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Student Code of Conduct

 

I. Introduction and Purpose

North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology students are expected to contribute to the development and
sustenance of a community characterized by respect, caring and honesty. This expectation
calls for behavior which demonstrates the five principles of student conduct: respect
for oneself, respect for others, respect for property, respect for authority, and
honesty.

The Code of Student Conduct encourages students to take responsibility for positively
contributing to our living and learning community. The University affords certain
rights to students and expects in return that students will conduct themselves in
a mature and responsible manner that best represents the institution and themselves.
If, however, the behavior or conduct of a student infringes on other members of the
community or negatively impacts the institution, the University reserves the right
to address the behavior through the conduct process prescribed herein. Students are
responsible for being fully acquainted with the student handbook, University catalogue,
and all other rules and regulations pertaining to students, and for complying with
them accordingly.

North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology students enroll voluntarily in a private, independent educational institution which embodies these principles. Students who find their personal values
incompatible with those of the University, and who are unable to respect the University’s
values, may wish to pursue their education at an institution which is more in line
with their own personal values.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

To preserve an educational community in which all members of the community can learn,
live, and work successfully and without hindrance, North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology has the
inherent responsibility to preserve order and maintain stability, through the setting
of standards of conduct and the prescribing of procedures to ensure such standards
are met. Underlying the prescription of student standards is the foundational tenet
that the exercise of individual student rights must be accompanied by an equal amount
of responsibility, assuring that the same rights are not denied to others. By matriculating
as a student at North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology, one acquires rights in, as well as responsibilities to, the entire University community.

Student Rights

  • North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology seeks to maintain an environment where students have the following rights:
    Expression: Students can freely examine and exchange diverse ideas in an orderly
    and respectful manner;
    Association: Students can associate freely with other individuals, groups of individuals
    and organizations, for purposes which do not infringe on the rights of others, or
    the mission of the University;
  • Freedom from Discrimination: Students can expect to participate fully in the University
    community without discrimination, as defined by federal and state law, as well as
    University policies;
  • Safe Environment: Students can function in their daily activities without unreasonable
    concerns for personal safety;
  • Support: Students have access to support in managing personal adjustments, understanding
    self, and others;
  • Grievance Processes: Students have access to established procedures for respectfully
    presenting and addressing their concerns/complaints to the university; and
  • Personal Growth: Students live and study in a setting that promotes personal growth.

Student Responsibilities

Students enrolling at the University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in
a manner that is civil and compatible with the college’s mission and function, as
an educational institution. It is clear that, in a community of learning, willful
disruption of educational processes, destruction of property, and interference with
the overall orderly processes of the University, or with the rights of other members
of the University, cannot be tolerated. The University has the authority and responsibility
to exclude those who find their personal values incompatible with those of the University,
and who are unable to respect the University’s values.

Principles of Student Conduct

Respect for Oneself

The University values all of its students and is concerned with their total development.
Therefore, it is appropriate to set expectations for personal integrity, which encourage
students to appreciate their own talents, to take themselves and their academic pursuits
seriously and to enhance the quality of their lives. When an instance of disrespect
for self is known, the University will routinely respond to a student engaging in
self-destructive behaviors – behaviors which might impede an individual’s ability
to enjoy the privileges of education and to fulfill their obligations as an educated
leader. Students engaging in such behaviors are also encouraged to seek help from
the University community.

Respect for Others

One value of learning lies in understanding what knowledge can contribute to the community.
It is expected that students will be open to learning, including learning about and
respecting persons and cultures different from their own. Members of the campus community
must act out of mutual respect to establish an atmosphere of trust, without which
there is no community. Therefore, North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology expects its members to treat one another with sensitivity, consideration, understanding, tolerance and an active
concern for the welfare of others. The University is particularly concerned that its
members show respect for others regardless of race, color, age, veteran status, gender,
national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or
presence of a disability.

Respect for Property

The mission we share depends upon the responsible use of all property, including such
tangible goods as buildings, library materials, equipment and green space. Respect
for property also involves helping to foster a well maintained environment, a sense
of security, tranquility and accomplishment. This principle requires students to respect
both personal and institutional property, both inside and outside the University community.

 

Respect for Authority

Authority derives legitimacy from the commitment to act on behalf of the common good.
At North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology that authority especially resides in the officers of the
University, its faculty, administration and staff – each of whom has been charged
with responsibilities essential to the orderly operation of the University. They help
to define the atmosphere which supports and fosters the University’s common mission.
Additionally, these individuals provide structure to preserve the well-being and freedom
of community members and an orderly environment in which all can develop. The successful
exercise of authority depends in part on the respect it enjoys from the community
it serves.

Honesty

North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology’s educational mission reflects a commitment to the development of the whole person. While at the University, students are expected to demonstrate
the personal characteristic of honesty and integrity in all aspects of their campus
life, both inside and outside the classroom.

II. Student Conduct Authority and Responsibility

Under the authority of the charter of the University, the Governing Council has designated
that the President and their designees provide a nurturing and respectful environment
for learning and living. Consequently, the University has developed guidelines and
regulations for student conduct which will enhance and support that undertaking. Responsibility
for the student conduct system is delegated to the Senior Vice President for Student
Affairs/Dean of Students, who is the chief student conduct officer of the University.

 

The Code of Student Conduct and the associated procedures cover all North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology students (whether residing on or off campus). When alleged violations of University
regulations or local, state, or federal laws or statutes take place off campus and
come to the University’s attention, the University reserves the right to take appropriate
action. The Code of Student Conduct and the procedures through which it is implemented
will also apply to students studying abroad.

III. Definitions

When used in this Code, the following definitions are applicable:

  • STUDENT: A person who is registered for one or more credit courses and/or non-credit
    courses. A person who has not officially enrolled for a particular term but has a
    recent, new or continuing relationship with the University may be classified as a
    student.
  • FACULTY MEMBER: Any person hired by the University to conduct academic or classroom
    related activities.
  • UNIVERSITY or INSTITUTION: Refers to North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology.
  • UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL: Any person employed by the University performing assigned administrative
    or professional responsibilities, including student staff members.
  • GROUP or ORGANIZATION: Any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements
    of University recognition for groups and organizations.
  • UNIVERSITY PROPERTY or UNIVERSITY PREMISES: All land, buildings, facilities, and
    other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the University,
    as well as property contiguous to such land, buildings, and facilities.

IV. Procedural Protections for Accused Students

Accused students are responsible for fully familiarizing themselves with the procedural
protections set forth herein, and for presenting any questions regarding the process
prior to scheduled conduct conferences and hearings. Students who are accused of violating
the Code of Conduct are entitled to the following procedural protections.

1. Notice of any scheduled conduct conferences or hearings.
2. Notice of the alleged violation, likely to occur at the beginning of the conduct
hearing.
3. Opportunity to offer a relevant response to the alleged violation and alleged
misconduct.
4. Opportunity to challenge the appointment of any hearing board member with prior
knowledge of the events which are the subject of the hearing (does not apply to conduct
conferences).
5. To receive written notification of the outcome of the conduct conference or hearing.

6. The right to privacy in the conduct conferences and hearings and record keeping,
in accordance with the terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
and any other relevant federal or state regulations.
7. To appeal sanctions assessed in a conduct conference or hearing.

 

The University reserves the right to adjust the conduct process as it determines necessary in order to assure fairness, order, efficiency or the physical and emotional security of individuals.

V. Statement on Victims

The University will take reasonable measures to assist students who are victims of
acts by other students that violate the Code of Conduct and/or other University policies.
The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students or a designee will
meet with student victims and discuss the student conduct process as well as reasonable
options which are available to assist victims in continuing their educational experience
at the University.

VI. Prohibited Student Conduct

The behaviors detailed below provide students with general notice of prohibited conduct.
The list is not designed to be all-inclusive, but should serve as examples of unacceptable
student behavior, and thus be broadly read. The following actions, in addition to
violations of all other rules and regulations relating to students, constitute conduct
for which students may be sanctioned, whether such conduct occurs on- or off-campus.

1.       Students are expected to obey all local, state, and federal laws in whichever
jurisdiction they are in at all times.  Failure to obey or to report violations of
local, state, or federal law, whether such conduct occurs on- or off- campus is a
violation of the code of conduct.

2.       Endangering or causing physical harm to any person. Causing reasonable apprehension
of such harm. Other conduct which endangers the health or safety of any person including,
but not limited to: bullying, cyber bullying, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation,
harassment or coercion. The capture or production of any audio, video, or image of
any person where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy without the person’s
prior knowledge and express consent. Any of these actions are violations whether they
take place in person or via electronic modes of communication, including but not limited
to: electronic mail, text messaging, internet sites, social media platforms, or digital
messaging services.

3.       Sexual misconduct, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, other non-consensual
sexual activity, or sexual harassment. See the Title IX section for additional information. 

4.       Attempted or actual theft, wrongful appropriation, unauthorized use of, tampering
with, entry into, and/or damage to property, spaces, vehicles, or services belonging
to the University, a member of the University community, or other entities permanently
or temporarily associated with the University, or knowingly possessing stolen property.
Damage to, destruction of, vandalizing, reallocation, and/or unauthorized selling
of University property or property belonging to others. 

5.       Dishonesty and non-compliance.  This includes but is not limited to: furnishing
false information, failing to furnish requested information, failure to respond to
a request to report or appear and give testimony, failure to comply with the directives
of, failure to provide acceptable identification (upon request) to the university,
a university official, or a university conduct board in the performance of their usual
duties, investigation of a disciplinary matter or conduct case, following proper notification.

6.       Forgery, alteration, destruction, or unauthorized use of University documents,
records, and/or instruments for identification. 

7.       Littering or dumping trash on grounds or common areas. 

8.       Unauthorized storage of vehicles (including watercraft, trailers, hover boards,
commercial vehicles, or recreational vehicles) on university property or premises.
Having a registered or unregistered vehicle with the University which has been cited
with an excessive number of parking violations, as determined by Campus Security.
Violation of rules and regulations governing the use of motor vehicles on University
property, University premises or at University sponsored activities. 

9.       Failure to satisfy promptly, after notice, all financial obligations with
the University and/or agencies either permanently or temporarily associated with the
University. 

10.   Unauthorized use, access, or misuse of the University’s information technology
and computing resources and/or facilities. 

11.   Any act of arson, falsely reporting a fire or other emergency, falsely setting
off a fire alarm, misusing or damaging fire or life safety equipment. Maturing or
causing to be initiated any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or
other emergency on University property, University premises or at University sponsored
activities.

12.   Possession, use or storage of, while on university property or university premises,
any weapons or incendiary devices including but not limited to, firearms, air, bb,
pellet and paintball guns, tasers/stun guns, knives, fireworks, or ammunition. Weapons
are further defined in the weapons policy section.

13.   Unauthorized sale, attempted sale, use, distribution, manufacture, dispensing,
or possession of any controlled substance, alcohol (when unauthorized), illegal drugs
or synthetic analog to a drug, or drug paraphernalia (including Hookahs) on University
property, University premises or at University sponsored activities.  Students are
expected to obey all local, state, and federal laws regarding the possession, consumption,
and distribution of alcohol.  See the University and Residential Life policies on
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs for more information.

14.   Disorderly, lewd, indecent, obscene, reckless, careless, or dangerous behavior
on University property, University premises, or at University sponsored activities. 
This includes public intoxication.

15.   Any activity which performed alone or as part of a group which interferes with,
obstructs, or disrupts normal University or University sponsored activates, or the
rights of others including but not limited to classes, studying, research, teaching,
conduct proceedings, University administration, residence hall living, student activities,
freedom of expression, freedom of movement (pedestrian or vehicular) of any person,
or fire, police, medical, security, or other emergency services.

16.   Violating the terms of any conduct sanction imposed in accordance with the Code
of Conduct.

17.   Students or guests in custody of an animal, shall be required to keep the animal
on a leash at all times while on University property. Animals are prohibited from
University facilities, with the exception of registered service animals. Please see
the Emotional Support Animal policy, for more information.

18.   Hazing, is absolutely not permitted at any time.

Any attempt to commit, be an accessory to, or incitement of other students to knowingly
or unknowingly commit or attempt to commit any act in violation of the Code of Conduct
or other rules and regulations pertaining to students shall be viewed as a violation
of the same kind.

VII. Referral to Conduct Conferences and Hearing Boards

The conduct process is an educational tool that assists in determining responsibility
for misconduct, and provides a method to redirect behaviors toward patterns more acceptable
to the University community.

 

Upon receipt of reports or other information which allege a potential violation of
the Code of Conduct or other rules and regulations pertaining to students, Division
of Student Affairs staff members will conduct a preliminary review of the matter.
Students will typically be referred to an informal conduct conference with a staff
member from the Division of Student Affairs or other designee. Students may also be
referred to a formal hearing before a designated hearing board (as described in proceeding
sections of this Code). The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students
has full and complete discretion to refer any and all student cases to the hearing
venue deemed most appropriate. During periods when timely hearing procedures cannot
be conducted, and in instances when the number of cases to be heard cannot be scheduled
in a timely manner, alternative procedures may be adopted to efficiently and fairly
resolve cases. Students should be advised that conduct violations which disrupt the
academic endeavors of the institution, such as those occurring during final exam week,
may result in the forfeiture of certain procedural protections in order to resolve
the matter in a timely manner.

Failure to Participate/Appear

Students summoned to a conduct conference or hearing board are expected to appear
as scheduled. Students who fail to appear will be considered in violation of Prohibited
Student Conduct Number 5 (Refusal or failure to respond to a request to report to
a University administrative office, a conduct conference, or conduct hearing board).
A conference or hearing will be held in the student’s absence, and the student will
be notified in writing of the sanction(s) imposed.

Closed Proceedings

All preliminary meetings, conduct conferences, and hearings are closed processes open
only to Conduct Conference Officers, Hearing Board members, the accused student(s),
and relevant called witnesses. The disciplinary process serves an educational rather
than legal purpose; therefore students are not allowed legal or parental representation
during a conduct conference or hearing, unless express written permission to that
effect has been granted by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

Concurrent Civil or Criminal Action

Disciplinary action may be initiated against a student charged with a violation of
local, state or federal law which is also a violation of the Code of Conduct and/or
other rules and regulations pertaining to students when both violations result from
the same factual situation, without regard to pending civil litigation, criminal arrest,
and/or prosecution. Conduct proceedings as set forth in this Code may be carried out
prior to, simultaneously with, or following external civil or criminal proceedings.

VIII. Conduct Conferences

Students accused of alleged violations will typically be referred to an informal conduct
conference with a staff member from the Division of Student Affairs or other designee,
referred to as the “Campus Pastor”. The Senior Vice President for Student
Affairs Officer or Designee will determine when it is appropriate to convene the University
Conduct Board to address a conduct case or appeal. Students will be provided with
reasonable notice of a scheduled conduct conference. At such a conference, students
will be provided with notice of the alleged violation and an account of the alleged
misconduct upon which the violation is based. Students will be afforded the opportunity
to offer a relevant response to the alleged violation and alleged misconduct. Accused
students will be required to answer fully any questions asked of them by the Conduct
Conference Officer. During the course of the conference, students are expected to
uphold the Code of Conduct and be honest at all times. The preponderance of the evidence
standard (greater weight of the evidence) will be used to determine responsibility
for violations of the Code of Conduct and/or any other rules and regulations pertaining
to students.

If the Campus Pastor does not believe additional investigation is warranted,
a determination as to responsibility will be made, and if applicable, a sanction determined.
The Campus Pastor will provide the student with written notification of the outcome of the conduct conference.

IX. Governing Council

The Governing Council is authorized to handle violations of University regulations
and policies and review conduct appeals.

Following the assignment of a case to a the Governing Council, Dean of Students, or their designee, will provide the accused student with written notice of the alleged violation; an account of the alleged
misconduct upon which the violation is based; and the date, time, and location of
the scheduled hearing.

 

The Board will conduct the hearing in a manner consistent with the conduct process
of the University. Following the hearing, the Board will provide the recommended finding(s)
and sanctions for the student and notify the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean
of Students. The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will then
formally notify the student in writing of the findings and sanction(s) to be imposed.

 

During the course of a conduct hearing, students are expected to uphold the Code of
Conduct and be honest at all times. The accused student will be required to answer
fully any questions asked of him/her by members of the hearing board. Additionally,
the hearing board will have the right to require the presence and testimony of witnesses
relevant to the case. As a condition of their enrollment at North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology,
students are required to appear as witnesses and give testimony unless excused for
cause. Students who fail to appear after proper notice will also be considered in
violation Prohibited Student Conduct (Refusal or failure to respond to a request to
report to a University administrative office, a conduct conference, or conduct hearing
board).

Should the hearing board decide it requires additional information or testimony to
resolve the case, a second hearing date will be scheduled to review this information.

During the process of deliberation regarding responsibility and sanctions, Board members
will make decisions based on the information available for their review, including,
but not limited to, all testimony from witnesses, written statements, and other relevant
information. Hearsay may be considered in the deliberation process. The preponderance
of the evidence standard (greater weight of the evidence) will be used to determine
responsibility for violations of the Code of Conduct and/or any other rules and regulations
pertaining to students. The student will be provided written notification of the hearing
outcome.

 

X. Procedures for reviewing misconduct by student groups

Student groups may be accused of violating the Code of Conduct, and be held responsible
either individually or collectively.

Cases involving student groups will normally be heard by the Senior Vice President
for Student Affairs Officer/Designee, or a designated student conduct board. Student
groups will be accorded the same hearing and appeal procedures provided for students
herein, except where noted in the following section.

XI. Procedural Protections for Accused Student Groups

Student groups accused of violating the Code of Conduct and/or other North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology policies are entitled to the following procedural protections.

1. Notice of any scheduled conduct conferences or hearings.
2. Notice of the alleged violation.
3. Opportunity to offer a relevant response to the alleged violation and alleged
misconduct.
4. Opportunity to challenge the appointment of any hearing board member with prior
knowledge of the events which are the subject of the hearing (does not apply to conduct
conferences).
5. To receive written notification of the outcome of the conduct conference or hearing.

6. To appeal sanctions assessed in a conduct conference or hearing.
7. Groups accused by the University will not have the opportunity to question persons
who have filed reports adverse to them, as the University serves as the complainant
in these cases.

XII. Sanctions

The purpose of disciplinary sanctions is to redirect students’ behaviors toward patterns
more acceptable to the University community, if such redirection is feasible; and/or
to protect the University community from possible harm or injury. This information
is promulgated to assure that students are aware of the potential consequences of
their misconduct. Sanctions for misconduct will be determined on a case to case basis,
utilizing three main criteria:

1. The nature of the offense;
2. The precedent, if any, established at the University for similar offenses; and

3. The previous disciplinary history of the student, if any, and the student’s attitude
and behavior throughout the disciplinary process.

Students should be aware that a history of conduct violations may affect their housing
assignments if they are residential students. Students, who fail to comply with University
directives and/or conduct sanctions, may have holds placed on the release of their
grades, records and/or transcripts by the Student Affairs Office.

 

Non-paid work for the University or for a specified administrative area of the University
may be assigned to students, in addition to any other sanctions which may be imposed.
Students may also be required to perform community service work in a specific field
related to their violation. Community service hours required to fulfill a sanction
may not be applied toward individual organization requirements.

Warning

A warning serves as notice to a student, either written or verbal, that he/she has
failed to meet the University’s expectations for student conduct. The warning will
include a caution that the continuation or repetition of such behaviors will result
in more serious penalties.

Restitution

A student whose actions deprive the owner of possession of, damage, deface or destroy
any University or personal property shall be required to restore said property by
replacement or by monetary reimbursement, in addition to any other sanctions which
may be imposed. Restitution charges will be placed on the students’ University accounts
and must be paid in full immediately.

Fees

Monetary fees may be assessed against students as future deterrents of violations,
in addition to any other sanction which may be imposed. Fees will be placed on the
students’ University accounts and must be paid in full immediately.

Notice to Parents

The University may at its discretion, and when it considers such action to be appropriate,
notify the parents of students involved in disciplinary matters. Usually, the University,
in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974,
will only notify the parents of a dependent student as defined in Internal Revenue
Code, section 152, (1954). However, as a condition of remaining at North Florida Institute of Theology and Technology
a student may be required to notify their parents of their disciplinary standing with
the University.

 

The Higher Education Act of 1998 gave universities who receive federal funding authority
to notify parents for any drug or alcohol violation. When the University believes
it is in students’ best interest, the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean
of Students or designee will require a student to contact their parents regarding
their disciplinary status, and have the parents confirm this notification.

Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary probation is a notice to the student that their behavior is of such a
nature as to place that student in jeopardy of removal from the University. A student
is placed on disciplinary probation for a specified period of time, and specific obligations
are outlined. During this period, the student must demonstrate the ability to comply
with University rules, regulations and all other stipulated requirements. Any violation
of this probation or other University policies may result in the student being immediately
removed from the University community.

 

Suspension

Suspension from the University involves the exclusion of the student from participation
in any academic or other activities of the University for a specified period of time.
Written notification of this action will be provided to the student. Suspension from
the University also involves the following:

1.   The suspension will be noted on the student’s conduct record with the
University;
2. The student will be withdrawn from all courses for the semester in which the violation
occurred;
3. The student shall forfeit fees paid according to the normal refund schedule of
the University;
4. The student is banned from campus, must refrain from visiting the University property,
premises, or attending University-sponsored activities unless prior written permission
has been granted by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students;
and
5. The suspension may include any other disciplinary action that is judged to be
of value to the student

Reinstatement from Suspension

When a student has concluded a suspension period, he/she must submit a letter to the
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students requesting reinstatement
and provide documentation that he/she has taken action to positively address the issues
which led to the suspension. The student may return to the University only after the
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students has made an affirmative
decision in this regard.

Dismissal

Dismissal is permanent expulsion from the University; it may be ordered as a result
of very serious violations and/or repeated offenses. In addition to forfeiting all
tuition, room and board fees paid, the student suffers all the other losses and restrictions
imposed upon suspended students. Dismissed students additionally forfeit all academic
credit for all courses carried for the semester in which the violation occurred; and
are never again eligible to apply for re-admission to the University at any time.

Departure from Campus Following Suspension or Dismissal

Any student, who has been suspended or dismissed from the University for conduct or
other reasons, must leave the premises immediately after being notified of such action.

Postponement of Activity, Participation and Conferring of Honors and Degrees

The University reserves the right to delay or postpone the involvement of a student
in any University-related activity, or delay or postpone the conferring of any honor
or degree while any student conduct investigations or procedures, including appellate
procedures, are pending.

 

XIII. Appeal Process

When a student or student group is formally notified of the findings from a conduct
conference or hearing board, the student has the right to appeal the findings or results
of the hearing to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
Appeals from students found responsible by the Campus Pastor or hearing board will only be
granted with supporting documentation for one or more of the following grounds:

 

1. The sanction imposed is grossly disproportionate to the offense (including any
consideration of the student’s prior offenses).
2. The student was not afforded their procedural protections as outlined in the Code
of Conduct, and this significantly affected the student’s ability to receive a fair
conference or hearing.
3. New information has become available since the initial conference or hearing which
would have significantly altered its results.

 

In most cases, the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will
only review written appeal requests, the case file, and written findings from a Conduct
Conference or Hearing Board. A new conduct hearing will not be held. All sanctions
assessed from a conduct conference or hearing board will remain in effect during the
appeal period and process, until such time as they are reversed or modified.

 

Following review of the appeal request, the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean
of Students or University Conduct Review Board may elect to void the decision, uphold
the decision, alter the sanctions, or return the case to the Board or Officer for
further consideration. The decision of the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean
of Students and/or University Conduct Review Board in all appeal reviews will be final.

 

XIV. Maintenance of Records

When a student is accused of violating the Code of Conduct, a conduct file is created.

XV. Special Administrative Evaluation

The University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or re-employment
to any applicant or student as a result of the University receiving information, or
the applicant’s or student’s failure to disclose information, on the admission or
employment application, regarding a student or employee whose personal history and
background indicate that their presence at the University would endanger the health,
safety, welfare or property of themselves or members of the academic community, or
interfere with the orderly and effective performance of the University’s functions.

 

A student may be subject to special requirements or sanctions, including suspension
or dismissal from the University, for actions not otherwise covered in the Code of
Conduct if it is determined from the student’s behavior that himself/herself:

1. Lacks the capacity to understand the nature of the accusation against him/her,
or to respond and participate in the disciplinary process;
2. Poses a danger to themselves or others; and/or
3. Has become gravely disabled (lacks the ability to care for themselves).

 

The University reserves the right to adjust the Conduct Process as it determines necessary
in order to assure fairness, order, efficiency or the physical and emotional security
of individuals.

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