Procedures

Student Code of Conduct Procedure

Unacceptable behaviors will not be tolerated, and students suspected of such conduct are subject to disciplinary measures as outlined below. Persons involved in the Code of Conduct issue will be expected to cooperate in all proceedings and will be held to the strictest guidelines of confidentiality in all matters pertaining to the issue.

  1. Any member of the College community may file a complaint against a student for an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
    1. The complainant notifies the student’s program director (or designee) of the alleged code of conduct issue, including evidence.
    2. The complainant must complete the Student Code of Conduct Conference Form (See Attachment A). The conference form should be submitted within five business days (not including holidays or semester breaks) of when the event was identified to the program director.
    3. The program director contacts the student regarding the alleged violation to the Code of Conduct policy and schedules a meeting with the student to take place within five (5) business days (not including holidays or semester breaks) of receiving the Student Code of Conference Form. The program director advises the student to bring all supporting evidence to the meeting.
    4. Once the program director has been presented with information regarding the alleged violation and the response of the accused student, the program director has two primary options:
      1. Find the accused student not responsible for violating the Code of Conduct policy.
        1. If the student is found not responsible for violating the Code of Conduct policy, no disciplinary actions will be taken.
      2. Find the accused student more likely than not, responsible for violating the Code of Conduct policy.
        1. If the student is found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct policy, the program director will follow the individual department’s disciplinary procedures.
        2. The program director will document on the conference form the disciplinary action taken and informs student of their right to due process and timeline.*
        3. The program director will forward a copy of the form along with the evidence to the Vice President of Operations (VPO) and the BIT.  The VPO and BIT’s purpose is for tracking and/or to recommend additional monitoring of the behavior and/or support services.
        4. Disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record. Upon graduation, cases involving the imposition of sanctions other than residence hall dismissal or College suspension/dismissal may be expunged from the student’s confidential record after five years. Disciplinary actions may be expunged from the student’s confidential record five years after the violation at the discretion of the BIT.
  2. The VPO will review and track issues of code of conduct and report data and trends of behavior to the College community.
  3. If the student fails to meet with the program director within the aforementioned deadline, the standing decision is final.
  4. Severe infractions of the Student Code of Conduct Policy may warrant immediate suspension or expulsion without the previously described steps as determined by the program director and/or VPO.**

*If Code of Conduct violations occur within two weeks of graduation, the VPO will design an appropriate due process timeline.

**Administration, faculty, and staff retain the right to have a student removed from the College premises (e.g., classroom, lab, office, etc.) if their behavior is disruptive or threatening to others.