Student Code of Conduct
Anna Maria Student Handbook
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As an academic community centered in the Catholic Tradition, Anna Maria College expects all members of the college community to act in a responsible and ethical manner and to uphold the values, rules, and regulations of the College. The principles of individual honor, integrity, responsibility, and respect for the rights of others are essential to student conduct in both academic and student affairs life.
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
In exercising the rights below, students are expected to maintain maturity and civility. No right specified here is meant to be construed as enabling students to infringe upon the individual rights of others or of the community as a whole.
A. student has the right:
Standards of Conduct
Standards of Conduct
The purpose of providing a list of possible misconducts is to give students general notice of behavior that is expected and behavior that is prohibited by the College. The Standards of Non-Academic Conduct are not written with the specificity of a criminal statute and are not intended to be interpreted with the specificity of a criminal statute. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Section II.
Allegations of harassment or discrimination because of sex or alleged acts of sexual violence, assault or misconduct will generally be handled initially under AMC’s Title IX Policy. However, AMC reserves the right to initiate proceedings or seek discipline or dismissal under this Code of Conduct for actions, while not found to violate AMC’s Title IX policy, nonetheless, may or do violate this Code of Conduct.
The Student Code of Conduct applies to the on-campus conduct of all students and recognized student organizations.
The Student Code of Conduct also applies to the off-campus conduct of students and recognized student organizations in direct connection with:
Records of all informal and formal procedures shall be kept as outlined under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Records shall be kept in a confidential manner as provided by in law. In no instances shall these records be available to individuals outside the College, except if required by law and with the approval of the President of the College.
Upon determining that there is sufficient evidence that a violation may have occurred, the Conduct Code Administrator (or his/her designee) can initiate any of the following:
A student accused of a violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct has the right to a disciplinary meeting with the Conduct Code Official. The student will be notified of this meeting through his/her AMC email account. It is the responsibility of the student to check his/her AMC email and respond in a timely manner to the Conduct Code Official’s notification of the disciplinary meeting.
The Conduct Code Official may conduct a disciplinary meeting in the absence of the accused student if the student does not attend the meeting or fails to schedule a meeting within the required timeframe. A student who did not attend his/her disciplinary meeting when notified by the Conduct Code Official forfeits his/her right to appeal unless the student has been charged with sexual harassment and/or the sanctioning results in the student’s dismissal, expulsion or suspension from the College and/or dismissal, expulsion or suspension from the residence halls.
In the case where the respondent has been charged with sexual harassment, the complainant has equal opportunity to have a meeting with the Conduct Code Official through the process above.
At any stage of the disciplinary process, the complainant and/or the accused student have the right to be assisted by an advisor he/she chooses, at his/her own expense (if any). The advisor must be a member in good standing of the College community and may not be an attorney. As it is the complainant’s and/or the accused student’s responsibility to participate directly in the discipline process, the advisor’s role is limited to consultation with the advisee. Advisors are not allowed to speak to nor interact directly with any Conduct Code official or designee. A student should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the discipline meetings(s) because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.
Upon concluding the investigation, the Conduct Code Administrator’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Code of Conduct. This is the “preponderance of evidence” standard. The Conduct Code Administrator may do the following:
The following sanctions (alone or together) may be imposed by the Conduct Code Administrator and the Vice President for Student Affairs (or their designees) upon any student found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct:
If the Conduct Code Administrator (or his/her designee) has reasonable cause to believe that a student's presence on college property or at a college sponsored event poses a potential risk of harm to the health or safety of self, others and/or property, the student may be immediately suspended from all or any portion of college property and banned from off-campus College sponsored activities. This temporary suspension will remain in effect until an administrative decision is made about the interim sanction.
The student may, if no decision about the interim sanction has been rendered within five (5) working days of the imposition of the suspension, petition the Vice President for Student Affairs for reinstatement. The petition must be in writing, and must include supporting documentation or evidence that the student does not pose, or no longer poses, a potential risk of harm to the health or safety of self, others and/or to property. All interim sanctions remain in effect during the petition.
The College reserves the right to remove at any time any student or person whose conduct or academic standing it regards as unacceptable in a community of scholars and students.
When appropriate, the student will be notified by the Conduct Code Administrator or designee verbally or in writing. The main means of communication for all aspects of the discipline process is through AMC email. It is the responsibility of the student to check his/her AMC email regularly.
When the accused student is found in violation of sexual harassment, the College may permissibly disclose to the complainant matters about the sanction that are directly related to the complainant. When the accused student is found in violation of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense, the College may permissibly disclose to anyone the final results of the grievance procedure, which includes the accused student’s name, violations, and sanctions. This disclosure may be made to anyone.
When the accused student faces allegations of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense but has not been found in violation of that conduct, the College may still permissibly disclose the final results of a disciplinary proceeding to the complainant.
The purpose of the appeals procedure is to provide a system of checks and balances in the disciplinary process. The actual facts of a case must always prevail over a “loop-hole” of procedure or policy.
A student who did not attend his/her disciplinary meeting when notified by the Conduct Code Official forfeits his/her right to appeal unless the student has been charged with sexual harassment and/or the sanctioning results in the student’s dismissal, expulsion or suspension from the College and/or dismissal, expulsion or suspension from the residence halls.
The appeal official shall consider the basis of the appeal, the facts of the incident, and the disciplinary history of the student when rendering a decision. The appeal official may, after a review of appeal, reject the appeal, uphold the original sanction, dismiss the original sanction, modify the decision or sanction, or refer the appeal back to the original hearing official for reconsideration.
Grounds for Appeal
The following shall be considered as grounds for appeal:
Identifying the Appeal Official
A student seeking to appeal will be heard by the following official(s):
|Title of Original Conduct Code Official||Title of Corresponding Appeal Official|
|Resident Director||Director of Residence Life|
|Director of Residence Life||Vice President for Student Affairs|
|Vice President for Student Affairs||College President|
After the exhaustion of appeal, a student who has been expelled or dismissed from the College may request a reduction in sanction based on presidential clemency. The student must put the request and the basis for the request in writing to the President of the College within three working days of the conclusion of the petition. The President may choose to hear or dismiss the request for clemency. The President’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The student will be notified of the President’s decision in writing. In the case where the accused student has been charged with sexual harassment, the complainant has equal opportunity to request the President review the findings as described in this section.
The Conduct Code Administrator has the authority to establish administrative procedures to carry out the standard of conduct.