Section 3: Violation of Law
Alleged violations of federal, state and local laws may be investigated and addressed under the Code of Student Conduct. Proceedings under the Code of Student Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus. The College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his/her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also the subject of a proceeding before a student conduct body under the Code of Student Conduct the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Code of Student Conduct and of how such matters will be handled internally within the College community. The College will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on/off campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students, faculty and staff members, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.
The College reserves the right to exercise its authority of interim suspension upon notification that a student is facing criminal investigation and/or allegation (additional grounds for interim suspension are outlined below). Interim suspensions are imposed until a conference or hearing can be held. The student may elect to waive their right to notice granted to them in the Student Code of Conduct and request a conference and/or hearing. After each step of the way, the interim suspension status of the student will be reviewed. The conference and/or hearing may resolve the allegation, or may be held to determine if the interim suspension should be continued. The interim suspension may be continued if a danger to the community is posed and the College may be delayed or prevented from conducting its own investigation and resolving the allegation by the pendency of the criminal process. In such cases, the College will only delay until such time as it can conduct an internal investigation or obtain sufficient information independently or from law enforcement upon which to proceed.