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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures


Article III: Judicial Procedures (Due Process)

  1. Any member of the college community may file charges against any student for misconduct. Incident Report forms may be completed online at www.schoolcraft.edu/sccares and are routed automatically to the vice president of student services and Campus Security Police. Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place.
  2. The vice president of student services will designate an administrator to conduct an investigation to determine if the charges should be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved or by the formal conduct hearing process. Such disposition will be final and there will be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges cannot be disposed of by mutual consent, the designated administrator will refer the matter to the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee or the accused student may request a hearing.
  3. All charges will be presented to the accused student in written form. A time will be set for a hearing, no less than five nor more than fifteen calendar days after the student has been notified, barring exigent circumstance. Maximum time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended for cause at the discretion of the chairperson of the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee.
  4. If the accused student does not respond to the written notice of the hearing and does not appear, the hearing will take place as scheduled. If the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee finds that the accused student violated the Student Code, sanctions may be imposed.
  5. Hearings will be conducted by the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee according to the following guidelines:
    1. Hearings will be conducted in private. Admission of any person to the hearing will be at the discretion of the chairperson of the committee.
    2. In hearings involving more than one accused student, the chairperson will conduct hearings concerning each student separately.
    3. The complainant and the accused have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. The complainant and/or the accused is responsible for presenting his or her own case. Therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing before the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee.
    4. The complainant, the accused, and the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee may present witnesses subject to questioning by the Student Conduct Committee. Witnesses who are not present or available may submit statements instead.
    5. Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee at the discretion of the chairperson.
    6. After the hearing, the committee will determine (by majority vote) whether the student has violated the relevant section(s) of the Student Code that the student is charged with violating.
    7. The Student Conduct and Discipline Committee’s decision will be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Code.
  6. There will be a record, such as an electronic recording, of all hearings before the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee. The recording will be the property of the college.
  7. Except in the case of a student charged with failing to obey the summons of the Student Conduct and Discipline Committee or a college official, no student may be found to have violated the Student Code solely because the student failed to appear before the committee.
  8. Student Conduct and Discipline records are maintained or expunged after seven years, except in the case of suspensions and expulsions, which remain a part of the vice president of student services’ student discipline files.
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