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Online and Continuing Education Online Student Guide

Student Behavior/Civility Requirements

Every faculty member and student has the right to conditions favorable to teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. To foster and maintain such conditions, students have the responsibility to conduct themselves, individually and in groups, in a manner which promotes an atmosphere conducive to teaching, studying, and learning. Students are expected to uphold academic and personal integrity, to respect the rights of others, and to refrain from disruptive, threatening, intimidating, or harassing behavior, or behavior which is harmful to themselves, other persons, or property. Faculty have the right and responsibility to foster an environment conducive to teaching and learning, and should this be threatened by student behavior, faculty are authorized and encouraged to initiate the following steps:

  1. A private discussion with the student during which the faculty member describes the unwanted behavior, explains why it is inappropriate, and specifies expectations for future student behavior.
  2. Initiation of a formal meeting with the student, the student’s academic advisor, and/or the Dean of Students or the dean’s designee.
  3. Request, through the Dean of Students, that the student be withdrawn from the class.
  4. Initiation of other disciplinary action, in coordination with the Dean of Students, by means of the appropriate judicial processes.

The above faculty action steps may be taken in order, and/ or initiated at any level. It is important for faculty to notify students of potential disruptive behavior consequences at each level throughout the faculty action step process.

Consequences may include: progressive faculty action steps, student referral to counseling, and/or formal behavior contracting. Faculty are encouraged to resolve disruptive student behavior issues at the earliest step possible. Finally, as a further point of clarification, for the purposes of this policy, faculty are defined as any instructional personnel employed by the college.

Linfield Drug & Alcohol Policy

In keeping with the mission of the college, Linfield is committed to providing an environment which is safe and fosters excellence in learning for its students and in work performance for all of its employees. Therefore, the misuse and illegal use, possession, transportation, distribution, manufacture, or sale of alcohol and other drugs is not permitted on property owned or controlled by the college, or while representing the college on business or in other college sponsored activities. The use of alcohol on college owned or controlled property, or at events associated with Linfield programs, is restricted to those of legal drinking age. Linfield College Policy on Alcohol can be found in the Student Policy Guide pg. 97.

Federal Law Guidelines

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, you have the right to know certain information about Linfield College including a variety of services for students with disabilities, student right to know and various other college policies. As part of our compliance with this regulation, we direct you to visit the Linfield Policy Guide.

File Sharing & Copyright Use

Access to all shared files on a user’s computer must be secured by a password. It is illegal to share or use files, software and other work creations that are protected under copyright law, without explicit permission from the copyright holder. This includes, but is not limited to, all copyrighted audio, video and game files, and published software that is licensed. Users who violate copyright laws may be subject to Linfield disciplinary action and/or prosecution under State and Federal guidelines. The college policy on file sharing and copyright use is set forth at the HEOA Compliance page.

Medical Review and Involuntary Withdrawal

The Dean of Students (in collaboration with at least one of the following: Associate Dean of Students, the college health center, professional counselors, outside medical professionals or anyone else deemed necessary) may withdraw or temporarily suspend the student from the college when a student engages in any behavior that:

  • Poses a risk to the well being of others;
  • Prevents effectively pursuing his or her academic work; or
  • Is detrimental to others in his/her living environment, or academic environment or academic environment.

If involuntary withdrawal of the student is necessary, readmission to Linfield is dependent upon approval by the Dean of Students and the Director of the Counseling Center. The process of readmission may include  psychological evaluation, and review of the student’s compliance with a recommended treatment plan.

Anti-harassment

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Linfield College to maintain a work and academic environment free from harassment for its employees, students, visitors, and vendors. Discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, is a violation of state and federal law. No form of discriminatory harassment,  including sexual harassment, will be tolerated by Linfield College. Any and all complaints or allegations of harassment will be investigated promptly.

Appropriate, corrective action will be implemented based upon the result of the investigation in the event harassment in violation of this policy is found to have taken place.

As a college that prides itself on fostering academic freedom, including freedom of speech and freedom of conscience, Linfield especially recognizes these values insofar as the classroom and learning environment is concerned. Students should refer to the section “Anti-harassment Protection and Academic Freedom” in this handbook for consideration of the importance of academic freedom, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscience.

ANTI-RETALIATION STATEMENT:

Any form of retaliation against those who in good faith bring forward complaints or allegations, or who participate in an investigation of discrimination or harassment, is strictly prohibited.

FALSE ALLEGATIONS MADE IN BAD FAITH:

If the investigation reveals that a complainant, or witness has made a knowingly false allegation in bad faith, disciplinary or other appropriate action against this person may be imposed.

DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT:

Harassment is verbal, physical or other (including electronic) conduct that demeans or shows hostility, or aversion, toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability, or that of his/her relatives, friends, or associates and that:

  • Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or
  • Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or living environment; or
  • Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s academic opportunities.
  • Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Epithets, slurs, jokes, negative stereotyping or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to a person’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • Any material or action which demeans or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability and is posted on walls, bulletin boards, e-mail, social media or elsewhere.

The terms intimidating, hostile and offensive are interpreted according to legal standards as determined by the law, and are looked at from the viewpoint of a reasonable person in similar circumstances as the complaining party.

Counseling:

The college recognizes that students may wish to seek counseling and discuss circumstances relating to possible harassment without initiating a complaint. Under these circumstances, students are encouraged to seek counseling in the Offices of Student Health, Wellness and Counseling in Walker 104 or the College Chaplain in Melrose 110. Portland Campus students may contact the Psychological Service Center. Online students should utilize local resources in their community.

State-licensed counselors and the college chaplain by state order are immune from being compelled to divulge confidences. Any communication with a state-licensed counselor or the college chaplain is not a complaint.

Reporting a Complaint:

If an individual believes he or she is the victim of harassment or retaliation, he or she is encouraged to report a complaint immediately. If the complaint is from a student making an allegation against a college employee then the student may either contact the Dean of Students Office, Dean of Faculty, or the Director of Human Resources. When the allegation is against a college employee the procedure as outlined in the common chapter of the employee handbook will be followed. If the harassment is student to student, students are encouraged to report it to the Dean of Students Office or the Title IX Officer at which time an investigation will begin.

Employees who become aware of potential harassment of others which may be in violation of this policy are encouraged to report such conduct. Supervisors have an obligation to immediately report any possible instances of harassment involving employees, students or others to the Director of Human Resources or other appropriate persons as indicated above. Once the college has knowledge of the complaint, the college is obligated to investigate the allegation.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. Title IX can apply in areas such as athletics, student recruitment and admissions, financial aid, scholarships, course offerings and access, employment, and housing and residential services. Title IX also protects students and employees, both male and female, from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities, as well as sexual assault, which are forms of unlawful discrimination under Title IX.

Linfield has established a committee, consisting of a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators, each of whom have specific knowledge to respond to concerns in the areas described above. Inquiries related to this policy can be directed to the following:

Title IX Coordinator: Susan Hopp, Vice President of Student Affairs and Athletics/Dean of Students

Title IX Deputies: Brenda De Vore Marshall, Professor Theatre & Communication Arts; Mary Ann Rodriguez, Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO; Lisa Macy-Baker, Women’s Tennis/NCAA Compliance Officer; Jeff Mackay, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life.

Investigation Procedures:

  1. The Dean of Students or designee is responsible for documenting the complaint and determining, with consultation as he or she deems appropriate, who will conduct the investigation.
  2. The Dean of Students or other designated investigator will provide both parties the opportunity to present their side of the incident. The investigation will include separate interviews with the complainant, the accused, and any other relevant witnesses as appropriate under the circumstances.
  3. Before a final decision is made or corrective action is taken against the accused, a written summary of the allegations upon which the corrective action is based will be delivered to the accused for his/her opportunity to respond (within a reasonable time to be determined by the Dean of Students or designee) if he/she so chooses.
  4. As appropriate during and following the investigation, the College will inform students who have reported alleged harassment about the status of the investigation.
  5. Upon resolution of the investigation, all investigative reports, notes, evidence, and records will be maintained within the student’s file maintained in Student Affairs as needed to investigate and respond to other complaints, or as compelled to produce the files through legal process.

Confidentiality:

In its own actions and the actions of its official representatives, the college will maintain the confidentiality of all harassment investigations to the extent possible, consistent with the college’s need to conduct an adequate investigation and to take prompt corrective action to rectify  any harassment in violation of this policy which is found to have taken place. However, the college cannot guarantee that confidentiality will be maintained by other employees or students who may need to be questioned about the allegation, or the parties directly involved in the investigation, although the college will advise all concerned to keep investigative matters confidential and not to discuss them elsewhere.

Corrective Action:

Appropriate corrective action will be initiated whenever the evidence warrants it. Violation of Linfield College’s anti-harassment policy will subject a student to sanctions up to and including separation. Students against whom corrective action is taken may appeal to the College Conduct Board as outlined in the student handbook.

ANTI-HARASSMENT PROTECTION AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM:

Academic freedom and freedom of inquiry are values to which Linfield College subscribes and which it protects by prescribing boundaries on the extent to which college officials may regulate discourse, speech, and the articulation of conscientiously held beliefs. So long as an opinion is delivered in a civil manner that invites and respects argument to the contrary, academic freedom demands that the college protect its expression. Maintaining academic freedom requires an atmosphere of trust and mutual confidence such that dishonesty, intimidation, harassment, exploitation, and the use or threat of force are incompatible with the preservation of this freedom. Accordingly, substantiated charges of sexual or other kind of discriminatory harassment must be sanctioned both for the reasons articulated in the college’s anti-harassment policy as well as for the protection of academic freedom itself.

Anti-harassment policies are not intended to limit the free exchange of opinions or the vigorous debate over ideas, except when harassment and intimidation preclude the very possibility for maintaining an atmosphere of academic freedom. All members of the college are entitled to use speech to convey disagreement, agreement, inquiry, or commentary in keeping with the principles underlying constitutionally protected free expression. In particular, speech that is related to or uttered in connection with academic affairs or the expression of non-anonymous opinions in classrooms, open forums, papers, newspapers, or pamphlets will not constitute discriminatory harassment unless it is so severe or pervasive as to interfere unreasonably with an individual’s work or academic performance or unreasonably create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

Information Technology Policies

Information technology policies and guidelines have been designed with existing laws and other policies as well as the following guiding principles in mind:

  • Primary vs. Secondary use: Information technology resources are provided primarily to support and enhance the educational and scholarly mission of Linfield College. Linfield College encourages the use of information technology resources for this primary activity and supports such activity to the extent resources permit. Other activities are considered to be secondary. As such, they are not necessarily prohibited or even discouraged. However, should such secondary activities in any way interfere with primary activities, they may be terminated immediately whether or not such activities are explicitly detailed in the information technology policy statements.
  • Individual rights: Linfield respects and promotes individual rights to privacy, equitable and fair access to resources; intellectual, real property, and civil rights. Activities which threaten these rights are discouraged and/or prohibited and may be terminated immediately whether or not such activities are explicitly detailed in the information technology policy statements.
  • Impediments to community use: Activities that are detrimental to community access to information technology are prohibited.

Such activities may be terminated immediately whether or not such activities are explicitly detailed in the information technology policy statements.

Procedure:

If you suspect violations of this policy, contact the Chief  Technology Officer or any other member of the ITS Staff.

Violations of this policy will ordinarily result in an educational process and a warning. Serious or repeated violations may result in denial of access to College owned information technology, which normally means disabling userid access to campus servers and will be reported to the appropriate dean or vice president.

For the full set of ITS Policies please visit the ITS policy web site.

Changes in Policies and Regulations

Changes in any college policies are made through participation in the organized channels of the College, e.g., the ASLC, the faculty, and the Board of Trustees. If you have a concern, suggestion, or complaint about something at Linfield, speak out! Some avenues for the expression of these issues are already established.

If your concern pertains to academics, and you are unable to discuss the matter with your professor, discuss the matter with the department chairperson. If the department chairperson happens to be the professor involved or doesn’t handle the situation to your satisfaction, consult the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Melrose 201.

If you have a complaint about an administrative department, contact the head of that department and the appropriate vice president of that division, or contact the Dean of Students for assistance.

Student Conduct Process

Philosophy

The entire concept of discipline in an educational institution is meaningful only when it is relevant to the generic purposes and functions of that institution. As an institution of higher learning, Linfield engages in conduct actions and processes which are vital to its basic concerns and for what it is designed.

In the broadest sense, Linfield exists to create a special environment for learning and pursuits of knowledge. It is an instrument for the development of the intellectual resources of its constituents. The College may be both a quiet sanctuary for contemplation and research and a forum for free discussion of contemporary issues. It is a place where the human spirit may be propelled toward a new discovery and deeper knowledge. Students, faculty members, administrators, staff, trustees, and alumni all share in the obligation to protect the integrity and promote the continuous growth of the College. All who benefit from it are indebted to it; differences lie only in the frequency and intimacy of contact with it.

The relationship of the College with the student, therefore, is in the essential nature of a contract involving a set of rights and obligations, reflecting both the purposes of the College and those of the students in attendance. Such a contract commits the College to insure maximum availability to each student of its specific educational and  environmental resources. It does not imply that the College provide services or exercise authority regarding matters unrelated to college functions. Such a contract also commits the student to full and meaningful participation in the endeavors in education and has a basic obligation not to commit or tolerate any impingement on the rights of others.

The College, therefore, exercises its authority over students in terms of the mutual interests of both parties and in terms of their contract with each other.

Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the College.

Students, like all members of the College – trustees, faculty, administration, and staff members – assume the responsibility to conduct themselves in compliance with the objectives and standards of conduct established by the College. These standards apply both on and off campus.

By enrolling in the College, students accept the responsibility to become fully acquainted with the College’s policies and student code of conduct and to comply with the College’s authority. The College expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the institution; to respect the rights, privileges, and property of others; and to observe national, state, and local laws and College policies.

The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at Linfield, either full-time or part-time. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Conduct Code, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with Linfield or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students” as are persons who are living in Linfield College Housing, although not enrolled in Linfield.

Examples of misconduct which renders a member of the College liable for discipline, up to and including separation, may fall into the following categories:

  1. Dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, and facilitating academic dishonesty (see Academic Integrity).
  2. Forgery or the alteration and/or unauthorized use of College documents, records, or forms. Knowingly providing false information to College officials or officers of instruction or administration.
  3. Unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of College keys or identification cards. Facilitating such use.
  4. Intentional disruption, obstruction, or interference with the process of instruction, research, administration, student discipline, or any other service or activity provided or sponsored by the College.
  5. Damage, destruction, theft or unauthorized use of personal property located on the College campus or property owned or controlled by the College.
  6. Unauthorized entry into or use of College property, including facilities, residence halls, equipment, or resources (including, for example, library materials).
  7. Unauthorized entry into College-related living units that disrupts sleep or study or that damages the physical facilities in those units.
  8. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the college or property of a member of the College community or other personal or public property.
  9. Uncivil, disrespectful, or intolerant behavior based on race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, or physical handicap or other disabling condition.
  10. Physical abuse, verbal abuse or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  11. Threats, intimidation, harassment, stalking, bullying, coercion or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, personal property or academic success of any person.
  12. Disorderly conduct (including that resulting from drunkenness), unreasonable noise or behavior that results in unreasonable annoyance.
  13. Lewd or indecent behaviors include, but are not limited to the following: profanity, indecent exposure, lewd or obscene expressions, disrespectful statements toward College personnel, public urination, etc.
  14. Violation of the college’s Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy.
  15. Hazing or initiation rites involving physical abuse or mental anguish.
  16. Illegal activities involving controlled substances.
  17. Violation of the College policy on alcohol and other drugs.
  18. Possession, use or threatened use of firearms, ammunition, explosives (including fireworks), dangerous chemicals, or any other objects used as weapons on College property or at College-sponsored or supervised activities.
  19. Tampering with fire-fighting equipment or alarms, turning in a false alarm or engaging in other behavior that constitutes a significant fire hazard.
  20. Failure to comply with the direction of College or public officials acting in the performance of their duties.
  21. Conduct which adversely affects the member’s suitability as a member of the College community or which interferes with the rights and privileges of another member of the College community.
  22. Failure to comply with rules, regulations, or standards or conduct approved by the College, provided they have been published, distributed, or posted in such a manner as to furnish adequate notice to students.
  23. The commission of any act which is a crime under the laws of the state of Oregon or of the United States which results in a criminal charge and conviction in any competent jurisdiction.
  24. Failure to comply with the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the code of students conduct.
  25. Contempt of adjudicative proceedings, including impairing or interrupting the due course of proceedings of college conduct bodies.

Initiating a Case

Any member of the College community may refer a case to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Such referral must be made in writing, and identify if possible the person or persons involved in the incident, and witnesses, if any.

Cases sent to the Peer Conduct Board may be adjudicated there or be sent by the Peer Conduct Board to the College Conduct Board. The College Conduct Board may refuse to hear a case referred to it if it deems that case to be the proper business of the Peer Conduct Board, and may refer that case to the Peer Conduct Board.

Procedures

Any student accused of violating a regulation shall appear before one or more duly constituted conduct persons (the Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students or a college conduct officer) or boards. However, the College reserves the right to respond immediately in situations in which the College or its representatives believe that because of a student’s behavior, there exists a threat of imminent danger to the student or others, significant disruption of the ability of other students to study or sleep, or significant damage to College property. Such response may include a temporary removal of the student from his or her living situation on campus or from the campus as a whole. Return to campus will be based on a decision by the Dean of Students that the student is able to function safely as a member of the academic community.

Otherwise, hearings shall adhere to the basic fundamentals of fairness as stated below:

  1. The student shall be notified in person or via campus e-mail by an appropriate official of the College that he/she is accused of violating a regulation.
  2. The student shall be notified that he/she may elect one of three courses of action: (a) The student may admit the alleged violation and request, that the Dean of Students or other appropriate college official take whatever action seems appropriate; (b) The student may admit the alleged violation, and request a hearing before the appropriate conduct board; (c) The student may deny the alleged violation, in which case a hearing will be held by the appropriate conduct board.
  3. The student shall be entitled to an expeditious hearing of the case.
  4. The hearing shall be of an informal nature and need not adhere to formal rules of procedure or technical rules of evidence followed by courts of law.
  5. Following due notification of the hearing the student shall be entitled to the following: (a) Notification of the time and place of the hearing; (b) Statement of the charges of sufficient specificity to enable the student to prepare his/her defense; (c)  A copy of the procedures as outlined here.
  6. The student shall be entitled to appear in person and to present his/her defense to the conduct board, and may call witnesses in his/her behalf. The student may also elect not to appear before the conduct board if they have notified the appropriate board. Should he/she elect not to appear, the hearing shall be held in his/her absence.
  7. The student shall be entitled to assistance from any member of the College community: faculty, staff, or student. If a lawyer is to be consulted, such a person may give any advice she/he believes pertinent, but she/he may not enter into the proceeding of the conduct board or attend the hearing.
  8. The student shall be entitled to ask questions of the conduct board or any witness, subject to any other policies.
  9. The student shall be entitled to refuse to answer questions.
  10. A record of the College Conduct Board hearings shall be made; a summary of Peer Conduct Board hearing shall be made.
  11. The student and all other non-members of the conduct board shall be excused when the council deliberates on its decision. That decision will be presented in writing to the Dean of Students, who will in turn notify the student of the conduct decision. Decisions made by the Peer Conduct Board will be sent to students via e-mail.

Appeals

Peer Conduct Board

Any student having had a hearing before the Peer Conduct Board may appeal the decision to the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office at conduct@linfield.edu. Such an appeal must be lodged within seven days of notification of the original decision. The written appeal should present specific information as to the reason for the appeal.

Appeals maybe submitted under two conditions.

  1. The conduct procedures outlined in the Student Handbook were not followed during the student’s original hearing, or
  2. New and significant evidence is available which was unknown and could not have been known at the time of the hearing.

The severity of sanction is not considered a legitimate ground for an appeal. Only one appeal is allowed per student involved.

The Student Conduct and Community Standards Office will review the written appeal and other pertinent information and will notify the student in writing of the office’s decision.

College Conduct Board

Any student having had a hearing before the College Conduct Board may appeal the decision to the Dean of Students. Such an appeal must be lodged within seven days of notification of the original decision. The written appeal should present specific information as to the reason for the appeal. Appeals maybe submitted under two conditions.

  1. The conduct procedures outlined in the Student Handbook were not followed during the student’s original hearing, or
  2. New and significant evidence is available which was unknown and could not have been known at the time of the hearing.

The severity of sanction is not considered a legitimate ground for an appeal. Only one appeal is allowed per student involved.

The Dean of Students will review the written appeal and other pertinent information and will notify the student in writing of the Dean’s decision.

Conduct Officer

Any student having had a hearing before a college conduct officer may appeal the decision to the Dean of Students. Such an appeal must be lodged within seven days of notification of the original decision. The written appeal should present specific information as to the reason for the appeal. Appeals maybe submitted under two conditions.

  1. The conduct procedures outlined in the Student Handbook were not followed during the student’s original hearing, or
  2. New and significant evidence is available which was unknown and could not have been known at the time of the hearing.

The severity of sanction is not considered a legitimate ground for an appeal. Only one appeal is allowed per student involved.

The Dean of Students will review the written appeal and other pertinent information and will notify the student in writing of the Dean’s decision.

Conduct of the College Conduct Board Hearing

In order to provide equity and efficiency in the administration of conduct procedures, the following guidelines for the operation of the Council have been created. These guidelines should be interpreted in the light of the philosophy and procedures stated above.

The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the following general format:

  1. The chair of the College Conduct Board shall inform the student of the procedure to be followed at the hearing.
  2. The chair shall then read the charges against the student and shall ask the student if he/she understands the charges and whether or not he/she concurs with them. If the student concurs, the Council shall then consider the charges as accurate and hear any information which the student may present in mitigation or explanation.
  3. If the student does not concur, the Board shall then hear the evidence in support of the charges. After presentation of the evidence in support of the charges the student shall have the opportunity to: (a) present evidence in refutation of any or all the charges; (b) present any other relevant information; (c) question witnesses testifying in support of the charges.
  4. The student may ask questions of the Conduct Board members. Members may ask questions of the student charged as well as of any witness testifying at the hearing.
  5. The student and all other non-members of the council will be excused, except the Dean of Students who is to be consulted concerning penalty.
  6. The Board will deliberate and formulate its findings and recommendations based on a preponderance of the evidence standard.

Post Hearing

The findings and recommendations of the Board will be presented in writing to the Dean of Students within 48 hours. Students are obligated to pick up results of the hearing from the Dean of Students office, Melrose 110, within 48 hours of hearing. If the student does not meet this obligation, the results will be emailed to the student.

Findings and Recommendations

After hearing a case, the Board may decide as follows:

  1. Not responsible for a violation: No violation of a regulation has been proved.
  2. Responsible for a violation: A violation of a regulation has been proved. In this case, the Council may impose a number of sanctions, individually or in a combination, including:

a. warning: an official reprimand in writing, delivered to the student and placed in the student’s file.

b. probation: a condition which stipulates that any further violations of regulations may result in a suspension. Length of probation will be specified.

c. probation with terms: a condition which adds to regular probation stipulations that may deny the student certain privileges or requires certain action of him/her.

d. restitution or reimbursement: for damages or misappropriation of property.

e. fines: monetary penalties billed to the student’s account or otherwise specified.

f. assigned work: educational exercises or physical labor.

g. recommendation for suspension: separation from the College for a definite or indefinite period of time.

h. recommendation for expulsion: permanent separation from the College.

i. other action that may seem appropriate for any given case.

Sanctions against groups include those listed above in a-f, i, and also deactivation: loss of all privileges, including college recognition, either temporarily or permanently.

Responsibilities of the Chair

The chairperson of the College Conduct Board has the following responsibilities:

  1. To decide all procedural matters during the hearing in accordance with established written guidelines and normal due process.
  2. To control the conduct of the hearing with authority to exclude any person who refuses to comply with the rules or determinations of the chairperson.
  3. To prepare or cause to be prepared in writing the findings and recommendations of the Board, and to deliver them to the Dean of Students within 48 hours of the hearing.

Confidentiality

Except as specifically authorized under applicable law, both the content and the outcome of a hearing shall be considered confidential and no member of the Board shall discuss a student’s role in an incident except with other members of the Board.

The right of the College community to knowledge of the work of the Board shall be met through the releases of summary outcomes of cases which do not mention the names of individuals.

In certain cases, the public nature of the violation of regulations or the student’s own public admission of responsibility may bring attention to a case, but this does not alter the confidentiality of the conduct proceedings.

Presidential Prerogative

As the final administrative authority for the College, the President has and must have the authority to act without consultation with any other person or conduct board. The President has the authority to suspend or expel any student who is acting in a manner which the President feels is contrary to – and of a dangerous character to – the College as an institution, or to persons belonging to, or associated with, the College Community.

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