Student Handbook 2020-2021



Administrative Hearing - A hearing conducted by an administrator or administrator(s). (See hearing).

Administrative Hearing Officer - A college faculty/staff member who has been trained to conduct disciplinary hearings.

Appeals Panel - A panel consisting of college faculty, staff, and students who have been trained to consider appeals filed by students who wish to contest the finding of an Administrative Hearing or Committee Hearing. The Appeals Panel serves as a safe guard to assure due process for students.

Committee Hearing - A hearing conduct by a panel including student(s) and faculty/staff members to obtain all information on a given disciplinary case and to make appropriate decisions based on the information/evidence available. 

Hearing - A formal meeting during which the accused student has a right to hear all information, to present rebuttal information, and to present witnesses related to alleged violations. Hearings are conducted by either an Administrative Hearing Officer(s) or a Committee Hearing Panel.

Initial Disciplinary Meeting - An individual meeting with a the college's Chief Discipline Officer or designee, during which an accused student has access to any written reports containing information used for the disciplinary action. Depending on choices made by the accused student, the Initial Disciplinary Meeting may result in a resolution of the alleged violations. Alternatively, the accused student may choose to challenged the findings of an Initial Disciplinary Meeting by requesting either an Administrative Hearing Officer or a Hearing Committee.

No Contact Order -  A formal directive issued by the college requiring parties in any interpersonal conflict to have no direct or indirect interaction. Restrictions on access to specific locations outlined in the directive may apply. A no-contact order remains in effect until it is officially removed in writing by the college.

Privacy - Information contained in a student’s educational record is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). In general, FERPA guarantees privacy of records for all students. FERPA assures that only individuals at any college who have a “legitimate educational need to know” may access a student’s record.