South Central College recognizes that all students have responsibilities as citizens and as members of the college community. Student responsibilities include regular attendance, punctuality, positive relationships with other students and staff, appropriate behavior and attitude, and acceptable progress, all of which are necessary to assure success in the college. Students are expected to assume personal responsibility as adults for their behavior without supervision.

This code of student conduct incorporates appropriate due process and identifies steps to be taken when conduct occurs which may violate the code. The college may revise the code as needed, however shall provide notification to students.

Definitions

College Jurisdiction

College jurisdiction is asserted for violations of the code of student conduct that occur on college property. College jurisdiction shall also extend to violations of the code that are not committed on college property when:

The administrator shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off-campus, on a case-by-case basis, in his/her sole discretion.

Student Conduct - Behavioral Proscriptions

Complaint, Investigation, and Informal Meeting

Any member of the college community may file a complaint against a student violating the code of student conduct. Complaints shall be prepared in writing and shall be filed with the Dean responsible for the program or course(s) in which the student is enrolled. A complaint shall be submitted as soon as possible after the conduct takes place, preferably within three days. Persons filing complains shall be informed of their rights under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. The Dean with whom the complaint is filed shall conduct a preliminary investigation of the complaint. If the complaint is unwarranted, the Dean may discontinue proceedings. If there is sufficient evidence to support the complaint, he Dean shall offer the accused student an opportunity to resolve the alleged violation at an informal meeting. Prior to this meeting, the student shall be given written notice of the specific complaint against him/her and the nature of the evidence available to support the complaint and provided with a copy of the code of conduct. During the meetings the administrator shall review the complaint and the evidence with the student and allow the student o present a defense against the complaint. Within a reasonable time period following the meeting, the Dean shall inform the accused student in writing of his/her decision whether a violation of the code was established by a preponderance of evidence and any applicable sanction as well as options available for an appeal and/or a formal hearing.

The student who is subject to a sanction or expulsion or suspension, except summary suspension, for more than nine (9) days may agree to accept the sanction, or may request a formal hearing. Other sanctions shall be accepted or may be appealed in accordance with the college’s appeal procedures.

If the accused student fails to appear for the informal hearing, the administrator may proceed to review and act upon the complaint in his/her absence and shall notify the student in writing of an action taken.

A sanction shall not become effective during the time in which a student seeks an appeal or formal hearing, unless, in the discretion of the administrator, it is necessary to implement an immediate sanction for the safety and welfare of the college community.

If a mutually acceptable resolution cannot be reached during the informal meeting, including any applicable sanctions, the Dean shall refer the charge to the student conduct panel for formal adjudication.

Formal Hearings

Appeals

Sanctions

Conduct which violates the code of student conduct may result in the sanctions listed below.

More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation. Unless required by Board of Trustees’ policy, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record.

The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:

Summary Suspension

Expulsion

Expulsion means permanent denial of the privilege of enrollment at the college.
Code of Conduct Reporting Form

AASC 1/28/11