Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures

Article IV: Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code.

  1. Written Warning—A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
  2. Probation—A designated period of time that includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
  3. Loss of Privileges/Restriction—Denial of specified privilege or access for a designated period of time.
  4. Restitution—Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  5. Discretionary Sanctions—Work assignments, service to the college or community, or other related discretionary assignments. (Such assignments must have the prior approval of the vice president of student services.)
  6. Suspension—Separation of the student from the college for a definite period of time after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  7. Removal from program of study.
  8. Expulsion—Permanent separation of the student from the college.

More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

Emergency Sanctions

The vice president of student services, or designee, may authorize immediate interim suspension of any student when the circumstances warrant this action, such as:

  • To ensure the safety and wellbeing of members of the college community or preservation of college property; or
  • To ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and wellbeing; or
  • If the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the college.

The suspension will remain in effect pending the outcome of the Student Conduct and Discipline process. Any student who is being immediately banned from campus will be notified by the appropriate authorities, and will receive written notification of this sanction at his/her email address and address of record. Interim suspension will take effect immediately upon the direction of the vice president of student services, or designee, and last for no more than ten (10) days. The tenday (10-day) period may be extended for good cause by the vice president of student services or by agreement with the student.

During the interim suspension, the student will be denied access to the campus (including classes) and/or all other college activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the vice president of student services, or designee, may determine to be appropriate. The interim suspension does not replace the regular discipline process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through the completion of the Student Conduct and Discipline Hearing, if required.

Sanctions for Student Organizations

Although not all acts of individual group members can or should be attributable to the group, any group or collection of its members acting in concert should be held responsible for its actions. In determining whether a group may be held collectively responsible for the individual actions of its members, all of the factors and circumstances surrounding the specific incident will be reviewed and evaluated. As a guiding principle, groups will be held responsible for the acts of their members when those acts grow out of, or are in any way related to a practice or pattern of behaviors established or encouraged by the group. Isolated violations of individuals may not be chargeable to the group, but evidence of group conduct exists where:

  1. Members of the group act in concert to violate college standards of conduct.
  2. A violation arises out of a group-sponsored, financed, or endorsed event.
  3. A group leader (s) has knowledge of the incident before it occurs and fails to prevent or report the act(s).
  4. The incident occurs on the premises owned or operated by the group.
  5. A pattern of individual violations is found to exist.
  6. Members of a group act in concert, or the organization provides the impetus or incentive for the violation.

The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:

  1. Those sanctions listed above in Sanctions, 1–8.
  2. Deactivation—Loss of all privileges, including college recognition for a specified period of time.
In each case in which the Student Conduct Committee determines that a student has violated the Student Code, the sanction will be determined and imposed by the committee. Following the hearing, the committee chairperson will within ten (10) calendar days advise the accused in writing of its determination and of the sanctions imposed, if any.
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