A primary responsibility of the College community is to create conditions that provide beneficial educational experiences and an atmosphere of mutual respect for the rights and opinions of individuals or groups as long as such expression does not infringe upon the rights of others.
If a student is found to have been academically dishonest, an F grade will be given for that assignment, test, etc. If the same student is involved in academic dishonesty again, dismissal from the College will be recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Students who are charged with academic dishonesty shall have the charges heard and may appeal sanctions imposed, if any, according to the levels of authority and the processes outlined in the Academic Grievance procedure.
If a grievance is academic in nature, for example, complaints about instructors, courses, grades or requirements, the following steps must be taken:
- The student should make every possible effort to resolve the complaint by discussing it with the instructor or other people concerned. Most academic complaints are settled at this stage.
Complaints not settled between the student and faculty member may be taken to the appropriate Dean. The Dean may consult with the involved faculty member before giving the student an informal judgment or may advise the student on an alternate strategy to handle the matter.
- Complaints not resolved between the student and Dean may be submitted in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- The VP will conduct an appropriate investigation that may include meeting with the student and the faculty member and will respond in writing, preferably within seven days. The written response will become part of a student's record.
- The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall be final, unless, within three school days after receipt of the decision, either party files a letter with the President. The President will review the matter to ensure process and documentation and render a decision.