Student Conduct Process
The Office of Residence Life seeks to create a healthy, educational environment in the residence halls, which is conducive to the educational mission of the Pennsylvania College of Technology and the students who are enrolled. In order to accomplish this task, the Residence Life staff is involved in a variety of activities, one of which includes the enforcement of College policy. (See Student Guidebook for complete information.)
After confronting a resident on a violation, the following will usually occur:
- The Residence Life staff member will forward the violation to a Coordinator of Residence Life by filling out an Incident Report form.
- After a violation has occurred, the appropriate Administrator (either the Coordinator of Residence Life, Director of Residence Life, or the Vice President of Student Affairs) will meet with the student. Once the student meets with the Administrator, he/she will choose to have the case heard by the Student Conduct Board or have an administrative hearing.
- If the student selects to have an administrative hearing, the appropriate Administrator will explore all aspects and evidence pertaining to the incident. The Administrator will then decide on the guilt or innocence of the student. If guilty, the Administrator will assign a sanction. There is no right to an appeal in an administrative hearing.
- If the student selects the Student Conduct Board, the council will meet and decide on the guilt or innocence of the student. If guilty, the Council shall recommend appropriate sanction(s) to the Vice President of Student Affairs. The Vice President then will impose a sanction but will not be limited to the sanctions recommended by the Council. The student will have a right to appeal the sanction only in cases held by the Student Conduct Board.
The following are forms of disciplinary actions that result from violations of College and residence hall policies, regulations and guidelines (this is not meant to be a complete list):
Warning – A notice in writing to the student that the student has violated a college regulation.
Probation – A written reprimand for a violation of a specified regulation. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe sanctions if the student is found to be violating any College regulation(s) during the probationary period.
Loss of Privileges – Denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time.
Fines – Appropriate fine may be imposed.
Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of service and/or monetary or material replacement.
Discretionary Sanction – Work assessments, service to the College or other related discretionary assignments.
Residence Hall Suspension – Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for the readmission may be specified.
Residence Hall Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
Interim Suspension – In certain circumstances, the Vice President of Student Affairs, or a designee, may impose a College or residence hall suspension prior to the hearing before a judicial body. (See Student Guidebook for more information.)
College Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the College.
Note: Offenses, which may result in College suspension/expulsion, will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs.