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FAQs

Questions:

  1. Who can file charges against a student?
  2. Who serves on the Student Conduct Board?
  3. Who serves on the Appellate Board?
  4. When can a student be suspended or expelled?
  5. Can I be charged with a violation from Facebook or MySpace?
  6. Who will find out?
  7. Do the policies apply to my off-campus behavior?
  8. Can my attorney participate in the process?
  9. What is a disciplinary record?
  10. I cannot finish my sanction by the deadline, what should I do?
  11. I want to make a complaint, what do I do?
  12. I am a complainant. Do I have to participate in the hearing?
  13. Can I get a copy of my file?
  14. What happens if I do not appear for a schedule hearing?
  15. What happens if I do not complete my sanctions?
  16. What is the role of the RA or PS?
  17. Who decides if I violated a policy?
  18. How will I be notified if I have a hearing?
  19. What happens if I cannot make the hearing?

Answers:

  1. Who can file charges against a student?
    Any member of the College community may file charges against a student for violations of the Student Code.

  2. Who serves on the Student Conduct Board?
    Faculty, staff, and students.

  3. Who serves on the Appellate Board?
    Faculty, staff, and students.

  4. When can a student be suspended or expelled?
    A student can be suspended or expelled at any point during the semester.

  5. Can I be charged with a violation from Facebook or MySpace?
    Only if the information from the website supports an existing charge.

  6. Who will find out?
    College administrators reserve the right to notify and inform such other College personnel who may have a significant relationship to a student of matters arising under the Student Conduct Code. Parents are notified once a student has been found responsible for an alcohol or drug violation.

  7. Do the policies apply to my off-campus behavior?
    The College Student Code shall apply to conduct that occurs off-campus when it adversely affects the College Community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.

  8. Can my attorney participate in the process?
    No, attorneys are not permitted to be part of our process.

  9. What is a disciplinary record?
    A disciplinary record is not the same thing as a criminal record. A disciplinary record pertains to student behavior and following the policies set forth by the institution. 

  10. I cannot finish my sanction by the deadline, what should I do?
    If you cannot finish your sanction by the deadline, you should contact the Student Conduct Administrator ASAP and make an appointment.

  11. I want to make a complaint, what do I do?
    Submit a complaint through CatWatch or contact the Student Conduct Administrator.

  12. I am a complainant. Do I have to participate in the hearing?
    No, you do not have to participate, but the case may not be able to go forward in the process. Talk with the Student Conduct Administrator about your concerns.

  13. Can I get a copy of my file?
    No, you cannot get a copy of your file. However you may ask the Dean of Students’ office to view your file and they have 45 days to comply. You may take notes, but you cannot make copies.

  14. What happens if I do not appear for a schedule hearing?
    If you do not appear for a scheduled hearing, then the hearing will be conducted without you (pending that you received appropriate notification). You will also be charged with failure to appear and be given additional sanctions.

  15. What happens if I do not complete my sanctions?
    If you choose not to complete your sanctions, then you will be charged with failure to comply with your sanctions. A new hearing will be scheduled and you may face additional sanctions. 

  16. What is the role of the RA or PS?
    Members of Resident Life and Public Safety are always on duty. Their roles are to ensure the safety of campus. If a potential violation has occurred, then it will be documented at that time and given to the Student Conduct Administrator.

  17. Who decides if I violated a policy?
    The Student Conduct Administrator determines whether or not a student should be charged and what violation the student is charged with.

  18. How will I be notified if I have a hearing?
    All notification of student conduct board hearings will be issued campus email at least three weekdays prior to any proceedings. All students are responsible for checking campus email regularly.

  19. What happens if I cannot make the hearing?
    If you cannot make the schedule hearing time, contact the Student Conduct Administrator prior to the hearing to reschedule.