An alleged violation of College standards or policies will first be investigated by an appropriate College official. This involves meeting with individuals involved in the situation and examining the circumstances of the complaint. The student in question receives a written description of the specific alleged violation of College standards or policies and information regarding the conduct process. Evidence regarding the alleged violation may be reviewed but not kept by the student. All reporting documentation remains in the student conduct folder.
The Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students reserves the right to remove a student from the campus, restrict access to campus property or restrict contact with other collegecommunity members (no contact order) prior to a formal hearing if there are concerns for the student’s emotional or physical welfare or for the well-being of the College community. On occasions when such action is necessary, a hearing will be held as soon as possible. Customarily, pending action taken by the College Conduct Council or pending an appeal, the status of a student and his or her right to be present on the campus or attend classes will not be altered.
In general, the College does not take disciplinary action for off-campus misconduct when court action is pending or has taken place. However, the College reserves the right to take action in such instances relating directly to the College where the misconduct constitutes a violation of the College standards or is of such a serious nature that it suggests a danger to the College community. In such cases, the College may initiate action whether or not legal action has been taken.
On-Campus Misconduct and the Law
Normally, on-campus misconduct by students will result in conduct action being taken on campus. On some occasions, however, the College may call on external law enforcement authorities and assist, as appropriate, these agencies in their investigation of alleged on-campus criminal activity. Specifically, actions that cause or threaten serious harm to members of the campus community or that severely impair the essential functions of the College may require the College to call upon off-campus authorities. On such occasions, outside authorities will be summoned only by an official of the College. Students should recognize that the College is obliged to report to off-campus authorities the commission of any act that is considered to be a serious crime.