, the process concludes and all pertinent information is placed in the student’s discipline file. However, if a student has further reasons for an appeal (see Appeal Information) the student may write a letter of appeal to the      Student Conduct Administrator(s).
  7. A timeframe shall be set for a formal hearing, and two academic days will generally be afforded to students in order to reasonably prepare for the meeting. Formal hearing times may be changed or expedited by a Student Conduct Administrator generally when there is concern for the health and safety of College community members, a concern for property or additional information is being gathered.
  8. Formal Hearings shall be conducted according to the following guidelines:
    • Formal Hearings will be conducted by the Student Conduct Administrator, typically the Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities or the Student Conduct Board. The Student Conduct Board usually reviews cases that may result in separation from the College; however, the DSSR reserves the right to review these cases or refer them directly to the Dean of Students.
    • Hearings shall normally be conducted in a confidential setting.
    • The Complainant, Respondent student and their campus community representative, if any, shall be allowed to attend the entire portion of the Hearing, excluding deliberations.
    • In Student Conduct Hearings involving more than one Respondent student, the Student Conduct Administrator, at his or her discretion, may permit the Hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately or jointly.
    • The College may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being, and/or fears of confrontation of the Complainant, Respondent, and/or other witness during the hearing by providing separate facilities, and/or by permitting participation by telephone, written statement, or other means, as determined appropriate by the Student Conduct Administrator. 
    • The Complainant and the Respondent student(s) have the right to be assisted by any representative they choose who is a member of the College community. The representative       may not be an attorney or parent/guardian. The Complainant and/or the Respondent student(s) are responsible for presenting his or her own information. A representative should be chosen whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the hearing. Delays       will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of a representative.
    • If a representative disrupts the hearing process, the representative may be asked to remain silent, leave the room, or the hearing may be rescheduled without that representative in attendance.
    • The Complainant, the Respondent student(s) and the administrator(s) may arrange for witnesses and/or others to present pertinent information during the hearing. The Office of       Student Rights and Responsibilities will try to arrange the attendance of resource persons/witnesses who are members of the College community, and who are identified at least two academic days prior to the hearing.
    • Pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted into the hearing for consideration.
    • All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or Dean of Students.
    • After the hearing concludes, the Board/Administrator shall determine whether the Respondent student has violated the Student Code of Conduct.
    • The determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the Respondent student violated the Student Code of Conduct. Formal rules of process,       procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in Student Code of Conduct violation proceedings.
    • There shall be a single record, such as notes or a tape recording, of all formal hearings. Deliberations shall not be recorded. The record shall remain the property of the College.
    • Except in the case of a student charged with failing to obey the summons of a College official, no student may be found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct solely because the student failed to appear before a Board. In all cases, the evidence in support of the complaint shall be presented and considered in order to determine whether or not the student has violated the Student Conduct Code.

Sanctions

Disciplinary sanctions are designed to educate students and guide future decision-making. If a student is found responsible of violating college policy, sanctions may be assigned. A student’s disciplinary record will be available to hearing administrators to assist in determining appropriate and reasonable outcomes based on current and previous violations.

All disciplinary sanctions will be noted in the student’s confidential file, which is maintained for seven (7) years beyond graduation, expulsion, suspension or withdrawal.

Common sanctions are detailed below; however, hearing administrators may recommend and assign alternative sanctions.

  1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct:
    • Warning Letter – is a written notice to the student that he/she has violated college policy and that continued behavior may lead to more significant disciplinary action.
    • Disciplinary Notice – is a written notice to the student that rises above a warning and carries additional educational sanctions and notifications. A student on Disciplinary Notice should be aware that subsequent student conduct violations will jeopardize the student’s good standing with the College.
    • Disciplinary Probation – is a written notice to the student that he/she is not in good standing. The duration of the probation is determined by the Administrator. Disciplinary Probation status may negatively impact the student’s ability to participate in certain campus clubs and organizations. It may also impact the student’s eligibility for study abroad and other off-campus study, tuition remission, certain selective academic programs, campus leadership programs and positions and campus employment opportunities.   Parents/guardians, coaches, academic advisors, some academic programs and co-curricular program advisors are notified of the student’s probationary status.
    • Disciplinary Suspension – is a written notice to the student that he/she is separated from the College for one or more semesters. When a student is placed on Disciplinary Suspension, he/she is not permitted on campus and may not attend any college-sponsored events (on or off campus) without written advance permission from the Dean of Students or designee. Suspension may be deferred to start in a later semester. The College will not accept transfer credits accumulating at another institution during a period of disciplinary suspension. While not officially noted on the student transcript, Disciplinary Suspension results in an automatic, immediate administrative withdrawal from all courses. The student receives a “WF” on the transcript for each course in the current semester. At the conclusion of the suspension period, the student must petition the Dean of Students in writing for permission to return to the College. The Dean may require a personal meeting to determine eligibility. Approval must be secured three weeks prior to the start of the new semester.
    • Disciplinary Expulsion – is a written notice to the student that he/she is permanently separated from the College for disciplinary reasons. Disciplinary Expulsion will be noted on the student’s permanent record (transcript) and results in an automatic, immediate administrative withdrawal from the College. The student will receive a “WF” on the transcript for each course in the current semester. Students who have been expelled may not petition to return.

Other Sanctions (Note: More than one sanction may be imposed for a single violation):

    • Academic Advisor Notification/Conference – The student’s academic advisor will be notified that the student has been found responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and the student may be required to meet with the academic advisor.
    • Coach’s Notification/Conference – Applicable only for student athletes. The student’s athletics team coach will be notified that the student has been found responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and the student may be required to meet with the coach.
    • College Employer Notification/Conference – Applicable only for students employed in a position at the College. The student’s college supervisor will be notified that the students has been found responsible for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and the student may be required to meet with the supervisor.
    • Assessment/Counseling/Education - This sanction mandates meeting(s) with a counselor, substance abuse professional or participation in educational sessions. A student whose level of substance abuse and/or behavior is potentially threatening to self or others, requires medical attention, involves injury, or results in property damage may be required to have an assessment. The student will further be required to follow the recommendations of the clinical professional.
    • Alcohol/Drug Assessment: The student is required to complete an alcohol or other drug (AOD) assessment with a qualified mental health professional identified by the College.
    • Anger Management or other Psychological Assessment: The student is required to complete a specific psychological assessment or to attend a support program as a result of significant disruptive behavior. Cost of the program varies and payment is the student’s responsibility.
    • BASICS – (Brief
      Alcohol Screening & Intervention of College Students) –
      Student will meet with a staff counselor to examine alcohol use in a judgment-free process. Fee is $50.
    • CHOICES – The student will attend a 90-minute, peer-facilitated alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction class. Students are presented with educational information, and are encouraged to reflect in a personal journal on what they have learned as it relates to their choices about drinking. Fee is $50.
    • E-CHUG for Alcohol - is a 15-minute online, personalized and confidential, brief screening tool that lets you see how your drinking, family risk and campus norms affect your life and future.
    • E-CHUG for Marijuana - is  a15-minute online, personalized and confidential, brief screening tool that lets you see how your marijuana use, and campus norms affect your decisions and personal well being.
    • Student Skills for Life Classes – A four-session interactive alcohol/drug education class held on campus. Fee is $80.
    • College Weekend Suspension—The student is suspended from College property or any college-sponsored events held on- or off-campus during the weekend.
    • Dean’s Hold – The student’s College record may have a “hold” placed on it, blocking the student from registering for classes until expectations from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities are met.
    • Dean of Students’ Conference – The student is required to meet with the Dean of Students to discuss violations or other matters.
    • Discretionary Educational Projects The student will be required to review an article or video, write a paper, complete a project, etc. at the discretion of the Conduct Administrator.
    • Community Service—Student may be required to complete a service project involving the College community, the surrounding community, or in the student’s home community.
    • Fees and/or Fines - Fees and/or fines may be imposed in conjunction with sanctions.
    • Letter of Apology – The student may be required to write a letter of apology to members of the College community impacted by the student’s negative behavior.
    • Loss of Privileges - Denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time. Denial of privileges may include, but are not limited to, ability to represent the College in any way, use of facilities, participation in co-curricular activities, holding a leadership position, housing lottery privileges and housing privileges.
    • Mediation – Supervised mediation for two or more students involved in a conflict.
    • No Communication/No Contact—The student will be restricted from any contact, whether personal, electronic, or via third parties, with one or more other students.
    • Parent Notification – The parents of the student found responsible for a Code of Conduct violation may be notified.
    • Residence Life Notification—The Director or Assistant Director of Residence Life may be notified if a student is found responsible for a violation that impacts other students in residence halls or other College-owned housing.
    • Residence Probation - This sanction informs students that the standards necessary for community living have been seriously violated and that future violations of residence community living standards will result in, at a minimum, immediate suspension from the residence halls. A student may be reassigned to another room or residence hall. The student may also be placed on weekend residence hall suspension. (Generally, the student is not permitted on campus and/or not permitted to participate in College events from 5 p.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Sunday.) Residence probation is frequently given in combination with other sanctions.
    • Residence Relocation - The student will be relocated to a different on-campus residence.
    • Residence Restriction – The student may be restricted in access to certain College housing buildings.
    • Residence Suspension - This sanction requires the student to terminate occupancy of on-campus residence for a specified period of time. Specific restrictions on access to residence halls during the period of suspension may also be involved. After the residence hall suspension period, conditions may be outlined and if so, must be met in order to be eligible to live on-campus.
    • Residence Expulsion – A written notice to the student that he/she has been permanently removed from college housing. Specific restrictions on access to residence halls may be involved.
    • Restitution - Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  1. Other than College expulsion and suspension, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent record, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record. Cases involving the imposition of sanctions other than College suspension or College expulsion shall be expunged from the student’s confidential record seven (7) years after the student graduates or withdraws from the College.      
  2. Sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations as well as individual students. Further, groups or organizations may be sanctioned:
    • Deactivation–Loss of privileges, including College recognition and funding, for a specified period of time.
  3. In cases where the Student Conduct Board, Appeal Board, or Dean of Students come to a decision, they will notify the student and Student Conduct Administrator. The Student Conduct Administrator, in this case, may not alter the outcome.

 

The following table is a non-binding guideline outlining potential sanctions for violations at five distinct levels:

 

Level

 

Type

Disciplinary   Action(s)

Student’s   File

Possible

Educational

Sanction(s)

 

Notification*

 

Failure  

to  

Comply

A

First minor violation

(e.g. In presence of alcohol as underage person; illegal possession of small quantity of   alcohol, noise disturbance, unregistered guest)

 

 

Warning Letter (WL)

E-Chug Online

 

Conference (s)

 

Letter of Apology

 

Coach

 

Written

Assignment

B

Second minor violation

 

Disciplinary

Notice (DN)

CHOICES

 

Conference(s)

Advisor

Coach

College Employer

Parent

Dean’s Hold

Extension of DN

C

First violation of greater   significance

(e.g. complicity, large quantity of alcohol, public intoxication,   vandalism, failure to comply, disorderly conduct, lewd conduct, dishonesty,   gambling, unauthorized possession, use or sharing of college resources,   business ventures, guest policy or overnight host policy violation when a minor is the guest)

Disciplinary

Notice (DN)

CHOICES/BASICS

 

Alcohol/Drug Assessment

 

Skills for Life Classes

 

Conference(s)

 

Educational Project

 

Letter of Apology

 

 

 

Advisor

 

Coach

 

College Employer

 

Parent

Dean’s Hold

Extension of DN

D

Multiple minor violations or   single violation of serious nature

(e.g. theft, harassment or intimidation, bias-related incidents, forgery, unauthorized sale of alcohol, possession and/or use of   either natural or synthetic marijuana, possession and/or use of other drugs   including prescription medication, tampering with fire safety resources)

Disciplinary

Probation (DP)

 

Suspension

 

Suspension from Residence

 

 

Loss of Privileges

 

Educational Project

 

Drug/Alcohol Assessment

with potential for off-campus Intensive Outpatient Rehabilitation   Program (IOP)

 

 

Advisor

 

Coach

 

College Employer

 

Parent

Dean’s Hold

Extension of DP or Suspension

E

Single serious violation which impacts the safety and well-being of self or others and/or negatively affects   Elizabethtown College or repeated minor violations especially when   occurring in one academic year or while student is on Disciplinary Probation

(e.g. forcible sexual misconduct, physical assault, arson, hate crimes, institutional vandalism, DUI, sale and/or distribution of alcohol to minors, sale and/or distribution of natural or   synthetic marijuana, sale and/or distribution of other drugs including prescription medication, possession and/or use of weapons, ammunition or flammable substances, violation of Federal, state or local laws)

Disciplinary Suspension

 

Or

 

Disciplinary

Expulsion

Psychological Assessment

 

Drug/Alcohol Assessment

 

Successful Completion of IOP if indicated

 

Evidence of productivity during suspension

 

Advisor

 

Coach

 

College Employer

 

Parent

 

Registrar

 

Human Resources if student is receiving tuition remission

 

 

*The Academic Standing Committee is notified of student conduct violations whenever a student is on academic contract or probation. The College reserves the right to notify local police about any suspected violation of federal, state or local law.

Note:  Issues of academic integrity are addressed by the Academic Review Committee.

Appeal Process

A student found responsible of violating College policy has the right to request an appeal within five (5) college business days after the decision letter is sent. An appeal shall be type-written and include the reason(s) for the appeal and a personal statement from the student explaining the rationale. There are three grounds for which an appeal may be considered:

  1. The student has new information, unavailable at the time of the hearing;
  2. The student has concerns with the process that may change or affect the outcome; or
  3. The student feels that the sanction issued is too severe.

Appeals will be reviewed accordingly:

  • Once the appeal is received by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, an Administrator and/or his/her designee shall:
    1. Designate the relevant materials of the written record to be considered. The review will be of the written record only, and the record will normally consist of any pre-hearing procedures, hearing materials, and the decision
    2. Notify the student that the appeal has been received and qualifies for review according to the grounds for appeal described above, and provide him/her with information about how and when the appeal will be considered.
    3. Refer decisions rendered by the Administrator to the Appeal Board. Decisions of the Appeal Board are final.
    4. Refer decisions rendered by the Student Conduct Board to the Dean of Students for a final decision.
    5. Generally, appeals decisions will be finalized within ten (10) days after the appeal letter is received.

Appeal Decisions

The composition of the Appeal Board varies according to the availability of its members and with respect to potential conflict of interest. Appeals referred to the Appeal Board may be considered by a single member or by a group of three members. The composition aims to be balanced: one faculty member, one staff member/administrator and one student.

The Appeal Board will review all information related to the appeal found in the student(s) confidential file(s). The Board may request the student appealing to meet with the Board to offer his/her perspective and/or respond to pertinent investigatory questions.

After the conclusion of the review of information, the Appeal Board will confidentially deliberate, and make a decision based on majority vote of all members. Within ten (10) business days, the Appeal Board will submit an explanation of the outcome to the DSSR. Additional time for deliberation and preparation of the written outcome may be necessary in more complex cases. The Appeal Board members will notify the DSSR or designee, who will then notify the student of the decision in writing.

Similarly, if an appeal is referred to the Dean of Students, the Dean will review all pertinent information and meet with involved students if necessary. Appeal decisions will be rendered within ten business days.

The Appeal Board or Dean of Students may decide to affirm or reverse the conduct decision in whole or in part. The Appeal Board or Dean of Students may also reverse a finding of not responsible and impose sanctions, and may remand to Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities for further proceedings as deemed appropriate. The Appeal Board or Dean may further increase the sanctions imposed by the Administrator or Conduct Board, if more significant sanctions are deemed reasonable.    

The Appeal Board and Dean of Students will review appeals as needed during the regular semester. There are conditions by which the administration may deem it necessary to either expedite or postpone an appeal. If this occurs, there will be a written communication to the student. An appeal may be forwarded to a different hearing body or administrator; this may occur when the Appeal Board is not in session, if there is conflict of interest, or if the issue is to be expedited. The Student Conduct Administrator will decide to what person or body the appeal will proceed.

Appeal Board Selection & Composition

The Provost, Dean of Students, Faculty Assembly and Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities shall appoint/elect members to the Appeal Board so as to ensure maximum diversity of expertise as well as continuity of practice. Members consist of faculty, staff/administrators and students.

Interpretation and Revision of the Code of Conduct

  1. A question of interpretation regarding the Student Code of Conduct shall be referred to the Dean of Students, or a designee for final determination.
  2. The Student Code of Conduct shall be reviewed annually under the direction of the Dean of Students.

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities Teams

Student Conduct Board

The Student Conduct Board (comprised of students, faculty and administrators) is convened to hear open cases (alleged violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct) that are referred to them through Administrator, and/or that are serious and may result in suspension or expulsion. After a formal hearing, the Student Conduct Board members confidentially deliberate and determine whether there has been any violation of college policies. If the respondent student is found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, Board members will assign impose appropriate sanctions.

Appeal Board

The Appeal Board (comprised of students, faculty and administrators) is convened to hear cases that are in appeal. See complete description above.

 

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