Butler County Community College is committed to providing equal opportunity in admissions and treatment of students, in educational programs for students, in employment opportunities and in governance of the College, without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, or sex.
The College shall take affirmative action to ensure (1) that it does not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment or another person because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age or sex; (2) that it does not subject students to unlawful discrimination in the admission process, take any action, direct or indirect, to segregate students in a classroom or course, or subject students to different or separate treatment in, nor restrict the enjoyment by a student of, a service, facility, activity or program at the College on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age or sex; and (3) that it does not discriminate in the employment of administrators on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age or sex and that its governance structure includes diverse membership broadly representative of the public interest as may be required by law or regulation.
The College is committed to be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P. S. §§ 951-962.2) and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (24 P.S. § § 5001-5009). Employment and educational opportunities at Butler County Community College are available to all as required by Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Pennsylvania's Fair Educational Opportunities Act, and all applicable regulations.
For information regarding equal education and employment opportunity including services, activities and facilities that are usable and accessible to disabled persons, contact the Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, Butler County Community College by telephone at (724) 287-8711, Ext. 353, or in writing at P. O. Box 1203, Butler, PA 16003-1203. If a student, employee, or applicant is physically or mentally disabled, he/she may request special services and accommodations. Information on the College's services for disabled students may be obtained from the Academic Center for Enrichment at Ext. 327. Employees or applicants should contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 353 for more information.
The Board of Trustees of Butler County Community College shall not tolerate any behavior by an employee or student that constitutes sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
The College is committed to maintaining an academic environment in which its members can freely work together, both in and out of the classroom. The College cannot thrive unless each member is accepted as an autonomous individual and is treated civilly, without regard to his or her sex or, for that matter, any other factor irrelevant to participation in the life of the College. Every member of the College community must recognize that sexual harassment compromises the integrity of the College, its tradition of intellectual freedom, and the trust placed in its members. It is the intention of the College to take all necessary actions to prevent, correct, and, where indicated, discipline sexual harassment. Sexual harassment by any member of the College community is prohibited. This prohibition includes peer harassment among students, staff, or faculty. Sexual harassment by a faculty member, of a student over whom he or she has authority, or by supervisors of a staff member is particularly serious. Such conduct may easily create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Sexual harassment can take many forms. Some of these are overt and unambiguous, while others may be more subtle and indirect. Direct forms of sexual harassment include sexual assault and sexual advances accompanied by an offer of reward or threats of reprisal. Such behavior constitutes serious misconduct, and a single incident establishes grounds for complaint. Other forms of sexual harassment include sexual advances, physical or verbal, that are repeated and unwanted. Romantic relationships that might be appropriate in other contexts may, within a College, create the appearance of an abuse of power or of undue advantage. Even when both parties have consented at the outset to a romantic involvement, such consent does not preclude a subsequent charge of sexual harassment against the instructor or supervisor. Because of its relevance to sexual harassment, the College views consensual relations in cases where one person has educational or supervisory authority over another, as unwise and inappropriate.
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's employment or academic success.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.
- Consensual Relations between Faculty and Students
Because those who teach are entrusted with guiding students, judging their work, giving grades for papers and courses, and recommending students to colleagues, instructors are in a delicate relationship of trust and power. This relationship must not be jeopardized by possible doubt of intent, fairness of professional judgment, or the appearance to other students of favoritism. One of the unstated tenets of our policy and our commitment to a climate free from sexual harassment has been the view that it is unwise and inappropriate for faculty who have romantic relations with students to teach such students in a class, supervise them, or recommend them for awards, or employment. Prudence and the best interest of the students dictate that in such circumstances of romantic involvement, the students should be aided to find other instructional or supervisory arrangements. Faculty should keep in mind that initial consent to a romantic relationship does not preclude a charge of sexual harassment in the future.
- Procedures for the Resolution of Complaints.
The College's procedures for handling incidents of sexual harassment place a strong emphasis on resolving complaints informally. The procedures include advising and mediation. It is important to note that the procedures do not preempt other formal or informal channels available within the College. Any person who believes that his or her educational or work experience is compromised by sexual harassment should feel free to discuss the problem with a faculty member, dean, or supervisor and, if desired, to request that faculty member, dean, or supervisor to speak informally to the person complained about. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the individual prefers, he or she may make use of any or all of the following avenues for resolution. No one at the College may reprimand or discriminate against an individual for having initiated an inquiry or complaint in good faith.
An individual who feels he or she has been sexually harassed may bring the matter to the Personnel Office whose role is to discuss with the complainant how to proceed. The advising is intended to provide a forum for free and open discussion. Consequently, no record will be kept of the advising conversation other than an incident report that will not contain the names of either the complainant or the accused and that will be used only to keep a yearly record of the number of different types of reported incidents. Every attempt will be made to protect the privacy of the individuals involved in a conversation about sexual harassment.
When a complaint is brought to the Personnel Office, the complainant may ask for a mediated resolution between him or herself and the accused. The goal of the mediation procedure is to provide a forum where the complainant and the accused can, with the aid of a third party, come to a mutually agreed-upon resolution. Consequently, mediation will occur only if both the complainant and the accused are willing to participate in the process. The Personnel Office will appoint a third party to act as a mediator.
- Formal Hearing
Any person who wishes to discuss a possible complaint of sexual harassment should feel free to use the informal advising and mediation avenues described above. But either the complainant or the accused may at any time ask that the matter under discussion be handled formally rather than informally. The appropriate procedure for a formal complaint depends on who is being accused of harassment. When the person accused of harassment is a student, a formal complaint should be addressed within the procedures for student discipline described in the Student Handbook. When the person accused of harassment is an employee of the College, the Personnel Office will guide a complainant through the appropriate formal review process.
If a resolution is not possible through informal means, the complainant may proceed to the formal step by filing a formal written complaint with the Personnel Office within sixty (60) days of the alleged incident. Within fifteen (15) days of receipt of the formal complaint, the Personnel Office will conduct an investigation of all allegations which includes, but is not limited to meeting with the alleged offender to hear a response to the allegations, interviewing witnesses and examining evidence. A written report regarding the outcome of the investigation will be provided to the President. Within five (5) days of receipt of the findings of the investigation: The Personnel Office will meet with the complainant to discuss the findings. The President will review the report and officially notify the complainant, in writing, regarding the outcome of the investigation and any corrective action that is necessary. The complainant has the right to be represented by legal counsel at any point during the initiation, filing or processing of the complaint.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of drugs and alcohol is prohibited at any workplace, course site, or campus activity under the authority of the Butler County Community College Board of Trustees. Any employee or student violating the policy will be referred to a rehabilitation program, and/or disciplined, in an appropriate manner, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion. Discipline, when appropriate, shall be taken under the relevant provisions of collective bargaining agreements. Employees and students must notify the institution within five (5) days if convicted of a drug-related offense.
The Butler County Community College Policy for a Drug-Free Campus is as follows:
- The consumption, possession, or sale of any alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs on the College campus or any campus site is prohibited.
- Appearing on campus or at an off-campus event under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs is prohibited.
- Academic content of a college-sponsored course involving the production and/or tasting of alcohol requires prior written consent of the Vice President for Student Services and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
- The consumption, possession, or sale of any alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs at college sponsored or college recognized events is not supported by the college.
- The procedures for the enforcement of the Drug-Free Campus Policy are as follows: Any college employee who is responsible for monitoring behavior at both campus and off-campus events will also be responsible for reporting policy violations to the Dean of Students. Students or other individuals witnessing policy violations will report those violations to either the college employee in charge of the event or to the Dean of Students.
- Students who violate the Drug-Free Campus Policies will:
An appeal may be made by the student according to the Appeals Process outlined in the student handbook.
- First Offense:
The student will meet with the Dean of Students to discuss the offense. The Dean of Students will then determine the appropriate course of action depending upon the severity of the offense. A report, written by the Dean of Students detailing the violation, will be signed by the student, the individual reporting the violation, and the Dean of Students. The report will be filed with the Vice President for Student Services.
- Second Offense:
The Dean of Students will notify the Vice President of Student Services, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the President of the College. The student will be expelled from school until he or she can demonstrate rehabilitation acceptable to the Dean of Students. It is the student's responsibility to seek such rehabilitation and Butler County Community College is in no way responsible for such rehabilitation.
All College facilities are considered to be "smoke-free." Smoking is prohibited inside all buildings. Any violation is subject to the appropriate disciplinary action.
Gambling, including informal bets on card games or recreational activities, is prohibited on the College campus. Any violation is subject to the appropriate disciplinary action.
Guidelines are available for the distribution of literature and for the promotion of political, social, etc. causes by means of soliciting, surveying, or otherwise encountering students at Butler County Community College. Those guidelines are intended to protect the rights of students, to maintain the aesthetic quality of the College, and to make it possible for divergent views to be expressed in an orderly manner. Copies of the guidelines can be obtained at the Student Life office located in the lower level of the Convocation Center, extension 249.
Access to information systems and networks owned or operated by Butler County Community College (BC3) imposes certain responsibilities and obligations and is granted subject to College policies, and local, state and federal laws. Acceptable use is always ethical, reflects academic honesty, shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources and protects all Information Technology (IT) Resources from any unauthorized or unintended use. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals' rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance unless covered by legal statutes. The establishment of this policy is to safeguard and protect all information systems, including academic and financial, that support the College's Mission and daily operations.
The Director of Information Technology in conjunction with the Dean of Student Development and/or the Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer is responsible for the enforcement of these guidelines. Any request for use of information systems other than those identified must receive prior written approval.
In making acceptable use of information resources users must:
- Use resources only for authorized purposes.
- Protect their user ID and system from unauthorized use. Users are responsible for all activities on their user ID or that originate from their system.
- Access only files and data that are their own, that are publicly available, or to which they have been given authorized access.
- Use only legal versions of copyrighted software in compliance with vendor license agreements.
- Be considerate in their use of shared resources. Refrain from monopolizing systems, overloading networks with excessive data, or wasting computer time, disk space, paper, manuals, or other resources.
- Use only College software unless approval is given by the Director of Information Technology to load other software.
In making acceptable use of resources you must NOT:
- Use another person's system, user I.D., password, files, or data without permission.
- Use computer programs to decode passwords or access control information.
- Attempt to circumvent or subvert system or network security measures.
- Engage in activity that might be harmful to systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, or damaging or deleting files and directories.
- Use College systems for commercial or partisan political purposes, such as using electronic mail to circulate advertising for products or for political candidates.
- Make or use illegal copies of copyrighted software, store such copies on College systems, or transmit them over College networks.
- Use mail or messaging services to harass, intimidate, or otherwise annoy another person, for example, by broadcasting unsolicited messages or sending unwanted mail.
- Waste computing resources, for example, by intentionally placing a program in an endless loop or by printing excessive amounts of paper.
- Use the College systems or networks for personal gain. For example, by selling access to his/her user ID or to College systems or networks, or by performing work for profit with College resources in a manner not authorized by the College.
- Engage in any other activity that does not comply with the general principles presented above.
- Use computer lab facilities at the College unless enrolled as a current student, employed by the College, or granted permission.
- Internet Guidelines:
Access to the Internet from Butler County Community College is a privilege not a right, and abusers may lose their Internet privileges. Users must adhere to the following guidelines in addition to the ones listed above:
- Students and employees may access the Internet from designated areas on campus during open lab hours. Class activities take priority over open lab time.
Access to the Internet should be used for purposes relative to classroom and work assignments and not for recreational purposes.
- Access to the Internet may not be used for unethical, illegal, or criminal activities.
- Access time may be limited due to the number of people online and equipment availability.
- Downloading files from the Internet to the hard drives of lab PC's is prohibited.
- Students/employees have no reasonable expectations of privacy when using BC3 information systems and networks.
- General Computer Usage
BC3 information systems and networks support the College's Mission, a student-centered learning environment, and provide resources and effective communication for students and employees. The information systems and networks provided must be reliable and secure. Students/employees have no reasonable expectations of privacy when using BC3 information systems and networks.
- Email Guidelines
Users must be aware of what is acceptable and unacceptable use of the email system at BC3 and any hosting email services. All messages distributed via the BC3 email system are the property of BC3. Electronic communication is instantaneous and permanent. Users should be cognizant of the fact that electronic communication may be forwarded, altered, shared on electronic bulletin boards and/or stored on network systems.
Employees and students are expected to use email with good judgment and to be aware that email messages are not confidential and privacy cannot be guaranteed. Students/employees have no reasonable expectations of privacy when using BC3 information systems and networks. If there is evidence that a user is not adhering to these guidelines, BC3 reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, permanent student dismissal, and/or legal action.
It is strictly prohibited to:
- send or forward emails that are unnecessary, repetitive, or contain libelous, defamatory, hurtful, offensive, racist or obscene remarks.
- send or forward emails intended to harass, intimidate, or otherwise annoy another person.
- forward a message or copy a message or attachment belonging to another user without acquiring permission from the originator first. Be aware that copyright laws apply to all material. For example, it is inappropriate to copy any material owned by others from any source (e.g., cartoons, photographs, articles, poems, graphics scanned from a magazine, etc.) without permission of the owner. Users should assume that all materials are copyrighted unless a disclaimer or waiver is explicitly provided (This is particularly true on the World Wide Web; to include information from some other source on a Web page, link to it, don't copy it. In some cases, even this action may violate copyright of licensing agreements by enabling illegal redistribution of programs or data. If a user is unsure, ask the owner).
- send unsolicited email messages or chain mail.
- forge or attempt to forge email messages, or disguise or attempt to disguise his/her identity when sending mail.
- use the BC3 email system for anything other than legitimate business or classroom purposes.
- College use of email - Email is an official means for communications within BC3. Therefore, the College has the right to send communications to students via email and the right to expect that those communications will be received and read in a timely fashion.
- Assignment of email addresses - Information Technology assigns all employees and students an official BC3 email address. It is to this official address that the College will send email communications; this official address will be the address listed in the College's Directory for that employee or student.
The College considers any violation of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense.
- Individuals or groups who act in a manner contrary to existing policy and accepted standards for computer use are subject to the sanctions and disciplinary measures normally applied to misconduct or lawbreaking. Any violations of the acceptable use of information systems must be reported to the Director of Information Technology. A copy of the Violation Report Form appears in Appendix Y.
- The Director of Information Technology and/or his/her designee will work in conjunction with the Dean of Student Development and/or Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer and investigate the allegations and may disallow network connections by certain computers (even departmental and personal ones); require adequate identification of computers and users on the network; undertake audits of software or information on shared systems where policy violations are possible; take steps to secure compromised computers that are connected to the network; or deny access to computers, the network, and institutional software and databases. The College reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information resident on College systems allegedly related to the unacceptable use. Users are expected to cooperate with investigations either of technical problems or of possible unauthorized or irresponsible use as defined in these guidelines; failure to do so may be grounds for suspension or termination of access privileges.
- A matter involving students will be referred to the Dean of Student Development. A student who violates any of these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent dismissal and possible legal action.
- A matter involving employees will be referred to the Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer. An employee who violates any of these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and possible legal action.
The College will not be responsible for the loss or corruption of user data files of any kind. Use of information systems, networks, and facilities at the Butler County Community College shall constitute a full, final, and irrevocable release of Butler County Community College and its agents and employees from any suit, claim, or cause of action arising by virtue of the use of the College's information systems, networks, and facilities, including but not limited to, loss of data or damage to any computer outside of the College due to a computer virus. The user agrees to indemnify and hold the College harmless from any suit, claim, or cause of action arising from the user's abuse or misuse of the information systems, networks, and facilities of the College. It is the user's responsibility to backup data at regular intervals and provide computer virus protection for their home and/or office computer.
*Portions of the above Acceptable User Guidelines document were used with the permission of Virginia Tech.
[http://www.va.edu/policies/acceptuseguide.htm1] (16 Oct. 1996).
Regulations have been adopted to provide for the enforcement of an orderly traffic control and parking system for the College. A complete copy of the college's Traffic and Parking Code will be provided at the campus police office.
All persons desiring to park a vehicle on the Butler County Community College Campus must register for a parking permit. Parking permits will be issued by the Campus Police Office located in the lower level of the Student Success Center.
Each student is required to register his or her vehicle, including motorcycle or mopeds, once each academic year. A student who registers his or her vehicle at the beginning of the Fall Semester will receive a registration which is valid for the entire academic year. A student who registers a vehicle in the Spring Semester will have a valid registration for the Spring Semester only.
If a permit is lost or stolen, it should be reported to the campus police immediately. A fee of $20.00 will be charged to replace the permit, this fee is nonrefundable.
Any person violating the Traffic or Parking Code of the Butler County Community College shall be subject to a fine and/or towing or booting of the vehicle at the owner's expense and any other provisions provided by any sections of this Code. The fine amount for parking in a handicapped space is $50.00, payable within five (5) business days.
The first offense for parking in a reserved space will be $10 with a $10 increase per subsequent violation, payable within five (5) business days. Tickets not paid within said time period shall be prosecuted through the Office of the District Justice and all violators shall be responsible for all costs of prosecution.
Parking tickets can be appealed through the Parking Review Board. In order to appeal a parking ticket an appeal form must be completed and turned in to the Campus Police Department, within five (5) business of receiving the ticket. The appeal forms are available at the Campus Police Department, which is located in the Physical Plant Services Building, upper level.
For more information on the appeal process, and other traffic and parking regulations, please refer to the Traffic and Parking Code, which is available at the Campus Police Department.
Butler County Community College is committed to the advancement of learning and to the development of responsible individuals. Each student is considered to be a responsible person and is expected to uphold appropriate standards of behavior. The College has an interest for student conduct on-campus and at off-campus functions sponsored by the College. Students who demonstrate the inability to conform to acceptable conduct may lose the right to enjoy the educational, social, and recreational opportunities of the College.
Criminal violations which occur on campus or at college sponsored events may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. A student may be subject to the sanctions of the Student Code of Conduct in addition to being subject to possible action in criminal or civil court or both.
A student engaging in the following types of conduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions. The listing is intended to give students notice of the types of conduct which may result in sanctions. It is not meant to be all–inclusive.
Improper Conduct Any student found to have committed the following types of misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions:
- Disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including its public service functions, on or off campus.
- Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the safety of any person.
- Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the College or property of a member of the college community.
- Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.
- 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 those persons when requested to do so.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College premises or property and/or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises or property.
- Violation of published College policies, rules, or regulations.
- Violation of federal, state, or local law on College premises or at College sponsored or supervised activities.
- Use, possession, or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
- Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
- Use, possession, or concealment of any firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals.
- Gambling in any form. Subject to local statutes, activities such as raffles or drawings that benefit recognized campus organizations may be permitted with the approval of the Director of Student Life.
- Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding or abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by the College.
- Intentionally supplying false information to the College and/or alteration or unauthorized use of College documents or instruments of identification.
- Excessive violations of parking regulations.
Charges and Hearings Any member of the college community may file charges against a student for misconduct. Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Dean of Student Development, who is responsible for the administration of non-academic student discipline at Butler County Community College. Charges should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within two weeks. The Dean of Student Development may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved. It is expected that most issues will be resolved informally. Such disposition shall be final and there shall be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges cannot be disposed of informally, the Dean of Student Development may later serve in the same matter as the student conduct officer. All charges shall be presented to the accused student in written form. A time shall be set for a hearing, not less than five nor more than fifteen calendar days after the student has been notified. Maximum time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Dean of Student Development. The Hearing Board will have ten members comprised of four faculty members, two administrators, and four students, jointly appointed by the Vice President for Student Services and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. One alternate member of each group shall be appointed. In order for a hearing to take place, three faculty members, two students, and one administrator must be present. The Student Conduct Hearing Board will assume responsibility for its procedural operation which will include electing a chairperson and conducting hearings according to the following guidelines:
Hearings normally shall be conducted in private.
- Admission of any person to the hearing shall be at the discretion of the chairperson and/or the Dean of Student Development.
- The complainant and the accused have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. The complainant and/or the accused student are responsible for presenting his or her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in the hearing.
- The complainant, the accused, and the hearing board shall have the privilege of presenting witnesses, and shall have the opportunity to suggest questions for cross-examination.
- Pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by the hearing board at the discretion of the chairperson.
- Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in Student Code proceedings.
- There shall be a single verbatim record of the hearing, such as a tape recording. The record shall be the property of the College.
- Except in the case of a student charged with failing to obey the summons of the hearing board or College official, no student may be found to have violated the Student Code solely because the student failed to appear for the hearing. In all cases, the information in support of the charges shall be presented and considered at the hearing.
- All procedural questions are subject to the discretion of the chairperson of the Student Conduct Hearing Board.
- After the hearing, the hearing board shall meet in closed session to determine, by majority vote, whether the student has violated each section of the Student Code of Conduct that the student is charged with violating.
- The Student Conduct Hearing Board’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Code.
- Student Conduct Hearing Board decisions and recommended sanctions shall be prepared in writing as soon as is practicable and directed to the Dean of Student Development.
- The following sanctions may be imposed upon a student who is found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. The Dean of Student Development shall be responsible for
determining and imposing appropriate sanctions in all cases.
- Warning – A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated College 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 sanctions if the student is found to be violating any College regulations during the probationary period.
- Loss of privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
- 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, or other related discretionary assignments. Such assignments must have the prior approval of the Dean of Student Development.
- Suspension – Separation of the student from the College for a specified period of time, after which the student may apply to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
- Dismissal – Permanent separation of the student from the College.
- More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
- Notices of disciplinary action shall be filed in the student’s confidential disciplinary file in the Dean of Student Development Office. Upon graduation, such notices other than dismissal may be removed by application to the Dean of Student Development.
- The following sanctions may be imposed upon student groups or organizations:
- Those sanctions listed above in the Student Code.
- 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 code, the recommended sanctions shall be considered by the Dean of Student Development for final action. The Dean of Student Development is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the hearing board. The Dean of Student Development shall notify the accused student in writing as soon as possible of the Student Conduct Hearing Board’s determination and of the sanctions imposed, if any.
Interim Suspension The Dean of Student Development or a designee may impose an interim suspension prior to the hearing before the Student Conduct Hearing Board. Interim suspension may be imposed only to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community or preservation of College property, to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being, or if the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College.
During the interim suspension, students will be denied access to the College, including classes and all other activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible. In such cases, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow as soon as is practicable.
Appeals A decision reached by the Student Conduct Hearing Board or a sanction imposed by the Dean of Student Development may be appealed by accused students or complainants to the College President whose decision is final and binding. Such appeals must be made within five school days of the decision and shall be in writing and delivered to the Dean of Student Development or his or her designee. The President shall review the matter and render a decision. Except as required to explain the basis of new evidence, an appeal will be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:
- To determine whether the original hearing was conducted in conformity with prescribed procedures of the Student Code.
- To determine whether the decision reached regarding the student was based on sufficient information to establish that a violation of the Student Code occurred.
- To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Code which occurred.
- To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision, which was not brought out at the original hearing because the information was not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.
Interpretation and Revision Any question or interpretation regarding the Student Code of Conduct shall be referred to the Dean of Student Development or his or her designee. The Student Code shall be reviewed periodically as is practicable under the direction of the Dean of Student Development.
- If you notify the College of complete withdrawal during the first five (5) work days of the semester, your tuition and fees will be refunded.* In the first five (5) College work days, there will be no penalty for partial withdrawal.
- If you withdraw completely or partially from the sixth through the tenth College work days, 75 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded.
- There will be no refund after the tenth College work day.
- The application for admission fee and the application for graduation fee are non-refundable.
- Refunds for financial aid recipients must be calculated according to federal and/or state refund regulations.
- To request a Medical Withdrawal, submit a completed Medical Withdrawal form before the week of final exams. Your refund will be 50 percent for Medical Withdrawal between the eleventh class day and midterm. There will be no refund for Medical Withdrawal after midterm. All Medical Withdrawals must be submitted before the last class day of the semester.
- If you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and your military unit is called to active duty for deployment, you may request a full refund of tuition and refundable fees. You must provide a copy of your deployment orders to the Office of Records and Registration.
- If you believe that your circumstances may warrant an exception from these rules, submit a written appeal with appropriate documentation to the Office of Records and Registration during the semester in question.
* For six, eight, or ten week sessions, you must notify the College of complete withdrawal during the first three College work days of the session for a 100 percent refund. If you withdraw completely or partially from the fourth through the sixth College work days, 75 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded. There will be no refund after the sixth College work day. For three week sessions, if you withdraw completely before the second College work day, you will receive a 100 percent refund. If you completely or partially withdraw during the second College work day, 75 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded. There will be no refund after the second work day.