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Student Code of Conduct

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

Manor College is a private Catholic College founded by the religious Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, who follow the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Catholic values of respect and reverence for the unique dignity of the human person.


The Code of Conduct makes it possible for members of a diverse student body to live, interact, and learn together in ways that protect both individual freedom and support institutional values. To ensure the fulfillment of its mission, it is important that the Manor College community be sensitive to and respectful of the rights of others.

As members of the Manor College community, students are expected to be familiar with and to abide by these standards of behavior.  They should demonstrate respect for College regulations and the laws of the Federal, Commonwealth, and local governments. Their conduct should be in accordance with the College Mission Statement, ideals and expectations.


Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects decorum and the moral and ethical standards of behavior appropriate at a College based on Judeo-Christian values of respect for one’s self and others. Inappropriate displays of affection are not acceptable. Specific policies follow from the code.

  1. Because Manor College affirms the uniqueness and dignity of each person, any conduct that violates the dignity of another person, including but not limited to threats of violence, verbal or physical; assault or abuse of any kind; hazing or harassment, including sexual harassment; lewd, obscene, or indecent language, behavior, or representations reasonably found offensive by others; or discrimination against another person based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, genetics, citizenship status, military service, or any other status protected by law is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  2. Because the Manor College Community values a scholarly, supportive, and caring environment, any conduct that violates the pursuit of a scholarly, supportive, and caring environment including but not limited to obstruction or disruption of institutional activities or of the individual pursuit of learning; the damaging, defacing, destruction, of the property of another; the theft of the property of another; or the unauthorized entry into or use of College property is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  3. Because the Manor College community reflects Judeo-Christian values, any conduct that violates the stated mission and values of Manor College or local, state, or federal law, including but not limited to an incident of substance abuse, the forging or altering of College records, the use or threatened use of violence, the possession of weapons, the furnishing of false information to the College, the failure to respond to the instructions of College personnel in the pursuit of their duties, or behavior that is disorderly or irresponsible of any kind is a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  4. In the spirit of Judeo-Christian values, students are expected to show respect for one another and for all members of the Manor College community, in person and on-line. Students must be aware that blogs, webpages such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. are in the public sphere and are not private. These public postings can subject a student to a code of conduct violation.
  5. Because students aspire to integrity as a core value, students are expected to be honest and truthful in dealings with the College regarding their identity (e.g., name or Social Security number), and in the use of College and other identification. 
  6. Students are expected to cooperate fully and honestly with the College’s Systems, including, but not limited to, the obligation to comply with all sanctions, housing contracts, and behavioral agreements.
  7. Students are expected to comply with all contracts made with the College, such as Residential Living Housing Contracts, Behavioral Contracts, and Dining Services contracts and any applicable rules and regulations. All students are subject to, and expected to familiarize themselves with the Manor College Student Handbook, including the Code of Conduct.

In addition, any violation of federal, state or local law shall be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct.  All College rules and regulations apply to students and their conduct both on the College Campus and at College-sponsored events held off campus.  The College reserves the right to bring charges against a student for any violation concurrent with or following criminal charges being filed in a court of law for the same act.


Manor College reserves the right to take disciplinary action against anyone who violates the Code of Conduct up to and including dismissal from the College. The College reserves the right to suspend, dismiss, or expel any student when his or her behavior disrupts, threatens, or endangers the health, safety, or well-being of the College community.  In addition, Manor College reserves the right to impose penalties which include but are not limited to fines, cancellation of housing contracts, suspension, etc. Students should be aware that if they receive any code of conduct violation, even if it is not related to academics, that their Advisor and Program Director may be notified.


VIOLATIONS – Violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Manor College are not limited to this list. The College reserves the right to classify other behaviors and situations not specifically defined or discussed in this handbook as violations. In such cases, the Hearing Officer or his/her designee may formally charge a student in writing with the specific nature of the violation.

Violations could result in serious sanctions up to and including dismissal.


Violations

Abuse of the Student Disciplinary System

  • failing to respond to a request made by the Hearing Officer, or his/her designee; failing to appear for presentation of charges; failing to cooperate in any investigation; failing to appear when requested, before the Student Conduct Committee;
  • falsifying, distorting or deliberately omitting information provided to the investigation;
  • disrupting an investigation or student conduct hearing;
  • attempting to influence others not to provide information to the investigation or to appear before the Student Conduct Committee;
  • attempting to influence members of the Student Conduct Committee through intimidation, harassment or promises of reward.


Aggressive Behavior

  • behavior that provokes possible or actual physical harm;
  • behavior that incites others to violence;
  • actions which intentionally or recklessly harm others;
  • threats to harm another person, including, but not limited to, verbal and written (inclusive of text messages, emails, etc.), or physical intimidation. Also includes the use of gestures and symbols intended to threaten or intimidate; making a bomb threat; and assault. A single occurrence of these behaviors may result in disciplinary sanction. 
  • physically touching a Security Officer; being disrespectful to a Security Officer.


Abuse of Public Space - littering, leaving food in public space, smoking in unauthorized space etc.


Alcohol and/or Drug Use – Possession of alcohol or drugs; intoxication; being on the Manor College campus intoxicated; dispensing alcohol or drugs to others. 


First Strike

A first strike will result in a meeting with a member of the Student Affairs staff. A warning will be issued and a written copy of the warning will be sent to the student. A copy will also be placed in the individual student’s file. The student will be required to visit with the Manor College Counselor. There will also be a requirement that the student complete on-campus community service. Length of service time will be decided by the Hearing Chair and/or the Code of Conduct Coordinator.


Second Strike

A second strike will result in a meeting with a member of the Student Affairs staff. The student will be required to visit with the Manor College Counselor, and a $150 fine will be applied to their student account.  Further intervention may be recommended by the counselor. A copy of the outcome letter will be sent to the student and a copy will be placed in the student’s file.

At the meeting with the staff member, the student will be notified that an additional violation of the College’s alcohol and drug policy will result in dismissal from the College.


Third Strike

A third strike will result in dismissal from Manor College.


Medical Amnesty

In situations where a student has contacted Security or Manor Resident Life Staff for medical treatment either for themselves or for a fellow student, neither the student calling nor the student receiving medical attention will receive a strike through the student conduct system. Students transported to the hospital in association with the consumption of alcohol or marijuana will have a conversation with the college’s counselor, and a letter will be sent home to their parents. If a student is transported to the hospital more than once, college staff will explore whether a medical leave is appropriate.


Situations involving a transport to the hospital as a result of illegal drugs other than marijuana or involving other non-strike violations (such as assault, disorderly conduct, etc.) fall outside the scope of the medical amnesty policy and may be handled through the student conduct system.

(See Alcohol and Drug Policy for complete information.)


Bullying – a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and usually repeatedly causes another person injury, fear or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical, verbal, written or more subtle behaviors. Cyberbullying can be particularly destructive. Bullying can cause physical and psychological harm, which are also violations.


Dangerous Materials – Possession or unauthorized use of flammable liquids or gases, explosives, acids, fireworks, pepper spray, or any other substances which are hazardous, dangerous, or illegal is prohibited on the Manor College campus.


Disorderly Conduct – A breach of peace, which includes, but is not limited to, disruption of any of the functions of the College, disruption of the peace, or disruption of a class or meeting. 


Disrespect for Authority – Failure to cooperate with legitimate requests of College employees in the performance of their duties. Examples: failure to produce an ID upon request, failure to open bags for bag checks. 


Drugs – The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia, as well as the unauthorized distribution of prescription drugs. First offense will result in strict sanctions up to and including dismissal from the Residence Hall and/or the College.


Ethnic Intimidation – Subtle or blatant acts, words or deeds, symbols or gestures, which may be offensive to an individual or group of a particular race, color, religion or national origin.


Falsification – Making a statement intended to deceive a College representative, including, but not limited to dishonesty, fraud, using false identification, altering official documents, misrepresentation; forging, altering or using College documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud the College or any other person or institution.


Fire and Safety Equipment Violations –Tampering with safety equipment including, but not limited to, removing batteries from smoke detectors or otherwise interfering with the operation of smoke detectors, turning off hallway/stairwell lights, tampering with fire extinguishers or AED. Causing a false fire alarm, arson (setting any kind of material on fire), smoking in a campus building, and obstructing stairwells. Smoking of any kind in the residence hall will result in immediate removal from Residence Hall. Tampering with the smoke detectors will result in immediate removal from Residence Hall.


Gambling – Games of skill or chance involving illegal gambling for money or other item of value including prizes, whether on campus or at College sponsored activities. Exempted are College events for which gambling is officially approved.


Harassment – See Harassment Policy under General Campus Policies


Lewd Speech or Behavior – Explicit or vulgar speech or behavior that is sexual or provocative in nature, including the distribution of such materials on campus or via electronic means.


Online Prescence - In the spirit of Judeo-Christian values, students are expected to show respect for one another and for all members of the Manor College community, in person and on-line. Students must be aware that blogs, webpages such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. are in the public sphere and are not private. These public postings can subject a student to a code of conduct violation.


Physical Harm -

  • Intentionally inflicting, attempting to inflict, or conspiring to inflict bodily harm upon any person or threatening to do the same; or
  • Taking any action for the purpose of inflicting bodily harm, whether or not harm actually occurs; or 
  • Taking any reckless action that results or could result in bodily harm to any person. 


Psychological Harm - 

  • Intentionally inflicting, attempting to inflict, or conspiring to inflict mental harm upon any person; or 
  • Taking any action for the purpose of inflicting mental harm, whether or not harm actually occurs; or 
  • Taking any reckless action which could result in mental harm to any person; or 
  • Leading a person to reasonably believe that someone is likely to cause that person harm; or 
  • Any act that demeans, degrades, or disgraces any person.


Sexual Assault – By law, sexual assaults are classified as forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses. Forcible sexual offenses are defined as any sexual act directed against another person forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly when the victim is incapable of giving consent. These offenses include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object and forcible fondling. Non-forcible sexual offenses are determined as unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse and including incest and statutory rape.


Sexual Harassment – See Harassment Policy under General Campus Policies.


Stalking – A pattern of conduct, repeated actions toward, or repeated communications with another person, including following the individual without proper authority, under circumstances intended to create fear of bodily injury or to cause substantial emotional distress to such other person.  Includes conduct, actions and communications through texting, e-mail, instant messaging, and social media.


Theft / Attempted Theft – The unlawful taking or attempted theft of personal or College property, including taking food and merchandise from the dining hall, campus store or vending machines. Possession of stolen property is also a major violation.


Trespassing – See Trespassing under General Campus Policies.


Vandalism – Vandalism is defined as the deliberate, attempted, or actual destruction, reckless damage, misuse or defacement of College property or the property of a member or guest of the Manor College community on College premises. Vandalism causing damage to an educational facility may also be a violation of Commonwealth law.


Weapons – Possession of firearms and/or weapons of any type, including concealed weapons for which the carrier has a legal permit are STRICTLY PROHIBITED on campus. Weapons can include clubs, bats, knives and other objects for which the person has no legitimate use. Students are required to contact Campus Security immediately to report their knowledge of the presence of any weapon.


Philosophy of Discipline

The basic philosophy of discipline at Manor College is one of education, encouraging individual responsibility and fostering a respect for the rights of others.

Through the disciplinary process, the College attempts to teach moral and ethical values and, in doing so, maintain the orderly operation of the College. The disciplinary process is intended to protect the rights of all members of the College community.


Furthermore, it is intended to redirect the behavior of students into patterns consistent with the Manor College Mission Statement. In keeping with this philosophy, the College encourages students to avail themselves of the services of the professional counselors in the Manor College Counseling Center.

When an individual is willing to accept responsibility for his/her behavior and work toward change, potential disciplinary problems can be avoided. 


Disciplinary Policy

Students are responsible for reading and understanding the Code of Conduct and all Manor College policies.

An incident report will be completed for each Code of Conduct violation and kept on file in the Campus Security Department.

Any student who commits, aids, or attempts to commit any violation of the expected standards of behavior will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.  This may result in sanctions being levied against the individual or individuals involved.


Students who are in a situation or area where College policy is being violated must make a reasonable, positive effort to remove themselves from that environment.  Failure to do so will result in sanctions. 


Students must accept responsibility for any guests and will be held accountable for their guests’ actions. Therefore, they must ensure that their guests comply with the behavioral standards of the Manor College community. Any guest who violates the College Code of Conduct will be barred from campus.


In cases where a local, Commonwealth or Federal law may also apply, students may be subject to civil or criminal liability. In certain cases where the College’s interests as an academic community are impacted, disciplinary procedures may be instituted against a student charged with a violation of a local, Commonwealth or Federal law that is also a violation of the Code of Conduct; thus, both institutional charges and civil or criminal charges may result from the same event. College disciplinary proceedings may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings and are unrelated.


Incident Worksheets, Sanctions and the Student Disciplinary System


Incident Worksheets

The disciplinary system begins with the filing of an incident worksheet. Complaints against a student or group of students’ behavior are made by completing an incident worksheet. Incident forms are available in the Campus Security Department, mail rooms, and online. Any member of the Manor College community (students, faculty, administrators, and staff) may initiate complaints about the behavior of a student or group of students. 

The sanctions defined below may result from the disciplinary system, and are set forth to assist students in meeting the expectation for conduct that the College has set out.

Sanctions

  • Official Warning

An official warning indicates that a student’s pattern of behavior, if continued, may lead to probation or more severe sanctions.

  • Probation

Probation means that the student may be endangering his or her continuation as a student at the College (or as a resident student, of the Residence Hall).  Probation may also include stated prohibitions (e.g., temporary loss of Residence Hall visitor or visitation privileges) until such time as the student’s behavior warrants the lifting of said probation.

  • Suspension

Suspension from the College means that the student loses all privileges and connection with the College (or as a resident student, with the Residence Hall) for a specified period of time, which is not less than one week, or more than one academic year. The student may not enter College property without the express permission of the Dean of Students. If any, financial refunds will be made in accord with the College’s published refund policy. Students who have been suspended from the College or leave the College for more than one academic year may return after the specified suspension period. This does not guarantee a student will meet any time-limited degree requirements.

  • Dismissal

Dismissal means the permanent termination of any relationship between the college and the student. A permanent disciplinary record is maintained in the Campus Security Department. The student may not enter College property under any circumstances.  Financial refunds, including those from Residence Life, if any, will be made in accord with the College’s published refund policy.

The additional sanctions below, which are not meant to be an all-inclusive list, may be imposed as required by policy statements or at the discretion of the hearing officer, Student Conduct Committee, or Dean of Students.

  • Parent/Guardian/Family Notification

College officials may, within their discretion, contact a student’s parent, guardian or family, when there is significant concern for the student’s behavior, safety, or health, in accordance with FERPA.

  • Fines

Students must pay fines in cash or by check, made out to Manor College.  Fines accrued due to any violation will be added to the student’s account from the date of the sanction. If fines are not satisfied, students are not able to access grades, register for the following semester, or be eligible for student housing.

  • Withdrawal by Mutual Agreement

This sanction may be imposed by the Dean of Students, independently or on the recommendation of the Student Conduct Committee when, in the opinion of any, the future interest of the student would be best served by the use of this sanction rather than a more severe sanction that may result in a permanent record.

  • Interim Suspension/Dismissal

The immediate suspension of a student from the College, on an interim basis, may be enacted by the Dean of Students, until a formal conduct hearing can be held if, in the opinion of the Dean of Students, the incident may be serious enough to warrant suspension or dismissal from the College.  The

  • Restitution

Restitution for damaged or stolen property is always required.

  • Loss of Resident Status

A decision may require a resident student to move off campus, if he or she has exhibited behavior that violates the rights of the resident community.


Administration of Sanctions

Except where specifically designated otherwise, the Dean of Students is responsible for administering sanctions for violations of the Code of Conduct and for violations of policies that provide for specific sanctions as set forth in this Student Handbook.


Student Disciplinary Records

Student disciplinary records are kept on file with all case records in the Dean of Students Office.


STUDENT DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM

Students accused of violating College policy have the right to due process as outlined below if they choose. This process may also be initiated if, in the opinion of the College’s Hearing Officer, it would be in the College’s best interest. The Hearing Officer is appointed by the Dean of Students. The College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community at all times.


The college may audiotape any conduct processes. Any audiotape that is made by the college may be listened to by the responding student, but not copied, and will be kept for as long as deemed necessary.

  1. Manor Security will investigate the Incident Worksheet and create an Incident Report. These findings will be given to the Hearing Officer for review. 
  2. The Hearing Officer will review the incident report to verify that the stated allegations are in violation of college policies.
  3. Within three (3) days of receiving the incident report, the Hearing Officer will inform the student(s) named in the incident report that an incident report has been filed and of the date they are required to meet with the Hearing Officer.
  4. On the date of the scheduled meeting, the Hearing Officer will meet with the student(s) accused of violating college policy.
  5. If the accused student(s) does not appear for his/her meeting with the Hearing Officer, and does not contact the Hearing Officer prior to the scheduled meeting to reschedule, a decision for sanction will be rendered based on the incident report, information provided by witnesses, and any other information pertinent to the report, and issued to the student by the Dean of Students. Additional sanctions may be added for a student’s failure to respond to the process.
  6. At the onset of this meeting, the Hearing Officer will inform the student(s) of the alleged violation indicated in the incident report.
  7. The student(s) has the right to review the incident report that was filed, and will be provided with a copy that has been redacted (identifying information has been deleted), to the extent necessary to protect the personal privacy of individuals discussed in the report.
  8. The student(s) has two options to settle a disciplinary matter, unless otherwise deemed by the Hearing Officer to be in the College’s best interest to proceed with a formal hearing:
      1. The student may choose to proceed with an Informal Meeting with the Hearing Officer to settle the matter, and forgo a Formal Hearing, before the Student Conduct Committee, or
      2. The student may choose to proceed with a Formal Hearing, before the Student Conduct Committee


Informal Meeting

Student(s) may choose to dispose of the matter during the meeting with the Hearing Officer, The matter will be settled, as long as both the accused student(s) and the Hearing Officer mutually and satisfactorily agree that a violation of policy did in fact occur, and are then able to settle on a mutually acceptable sanction for the violation. At that point, there shall be no other meetings, hearings, or appeals. (If no mutually acceptable agreement can be reached between the accused student(s) and Hearing Officer, the case shall go to the Student Conduct Committee for a formal hearing.) All cases involving Dismissal from the College will be sent to the Student Conduct Committee for a hearing.


At any time during an informal meeting, the accused or the Hearing Officer may cease discussion of the case and choose to send the matter to the Student Conduct Committee. The Hearing Officer may direct the student to the handbook for information regarding the formal hearing process.

Once a mutually acceptable agreement is decided upon, if shall be put in writing. The Hearing Officer will forward the decision to the Dean of Students for approval. If the decision is upheld, the Dean of Students, or her designee, will notify the student in writing of the final ruling, and a copy of the decision will be kept on file with all case records in the Dean of Students office. If the decision is denied, the Dean of Students will refer the matter to be heard by the Student Conduct Committee at a Formal Hearing.


Formal Hearing

The Hearing Officer will notify the Student Conduct Committee that a request for a Formal Hearing has been made.  The Hearing Officer will schedule the hearing and notify all parties concerned, including witnesses, when and where the hearing will take place. 

If the accused student(s) does not appear for his/her meeting with the Hearing Officer, and does not contact the Hearing Officer prior to the scheduled meeting to reschedule, a decision for sanction will be rendered based on the incident report, information provided by witnesses, and any other information pertinent to the report, and issued to the student by the Dean of Students. Additional sanctions may be added for a student’s failure to respond to the process.


The Student Conduct Committee

The Student Conduct Committee has four members, three of whom are voting members, approved by the Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Dean of Students.

Voting Members include:

  • One (1) student, elected by the Student Government Association
  • Two (2) staff members appointed by the Dean of Students
  • The Hearing Officer appointed by the Dean of Students is also the Chair of the Committee and counts towards determining a quorum. The Hearing Officer only votes if a ¾ quorum is not met).

The duty of the Chair is to organize the Committee, preside over its hearings, and act as an impartial facilitator for the work of the Committee. The Student Conduct Committee’s hearings are not formal legal proceedings; that is, neither the rules of evidence nor the procedures of a court of law apply to these proceedings. The purpose of these proceedings is for a community of members to pass judgment on the behavior of one or more of its members in terms of its Catholic values, policies, and the mission as stated in official publications such as The Student Handbook and any Manor College Catalogs.


A student is presumed innocent until proven otherwise by a preponderance of evidence. The Student Conduct Committee is bound to follow the sanctioning guidelines stated in The Student Handbook.


Procedures of the Student Conduct Committee Formal Hearings

The Chair of the committee conducts the procedure for the hearing. The procedure for hearings is as follows:

  1. The Student Conduct Committee must have a ¾ quorum to hold a hearing. A ¾ quorum must be present at all times during the hearing including deliberations and sanctioning.
  2. The Chair will read the Incident Reports and provide copies to the Committee members.
  3. The Chair may place limits on testimony and rule on admissibility of such testimony.  
  4. The Chair will set the number of witnesses permitted to testify, and shall rule on admissibility of information. While not an official voting member of the Student Conduct Committee, the Hearing Officer is expected to be present at all sessions of the hearing.  
  5. The Chair presents testimony/evidence concerning the Incident Report. 
  6. The Chair remains during deliberation, to answer questions for clarity and will vote only in the event that a ¾ quorum is not met. 
  7. The accused student is required to be in attendance for all sessions of the committee (with the exception of deliberation), during which time the accused student will have the opportunity to provide information. 
  8. Witnesses will be asked to leave and wait at another location until they are called by the Chair to give testimony. The accused student and the Chair of the Student Conduct Committee shall have the right to call witnesses to support their positions. 
  9. Witnesses must be named in previously submitted written statements, and approved by the Chair before their testimony will be heard. Anonymous testimony is not admissible.  
  10. No party, neither the accused, nor the Student Conduct Committee members, nor any witness or participant in the hearing, may be represented by legal counsel at the hearing. No person other than the Hearing Officer, accused student, Committee members, and witnesses will be permitted to attend the hearing.  
  11. The members of the Committee shall maintain confidentiality, except as prescribed by law, or permitted by FERPA.
  12. The hearing shall be tape-recorded, with the exception of the Committee deliberation; the recordings will be kept on file with the incident report and disposition records, in the Campus Security Department.
  13. The Student Conduct Committee shall deliberate on the information presented, and a simple majority vote shall determine the Committee’s final decision. The Student Conduct Committee shall report its decision(s), in writing within three class days, after the close of the hearing, to the Dean of Students, who will either uphold the Committee’s decision, or overrule it.   The Dean of Students or her designee will notify the student and the Chair of the Student Conduct Committee of the final ruling.  All case records, including the incident report, hearing recordings, and final disposition, will be maintained in the Campus Security Department.  
  14. The Dean of Students’ ruling is final unless there are reasons for an appeal as set forth in #2 under Appeal Procedure below. 
  15. No rulings, other than College Dismissal, shall appear on the student’s transcripts as part of his/her permanent academic record.


APPEAL PROCEDURE – Students found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct may appeal the administrative decision to the Student Conduct Appeals Committee. The Student Conduct Appeals Committee consists of one faculty member, one staff member and two students. One member of the Committee will serve as recording secretary.

  1. The student must submit to the Dean of Students a written request for appeal within two class days of the notification of their sanction.  The student must include her/his email address to receive the Dean of Student’s response in a timely manner.  It is the student’s responsibility to check her/his email during this time frame for the response.  If the student who is appealing would like to request that witnesses appear before the Committee, the witnesses’ names must be included in the petition letter.   A maximum of two witnesses are allowed and they should be persons who can give specific input to the case, not merely offer support or character reference. The Dean of Students will forward this request to the Chair of the Student Conduct Appeals Committee who is appointed by the Dean of Students. .
  2. For an appeal to be heard, students must be able to demonstrate one or both of the following in the letter to the Dean of Students:
    1. They did not receive a hearing consistent with the established disciplinary procedures listed above in the section entitled “Disciplinary Procedure.”
    2. New evidence is available. The student must include in the appeal request letter documentation of new evidence that was not provided for the Administrative Hearing.
  3. The Chair of the Student Conduct Appeals Committee will make a decision regarding the request within two class days and notify the student in writing of the decision.  It is the student’s responsibility to check her/his email during this time frame for the response.   If a hearing is allowed, it will be held in a timely manner. The decision of the Appeals Committee to grant or deny an appeal shall be final
  4. Attendance at the appeals hearing is limited to the individuals on the Student Conduct Appeals Committee, the individual/s who filed the charges against the student, the student appealing the charge/s and witnesses allowed by the Committee.
  5. Following testimony by the student who requested the appeal, the witnesses will be called separately to testify privately in the presence of the Student Conduct Appeals Committee. 
  6. If the student fails to appear for the hearing, the Student Conduct Appeals Committee shall automatically uphold the original decision and sanction.
  7. The Student Conduct Appeals Committee shall render their decision by a majority vote and the Chair will notify the student and the Dean of Students of the decision at the conclusion of the appeals hearing. This decision is final.  
  8. The student who appealed is expected to assert in writing his or her agreement to abide by the sanction imposed.  The decision and the student’s written response will be included in the student’s disciplinary record, which is maintained by the Security Department.  Only College dismissal shall appear on the student’s transcript as part of the student’s permanent academic record.  All other disciplinary actions shall become part of the student’s disciplinary record.
  9. A written record of the appeals hearing proceedings will be prepared by the Appeals Committee and filed with the Dean of Students.  
  10. Notification of parent/s or legal guardian/s regarding the charge, the sanction, and the findings of the Appeal Committee by the Dean of Students will be according to FERPA guidelines.

NOTE: Any individual who retaliates or attempts to retaliate against a complainant, witness or member of the Student Conduct Committee or Student Conduct Appeals Committee will be subject to disciplinary action. Please see Abuse of the Student Conduct System for more information.