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V.  The Discipline Process

D. Procedures for hearing alleged violations of all other community standards of conduct

5.  Rights of persons subject to disciplinary hearings

Students have the right to a fair hearing and equitable procedures to determine the validity of charges of violation of campus regulations. When charged with infractions of the Community Standards of Conduct a student has the right to:

a. A hearing as provided in the Community Standards of Conduct.

b. Be present throughout the hearing and to hear all information presented against him/her; (Note: If an accused student elects not to appear, the College will assume that the student is waiving his/her right to be present and proceed as scheduled in his/her absence.)

c. Formal notice in writing of the time, date, place of the hearing no less than (2) days in advance of the hearing; and a list of specific policies allegedly violated. A copy of any written report that will be used at the hearing and a copy of this discipline policy are available on request at the initial conference.

d. Select a support person of his/her choice from the College community. Support persons may not represent and/or interact with the Hearing Committee or any other individual in the hearing process. They may provide a statement as a character witnesses if requested to do so by the charged student. Students are strongly encouraged to exercise this right.

e. The presence of an attorney only if legal action surrounding the same incident is pending. In such an event an attorney may not represent/or interact with the Hearing Committee or any other individual in the hearing process with the exception of his/her client.

f. Present his/her case through statements, questions, witnesses, and other forms of evidence, and to have questions asked of any individual participant in the hearing through the Hearing Committee/Officer.

g. A determination of the findings of the Hearing Committee/Officer solely on the basis of the information presented at the hearing.

h. Access to the college‚Äôs hearing audio record in order to prepare an appeal.

i. Receive the discipline finding letter outlining the findings and reasoning of the Hearing Committee/Officer within three working days of the hearing.

j. Notification of the appeals process.

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