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Disciplinary Actions


Following are the types of disciplinary actions which may be invoked against students who are considered to be in violation of any of the College policies or regulations: 

Academic Misconduct Penalties

The vice president of instruction or designee shall have the authority to invoke one or more of the following penalties for incidents involving academic misconduct:

  • Academic Reprimand - A verbal or written notice warning to the student that academic misconduct has occurred.
  • Academic Penalty - Academic penalties, which may include:
  • Requiring the student to resubmit the assignment(s) in question;
  • Reducing or lowering the grade or score on the specified assignments, projects, papers, programs, labs), or examinations;
  • Assigning a failing grade (no credit) on the specified assignments, projects, papers, programs, labs, or examinations;
  • Reducing or lowering the grade or score for the course;
  • Assigning a failing grade (no credit) for the course and possible removal of the student from the course/class as determined by the faculty member or other academic official; and
  • Applying other academic penalties as outlined in the instructor's syllabus.

Academic misconduct violations, which may warrant nonacademic or disciplinary sanctions, including but not limited to, removal from the course/class, probation, service hours, suspension, or other disciplinary sanctions listed in the Student Code of Conduct shall be forwarded to the vice president of student services or designee for disciplinary action through the appropriate student conduct process.

All violations involving academic misconduct, regardless of severity, shall be forwarded to the vice president of student services or designee for College District recordkeeping and reporting purposes.

In cases involving academic misconduct, the hearing body shall consult with the appropriate faculty member or academic official during the sanctioning phase to determine the appropriate sanctions for the student.

Non-Academic Disciplinary Sanctions

The vice president of student services or designee shall have the authority to impose the following nonacademic disciplinary sanctions, or combination of sanctions (with or without appropriate modifications) for incidents where there is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, applicable College District policies or regulations, and/or violation of federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances:

  • Reprimand - A verbal or written warning to the student following the commission of a minor rule violation. Repetition of such misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
  • Service Hours - Completion of tasks under the supervision of a College District department or outside agency.
  • Educational Activities - Attendance at educational programs, including but not limited to, interviews with appropriate officials, essays, a letter of apology, work assignments, plagiarism workshop, academic integrity seminar, planning and implementing educational programs, or other educational activities.
  • Counseling Assessment - Referral for assessment through a counselor or at a professional counseling center for alcohol or drug dependence, general mental health, or other counseling issues.
  • Loss of Privileges - Denial of specified privileges for a specified period of time.
  • Restitution - Compensation for loss, damages, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service, monetary remuneration, or material replacement.
  • Stop Order - Withholding of diplomas, transcripts, or other records for a definite period of time or until specified conditions are met. A stop order shall be placed on a student who has unfinished business with a College District official or department. A stop order prohibits a student from the following: obtaining transcripts, obtaining a diploma, receiving funds, registering for classes, and attending classes. The stop order shall only be lifted if the student corrects or rectifies the matter that initiated the stop order to begin with.
  • Contact Restrictions - Restrictions regarding contact with a specified person or group.
  • College Housing Relocation - Change or reassignment of room or residence hall.
  • College Housing Exclusion - Temporary or permanent forced withdrawal from the College District residence halls.
  • Probation - A period of time during which any further violation of the Student Code of Conduct may result in more serious sanctions being imposed, including suspension or expulsion from the College District. Such probation may include social and behavioral restrictions including, but not limited to, removal from academic courses, participation in student activities, representation of the College District on athletic teams or other student leadership positions, entrance into residence halls or other areas of the campus, or contact with another specified person.
  • Suspension - Forced withdrawal from the College District for either a definite period of time or until stated conditions have been met, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified and suspension may exceed the one semester minimum. During the period of suspension, the student shall not be permitted on College District property without the prior written approval of the vice president of student services or designee.
  • Expulsion - Permanent forced withdrawal from the College District. The student shall not be permitted on College District property without the prior written approval of the vice president of student services or designee. A student receiving disciplinary expulsion shall have the action noted in his or her permanent record.

The nonacademic disciplinary actions listed above shall be considered as separate entities. No progression from one level to another is either intended or implied. Repeated infractions or misconduct of a minor nature may lead to more severe disciplinary actions. Certain disciplinary sanctions may result in a financial cost to the student.

If a student fails to complete a nonacademic disciplinary sanction by the required deadline, a hold may be placed on the student's record.