A. Description of structures and jurisdictions
The discipline system provides for the hearing of alleged offenses, by administrative and/or committee action, depending on the nature of the offense and/or the preference of the accused. In the event that a formal hearing before the Hearing Committee cannot be held in a timely manner, the conduct officer shall conduct the hearing. Specifically, the system consists of:
- The conduct officer
The conduct officer has operational responsibility for the coordination and implementation of all aspects of policy. Additionally, the conduct officer has jurisdiction over selected cases arising from the alleged violation of nonacademic policy and serves in place of the campus Hearing Committee during all breaks in the academic calendar.
- The campus Hearing Committee
The campus Hearing Committee has jurisdiction in all cases except:
a. cases arising from violations of standards of professional and academic integrity.
b. when the accused student requests a hearing before an administrative hearing officer.
c. when the accused student waives his/her right to a hearing and accepts responsibility.
d. when classes are not in session.
- Initial conference and/or administrative hearing officers
Initial conference and/or administrative hearing officers have jurisdiction for all cases except those involving academic dishonesty.
The vice president for student affairs designates professional staff members to serve as initial conference and/or administrative hearing officers, each with specific sanctioning authorities (Footnote: Level I authority: reprimand – disciplinary probation (residence coordinators)
Level II authority: reprimand – residence suspension (assistant directors, residence life)
Level III authority: all sanctions including suspension and expulsion (conduct officers, director of residence life, campus Hearing Committee, specifically trained full-time staff/faculty). Initial conference/administrative hearing officers have original jurisdiction for all cases arising from alleged violations of the ferms and conditions of the Residence License Agreement or when requested by the conduct officer.
- Initial conference officers for cases involving allegations of academic dishonesty.
In cases involving academic integrity, the faculty member alleging the violation serves as the initial conference officer.
- The Academic Integrity Committee(s)
The Academic Integrity Committee hears cases arising from alleged violations of standards of academic integrity (see III.A), requests for hearings by students disputing allegations by faculty members, referrals by faculty members recommending additional sanctions for an alleged violation, and all cases in which the alleged violation would constitute a second offense.
- The campus Appeals Board
The campus Appeals Board hears all appeals, for specified grounds only, of disciplinary decisions rendered by the initial conference officer/administrative hearing officer, or the campus Hearing Committee for all cases except those involving academic dishonesty.
- The provost
The provost shall, for specific grounds only hear all appeals of discipline decisions rendered the Academic Integrity Committee.
- The president of the College
In accordance with the authority assigned to the president of the College by the policies of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the president may review and modify any decision made by any person or board operating under their authority under this policy as he/she deems appropriate. Any consultation with the president of the College which may be necessary will occur before the final decision is reached.
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