Procedures by which a student may appeal the decision of the Division Dean are as follows:
The Committee of Admissions and Review will conduct an examination of the student’s conduct while on campus. Disciplinary action, if any, will be based upon the preponderance of the evidence, which means it is more likely than not that the violation occurred. The student has ten (10) working days from the decision of the Committee to appeal to the Vice President of Academic and Student Development who will appoint an Appeals Committee to review the decision of the Committee of Admissions and Review.
The Appeals Committee appointed by the Vice President of Academic and Student Development will review, accept, or modify the decision made by the Committee of Admissions and Review.
The student has ﬁve (5) working days to appeal the decision of the Appeals Committee to the President who will retain the ﬁnal authority on all disciplinary cases of the College. The President may wish to convene an appropriate committee to conduct a review and advise whether proper procedures were followed and whether the facts supported the decision. In order to provide due process in handling disciplinary cases, the following guidelines will be followed:
- Published rules and regulations will be followed (current College Catalog).
- Written notice will be given to a student charged with a violation that may lead to disciplinary action.
- The student will have the right to a hearing before an adjudicating body and will be given a reasonable length of time to prepare a defense for such hearing.
- The student may have counsel at his or her own expense, advisors, parents, and relatives present at the hearing insofar as reasonable physical space allows. These individuals may advise the student and take notes but may not question witnesses or interrupt the hearing, without approval of the chair.
- The student may call witnesses in his or her behalf. Character witnesses, who have no information relevant to the hearing, will not be permitted to testify. The chair will make the decision on who will or will not be permitted to testify.
- The student may cross-examine all witnesses.
- A record of the hearing shall be kept.
- Written decisions shall be given promptly.
- The accused shall be advised of appeal procedures.