Students have the rights of due process when accused of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct:
- The student may request to have an informal meeting with the Vice President for Student Services to attempt to discuss and resolve the issue.
- If the violation of the Code of Student Conduct is not resolved, the student shall receive written notice of the provision of the Code of Student Conduct which he or she is accused of violating and a summary of the relevant facts. Students shall also be informed of their due process rights.
- If a student’s behavior is egregious or disruptive to the teaching and learning environment or to campus safety, the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee may suspend the student on an interim basis for up to ten College business days.
- Within five business days after receipt of the notice of violation of the Code of Student Conduct, and suspension when warranted, the student may request, in writing, a hearing before the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee for all other violations.
- The students may waive his or her rights to a hearing immediately and accept the sanctions implemented by the Vice President. Failure to request a hearing within five College business days will be considered a waiver of the right to a hearing and any subsequent appeal. If the student requests a hearing, the vice president shall inform the student of the date, time and place for the hearing. The hearing shall be scheduled within five College business days after receipt of the student's request for a hearing.
- Prior to the hearing, the student has the right to review all evidence, including written statements made against him or her. Strict rules of evidence do not apply in the hearing.
- At the hearing, the student may present witnesses and evidence. All pertinent parties have a right to speak and be questioned during the hearing. The student will be allowed to be accompanied by an advocate. The advocate may not present on behalf of the student unless otherwise instructed to do so by the Vice President of Student Services or his or her designee, in his or her capacity as the College discipline officer. If the student chooses to have an attorney in attendance, the student must provide notification to the Vice President of Student Services at least three college business days prior to the scheduled hearing date.
- The student has the right to a recording of the hearing.
- The student has the right to a written notice of a decision as soon as possible but no later than five College business days of their hearing.
The student has the right to appeal to the President any action taken by the Vice President or his or her designee. Any appeal must be in writing and be submitted to the President's office within ten College business days. The Vice President will forward the appeal, along with all documentation concerning the matter, to the President whose decision will be final.
The procedure above is in effect for all students. All meetings and/or hearings for distance learners will be arranged using email, fax, conference calls, or other agreed upon electronic means.