Manual of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

Manual of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

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      Conduct Policy

      I. Conduct Policy Statement

       Each student enrolled or in attendance at Guttman Community College (GCC), and every student organization, association, publication, club or chapter shall obey;

      • The laws of the city, state, and nation
      • The Bylaws and resolutions of the City University of New York (CUNY) [ hereafter called the University] Board of Trustees, including the rules and regulations of public order pursuant to Article 129-A of the education law (Henderson Rules); and
      • The policies, regulations and orders of Guttman Community College.

      As such, they are expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding citizens of the College at all times. Admission to GCC carries with is special privileges and imposes responsibilities. GCC is committed to the development of students’ personal and academic excellence. As voluntary members of the GCC community, students are expected to act with civility towards others in order to foster and promote an educational environment conducive to the College’s mission.

      Classroom Misconduct

      Student Rights and Expectations

      Student Grievance about Faculty or Staff Conduct

      Conduct Process Condensed

      • Chair
      • 2 Faculty/HEO
      • 2 Students

      ** Article XV requires a quorum of 3 for any hearing – Chair plus 2 members – one of whom must be a student.

      • Each School is required to designate from its FSDC a subcommittee consisting of 1 Chair, 2 Faculty / HEO, and 2 students to hear disciplinary matters related to sexual misconduct.
      • All members of this subcommittee must receive annual training.
      • Only the subcommittee can hear cases related to sexual misconduct.

      di. Committee Panel

      • The Dean of Student Engagement/Student Conduct Officer will randomly select a panel pursuant to Article XV, to hear the matter.
      • The Dean of Student Engagement/Student Conduct Officer must fill out the designation of FSDC form and forward a copy to the Central Office of Student Affairs.

      dii. Open/Closed Hearing

      The respondent is entitled to a closed hearing but can request an open hearing. If the student chooses an open hearing, the chair must have the student fill out and sign the “Request and Consent for an Open Public Student Disciplinary Hearing” form. Ultimately, the College has the discretion to hold a closed hearing if it is determined that an open hearing would be disruptive. Cases involving sexual misconduct will be held in closed hearing.

      Disciplinary Sanctions

      • An oral statement to the offender (s) that he/she/they have violated University rules;
      • A warning constitutes official written/oral notice that a student or organization has violated University rules governing conduct and that repetition of inappropriate conduct, within a period of time, would be cause for more serious disciplinary action;
      • A censure may be issued to any student or organization whose conduct violates University rules. Censure provides written reprimand of the specified violation and notice that any further violation(s), within a specified time stated in the letter, will result in more serious disciplinary action;
      • Disciplinary Probation. Any student or organization placed on disciplinary probation will be notified in writing of the terms and length of the probation. Probation may include restrictions upon extracurricular activities, or any other appropriate special condition(s). Continued enrollment of a student or recognition of a student organization on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to these policies;
      • Suspension involves the separation of a student or student organization from the College and University for a specified period of time. Suspension may be accompanied by special conditions for readmission. All students suspended from the University will be issued a directive barring them from college-owned or controlled property. A student suspended from Guttman must submit a written request to the Dean of the Student Engagement or Student Conduct Officer to request permission to be present on College property. This request must specifically identify the nature of the official business which the suspended student wishes to conduct as well as the location(s) that the student wishes to visit;
      • Emergency Suspension. As a general rule, the status of a student or student organization accused of violation(s) of the prohibited conduct identified in Henderson Rules, CUNY rules or any college rules or policies shall not be affected until a final determination of responsibility has been made in regard to the violations. However, emergency suspension, pending the completion of disciplinary procedures, may be imposed upon a finding by the Dean of Student Engagement or Student Conduct Officer that the continued presence of the respondent on campus would constitute an immediate threat to the physical safety and well-being of the respondent, any other member of the College, its guests, property, or would create a substantial disruption of classroom or other College activities. All students/organizations placed on interim suspension status will be barred from University- owned or controlled property and all college-sanctioned events or functions;
      • Restitution may be required in situations which involve destruction, damage, or loss of property, or unreimbursed medical expenses resulting from physical injury. When restitution is required, the student or organization is obligated by the appropriate official/body to compensate a party or parties for a loss suffered as a result of disciplinary violation(s). Restitution may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages;
      • Termination of student status for an indefinite period. If the College believes the student can show rehabilitation, it can state conditions in the order of expulsion;
      • Complaint to Civil Authorities;
      • Ejection;
      • For Admission Fraud:
        a. Pre-enrollment- In the event of the submission of fraudulent documents lifetime ban on admission to any college of the University
        b. Post-Enrollment
        c. If, after a student has completed registration or begun classes in a University college, it is found that the student had submitted a fraudulent document in support of an application for admission, the student shall be suspended from the University for five years. A second offense shall result in expulsion.
        d. Post-Graduation
        e. If, after a student has graduated it is found that the graduate submitted a fraudulent document in support of an application for admission, then he or she shall be notified in writing. The accused graduate shall be entitled to a hearing pursuant to the University Bylaws, at which the college faculty-student disciplinary committee shall determine the facts, based upon which the disciplinary committee may make a decision to impose a penalty of suspension from the University for five years, and may also recommend the revocation of the degree or certificate that had been awarded to the student. A second offense shall result in expulsion;
      • After the investigation, Article XV provides the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and the respondent an opportunity to resolve the allegations, in lieu of a formal disciplinary hearing, in the form of Mediation. This mediation can be done formally with a mediator or through a behavior contract with the student. Specific terms are outlined in the agreement.