As set forth in Board Policy 07.28 – Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, the Student Code of Conduct seeks to support student engagement in learning and leadership and prevent interference with educational opportunities by maintaining an orderly and safe educational environment. The purpose of the Code is to give students general notice of prohibited behaviors and ensure that students do not engage in conduct that disrupts the educational environment and the normal operations of the College.
The Student Code of Conduct should not be equated to state or federal criminal codes. The Code, grounded in procedural fairness, is focused on disciplined and courteous truth-seeking, not adversarial procedures. Lake Land College requires that in all situations, students be informed of the charges against them and be given a fair opportunity to refute the charges.
Actions or activities that constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct include but are not limited to the following:
Lake Land College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well being of the College community. Such action may include disciplinary sanctions for actions or activities not committed on College property if, at the sole discretion of the College, the best interest of the College, student body and educational processes is served or such actions cause or can reasonably be expected to cause a material or substantial disruption to the educational environment or the normal operations of the College or infringe on the rights of other members of the College community.
In the event of disruptive activities occurring on campus or at College sponsored activities, College staff will immediately request assistance from the Lake Land College Police Department and/or proper law enforcement agencies, and those involved will be subject to arrest and/or College disciplinary action.
The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty. Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the class period. Longer suspensions from a class, or dismissal on disciplinary grounds, must follow the Disciplinary Procedures described as part of this Code.
When the Vice President for Student Services is presented with sufficient evidence to indicate a student is suspected of violating rule(s) of the Student Code of Conduct, the Vice President will notify the accused student in writing of the alleged violation and either:
Any written notice issued to the student will be delivered in person or deposited in the United States mail by certified or registered mail addressed to the student’s last known address. The last known address shall be that address as reported to the Admissions and Records Office at the time of the student’s last enrollment.
If, after the meeting between the student and the Vice President for Student Services, or after the student fails to request or appear at such a meeting, the Vice President for Student Services is satisfied that the violation occurred as alleged, the Vice President shall notify the student and shall impose a penalty by means of a written notice. One or more of the following penalties may be imposed:
The student, by written notice from the Vice President for Student Services, shall be informed of the charges and actions to be taken and given ten (10) calendar days to notify the Vice President for Student Services in writing if he/she wishes a formal hearing on the charges and actions by a Student Conduct Hearing Board.
If the student does not submit a written request for a formal hearing to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services within ten (10) calendar days, no hearing shall be held, the penalty proposed by the Vice President for Student Services shall be imposed, and the action shall be considered final.
If the student requests a formal hearing by a Student Conduct Hearing Board, he/she will be notified of the time, place and the process for the hearing. The Student Conduct Hearing Board shall consist of five (5) members: two (2) students, two (2) faculty members, and one (1) administrator or staff member. An additional staff member shall be identified to serve as the presiding officer.
The hearing shall be private and closed to the public unless otherwise agreed to by College officials and the accused student.
At the hearing, the Vice President for Student Services will present the charges against the student and will make a recommendation concerning the type of discipline to be imposed. The student will be allowed to present his/her case and have witnesses present oral statements on his/her behalf.
The student may have an attorney present or an advisor of his/her choice to advise him/her but not to act as a spokesperson for the student. The College may also have its attorney present. Any party to the hearing may present witnesses subject to questioning by the Student Conduct Hearing Board. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the presiding officer.
The function of the Student Conduct Hearing Board shall be to determine whether or not the student violated the Code and the appropriate penalty. A verbatim record (i.e., tape recording) of the proceedings shall be taken and made available to College officials and the student. The decision of the Student Conduct Hearing Board will be determined by a majority vote of the membership, with all deliberations private, without the presence of the student, the Vice President for Student Services, attorneys, or other parties.
If it is found that the student did not violate the Code, all record of charges, documentary evidence and witness statements shall be destroyed, with only the verbatim record retained. If it is found that the student did violate the Code, the Student Conduct Hearing Board shall determine the exact disciplinary penalty and provide written notification to the Vice President for Student Services and the student of its decision. The penalty may include any of the sanctions previously identified in this policy and may be more or less severe than the sanctions imposed by the Vice President for Student Services. The decision of the Student Conduct Hearing Board is considered final.
Students may be accountable both to civil authorities and to the College for acts that constitute violations of federal, state or local laws and of this Code. Disciplinary action at the College will normally proceed during the pendency of criminal proceedings and will not be subject to challenges on the ground that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed, reduced or are still pending.
The Vice President for Student Services may suspend a student from the College for an interim period pending disciplinary or criminal proceedings, or medical evaluation. The interim suspension shall become immediately effective without prior notice or a hearing before the Student Conduct Hearing Board whenever there is evidence that the continued presence of the student at the College poses a substantial and immediate threat to him/herself or to others, or to the stability and continuance of normal College functions. Upon issuance of an interim suspension, the student will be provided written notification identifying the Code of Conduct violations, imposing the terms of the interim suspension and outlining the investigation, hearing, and appeal process. A student suspended on an interim basis shall be given a prompt opportunity to either appear personally before the Vice President for Student Services, or designee, or to submit a written appeal or evidence in relation to the following issues only: 1) the reliability of the information concerning the students’ conduct, including the matter of his/her identity and 2) whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate that the continued presence of the student on College premises poses a substantial and immediate threat to him/herself or to others or to the stability and continuance of normal College functions. During the interim suspension, the student is not permitted to be on campus or at any College activities.