1. Initial Action Any student or group of students violating the Student Conduct Code by committing a prohibited act or acts as aforesaid will be referred to the Director of Student Life and Activities for disciplinary measures in accordance with the provisions hereof. Any student, faculty or staff member may file a complaint.
2. Minor offenses In the case of all minor offenses, as deemed by the Director of Student Life and Activities, not to constitute acts which would result in suspension or expulsion of the student(s) the Director of Student Life and Activities (or his/her designee) may determine disciplinary actions as stated in Sanctions, numbers one (1) through seven (7) of this code. The Director of Student Life and Activities will investigate the incident, notify the student of the incident and advise the student of the charges against him/her; hear the student’s comments about the incident, when possible; make a determination about the case and notify the student in a reasonable amount of time of that determination; and notify the student of the appeal procedures when necessary. Any student may appeal a minor offense as stated in I of the. Appeals Section.
3. Major Offenses In any case in which the violation is of such a nature that in the opinion of the Director of Student Life and Activities suspension or expulsion from the College could be imposed, the Director of Student Life and Activities will not recommend disciplinary action except upon the following procedures:
a. A Student Conduct Committee will be appointed to hear all cases, which could result in suspension or expulsion. This committee will be composed of three (3) students and two (2) representatives of the College staff from a designated group of faculty, staff and students. A training program for potential Student Conduct Committee members will be held in September each Fall Term.
b. In such cases, the Director of Student Life and Activities or his/her designee, acting as a non-voting member of the Student Conduct Committee will arrange with the student the time and place of a meeting of the Student Conduct Committee, which said notice will advise the student of the charges against him/her; the student’s right to cross examine witnesses against him/her; the student’s right to produce witnesses on his/her behalf; and to select the counsel of his/her own choosing. Counsel will be allowed to advise the student or students charged, but not to speak at the hearing. Other Brookdale students, faculty and staff are not invited to Student Conduct Committee hearings and may only attend through invitation by the Director of Student Life and Activities. The Student Conduct Committee will be convened as soon as possible in proximity to time of incident.
c. The Director of Student Life and Activities at the meeting of said committee will present all charges against the student.
d. The Student Conduct Committee will proceed at such meeting to hear the charges against said student, to hear witnesses against and for the student, and in general, will conduct a hearing consistent with the principles of due process. One Student Conduct Committee will hear offenses by more than one (1) student in the same case all at once.
e. Upon the conclusion of such hearing and after deliberation, the Student Conduct Committee will make recommendation to the Associate Director of Student Life and Activities based on the preponderance of evidence presented in the hearing verbally and/or in writing.
f. The Director of Student Life and Activities will notify the student within 24 hours of the determination made.
g. The Director of Student Affairs and Support Services will assume the role of the Director of Student Life and Activities as stated within this code if there exists a specific conflict of interest in any pending case.
h. An audio recording will be made of Student Conduct Committee Hearings.
i. Outcomes and offenses may be publicized in the campus newspaper without alluding to names of individuals involved.
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