Student Code of Conduct

721.6 Student Disciplinary Sanctions

Umpqua Community College will discipline students in accordance with UCC policy, and state and federal law. Sanctions will be imposed as outlined below. In keeping with the educational purposes of the college, disciplinary actions other than those requiring expulsion are intended to be remedial rather than punitive. In recommending or determining a sanction for misconduct, all relevant factors will be considered, including the nature of the offense, the severity of any damage, injury or harm resulting from the offense, and the student’s past disciplinary record, if any.

1. Immediate Disciplinary Sanctions:

The following are immediate disciplinary sanctions which may be applied prior to a formal review of the charges through a hearing.

A. Disciplinary Admonition and Warning

Verbal notice by a faculty member or college official that a student’s conduct in a specific instance does not meet college standards and that continued misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary action by the Vice President for Student Development.

B. Temporary Exclusion

A faculty member or college official may 1) exclude a student from up to two (2) class/lab meetings no matter the length or type of class/lab or 2) exclude a student from using specific campus services for up to two college business days when the student is disrupting the class sufficiently to hinder effective instruction or when a student’s behavior is disruptive to the educational environment, or when the health and safety of the instructor(s), student(s), or employee(s) appears to be in jeopardy. The faculty member or college official will meet with the student to inform the student of the cause for the exclusion and allow the student to present his or her side of the matter. The responsible faculty member or college official will write a report of the incident for the supervisor of the division or unit and the Vice President for Student Development within twelve (12) hours of the incident. During temporary class exclusion, the student will be provided a means of obtaining assignments, presenting assignments to the faculty member, completing projects and/or taking examinations without penalty. A temporary exclusion will become effective immediately upon verbal notice to the student.

C. Summary Exclusion

In certain circumstances, the Vice President for Student Development (VPSD) may impose an exclusion sanction, whereby a student is excluded from classes or activities during the course of an academic term, for the remainder of the term pending a hearing before a hearings panel and imposition of formal sanctions. In such a case, a student’s health, behavior or other actions are so serious that the continued presence of the student in the college community represents a serious and immediate threat to the health, welfare and safety of the college community and to the ongoing educational activities of the college. The student is subject to exclusion to ensure the: student’s own physical and emotional safety and wellbeing; safety and well-being of member of the college community; preservation of college property and; stability and continuance of normal College operations and functions. The determination of the seriousness of the act(s) shall be the sole discretion of the VPSD.

Prior to imposing a summary exclusion, the VPSD will meet with the student, unless it can be shown that such a meeting is impossible or unreasonably difficult to afford. During the meeting, the VPSD will confer with the student and provide the student with an opportunity to explain his or her behavior. If, after hearing the student’s statement or following a determination that a meeting with the student is impossible or unreasonably difficult to afford, the VPSD determines that implementation of the summary exclusion is warranted, the student will be provided with a written notice of the exclusion. A summary exclusion will become effective immediately upon the written notice being delivered to the student.

A summary exclusion is a temporary action that will be enforced and shall be in effect only until such time as a formal disciplinary hearing and resulting decision making process has been completed. Determination of continuing exclusion (or formal suspension) or expulsion will be made through the formal hearing process.

Summary suspension may not be appealed prior to the required formal discipline hearing.

2. Disciplinary Sanctions

The following are sanctions, which may be applied after a formal review of the charges through a hearing. Disciplinary sanctions may also include supplemental sanctions, which are noted in section F.

A. Disciplinary Admonition and Warning

A verbal notice that a student’s conduct in a specific instance does not meet college standards and that continued misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary action by the Vice President for Student Development.

B. Disciplinary Reprimand

A written notice by the Vice President for Student Development (VPSD) that a student’s conduct in a specific instance is in violation of the college standards and that continued misconduct may result in more serious disciplinary action by the VPSD.

C. Disciplinary Probation

A written notice by the Vice President for Student Development that a student may continue to be enrolled under stated conditions. Probation is for a fixed period of time up to one year and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any college policy, regulation or Student Code of Conduct during the probationary period. Disciplinary probation may include defining specific behaviors that the student must follow to remain a part of the college community.

D. Suspension

The Vice President for Student Development (VPSD) may suspend a student for a fixed period of time up to one year. As a condition for readmission to activities, classes or the college, the student shall be required to meet with the VPSD prior to being allowed to participate at the college after the suspension period has expired. Suspension means imposition of one or more of the following penalties:

  1. Suspension of student status for a defined period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. The separated student is not to occupy any portion of the campus, including off-campus centers and is denied all college privileges including class attendance.
  2. Exclusion from one or more classes for a defined period of time. The student may attend classes from which he or she was not suspended, participate in activities and occupy campus facilities.
  3. Exclusion from one or more activities for a defined period of time. The student may participate in activities from which he or she was not suspended, attend classes and occupy campus facilities.
  4. Exclusion from classes and activities for a defined period of time. The student may occupy campus facilities.

E. Expulsion

A permanent termination of student status and permanent separation of the student from the college. Readmission to the college and reinstatement of privileges is contingent upon the student demonstrating that he/she has meet all conditions required of him/her before being readmitted. A written request for readmission must be submitted to the Vice President for Student Development.

F. Supplemental Sanctions

The Vice President for Student Development may impose additional sanctions or requirements as a part of disciplinary probation. The imposition of such sanctions must be related to the nature of the violation. The following are examples of supplemental sanctions:

  1. Restitution or reimbursement for damage to, or misappropriation of property which may take the form of monetary or material replacement or appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages. Restitution may be imposed in combination with any other penalty.
  2. Work assignments.
  3. Service to the college or community or other related discretionary assignments.
  4. Educational activities and/or training.
  5. Decision-making skills workshops/peer education, written responses to posed questions.
  6. Mandatory counseling or therapy.
  7. Revocation of degree, holding transcripts, removal from courses.
  8. Loss of institutional grants, scholarships, and/or merit awards.
  9. Loss of privileges or denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time up to an academic year.
  10. Exclusion from campus or a portion thereof (which may result in the filing of a trespass complaint with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office if violated).

G. Referral to Outside Authorities

If a student is in violation of federal and state laws on campus, or at college-sponsored activities, it is the practice of the college to report offenses to local law enforcement agencies for prosecution. The college reserves the right to discipline a student even if no action is taken by the local law enforcement agency.