Student Code of Conduct
To maintain a responsible living and learning environment that is conducive to our educational and developmental endeavors the college has established, and enforces, the regulations and policies contained in our Code of Student Conduct. The college believes that every student should accept the consequences of their actions. To this end the college supports the concept of educational discipline and will make an effort to educate a student through the imposition of sanctions that are applicable to the student’s situation and violation.
Complete Code of Student Conduct (PDF)
Basic outline of College Codes (to view in detail, see link above, pages 4-20):
- MISSION of the College
- ACADEMIC INTEGRITY (includes: Cheating, Plagiarism, Re-use of own work, & other infractions) pages 4-8
- ALCOHOL (see Higgins Alcohol policy for variance)
- ASSAULT/RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT
- COMPUTER USE (includes: using wrong ID, sending abusive/obscene messages, & digital copyright infringement)
- CRIME (facing law enforcement charges)
- DEMONSTRATIONS (includes: unauthorized use of college space, violent conduct or threat which obstructs/disrupts college activity, use of amplifying equip. in academic quad during classes)
- DISORDERLY CONDUCT/ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR
- DISRUPTIVE CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR
- FAILURE TO COMPLY
- FALSE ADMISSION APPLICATION
- FALSIFICATION OF INFORMATION (includes: forgery, knowingly making false oral/written statements to college official, possession of fake ID)
- HEALTH (if condition endangers health of other students or self)
- LIBRARY (includes: reasonable standards of conduct, damage to building and materials, etc.)
- MISUSE/DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY
- ORDINANCES (student charged with more than one violation of a city/town of Oneonta ordinance)
- RESIDENCE HALL LICENSE (see Residence Life & Housing website)
- RETALIATION (due to participation in an investigation)
- SEXUAL & INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE- pages 12-20
- THEFT/POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY/CRIMINAL MISCHIEF
What are your student rights in an administrative hearing?
What do your due process procedures mean?
- “The student who has been accused of a violation will be informed of the alleged violation(s) in writing or orally at the time of the administrative hearing.”
You should receive a letter in your email containing information about the charges and when and where you will be requested to attend your hearing.
- “The student will be informed of the nature of the evidence against him/her indicating a potential policy violation.”
If a hearing administrator has police reports, resident advisor reports, photos, or video, etc. they will share with you information that is relevant at your hearing.
- “The student has the right to make statements and present fact witnesses on his/her behalf. Those witnesses can be limited by the hearing officer if unduly repetitious. Where a witness cannot be physically present, telephone interviews and/or signed written statements can be substituted at the discretion of the hearing officer.”
You have the right to give your side of the story, and provide witnesses to the specific incident (not character references).
- “The student may ask that the administrative hearing be postponed for 24 hours in order to have time to call witnesses or to gather witness statements.”
You can ask that the hearing be rescheduled so that you have time to gather your supporting witness information or get them to the hearing.
- “While accused students have the right to remain silent and cannot be compelled to participate in hearings, or may attend but choose not to respond to some or all questions, reasonable inferences can and will be drawn by hearing officers based upon the evidence they have available to them.“
You can choose not to answer questions or speak at all, however the officer will have to make a final decision based on the evidence & information provided to them.
- “Decisions about violations of the Code of Student Conduct will be based on a preponderance of the evidence. This means that a student will only be found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct if information indicates that it is more likely than not that the student engaged in behaviors constituting a violation.”
Based on the information provided to them, does it seem more likely than not that you did or did not violate the policy?
Possible Sanctions (for more detail see student code of conduct document above, page 22):
- Restrictive disciplinary probation
- Probation II
- Probation I
- Letter of admonition and reprimand
- In Kind restitution
- Community Service
- Residence Hall Ban
- Residence Hall Transfer
- Residence Hall License Revocation
- Education Sanctions