Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Student Handbook 
    
2023-2024 Student Handbook

Student Code of Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities



Student Code of Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities

The College makes every effort to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff. Therefore, when, in the judgment of College officials, a student’s conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the College community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the safety of the community.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarship and morality. The purpose of these standards is not to restrict student rights but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits.

These regulations apply to and encompass all properties and facilities owned or leased by Alamance Community College, including all ACC campuses and off-campus sites at which the College conducts programs, services, or events.

Procedural fairness is basic to the proper enforcement of all College policies and rules. In particular, no disciplinary sanctions shall be imposed unless the student has been informed in writing of the charges against him or her and has (1) an opportunity to know the nature and source of the evidence against him or her; (2) an opportunity to respond to all alleged violations and present evidence on his or her own behalf; and (3) an opportunity to file a petition of appeal of any disciplinary action taken against him or her.

The following regulation sets forth offenses for which disciplinary proceedings may be initiated.

Violation of one or more of the following code provisions may result in one of the sanctions described in Procedure 5.3.2.1 - Discipline and Appeal for Academic Violations and/or Procedure 5.3.2.2 - Discipline and Appeal for Non-Academic Violations

I. ACADEMIC-RELATED VIOLATIONS

  1. Plagiarism - Students shall not plagiarize. Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another’s work or ideas, presenting as original or new an idea derived from another source. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to: a) paraphrasing or summarizing another’s words or works without proper acknowledgement; b) using direct quotes of material without proper acknowledgment; or c) purchasing or using a paper or presentation written or produced by another person. If a student is uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism, he or she should talk to the class instructor.
  2. Cheating - Students shall not use notes or other material on an exam or class work without permission from the class instructor and shall not receive information from another student during an exam or obtain a copy of an exam or questions from an exam prior to taking the exam. Students shall not submit someone else’s work as their own or have someone take their exam and submit it as their own.
  3. Aiding Acts of Academic Dishonesty - Students shall not provide information to another student when they know, or reasonably should have known, that the student intends to use the information for cheating or other deceptive purposes.

II. NON-ACADEMIC-RELATED VIOLATIONS

  1. Theft and Property Damage -Students shall not steal, damage, or misuse College property or another individual’s property. Students who are caught stealing or damaging said property may be required to make restitution and may be eligible for civil or criminal prosecution as well as College discipline. Misuse is defined as any use that is inconsistent with the prescribed, customary authorized or intended use. Misuse includes damage, theft, unauthorized occupation or access, seizure, intentional breaking or destruction. It also includes tampering with safety or security equipment, motor vehicles, instructional equipment or technology, or providing false alarm or communicating a threat.
  2. Trespass to Property - Students shall not trespass. Students are trespassing if in an unauthorized area of the College campus, present on the College campus after closing hours (without permission), or remaining on the College campus after having been directed to leave by a College official.
  3. Drugs and Alcohol - Students shall not unlawfully possess, use, be under the influence of, manufacture, dispense, sell, or distribute alcohol, illegal, or unauthorized controlled substances or impairing substances at any College location. For more specific information, see Policy 5.3.7 - Students - Alcohol and Drugs on Campus. In addition, students may not use tobacco of any form or e-cigarettes on campus or at any College-affiliated activities or events.
  4. Lewd and Indecent Behavior - Students shall not engage in lewd or indecent behavior, including public physical or verbal action or distribution of obscene material based on reasonable community standards, profanity, obscenity, or lack of appropriate dress for the occasion. The conduct must be objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that the conduct constitutes lewd and/or indecent behavior.
  5. Mental/Physical Abuse - Students shall not mentally or physically abuse any person on the College premises or at a College-supervised function, including oral, written, online or physical actions which harass, threaten, intimidate, coerce, bully, libel, slander, or endanger the health or safety of any such persons. Hazing is a form of mental and/or physical abuse.
  6. Assault - Students shall not assault or threaten to assault another person for any reason whatsoever. Assault includes a demonstration of force, unlawful physical touching, or striking.
  7. Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence - Students shall not engage in sexual harassment and/or sexual violence. For more specific information and definitions of prohibited activities, consult Policy 5.3.5 - Sexual Misconduct.
  8. Unlawful Discrimination. Students shall not engage in unlawful discrimination. For specific information, consult Policy 5.3.4 - Student Discrimination and Harassment.
  9. Communicating Threats - Students shall not verbally, in writing, through a third party, or by any other means threaten to physically injure another person or that person’s child, sibling, spouse, or dependent, or willfully threaten to damage the property of another.
  10. Disorderly Conduct and Disruption - Students shall not obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administration or disciplinary proceedings, or other College functions and activities, including public service functions, and other duly authorized activities on or off College premises. Students shall not occupy or seize, in any manner, College property, a College facility or any portion thereof for a use inconsistent with prescribed, customary, or authorized use. Students shall not participate in or conduct an assembly, demonstration, or gathering in a manner which threatens or causes injury to person or property; which interferes with free access to enter or leave College facilities; which is harmful, obstructive, or disruptive to the educational process or institutional functions of the College; or which infringes on the rights of others. Students shall not hold rallies, demonstrations, or any other forms of public gathering without prior approval of the College based on reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions; and shall not remain at the scene of such an assembly after being asked to leave by a representative of the College staff.
  11. Possession of Weapons - Students shall not have a weapon of any kind, including but not limited to, a knife, stun gun, or any firearm in their possession on campus or at any College-affiliated activities or events except handguns as allowed by N.C.G.S. § 14-269.4. Handguns are permitted under these circumstances: a) the person has a concealed handgun permit that is lawfully issued; b) the handgun is in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked vehicle; c) a person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided the handgun remains in the closed compartment at all times; and d) the vehicle is locked at all times. Examples of weapons include but are not limited to explosives, incendiaries, bowie knives, dirks, daggers, loaded canes, sword canes, machetes, box cutters, brass knuckles, and hazardous chemical or biological agents unrelated to College instructional activities.
  12. Tampering with Fire Alarms, Public Safety, or Notification Devices - Students shall not set off a fire alarm or use or tamper with any fire safety equipment, public notification device, call box, camera, or speaker system except with reasonable belief in the need for such alarm or equipment.
  13. Gambling - Students shall not gamble or wager for money or material on campus or at any College-affiliated activities or events. As permitted by an exception in the North Carolina General Statutes, a nonprofit organization may conduct up to two raffles per year.
  14. Traffic Violations - Students shall not violate College regulations regarding the operation and parking of motor vehicles.
  15. Providing False Information - Students shall not present to the College or its employees forged or false information as part of an investigation, inquiry, hearing, or in other matters related to College activities; neither may a student knowingly withhold information which may have an effect on their enrollment or their status with the College. Students shall not present false identification with intent to deceive. ACC prohibits representing the College, its community members, or a student organization without authorization, or representing or using the identity of an individual member of the community without express authorization of the individual.
  16. Disobedience/Insubordination - Students shall identify themselves and comply with instructions of College officials acting in performance of their duties. Students will adhere to the terms of any discipline action or directive associated with threat assessment.
  17. Financial Impropriety - Students shall not engage in financial impropriety such as failure to pay College-levied fines, failure to repay College-funded loans, misuse or failure to properly account for club or student organization funds, or pass worthless checks, drafts, or orders to College officials.
  18. Public Laws - Students shall follow federal, state, and local laws while on campus or at College-authorized events or activities. Violations of public law may lead to legal actions as well as College discipline. Violations of federal, state, or local laws occurring off campus may result in disciplinary action if the student’s continued presence on campus constitutes a threat to the safety and order of the campus.
  19. Failure to Report Criminal Activity - Students shall inform the College in writing within five (5) days after a conviction for violation of any federal, state, or local criminal drug statue or alcoholic beverage control statute where such violation occurred while on a College location. For more information, see Policy 5.3.5 - Student Alcohol and Drugs on Campus.
  20. Unauthorized Access to College Records - Students may not access, view, copy, or change official College records without expressed authority to do so.
  21. Animals on Campus - Students may not have an animal of any kind on campus. This includes animals left within a vehicle. Service animals are permitted, and any student with a service animal should report the use of a service animal to the College’s Disability Services Coordinator. For more information regarding service animals, see Policy 2.2.7 - Service Animals and Other Animals on Campus.
  22. Improper Use of the College Network/Technology - Students are prohibited from engaging in any activities prohibited under Policy 7.1 - Acceptable Use of Information Systems.
  23. Violation of Policies and Procedures - Students are expected to be familiar with the College’s policies and procedures. Students may be disciplined for failure to follow the College’s policies and procedures.
  24. Violations of Normal Classroom Behavior - Students are expected to comply with reasonable rules issued by an instructor. Students shall not cause disruption in the classroom or be disrespectful to classmates or the instructor. To be considered a violation, the conduct must be objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree that the conduct is disruptive or disrespectful not based on content or viewpoint discrimination.

June 13, 2022

Discipline and Appeal for Academic Violations Procedure

I. OVERVIEW

Deans, Department Heads, Instructors, Vice President of Workforce Development, or designated student conduct officer, or Student Conduct Appeals Panel are responsible for implementing student discipline procedures for academic dishonesty. Academic-related violations include plagiarism, cheating, and aiding acts of academic dishonesty, all of which are defined in Policy 5.3.2 - Student Code of Conduct. The College is committed to providing an excellent educational experience for all students. Academic integrity is an essential component to this level of education. The academic penalty for academic-related violations should be clearly stated by the instructor in each course syllabus and reviewed at the beginning of the first-class meeting. These procedures only apply to academic-related violations, outlined herein and defined in Policy 5.3.2. For non-academic violations, see Discipline and Appeal Procedure 5.3.2.2.

II. SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS

The following sanctions may be imposed for academic violations:

  • Oral warning
  • Letter of warning
  • Re-complete the assignment
  • Additional course work
  • Loss of credit for the assignment
  • Loss of credit for the course
  • Administrative withdrawal from the course.

III. INSTRUCTOR’S INVESTIGATION

An instructor suspecting an incident of an academic-related violation shall follow these steps to address the concern:

  1. The instructor suspecting the alleged violation shall first present concerns to the student and provide an opportunity for the student to explain or refute the concerns.
  2. The student will be allowed to comment on the evidence or to present evidence to clarify the issue in question.
  3. Based on the evidence presented and the student’s comments, the instructor shall determine whether an academic violation has occurred. This determination will result in one of the following findings:
    1. An academic-related violation did not take place and the issue is resolved.
    2. An act of academic dishonesty did occur in the instructor’s judgment.

IV. INSTRUCTOR’S DETERMINATION

The instructor will communicate his or her findings via email to the student’s official College email address within five (5) business days of the initial meeting with the student. If an email address is not available, the instructor shall send his or her written findings to the student’s mailing address on record with the College. The findings must contain, with specificity, the evidence supporting the instructor’s determination. The instructor shall also inform the student of the imposed academic sanctions. The sanction will remain in place unless modified or overturned on appeal.

V. APPEAL PROCEDURES

A student who disagrees with the instructor’s decision may appeal to the appropriate Dean if the student is enrolled in a course for credit, or the Vice President of Workforce Development if the student is enrolled in a non-credit course. This appeal must be submitted in writing within three (3) business days of receipt of the instructor’s decision and describe, with specificity, why the student believes the instructor’s findings to be in error.

The appropriate Dean or the Vice President of Workforce Development will conduct an “on the record review” examining the instructor’s written findings and student’s written appeal. The official may require the student, the instructor, and any other necessary party to provide additional documents as needed, including written statements, or provide written clarification to submitted documents. After considering the evidence presented, the appropriate Dean or the Vice President of Workforce Development will affirm, modify, or overturn the instructor’s decision. The official will inform the student via the student’s official College email address of the decision within 10 business days of the receipt of the student’s appeal. If an email address is not available, the official shall send his or her written findings to the student’s mailing address on record with the College. The Dean or Vice President of Workforce Development’s decision is final.

June 13, 2022

Discipline and Appeal For Non-Academic Violations Procedure

I. OVERVIEW

The President, Vice President of Student Success, Vice President of Workforce Development, designated student conduct officer, or Student Conduct Appeals Panel are responsible for implementing student discipline procedures for non-academic violations.

These procedures apply to non-academic violations defined in Policy 5.3.2 - Student Code of Conduct. For academic-related violations, see Procedure 5.3.2.1 - Discipline and Appeal for Academic Violations. For issues regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence, see Policy 5.3.5 - Sexual Misconduct and Title IX and for issues related to other forms of unlawful discrimination, see Policy 5.3.4 - Students - Discrimination and Harassment.

II. SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS

The following sanctions may be imposed for non-academic violations:

  1. Oral Warning. A verbal censure of a student and a warning that subsequent violations are likely to result in heavier sanctions.
  2. Letter of Warning. A written communication that gives official notice to the student that any further disciplinary offense will carry heavier penalties because of this prior infraction.
  3. Educational and Community Service Sanctions. Activities intended to improve a student’s ability to function within the range of expected conduct within the College community. Examples include but are not limited to performing a specified number of community service or college service hours, writing a reflection paper relevant to the circumstances of the violation, assignment of specified counseling, agreement to a behavioral contract, or assignment of a no- contact order.
  4. Disciplinary Probation. Disciplinary probation results in loss of good standing and becomes a matter of record. While on disciplinary probation, the student will not be eligible for initiation into any local or national organization and shall not receive any College award or other honorary recognition. The student may not occupy a position of leadership or responsibility with any College or student organization, publication, or activity. This sanction prohibits the student from officially representing the College or participating in any extracurricular activities including intramural competitions. Disciplinary probation will be in effect for not more than two (2) regular semesters including the current semester, and any intervening summer session. Any further disciplinary offenses while under disciplinary probation may result in the student’s immediate suspension.
  5. Restitution. Paying for damaging, misusing, destroying, or losing property belonging to the College, College employees, or students. Restitution may take the form of financial payment or appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for such damages.
  6. Withholding Academic Records and/ or the Right to Register. Withholding transcripts, diplomas, or the right to register or participate in graduation ceremonies is imposed when a student’s financial obligations are not met or the student has a disciplinary case pending final disposition.
  7. Interim Suspension. The exclusion from all College property and all College activities pending the resolution of a disciplinary proceeding or for conduct that poses a threat to the health or well-being of any member of the College community or to the activities and property of the College. An interim suspension may be assigned when an accused student or student group/organization does not respond timely to begin the complaint resolution process after being notified of a student conduct complaint. Interim suspension is generally limited to five (5) school days or until a student begins participation in the complaint adjudication process.
  8. Suspension. The exclusion from all College property and all College activities for a specified period of time, not generally to exceed two (2) semesters and any intervening summer session. This sanction is reserved for those offenses warranting discipline more severe than disciplinary probation. A student under suspension must receive specific written permission from the Vice President of Student Success or Vice President of Workforce Development before returning to campus. Suspension appears on the student’s academic transcript.
  9. Expulsion. Dismissal from the College for an indefinite period. The minimum length of expulsion will not be less than one (1) calendar year. The student may be readmitted to the College only with the approval of the Vice President of Student Success or Vice President of Workforce Development. Expulsion appears on the student’s academic transcript.
  10. Group Probation. Group probation is given to a College club or other organized student group for a specified period of time. If group violations are repeated during the term of probation, the charter may be revoked or activities restricted.
  11. Group Restriction. Removing College recognition during the semester in which the offense occurred, or for a longer period (usually not more than one other semester). While under restriction, the group may not seek to add members, hold events, or sponsor events in the College community or engage in other activities as specified.
  12. Group Recognition Revocation. The removal of College recognition for a group, club, society, or other organization for a minimum of two (2) years. Recognition after that time must be approved by the President.

III. IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM CAMPUS

If an act of misconduct threatens the health, safety, or well-being of any member of the academic community and/or seriously disrupts the function and good order of the College, an instructor will immediately notify Public Safety, the instructor’s department head, or any College Vice President or Dean who will meet with the student and direct the student to cease and desist such conduct and advise the student that failing to cease and desist will result in an immediate removal from campus. If the student(s) fails to cease and desist, or if the behavior is such that the student(s) needs to immediately be removed from campus, the Office of Public Safety may then immediately have the student(s) removed from campus.

The Office of Public Safety or other complainant shall notify the Vice President of Student Success or Vice President of Workforce Development in writing of the student involved and the nature of the infraction as soon as possible but no more than one (1) working day following the incident. Upon receipt of the written notice, the appropriate student conduct officer shall meet with the student as soon as possible to allow the student to present his or her side. If, in the student conduct officer’s opinion, the student behavior threatens the health, safety, and well-being of the College community, the appropriate Vice President shall place the student on interim suspension pending the outcome of the disciplinary matter. Interim suspension may be imposed (a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College; (b) to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or (c) if the student poses a direct threat of disruption or interference with the normal operations of the College.

IV. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

To provide an orderly system for handling student disciplinary cases in accordance with due process and justice, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. Incident Report
    Any College employee or student may file written charges with the Vice President of Student Success or Vice President of Workforce Development against any student or student organization for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Events, decisions, or activities (except sexual misconduct allegations) that occurred more than 120 days earlier are “stale” and are not normally subject to student conduct action. Exceptions to the time frame will be made at the discretion of the Executive Vice President.
  2. Investigation and Determination
    The appropriate Vice President shall investigate the charges and allegations. Within 10 business days after receipt of the incident report, the Vice President shall complete an investigation of the charges and shall meet with the student (or student representative(s) on behalf of a student organization), present the results of the investigation, and provide the student (or student representative(s)) with an opportunity to present his or her side. The meeting is closed to the public. After discussing the alleged infraction with the student, the Vice President may act as follows:
    1. Drop the charges;
    2. Impose a sanction; or
    3. Refer the student(s) to a College office or community agency for services.

All disciplinary actions should be progressive in nature and should take into account the totality of the situation; however, depending on the severity of the infraction, even first-time offenses could result in suspension or expulsion. All findings are based upon preponderance of the evidence.

  1. Notification and Records
    The appropriate Vice President shall provide the student with his or her written decision and instructions governing the appeal process. Such notice shall be given in person or sent to the student’s College email address or mailing address of record. Resolution of complaints should be completed within 60 days, except when there are extenuating circumstances.
    If the College suspends or expels a student for non-academic disciplinary purposes, the College shall record the suspension or expulsion in the student’s educational record. Upon receipt of a written request signed by the student and subject to all applicable privacy laws, the College shall, in accordance with the student’s request, inform other colleges and universities of the term and circumstances of the student’s non-academic disciplinary suspension or expulsion, if any.

V. DISCIPLINARY APPEAL PROCEDURE

  1. Appeal to the Student Conduct Appeals Panel An accused student who disagrees with the student conduct officer’s decision may appeal to the Student Conduct Appeals Panel (“Panel”). This request must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the College Grievance Committee within three (3) working days after receipt of the Vice President’s decision. The appeal must be based on one or more of the following grounds: (1) insufficient evidence to support the decision; (2) new evidence unavailable at the time of the original hearing; (3) procedural error serious enough to affect the outcome of the hearing; (4) excessive or inappropriate sanctions; (5) discrimination based on the appellant’s membership in a protected group. The student conduct officer shall provide the Panel a report of the nature of the alleged misconduct, the name of the complainant, the name of the student(s) against whom the charge has been filed, and the relevant facts revealed by the investigation and adjudication. The sanctions assigned in the case may be held in abeyance pending the completion of the appeal process, at the discretion of the appropriate Vice President.
    1. Panel Composition
      Membership of the Panel shall be composed of three (3) members assembled by the Chair of the Grievance Committee. No member who has a conflict of interest will serve on the panel. Decisions in a particular case are made by majority vote and based upon a preponderance of the evidence. The Chairperson of the Grievance Committee will chair the hearing but will not vote.
    2. Rules and Guidelines for Student Conduct Appeals Panels
      1. The Chairperson will provide the original hearing officer and original accuser (if relevant) with a copy of the written appeal and will request a written response from the hearing officer and/or original accuser as appropriate to the particular case. The Chairperson will then provide the appellant with a copy of the hearing officer’s and/or original accuser’s response.
      2. The appellant, the original hearing officer, and the original accuser (as appropriate to the particulars of the case) are entitled to be present during all segments of the hearing in which testimony is given.
      3. The hearing will be closed to the public. The hearing will be electronically recorded, except deliberations will not be recorded. Voice recordings and any transcripts thereof become the property of Alamance Community College. These materials will be securely housed in the Office of the Vice President of Student Success. At the expense of the requestor, access to copies of the materials will be determined by the Committee Chair after consultation with the Vice President of Student Success. The College will not release any student information protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, unless ordered by a court of law.
      4. Each witness must submit a written statement of testimony to the Chairperson at least three (3) college days prior to the scheduled date of the hearing. The Chair will make a determination and certify the witness as an individual having testimony relevant to the hearing. If it is impossible for a witness to appear in person, he or she may request in writing that a statement be considered at the hearing.
      5. Witnesses may be present in the hearing only when they are providing oral testimony.
      6. The appellant may have an advisor of his or her choice present at a student conduct appeal hearing and any related meetings. In the case of sexual misconduct allegations, the appellant, the original hearing officer, and the original accuser may have an advisor present. An advisor serves on a consulting (non-participatory) basis in a student conduct appeals hearing or related meetings. If an attorney is to be present as advisor to the appellant or the original accuser, current contact information of the attorney must be provided to the Chairperson of the Grievance Committee at least five (5) college days before the scheduled date of the administrative hearing. The College reserves the right to have its legal counsel present as advisor or observer at any administrative hearing, Student Conduct Appeals Panel hearing, and related meetings.
      7. The Student Conduct Appeals Panel has the authority to uphold the original decision, uphold or modify the sanctions, remit the case for a new administrative hearing, or reverse the decision and dismiss the complaint.
      8. Perjury and Contempt:
        1. Perjury is defined as the voluntary violation of an oath or vow given before testimony. It includes such examples as lying or falsification of records. Such acts of perjury may result in a penalty of dismissal for those college students, faculty, staff, or witnesses who are found responsible for perjury.
        2. Contempt is defined as any act or process in which a person prohibits or obstructs the system of fundamental fairness. Examples include being out of order in a committee session, attempting to bribe a committee member or witness, or not appearing at a scheduled appeal hearing. Such acts may result in a penalty of dismissal for those college students, faculty, staff, or witnesses who are found responsible for contempt.
    3. Procedures in Student Conduct Appeals Panel Hearings
      1. The Chairperson of the Grievance Committee presides.
      2. The complaint is read to the Appeals Panel and other participants.
      3. The plea of the hearing officer and/ or original complainant is heard.
      4. Testimonies by both parties and witnesses occur. Every person giving testimony will take the following oath: “On my honor, I affirm to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” e. Either party may write questions for the Chairperson to use in hearing oral testimony. The Chairperson or any Appeals Panel member may ask questions of either party during the presentation of testimony.
      5. For procedures specific to sexual misconduct cases, see ACC’s “Procedures to Address Sexual Misconduct” posted on the College’s web site.
      6. A written notification of the committee’s decision will be provided to the accused, the hearing officer, the accuser (when permitted by College policy), and the appropriate Vice President within 24 hours after the conclusion of the hearing and decision of the Panel. Appeal procedures to the President will be described in the written notification.
  2. Appeal to the President
    1. If the appellant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Student Conduct Appeals Panel, the final appeal rests with the President, who may delegate authority to the Executive Vice President. The student who appeals a student conduct decision has five (5) college days to communicate, in writing, why the decision is unjust or the procedures used were unfair. Until the President’s office receives the appeal in writing, all findings of the Student Conduct Appeals Panel remain in effect. The President, or Executive Vice President if so designated, completes a review of the record, will render a decision within 10 college days after receiving the written appeal, and will notify pertinent parties and the Student Conduct Appeals Panel. The President, or Executive Vice President if so designated, has the authority to uphold the original decision, uphold or modify the sanctions, remit the case for a new administrative hearing, or reverse the decision and dismiss the complaint. The President’s, or if so designated the Executive Vice President’s, decision serves as the final authority of the College.
    2. While an action of the Vice President of Student Success, Vice President of Workforce Development, designated student conduct officer, or Student Conduct Appeals Panel is under appeal, a student may or may not be permitted to attend class or participate in College- related activities. This determination will be made by the Vice President on a case-by-case basis. If the appeal is denied, the original sanction(s) stand and the academic standing of the student reverts back to the day sanctions were imposed.

VI. STUDENT VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL

If a student is accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct and voluntarily withdraws prior to the conclusion of the disciplinary matter without the consent of the appropriate Vice President, the student will not be allowed to re-enroll at the College unless reasonable re-entry restrictions, as determined by the Vice President, are satisfied. For students who withdrew prior to a determination regarding alleged misconduct that threatened the health, safety, or well-being of any member of the academic community and/ or seriously disrupted the function and good order of the College, in addition to other reasonable re-entry restrictions, the student must provide proof from a qualified mental health professional (ex. psychiatrist or licensed psychologist), at the student’s expense, that the student no longer poses a direct threat

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