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Every student is responsible to the College for his or her actions. In cases where a studentís actions violate college policy, the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will administer student discipline. Students are subject to such reasonable disciplinary action as considered appropriate. Disciplinary action may include a verbal warning, probation, dismissal from college housing, enforced withdrawal, suspension, or expulsion from the College. When flagrant violations of policy cause major disruption, tension, or danger to the order, safety, or well-being of the institution or other persons, students may be suspended immediately pending formal investigation and hearing to determine final action. Any student who is suspended will forfeit any refunds or deposits.
The steps involved in the Disciplinary Procedure are as follows:
1. The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will advise the student of the charges verbally and/or in writing. Information supporting the charges may be verbal or written and the student will be advised of the information.
2. The student may present information in his or her defense and request witnesses are heard in his or her behalf concerning the charges.
3. The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will take appropriate disciplinary action, if required. A disciplinary report will be completed and filed as deemed appropriate.
4. The student has the right to appeal decisions resulting in suspension or expulsion to the Disciplinary Committee.† The committee is comprised of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designate , two to three faculty members, one to two staff members and the president of the Student Senate or his/her designee. The committee members may be changed prior to the hearing if membership on the committee presents a conflict of interest with the involved student(s). The student must file a written request for a hearing within 24 hours to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee.
5. †The Vice President for Academic Affairs will review the appeal and determine whether there is sufficient reason for a hearing.
6. If there is sufficient reason, the committee will be convened as soon as administratively possible.
7. The student will be notified by the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the date, location and time set for the hearing.
8. The student must provide the names of any witnesses who will appear on his or her behalf at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Neither the student nor the institution is allowed to have an attorney present during the proceeding. No electronic recording or participation is permitted.
9. During the hearing, the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will present charges and supporting information. The student and the Dean may each call witnesses and cross-examine witnesses.
10. The committee will review the information and make a final determination of the action to be taken. The decision of the committee will be verbally presented to the student with a written decision available within two weeks of the hearing.
11. If there is a question concerning due process, the student has the right to a request a hearing from the President of the college. The student must file a written request for review within 24 hours to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
12. The President will review the case only as it regards a determination of due process and will provide a decision in writing to the student.
13. The student has the right to appeal the case to the Board of Regents by providing a written request to the President.
14. The Board of Regents will review the case only in regard to due process.
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