Below are sections from the Gordon
College Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Procedures, and the Judicial Committee
that apply to students participating in
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
have developed acceptable personal standards of conduct and ethics.
Students are expected to have a responsible attitude toward and respect
for the regulations and standards of the College, the laws of the
community, state, and nation, and the standards of fellow students.
College regulations go into effect at the time a student matriculates and
continue until the time of graduation or withdrawal. By the act of
registration, the student assumes an acceptance of the standards and
regulations which are stated in this catalog and in other publications of
the College. Students should realize that they may be held accountable
through the College's disciplinary system when an on-campus or off-campus
offense which, by its nature, would present a clear and present
danger of serious physical or mental harm to the students or to another
member of the College community or to College property. In such case,
the Vice President for Student Affairs may impose the necessary
temporary sanctions, pending a hearing.
B. Administrative Summons
Students are expected to respond immediately to an
FOR STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS, THIS REGULATION INCLUDES RESPONDING TO THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR.
C. Alcohol and Drug Policy
beverages by those under the legal drinking age and prohibits
making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the legal
drinking age. Federal, state, and local laws pertaining to
possession and use of alcoholic beverages and other drugs are
enforced on the College campus and in residence halls.
1. The manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use
of marijuana, narcotics, controlled substances,
intoxicating substances or dangerous drugs on campus,
or while participating in a College function, or at
College approved events off campus is strictly
2. Student(s) on or returning to campus who are unable to
control themselves because of alcohol or drug
consumption are in violation of the Student Code of
3. No student shall furnish or cause to be furnished any
alcoholic beverage to any person under the legal
This policy applies to all drugs and their abuse (including
Disciplinary sanctions for students convicted of a felony
offense involving the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession
or use of marijuana, controlled substances or other illegal or
dangerous drugs, shall include the forfeiture of academic credit
and the temporary or permanent suspension or expulsion from
the institution. (BOR Policies; Section 406.04).
H. Disorderly Conduct
1. Disorderly or obscene conduct, language, dress or
breach of the peace on College property or at any
function sponsored or supervised by the College is
2. No student shall push, strike, or physically assault any
member of the faculty, administration, staff, student
body, or any visitor to the campus. Physical assault,
including sexual assault, is prohibited.
3. No student shall intentionally harass another person.
Harassment includes but is not limited to threatening,
intimidating, verbally abusing, impeding, telephoning,
following, or persistently bothering or annoying.
Harassment may represent but is not limited to acts
based on sex, race, religion, national origin, or
4. No student shall fail to comply with the administrative
policies enacted by the College.
5. Conduct on College property or at functions sponsored
or supervised by the College, which materially
interferes with the normal operation of the College or
the requirements of appropriate discipline, is
7. Conduct, dress, and/or expressions which are obscene
or which are patently offensive to the prevailing
standards of an academic community are prohibited.
8. No student shall interfere with, give false name to, or
fail to cooperate with, any properly identified College
faculty, administrative, or staff personnel while these
persons are in the performance of their duties.
P. Joint Responsibility for Infractions
1. Students who knowingly act in concert to violate
College regulations have individual and joint
responsibility for such violation; such concerted acts
T. Relation of College Code to Local, State, and
Students are subject to the rules and regulations of the College
and to local, state, and federal laws. Violation of these rules,
regulations, or laws is prohibited.
hearings and will not be bound by strict rules and legal evidence. It
may receive any evidence deemed by the Chair of the Judicial
Committee or the Vice President for Student Affairs or official
designee to be of probative value in determining the issues involved.
Every effort shall be made to obtain the most reliable evidence
available. All questions as to the admissibility of evidence or other
legal matters shall be decided by the Chair of the Judicial Committee
or the Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee. This is
a local administrative hearing and the College official(s) may
exclude any person who may be reasonably expected to or actually
does interfere materially with the hearing.
While firmly committed to the concept of due process, the College
recognizes the fact that the student may be accused of on-campus or
off-campus offenses which, by their nature, would present a clear
and present danger of serious physical or mental harm to the students
or to another member of the College community or to College
property. In such cases, the Vice President for Student Affairs or
official designee may impose the necessary temporary sanctions,
pending a hearing.
Further, the Vice President for Student Affairs shall have power to
impose such temporary sanctions, pending a hearing, when a student
or student group engages in conduct which presents a clear and
present danger to the freedoms and rights of other members of the
College community in any manner whatsoever, or which may
otherwise materially and substantially interfere with the requirements
of appropriate discipline in the operation of the College.
1. All complaints of alleged violation by students shall be made to
the Student Affairs Office. Each complaint shall contain a
statement of facts outlining each alleged act of misconduct and
the individual(s) known to be involved.
2. The student shall be notified by the Student Affairs Office of
the accusation of a violation and will be asked to come to the
Student Affairs Office for a conference to discuss the
BECAUSE SUCH A CONFERENCE IS IMPOSSIBLE ON A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM, THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD VIA TELEPHONE AT AN HOUR AND LOCATION DESIGNATED BY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR.† FAILURE BY THE STUDENT TO APPEAR FOR THE CONFERENCE WILL BE CONSIDERED AND ADMISSION OF GUILT, AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN.
3. At the above-mentioned conference, the student shall be advised
of the following options and asked to indicate a preference:
a. An informal hearing before the Vice President for
Student Affairs or official designee in which case the
Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee
will take the appropriate action. The Vice President for
Student Affairs or official designee may, for good
cause, refer any case to the Judicial Committee.
BECAUSE OF THE RESTRICTIONS OF DISTANCE, THE CONFERENCE ITSELF WILL SERVE AS THE HEARING.† FOR THE SAME REASON, APPEARANCE BEFORE THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE WILL NOT BE AN OPTION.
4. Students shall be notified in writing of final decisions.
The following are possible disciplinary measures which may be imposed
upon a student for an infraction of the Student Code of Conduct. This
list shall not be taken to be exhaustive or in order of severity and may be
enlarged or modified to meet particular circumstances in any given case.
1. Expulsion: Permanent severance of the student's relationship
2. Probated Expulsion: Notice that further convictions of major
offenses, as specified in the decision, may result in expulsion.
3. Suspension: Temporary severance of the student's relationship
of time is to be specified in the decision.
4. Probated Suspension: Notice that further convictions of
major offenses, as specified, may result in suspension. The
period of probation shall be specified in the decision.
5. Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or
misappropriation of property.
6. Community Service Assignment: Assignment to work a
specific number of hours on campus or at a community service
7. Restrictions: (a) Identification card privileges; (b) parking
privileges; (c) other.
8. Reprimand: (a) Oral reprimand - an oral disapproval issued to
the student by a person designated in the decision; (b) Written
reprimand - a statement of disapproval prepared by a designated
person and delivered to the student in writing.
housing; (b) Suspension from housing; (c) Housing relocation;
(d) Residence hall restrictions; (e) Probated expulsion from
housing; (f) Probated suspension from housing; (g) Other.
10. Change in Grade: Initiated by the instructor for the course in
which an academic irregularity occurred.
11. Forced withdrawal: Removal from the academic course,
within which an offense occurred without credit for the course.
12. Other: Papers, counseling, alcohol evaluations, etc.
When a student shall be expelled or suspended from the College for
disciplinary purposes, the student shall have the right to appeal to the
President of the College.
1. The appeal must be based on substantial new evidence or
sufficient grounds for good cause. Substantial new evidence
constitutes that which was not available at the original
hearing and which has a direct bearing on the verdict. A
sufficient ground for good cause is defined as any
infringement of one or more of the rights of the accused
BECAUSE THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IS MUCH SHORTER THAN A SEMESTER AND BECAUSE THE PENALTY OF IMMEDIATE EXPULSION WILL BE APPLIED ONLY IN CASES IN WHICH IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE STUDENT IS A DANGER TO HIMSELF OR TO OTHERS OR IN WHICH OUR AFFILIATE/HOST SCHOOL HAS ASKED THAT HE BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM (FOR NON-ATTENDANCE OR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR AT THE SCHOOL OR IN THE HOME), THE STUDENT MUST APPEAL IN WRITING WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE RECEIPT OF NOTIFICATION OF HIS EXPULSION.† WHILE THE PRESIDENT NORMALLY APPOINTS A COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE MATTER, IN THE CASE OF THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM, HE (OR, IF HE CANNOT BE REACHED, AN OFFICIAL DESIGNEE) WILL MAKE A UNILATERAL DECISION REGARDING THE APPEAL.† HE WILL NOTIFY THE STUDENT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF HIS DECISION.
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