Section 8: Student Conduct Authority

A.  Authority

Authority in non-academic affairs is under the jurisdiction of the Office of Student Conduct through the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and/or designee. The day-to-day management of the program is the responsibility of the Office of Student Conduct under the direct supervision of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and/or designee. The Director of Student Conduct (or designee) will assume responsibility for the investigation of an allegation of misconduct to determine if the allegation has merit.

In those cases involving academic dishonesty, the Dean of Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs will oversee a separate process described under the Academic Honesty Policy.

The Vice President for Student Affairs/ or designee will develop policies for the administration of the Student Conduct program and procedural rules for conducting hearings which are consistent with provisions of the Code of Student Conduct.

Decisions made by the Conduct Officer or hearing panel are final, pending the normal appeals process. (A finding will be determined and is final except in cases that involve Title IX or other discrimination allegations. In those cases, the Title IX Coordinator, will review and finalize the resolution).

B.  Gatekeeping

 No allegation will be forwarded for a hearing unless there is reasonable cause to believe a policy has been violated. Reasonable cause is defined as some credible information to support elements of the offense, even if that information is merely a credible witness or a reporting parties’ statement.  An allegation wholly unsupported by any credible information will not be forwarded.

C.  Interpretation and Revision

The Director of Student Conduct will develop procedural rules for the administration of hearings that are consistent with provisions of the Code of Student Conduct. Material deviation from these rules will, generally, only be made as necessary and will include reasonable advance notice to the parties involved, either by posting online and/or in the form of written communication. The Director of Student Conduct may vary procedures with notice upon determining that changes to law or regulation require policy or procedural alterations not reflected in this Code. The Director of Student Conduct may make minor modifications to procedure that do not materially jeopardize the fairness owed to any party. Any question of interpretation of the Code of Student Conduct will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs/or designee, whose interpretation is final. The Code of Student Conduct will be updated annually under the direction of the Director of Student Conduct.