Student Conduct Code
While the Code of Conduct defines and identifies the rules and regulations regarding
student conduct, there is a more fundamental expectation that all students, employees
and guests of the Community of College build and maintain a culture of civility, respect
and safety. These behavioral cornerstones support the mission of the college and provide
a framework within which all other college activities take place. We are all expected
to treat one another with respect through our greetings, our language, our appearance
and actions. We exhibit civility through our language, our attitude and our behavior.
We contribute to one another’s safety through our carefully thought-out actions and
We seek to build a culture that fosters mutual respect, kindness and a drive toward
learning and self-improvement. As an institution of higher learning we seek to understand
that which separates us and build connections that increase knowledge, understanding
and community strength. As a community, we expect standards of civility and respect
to be upheld at all times, in all situations. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Conducting oneself appropriately in the classroom, participating, arriving on time,
avoiding distracting or disruptive situations, respecting differences of opinion,
completing work in a timely manner and being respectful of others’ needs in the classroom
that may be different from your own.
- Understanding that, as the state’s only community college, all residents of the state
who seek to learn and improve themselves are welcome and belong here.
- Acknowledging that the diversity of the state and of our college is a strength and
that no one should be made to feel inferior or treated as anything other than a human
being worthy of respect.
- Affirming that, when we disagree, we do so respectfully, without anger or resorting
to personal attacks, and that we will seek to understand why others think or believe
as they do in a spirit of honest inquiry.
- Accepting that our disputes should be resolved by designated parties when they cannot
be resolved by ourselves. There is no place for violence, verbal or mental abuse,
or harassment in higher education or in our community.
- Avoiding inflammatory, rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive
behavior that has a negative impact on everyone’s learning.
Civility and respect are not rules that can be violated and heard in a disciplinary
setting. They are standards of the community that should be encouraged and supported
by all members of the community in all settings. They are standards that the college
will address. Should others question your adherence to the standards of civility and
respect, you should use the examples above: seek to understand the difference in opinion,
respectfully agree to disagree if there is no common ground and seek appropriate college
support to help resolve unresolved conflicts.
- The term “college” means Community College of Rhode Island.
- The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the college, both full and
part time. Those who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have
a continuing relationship with the college are considered “students.”
- The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the college to conduct classroom
- The term “college official” includes any person employed by the college, performing
assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
- The term “member of the college community” includes any person who is a student, faculty
member, college official or any other person employed by the college. The dean of
students shall determine a person’s status in a particular situation.
- The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal
requirements for recognition by the college.
- The term “college premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property
in the possession of or owned, used or controlled by the college, including adjacent
streets and sidewalks.
- The term “conduct hearing board” means any person or persons authorized by the dean
of students to determine whether a student has violated the Student Conduct Code and
to recommend imposition of sanctions.
- The term “conduct hearing officer” means a college official authorized on a case-by-case
basis by the dean of students to impose sanctions upon students found to have violated
the Student Conduct Code. The dean of students may authorize a conduct hearing officer
to serve simultaneously as a conduct-hearing officer and the sole member or one of
the members of a conduct hearing board. Nothing shall prevent the dean of students
from authorizing the same conduct hearing officer to impose sanctions in all cases.
- The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.
- The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.
- The term “business day” refers to any day that the college is open and conducting
business, exclusive of weekends. The term “academic day” refers to any day that the
college holds classes.
- The dean of students is that person designated by the college president to be responsible
for the administration of the Student Conduct Code.
- The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations of the college as found in,
but not limited to, the Student Conduct Code, the college catalog, posted or emailed
notices, or found on the college’s website.
- The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:
- a. Use, or the attempted use, of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests
- b. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in
writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments.
- c. The acquisition of teaching or testing materials, including test banks and answer
keys, or access to online resources provided by textbook publishers, without the express
permission of the college faculty or staff.
- The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct
quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and
clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared
by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic
- A student shall have the opportunity to pursue higher education in a safe atmosphere,
free from bullying, prejudice, discrimination, harassment and abuse – verbal, physical
or psychological. A student must actively contribute to the creation of a safe learning
- A student shall have the freedom to express opinions, beliefs and attitudes. However,
a student is not free from the consequences of utilizing that freedom and must extend
the same freedom of expression to others.
- An applicant for admission to the college shall not be discriminated against because
of race, color, creed,national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression,
religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status,
citizenship status or status as a special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran,
Vietnam-era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or
in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, except
in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law.
- An applicant for, or a recipient of, college financial aid or college scholarship
shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, national or ethnic
origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation,
genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or status as a special disabled
veteran, recently separated veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or any other veteran who
served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign
badge has been authorized, except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated
- A student shall be free from searches and seizures of person and possessions while
on college property unless there is a case of imminent danger to the health and/or
safety of individuals or when there are reasonable grounds upon which to believe it
is necessary to conduct a search immediately in order to protect life or property.
Searches will be conducted by Campus Police in the presence of a designated Student
- Students’ disciplinary records shall be maintained by the Dean of Students Office
and are treated in a confidential manner in accordance with FERPA regulations. Such
records will be maintained for at least six (6) years after the date of the incident
that led to the initiation of disciplinary action. Disciplinary records will be kept
separate and confidential unless the student consents in writing to have it revealed
or as allowed by law.
- Student Health Services medical, surgical and mental health records and information
are confidential and will not be released to anyone without the student’s knowledge
and signed authorization or in accordance with state and federal law.
- The Dean of Students Office shall empanel student conduct hearing boards as needed
and shall appoint a member of the administrative staff to serve as a limited voting
chair of each hearing board. Administrative chairs shall only vote in event of a tie.
Each hearing board must have an equal number of student and faculty representatives,
but not less than one each, to hold a hearing.
- When convening a hearing board will unnecessarily delay the timely hearing of a case
or when insufficient members to hold a hearing are available, a case may be referred
to an administrative hearing conducted by a designated Student Services dean serving
as a conduct hearing officer following the general procedures established for a hearing.
- The dean of students shall determine which conduct hearing board or conduct hearing
officer shall be authorized to hear each case.
- The Dean of Students Office shall develop policies for the administration of the program
and procedural rules for the conduct of hearings that are consistent with provisions
of the Student Conduct Code. Such policies and procedures must be included with notification
to a student that he or she has been accused of violating the Student Conduct Code.
- Decisions made by a conduct hearing board or conduct hearing officer shall be final,
subject to the normal appeal process.
- A conduct hearing board or officer may be designated as arbiter of disputes within
the student community in cases that do not involve a violation of the Student Conduct
Code. All parties must agree to arbitration and to be bound by the decision with no
right of appeal. Arbitration or mediation is never allowed when a charge of sexual
assault is made as defined on Page 39.
Section A. Jurisdiction of the College
Generally, college jurisdiction and discipline shall apply to conduct that occurs
on or off college premises, including in online and electronic spaces, and that adversely
affects the college community and the pursuit of its objectives.
Section B. Misconduct – Rules and Regulations
Any student found to have committed misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions
outlined in Article V, Section C. Misconduct is defined as, but not limited to, the
- Acts of dishonesty, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Cheating, plagiarism, violations of testing protocols, or any other form of academic
dishonesty that seeks to portray the work of others as your own to gain an academic
advantage over others through the unacknowledged effort of others, or in any way benefit
from anything not through your own scholarship.
- Furnishing false information to any college official or faculty member.
- Forgery, alteration or misuse of any college document, record or instrument of identification.
- Tampering with the election of any college-recognized student organization.
- Printing or posting knowingly false information with the intent to harm or humiliate
- Disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other college
activities, including its public service functions on or off campus, or other authorized
non-college activities, when they occur on college premises and that infringes on
the rights of other members of the college community; leading or inciting others to
disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within.
- Violence, including physical abuse, fighting, verbal abuse, bullying, threats, or other conduct
that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Harassment, intimidation or other actions perceived as intimidating in the attempt to coerce
a person or person to act against their wishes. Harassment is defined as unwelcome
words or conduct that are severe, persistent and/or pervasive and unreasonably interfere
with a community member’s ability to enjoy the benefits and opportunities of the college.
- Sexual misconduct including:
- Sexual harassment
- Dating or domestic violence
- Sexual assault
- Sexual exploitation including violations of personal privacy that encompass voyeurism,
unauthorized recordings and distribution of sexually explicit media without permission
- Hate crimes and/or bias-related behaviors that result in damage to property, or abuse, harassment
or intimidation of another person based on the perceived or actual religion, ethnicity,
race, national origin, disability, veteran status, sex, gender, gender identity/ expression
or sexual orientation. Violations that meet the state definition of a hate crime may
be referred to local law enforcement agencies. Bias-related incidents that are not
breaches of college policies or state or federal law may be addressed using the mediation
provisions of this code.
- Hazing, any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public
or private property, that willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental
health of any student or other person. This conduct shall include, but not be limited
to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced
consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any brutal
treatment or forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical
health or safety of the student or any other person, or that subjects the student
or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep
or rest or extended isolation.
- Theft and vandalism, attempted or actual, of and/or damage to property of the college or property of
a member of the college community or other personal or public property.
- Failure to comply with directions of college officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance
of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested
to do so.
- Unauthorized access to any college premises or unauthorized entry to or use of college premises; unauthorized
possession, duplication or use of keys or access cards.
- Violation of college policies, rules or regulations as published in print or online or distributed electronically.
- Violation of law, federal, state or local, on college premises or at college-sponsored or supervised
- Use, possession or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
- Use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted
by the law and college regulations, or public intoxication.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons or dangerous
chemicals on college premises.
- Retaliation, physical or through intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination against a
complainant, respondent, witness, reporting party or any participant involved (or
believed to be involved) in a disciplinary investigation or process, directly or through
others acting on your behalf.
- Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on college premises or at college-sponsored
or supervised functions. The use of recreational conveyances, motorized or otherwise,
is prohibited in the buildings and sidewalks. This includes, but is not limited to
skateboards, bicycles, scooters and hover boards.
- 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.
- Theft or other abuse of computer time, including but not limited to:
- Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read or change the contents, or for any other
- Unauthorized transfer of a file.
- Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password.
- Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty
member or college official.
- Use of computing facilities to view or send obscene or abusive messages.
- Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the college computing
- Any breach of computer ethics.
- Abuse of the disciplinary system or other process including the Sexual Misconduct
Policy, including but not limited to:
- Failure to obey the summons of a conduct hearing board or college official.
- Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information to a college official,
college investigator, college police or before a conduct hearing board.
- Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a meeting of a conduct hearing
- Institution of the disciplinary process knowingly without cause.
- Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the disciplinary
- Attempting to influence the impartiality of a college official or member of a conduct
hearing board prior to and/or during the course of a hearing.
- Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a conduct hearing
board prior to, during and/or after a hearing and/or of a college official during
the disciplinary process.
- Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by a college hearing board or hearing
officer under the Student Conduct Code.
- Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the disciplinary
Section C. No-Tolerance Behavior
There is no tolerance for the following types of misconduct:
- Sexual misconduct
- Possession of a weapon
- Conduct that is classified as a hate crime
Behavior related to any of these types of misconduct may result in immediate suspension
or expulsion from the college. Formal complaints must be adjudicated by a student
conduct hearing board and/or the office of Institutional Equity as appropriate, not
an administrative hearing officer except as otherwise provided for by college policy
Section D. Violation of Law and College Discipline
- If a student is charged only with an off-campus violation of federal, state or local
laws but not with any other violations of this code, disciplinary action may be taken
and sanctions imposed for grave misconduct that demonstrates flagrant disregard for
the college community. In such cases, no sanction may be imposed unless the student
has been found guilty in a court of law or has declined to contest such charges, although
not actually admitting guilt (e.g., “no contest” or “nolo contendere”).
- College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with
a violation of law that is also a violation of this Student Conduct Code. An example
of this would be if both violations result from the same factual situation, without
regard to the tendency of civil litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution.
Proceedings under this Student Conduct Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously
with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.
- When federal, state or local authorities charge a student 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 disciplinary body that is a component of the Student Conduct
Code, the college may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student
Conduct Code and of how such matters will be handled internally within the college
community. The college will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies
in the enforcement of criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators.
Individual students and faculty members, acting in their personal capacities, remain
free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.
- If the college is investigating an allegation of sexual and/or relationship violence
pursuant to college policy and process, and the matter is also being investigated
by police and/or prosecuted pursuant to state law, the college may delay its investigation
for a reasonable period of time determined by the college if 1) the police request
the college delay its proceedings so that the criminal investigation is not impeded;
or 2) if a party requests a delay and both parties agree to such a delay.
Section A. Charges and Hearings
- Any member of the college community may file a complaint against any student for misconduct.
Complaints shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Dean of Students Office.
Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event has taken place,
preferably within 10 academic days. Complaints of sexual misconduct should be made,
and shall proceed, pursuant to that process.
- The Dean of Students Office will hold a preliminary interview to determine if the
charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent
of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the college. Such disposition shall
be final and there shall be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges cannot be disposed
of by mutual consent, the matter will be referred to a student conduct hearing board.
- All charges shall be presented to the accused student in written form. A time shall
be set for a hearing, not less than three (3) or more than 10 business days after
the respondent’s initial interview or, in the case of an allegation of sexual misconduct,
after the date the findings were delivered to the parties. Maximum time limits for
scheduling of hearings may be extended at the discretion of the dean of students with
required notification of the parties involved.
- The student conduct hearing board shall hold hearings. During breaks or at other times
when a conduct hearing board cannot be convened, hearings may be conducted by an administrative
hearing officer acting as chairperson and board.
- Hearings normally shall be conducted in private.
- Admission of any person to the hearing shall be at the discretion of the student conduct
hearing board chair and/or a conduct hearing officer.
- In hearings involving more than one respondent, the chairperson of the student conduct
hearing board, at his or her discretion, may permit the hearings concerning each student
to be conducted separately.
- The complainant and the respondent have the right to be assisted by any adviser they
choose. The complainant and/or the respondent is responsible for presenting his or
her case and, therefore, advisers are not permitted to speak or to participate directly
in any hearing before a student conduct hearing board.
- In cases involving rape, fondling, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence,
stalking, hate crimes or bullying, the complainant may request that steps be taken
to provide testimony in a manner that does not require being in the presence of the
respondent as long as such steps do not deny the respondent access to the information
presented by the complainant.
- The complainant and the respondent shall have the privilege of presenting witnesses
with relevant information regarding the charge(s), subject to the right of questioning
only by a student conduct hearing board. Neither the complainant nor the respondent
may question witnesses or each other. Questions may be directed to the chair of the
student conduct hearing board by the complainant or respondent.
- The student conduct hearing board, at the discretion of the chairperson, may accept
pertinent records, exhibits and written statements as evidence for consideration.
- All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the chairperson of the
student conduct hearing board.
- After the hearing, a student conduct hearing board shall determine and notify the
dean of students within two (2) academic days of the hearing (by majority vote) whether
the student has violated each section of the Student Conduct Code that the student
is charged with violating.
- A student conduct hearing board’s determination shall be made on the basis of the
preponderance of evidence standard, i.e. the greater weight of the evidence demonstrates
that the respondent violated the Student Conduct Code.
- Except in the case of a student charged with failing to obey the summons of a student
conduct hearing board or college official, no student may be found to have violated
the Student Conduct Code solely because the student failed to appear before a hearing
board. In all cases, the evidence in support of the charges shall be presented and
- Only the respondent is notified of the outcome and the sanction of a conduct hearing
board. The complainant will be informed of the decision of the board, but not the
details of any sanction except in cases involving allegations of sexual assault, domestic
violence, dating violence, stalking or otherwise provided for by law. In these cases,
both complainant and the accused will be notified of the decision in full and concurrently.
- In such circumstances where a student is served with a no-trespass order by Campus
Police as a matter of public safety, Campus Police shall file a complaint with the
Dean of Students Office (in the format required by that office) within one business
day in order to process the complaint through the established student conduct process.
Section B. Interim Measures
- Interim suspension – In certain circumstances, the vice president for Student Affairs
or designee may impose a college suspension prior to the hearing before a student
conduct hearing board. It may be imposed:
- i) To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community or preservation
of college property;
- ii) To ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or
- iii) If the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with
normal operations of the college.
During the interim suspension, students shall 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 for Student Affairs or her designee may
determine to be appropriate. In some circumstances, the college may request a psychiatric
evaluation from a licensed mental health professional as a condition of return. Notification
of the student’s faculty and limited notification of key college departments will
- No-contact directive – In certain circumstances, the dean of students may impose a
no-contact directive prior to the hearing before a student conduct hearing board when
the charge is harassment or sexual misconduct, or there is reason to believe that
negative contact could occur and impact the student conduct hearing. The college-issued
and binding directive is to have no contact with a specified person or persons. This
includes physical contact, in-person communication, written communication, electronic
forms of communication, the enlisting of third parties to communicate on your behalf,
and public postings and declarations intended to send implicit messages to the specified
person or persons. All efforts will be made to avoid directing a student to stop attending
a classes or classes prior to a hearing board’s decision, and, if necessary, assistance
will be given to the student to continue in his or her classwork to the extent possible.
- Removal from course section or activity – in certain circumstance, the dean of students
may temporarily remove a student from a section of a course if his or her continued
presence in the section will create a situation in which the expected teaching and
learning process will be disrupted. This may include, but is not limited to, personal
behaviors in the classroom, allegations of sexual misconduct, interpersonal disputes
with the instructor or fellow classmates that cannot be avoided.
Section C. Appeals
- A decision reached or a sanction imposed by a student conduct hearing board may be
appealed by the respondents(s) or complainant(s) to the vice president for Student
Affairs within five (5) business days of receiving the decision. Such appeals shall
be in writing and shall be delivered to the vice president for Student Affairs.
- An appeal shall be limited to review of the initial hearing and the supporting documents
for one or more of the following purposes:
- To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges
and evidence presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complaining
party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and present evidence that the Student Conduct
Code was violated, and giving the accused student a reasonable opportunity to prepare
and to present a rebuttal of those allegations.
- To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based
on a preponderance of evidence, that is, whether the facts in the case were sufficient
to establish that a violation of the Student Conduct Code occurred.
- To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of
the Student Conduct Code that the student was found to have committed.
- To consider new evidence or other relevant facts 1) not brought out in the original
hearing, and 2) sufficient to alter a decision, because such evidence and/or facts
were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing or investigation
(in the case of an investigation of sexual misconduct).
- Appeals are accepted if there is sufficient evidence to meet any of the above criteria
and it can be demonstrated by the party requesting the appeal that the factor being
appealed made a material difference in the determination of responsibility or the
sanction imposed. If the vice president for Student Affairs upholds an appeal, he
or she may rule directly on the matter or the case may be remanded back to the original
student conduct hearing board or administrative hearing officer with specific instructions
for reconsideration of the original determination and/or sanction(s).
- In cases involving appeals by students accused of violating the Student Conduct Code,
review of the sanction by the vice president for Student Affairs may not result in
more severe sanction(s) for the accused student. Instead, following an appeal, the
vice president for Student Affairs, upon review of the case, may reduce but not increase
the sanctions imposed by the student conduct hearing board or remand the case to the
original hearing officer or hearing board.
- In cases involving appeals by complainants, the vice president for Student Affairs,
upon review of the case, may reduce or increase the sanctions imposed by the student
conduct hearing board or remand the case to the original hearing officer or hearing
- Alternatively, once a student has exhausted the internal complaint or grievance processes,
he or she may choose to utilize the complaint process overseen by the Council on Postsecondary
Education and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner or “equivalent governing
board” in compliance with the Federal Program Integrity Rule. The specific types of
complaints covered by these regulations are:
- Allegations of state consumer protection violations, including, but not limited to
fraud and false advertising;
- Allegations that state laws or rules addressing the licensure of postsecondary institutions
have been violated; and
- Allegations regarding the quality of education or other accreditation requirements.
For more information and details on how to file a program integrity complaint, visit
the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
“or equivalent governing board” website at https://www.riopc.edu.
Section C. Sanctions
- The following, as well as other appropriate sanctions, may be imposed upon any student
found to have violated the Student Conduct Code:
- Administrative holds – An administrative hold may be applied to a student’s account
at the discretion of the Dean of Students Office prior to adjudication of charges
if a student refuses to or fails to respond to charges brought against him or her.
Holds are to be lifted upon meeting with designated staff and are not an indication
of actual responsibility for said charges.
- Warning – A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has
violated institutional regulations.
- Probation – A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation
is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary
sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s)
during the probationary period.
- Loss of privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
This may include limitations on a student’s right to access parts or all of a facility
in cases where the student conduct hearing board believes contact between two parties
would be detrimental to one or both of the students or that it is in the college’s
- Fines – Previously established and published fines may be imposed. Fines are also
- Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate
service and/or monetary or material replacement.
- Discretionary sanctions – Work assignments, service to the college, educational assignments
or other related discretionary assignments (Such assignments must have the approval
of the dean of students.)
- No-contact directive – A college-issued and binding directive to have no contact with
a specified person or persons. This includes physical contact, in-person communication,
written communication, electronic forms of communication, the enlisting of third parties
to communicate on your behalf, and public postings and declarations intended to send
implicit messages to the specified person or persons.
- Removal from course – when a student repeatedly disrupts a classroom learning environment
and does not respond to faculty efforts to address the behavior, a faculty member
may request a student be permanently removed from the classroom without grade or refund.
This sanction may only be imposed permanently by a conduct hearing board. A student
may remain in the classroom pending the decision of the hearing board, unless determined
to be a continuing disruption by the dean of students.
- College suspension – Separation of the student from the college for a defined period
of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission,
including a reinstatement review by the associate vice president, may be specified.
In some circumstances, the college may request a psychiatric evaluation from a licensed
mental health professional as a condition of return. Notification of the student’s
faculty and limited notification of key college departments will be made.
- College expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the college. This sanction
only may be imposed by a student conduct hearing board.
- More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
- Other than college expulsion, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the
student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s disciplinary
record. Upon graduation, the student’s disciplinary record may be expunged of disciplinary
actions other than college suspension or college expulsion upon application to the
Dean of Students Office. Disciplinary records shall be destroyed six years after the
date of the incident that led to the initiation of disciplinary action.
- The following, as well as other sanctions, may be imposed upon groups or organizations:
- Those sanctions listed above in Section C 1, except suspension or expulsion.
- Deactivation – Loss of all privileges, including college recognition, for a specified
period of time.
- In each case in which the student conduct hearing board determines that a student
has violated the Student Conduct Code, the sanction(s) shall be determined by that
board and imposed by the Dean of Students Office.
Section D. Schedule of Fines
The following fines may be imposed only after an admission of responsibility from
the respondent or a finding of responsibility by a disciplinary committee or hearing
|Violation of the Smoking Policy
||$50 (first offense); $75 (subsequent offenses)
|Failure to evacuate during an alarm
||$150 (each offense)
|Failure to comply
||$75 (each offense)
||$100 (each offense)
|Violation of the Sign Policy
||$25 (per item)
The college shall have jurisdiction over student conduct that occurs on campus property
or in connection with college functions and affairs. The college also shall have discretion
to exercise jurisdiction over conduct that occurs off campus and that would violate
student conduct and discipline policies or regulations if the conduct occurred on
campus when (1) the alleged misconduct indicates the student may be a threat to the
safety or security of members of the college community or college property, functions
or facilities; or (2) the alleged misconduct involves academic work or any records,
documents or identifications of the college.
Specifically, the college may choose to exercise jurisdiction over off-campus incidents
under Section One (1) above where the alleged misconduct involves:
- Sexual misconduct
- Sexual harassment
- Possession or use of weapons, explosives or destructive devices
- Manufacture, sale or distribution of controlled substances
- Hate crimes
- Conduct that would constitute felony burglary, robbery, theft, etc.
Students involved in any of these offenses are subject to suspension or expulsion
from the college.
In compliance with the Clery Act, the community college reports all complaints that
fall under the purview of the laws in its annual Clery Report. As such, reporting
to confidential reporters can be allowed, but all reported incidents are included
in the college Clery statistics, even if a complainant does not seek action by the
college. The inclusion of the information in the annual Clery Report will be for statistical
purposes only and will not include the names of the parties.
Those affected by sexual violence (rape, fondling, dating/domestic violence, stalking)
will receive a written notice of their rights and options for academic, working and
related accommodation, as well as information on resources on and off campus for advocacy,
legal support, medical and psychological care, and visa and immigration assistance.
A. Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Conduct Code shall be referred
to the associate vice president for Student Services.
B. The Student Conduct Code shall be reviewed every three years under the direction
of the dean of students. Updates to remain compliant with state and federal regulations
and laws shall occur annually. All changes will be reviewed by the Student Advisory
Council before final approval by general counsel and the President’s Council.
1. Complaint is received through Campus Police or through the Dean of Students Office
“Report It” online reporting tool. After an initial interview with the complainant,
a staff member will determine if there is a potential violation of the Student Conduct
Code. If so, the responding student is notified that a complaint has been filed and
that he or she must schedule an initial interview with a Dean of Students Office staff
member within three academic days. An administrative hold is placed on the student’s
account until he or she has complied with the request. Allegations of sexual misconduct
as listed on Page 36 or bias-related incidents are referred to the Director of Institutional
Equity for investigation. If the findings recommend disciplinary action, the case
moves back to this process as set forth in No. 4 below.
2. At the respondent’s initial interview, the complaint is shared in detail with the
student and the student has an opportunity to respond. In this meeting, the student
can accept responsibility, deny responsibility or say nothing at all.
At the conclusion of the initial interview, one of the following actions may be taken
by the interviewer:
- Dismiss the case if insufficient evidence that the Student Conduct Code was violated
- Refer the case to a student conduct hearing board if the student denies responsibility
or the precedent sanction is suspension or expulsion.
- Issue a sanction (except suspension or expulsion) based on past precedent, the student’s
disciplinary record and the specific factors of the incident if the student accepts
responsibility for the incident.
If the student denies responsibility or if he or she is facing possible suspension
or expulsion, a student conduct hearing board must be convened at a time not less
than three nor more than five business days after the respondent’s initial interview
to hear the complaint.
3. The student conduct hearing board shall be composed of up to two student delegates
and up to two faculty delegates. A Dean of Students Office staff member will preside
as a nonvoting chair, except in case of a tie. The number of student delegates and
faculty delegates must be the same. Students and faculty members are selected by the
Dean of Students Office in consultation with Student Government and Academic Affairs.
The respondent and the complainant may be accompanied by an adviser of their choosing
who may serve as a nonspeaking support for either student. Both the complainant and
the respondent may bring witnesses in person or signed and dated witness statements.
Witnesses must have firsthand knowledge of the incident or complaint. Once scheduled,
the hearing will occur as planned whether the complainant and/or the respondent chooses
to attend or not.
The student conduct hearing board shall make a determination based solely on the facts
presented at the hearing regarding the incident in question. No other factors may
be considered. The burden of proof is on the complainant to demonstrate that the respondent
is responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code. A preponderance of the evidence
shall be the standard of proof. Mitigating factors regarding why the Student Conduct
Code was violated are only pertinent in the sanctioning phase.
4. Once a student conduct hearing board has made a determination of whether the respondent
is responsible or not responsible, the hearing board will determine an appropriate
sanction. The respondent will be notified of the disposition of the complaint and,
if appropriate, the designated sanction within two academic days. The complainant
will be informed of the decision of the board, but not the details of any sanction
except in cases where otherwise provided for by law.
Upon receipt of the notification, the accused student or the complainant may appeal
the decision as detailed in section B.