6.310 Disciplinary Procedures for Students
Subject: Disciplinary Procedures for Students
Date Adopted: January 1, 1991, Revised March 19, 2008
The Disciplinary Authority
The National Park Community College (NPC) Board of Trustees charges the President with the responsibility of maintaining appropriate standards for student conduct.
The President of National Park Community College has delegated the disciplinary function to the Vice President for Student Services.
The Vice President for Student Services has the responsibility to initiate, implement, and supervise the disciplinary process for students. In the event of a conflict of interest, the Vice President for Student Services may assign these duties to the Associate Vice President for Student Services or another individual as designated by the College President.
The Board of Trustees authorizes the President, the Vice President for Student Services, and the members of the Student Discipline Committee to expel, dismiss, suspend, place limitations on continued attendance and/or levy other penalties in order to maintain appropriate standards of student conduct. This policy does not include academic sanctions defined in Policy Number 6.300.
Discipline Committee Assignment
Purpose of the Discipline Committee
Disciplinary Procedure and Due Process
Procedural due process does not provide for legal representation, a public hearing, confrontation, cross-examination of witnesses, self-incrimination, or any of the remaining features of federal criminal jurisprudence. The following procedural guidelines are established for the handling of disciplinary matters:
The student shall be notified by the Vice President for Student Services that he/she is charged with violating a regulation, that there is an initial five day fact finding process, and that he/she may be sanctioned until further action is taken to dispose the charge. This informal process will be held in the office of the Vice President for Student Services and will include the student and the Vice President. Other college personnel, with knowledge of the matter, may be requested to attend the hearing.
Upon completion of the fact finding process, an administrative decision will be made. The student will be notified in writing of the decision of the Vice President for Student Services and/or a designate, within five (5) days.
The student may appeal this decision to the Student Discipline Committee, in writing, within thirty (30) days of the notice of the decision. If the student does not appeal within 30 days, the administrative decision is rendered final.
If the student requests a Student Discipline Committee hearing, the student will receive, in writing, the time and place of the appeal hearing. The student will receive this information at least thirty-six hours before a Student Discipline Committee hearing.
Disciplinary hearings are of a private and confidential nature and are closed to the public. The disciplinary hearing process is as follows:
The Student Discipline Committee will advise the accused student of its decision, sanction (if applicable) and of his/her right to appeal at the conclusion of the deliberations.
The finding of the Student Discipline Committee is summarized in a certified letter addressed and hand delivered or mailed to the student. In this letter, the student shall be entitled to an explanation of the reasons for the decision, an explanation of any penalty, an explanation of the right to appeal to NPC's President within five (5) days.
The official transcripts and audio tapes of the hearing will be filed in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.
To the extent that a disciplinary hearing involves disclosure of educational records or personally identifiable information derived from educational records, the Federal Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) compels the College to close the proceedings. Thus, testimony, deliberation and committee decision are covered under FERPA and are not available for public access.
Appeal to NPC's President
Possible Disciplinary Sanctions
Interim Suspension - is a suspension that may be imposed based upon fact finding that shows the student's continued presence within the campus environment constitutes a danger to property, to himself/herself, or to others. The student will be given notice of the reason for the interim suspension and will be given the opportunity to request, in writing, a Student Discipline Committee Hearing at which time he/she shall be afforded an opportunity to show why his/her continued presence on campus will not constitute a danger to property, himself/herself or others.
Educational Sanctions – papers, counseling, alcohol/drug evaluations, tasks, or series of tasks that are educational in nature and/or serve to benefit the group or community at large.
Restitution – Compensation for loss or damage incurred to NPC or a member/guest of the College community.
Disciplinary Probation (with or without sanctions) – Notice that further breach of conduct, as specified, may result in suspension or loss of privileges as may be consistent with the offense committed. The period of probation shall be specified in the decision.
Probated Suspension – Notice that further convictions of major offenses, as specified, may result in suspension. The period of probation shall be specified in the decision.
Suspension – Temporary severance of the student's relationship with NPC for a specified period of time. The period of time is to be specified in the decision.
Probated Expulsion – Notice that further convictions of major offenses, as specified in the decision, may result in expulsion.
Expulsion – Permanent severance of the student's relationship with NPC.