Inappropriate student behavior in the classroom or on campus has the potential to disrupt the teaching and learning process. In a classroom situation, the faculty member is the first person available to regain order and prevent further disruption. Guidelines are available to faculty so they can assure that the rights and safety of the faculty, students and institution are protected.
The guidelines are based upon the level of disruption, from low to high, which can include the immediate suspension of the student from the class for that day see board policy 410-Student Conduct.
For disruptions outside the classroom, the dean of student success or the department of public safety (DPS) should be notified immediately. Behavioral misconduct may be referred to DPS, who will involve other authorities, as appropriate. DPS should be called at extension 8545 immediately if:
The institutional expectation is that students will conduct themselves in a manner that is acceptable in a learning environment. Behavior that endangers or infringes on the rights and safety of others is not acceptable. It is intended that resolution should take place at the lowest possible administrative level. The faculty will consult with the respective program coordinator, department chair and division dean who will assist the faculty member and student with resolution alternatives. Documentation of the disruption will be collected from the parties involved to gather facts and to ensure that the interests and needs of all parties are considered.
The dean of student success is the primary administrator of discipline for unacceptable conduct or for conduct which involves infraction of college rules and regulations. The dean (or designee) will initiate disciplinary sanctions in accordance with these regulations. Disciplinary proceedings are not judicial trials and need not conform to the procedural formality of a trial.
The Dean of Student Success also has discretion to initiate these procedures without a written charge, complaint, or report. The Dean of Student Success (or designee) is responsible for investigating any reported allegation of behavioral misconduct by students.
The Dean of Student Success (or designee) must notify the student accused of the alleged infraction. Any written correspondence between the Dean of Student Success (or designee) and the student that is not hand-delivered to the student will be sent certified mail. Failure of the student to have his/her current address on record with the College will not invalidate any notice or correspondence sent to that address. The Dean of Student Success (or designee) will conduct an investigation to determine if the charge/complaint has merit and whether it can be resolved by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Dean of Student Success.
Following a report of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, the Title IX Coordinator will designate an individual(s) to conduct an investigation. As part of the investigation, as appropriate, the investigator(s) will meet with the reporting party, meet with the responding party, conduct additional interviews with fact witnesses, and gather relevant documentation. All investigations will be thorough, reliable and impartial. Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator provides a written report to the Title IX Coordinator who then releases the report to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Dean of Student Success) for disciplinary action or sanction, if any. It is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Dean of Student Success) who will determine, in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator, whether there has been a policy violation and what disciplinary action(s)/sanction(s) (if any) will be imposed based on a preponderance of evidence standard. A preponderance of the evidence exists when a reasonable person, after a careful balancing of available information, would conclude that it is more likely than not that a College policy or procedure violation occurred and that the responding party is responsible for the violation, While direct mediation between the reporting party and the responding party will not be permitted in cases involving allegations of sexual violence, the Dean of Student Success may suggest alternative resolution techniques for informal resolutions, when appropriate, in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator.
If an informal resolution is not successful or not available, the Dean of Student Success (or designee) will review the allegations of misconduct to determine whether the student is responsible for violating the policy based on a preponderance of evidence standard. A preponderance of the evidence exists when a reasonable person, after a careful balancing of available information, would conclude that it is more likely than not that a violation of the student code of conduct occurred and that the responding party is responsible for the violation. If ‘responsible’, the Dean of Student Success (or designee) will impose appropriate disciplinary sanctions. As part of the investigation, the Dean of Student Success (or designee) may meet with the reporting party and the responding party, conduct additional interviews with fact witnesses, gather documentation, etc.
During the investigation/disciplinary procedures, the responding party will have the following procedural rights:
During investigation/disciplinary procedures related to complaints of sexual violence or sexual harassment, both the reporting party and the responding party will have the following procedural rights:
The reporting party and responding party will not be permitted to directly question each other.
At the conclusion of the investigation/disciplinary procedures, the Dean of Student Success (or designee) will notify the responding party and other necessary parties, in writing, of the determination of the investigation/disciplinary procedures (responsible/not responsible) and the sanction(s) imposed (when appropriate). The student will be notified by certified mail. If the student is suspended or dismissed, the student must surrender his/her student ID and parking permit to the Dean of Student Success.
If the investigation/disciplinary procedures result from a report of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment, the reporting party will be notified in writing of the determination of the investigation (responsible/not responsible), the sanction(s) imposed that directly relate to the reporting party (e.g., an order that the responding party stay away from the reporting party), and the right to appeal.
If the investigation/disciplinary procedures result from a report of sexual violence, the reporting party and the responding party will be simultaneously notified in writing of the determination of the investigation (responsible/not responsible), any sanction(s) imposed, the right to appeal, any changes to the result of investigation/disciplinary procedures, and when such results become final.
If the investigation/disciplinary procedures result from a report of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense (as defined in 34 C.F.R. § 99.39), the reporting party will be notified of the name of the responding party (if not already known by the reporting party), the determination of the investigation (responsible/not responsible), and any sanction(s) imposed. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the disclosure may be requested by the next of kin of the alleged victim.
In certain circumstances, the dean of student success may impose an interim suspension prior to the completion of the investigation. Interim suspension may be imposed:
During interim suspension, the student will be denied access to the campus (including classes) and/or all other college activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible. The student will be notified of the interim suspension by certified mail. Additionally, the interim suspension may be effective immediately by verbal notice from the Dean of Student Success (or designee) with a letter by certified mail to follow.
The dean of student success (or designee), student conduct committee or the vice president for academic and student affairs may impose any one or a combination of the following nondisciplinary or disciplinary sanctions for violation of the student code of conduct:
Students who are prohibited from attending classes or courses in which they are currently enrolled because of disciplinary sanctions may not be entitled to a refund of tuition.
Disciplinary sanctions will be made part of the student’s permanent educational record and will be housed in the student’s disciplinary file. Cases involving the imposition of sanctions will be expunged from the student’s confidential record seven years after final disposition of the case. Cases involving suspension or expulsion will be retained indefinitely.
Memorandum of Understanding
This is a written warning that the same conduct or other conduct in violation of this policy during that student’s enrollment at the college may result in additional discipline, but is not considered a disciplinary record.
This is a written warning that the same conduct or other conduct in violation of this policy during that student’s enrollment at the college may result in additional discipline.
Disciplinary probation is for a specific period of time. During this time, a student may continue to attend classes but cannot participate in student or intercollegiate activities. Any further violations may lead to suspension or expulsion from the college.
A student is required to pay repair or replacement costs for damage to property or may be required to provide specific in-kind services.
A student is required to participate in a specific educational or counseling activity(ies). The student is responsible for all expenses, including costs for education, counseling or treatment.
Exclusion From College Facilities or Activities
A student is prohibited from attending one or more classes; undertaking college employment; entering a building; participating in some or all extra-curricular activities sponsored by the college; representing the college in an official capacity; or using other services provided by the college. Exclusion will be for a definite period of time, until certain requirements placed on the student are completed, or indefinitely.
No Contact Order
A student may not have any type of contact with another individual who is part of the SCC community. This includes, but is not limited to, verbal or written communication, through the many mediums that are available. The student may not have friends or family contact the student on their behalf.
Disciplinary suspension is for a specific period of time. Suspension will include disenrollment and denial of attendance in classes, exclusion from participation in college-sponsored activities and suspension from employment with the college. The student may be readmitted upon completion of the suspension.*
A student is permanently expelled from the college after committing a serious violation or after accumulating a record of multiple violations.*
* Students who are prohibited from attending classes or courses in which they are currently enrolled because of disciplinary sanctions may not be entitled to a refund of tuition.
Students should complete campus appeals procedures prior to seeking outside remedies.
See board policy 410-Student Conduct.