Code of Conduct

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE

I. Student Conduct Code

                The Colleges reaffirm the principle of student freedom coupled with an acceptance of full responsibility for individual action and the consequences of such action.  Thus, this Student Conduct Code has been written to set forth the terms of the relationship between the student and The Sage Colleges (TSC) with respect to disciplinary matters.  It is an outgrowth of the duty of the Colleges to protect their educational purposes by setting standards of scholarship and behavior.  Membership in The Sage Colleges’ community necessitates compliance with regulations and procedures established by governing bodies.  These regulations are essential for the maintenance of an atmosphere of learning in which the community’s academic and social standards can be upheld.  Students, faculty and administrators share, according to College governance, the responsibility for the legislation, implementation, and enforcement of these College regulations.  Each member of the College community, both in residence and those taking online and hybrid courses, is expected to uphold this individual and community responsibility, and must take action to uphold College regulations.  All individuals in the Colleges’ community are expected to maintain integrity in all endeavors and respect the rights of others. 

II. Jurisdiction of The Sage Colleges

1. Generally, TSC jurisdiction and discipline may be imposed for conduct which occurs on the Colleges’ premises or as part of Colleges’ sponsored or sanctioned off-premises activities, such as college sponsored housing (ex. University Heights College Suites), co-curricular activities, extracurricular activities, internships, field placements, co-curricular or off-campus trips, general research, or for conduct which in and of itself adversely affects TSC community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.  Students enrolled in a course offered in the online or hybrid formats are subject to the same jurisdiction and discipline as students attending class in a Sage classroom.

2. It is The Sage Colleges’ intent to leave disciplinary action with respect to off-campus offenses of students to civil authorities. It must be noted, however, that there are certain off-campus offenses that by their very nature are in the interest of The Sage Colleges to investigate and adjudicate. In such cases, which shall be determined solely at the discretion of the Colleges, The Sage Colleges reserves the right to take appropriate action.

III.  Definitions

1. The terms “College” and “Colleges” mean any one of The Sage Colleges: (TSC)-Russell Sage College, Sage Graduate Schools, or Sage College of Albany.

2. The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at TSC, both full-time and part-time, online or in-person, pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional studies, commuting to campus or residing in College residence halls. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Conduct Code, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with TSC or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission, are considered “students.” Any individual who has been awarded a degree from the Colleges will be considered a “student” to the extent that, prior to receiving the degree, the individual committed fraud, misrepresentation, or another violation of TSC standards in obtaining the degree, or committed other serious misconduct prior to receiving the degree.

3. The “Vice President for Student Life” is the senior officer designated by the President of TSC to be responsible for the administration of the Student Conduct Code.  The Vice President, or his or her designee, is responsible for the day to day administration of the Student Conduct Code.

4. The term “faculty member” means any person hired by TSC to conduct classroom activities.

5. The term “TSC official” includes any person employed by TSC, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.

6. The term “member of the College community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, TSC official or any person employed by TSC. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Vice President for Student Life.

7. The term “TSC premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, vehicles, and other property used, or in the possession of, or owned or controlled by TSC (including adjacent streets and sidewalks.)

8. The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for TSC recognition.

9. The term “complainant” means the College on behalf of an individual or department in TSC community.

10. The term “co-complainant” means the member of the College community who may have initiated the complaint.

11. The term “Student Conduct Board” means any one person or persons authorized by the Vice President for Student Life to determine whether a student has violated the Student Conduct Code and, if so, to recommend imposition of sanctions. Such panel shall be appointed on a case-by-case basis, and, if consisting of more than one person, may consist of a Student Conduct Administrator, one or more, but not more than three, faculty members from a list of candidates provided by the Council of Faculty and one or more, but not more than three, students from a list of candidates provided by the applicable student government and other sources. In cases of a Student Conduct Board of more than one person, the Student Conduct Administrator shall serve as chair with one vote. (In the case of residence life/student life violations, the Student Conduct Board may consist solely of students.)  The total number of members of the Student Conduct Board must be an odd number.

12. The term “Student Conduct Administrator” means a member of the faculty or professional staff authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Vice President for Student Life to impose sanctions upon students found to have violated the Student Conduct Code. Nothing shall prevent the Vice President for Student Life from authorizing the same Student Conduct Administrator to impose sanctions in more than one case.

13. The term “Appellate Board” means any one person or persons authorized by the Vice President for Student Life to consider an appeal from a Student Conduct Board’s determination or from the sanctions imposed by the Student Conduct Administrator. Such board shall be appointed by the Vice President for Student Life on a case-by-case basis and may consist of a single faculty or administrative Student Conduct Administrator or a two to five member panel of administrator(s), faculty member(s) (chosen from a list of TSC faculty who have been designated by the Council of Faculty to serve in this capacity), and student(s) (chosen from a list of candidates submitted by the applicable student government or other sources).

14. The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.

15. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

16. The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations of TSC as found in, but not limited to, the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life policies, Student Life policies, the Student Handbooks, and TSC Catalog.

17. The term “cheating” is defined in appendix A.

18. The term “plagiarism” is defined in appendix A.

19. The term “residence life violation” means any violation of the Residence Life policies.

20. The term “student life violation” means any violation of the Student Life policies.

IV. Conduct-Rules and Regulations

A. A violation of College policy occurs when there is evidence of a student having committed actual misconduct, attempting to commit misconduct but not completing the violation (i.e. offering to sell illegal substances to an individual who does not buy them or trying to steal an item but stopping or being stopped before removing the item from its location), assisting or convincing another person to commit misconduct, and misconduct or attempted misconduct by a student’s guest. Any student found to have committed misconduct including, but not limited to, the following, is subject to the disciplinary sanctions set forth in this document.

1. Acts of dishonesty, including, but not limited to, the following:

a. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.

b. Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office.

c. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College recognized student organization’s name, emblem, symbols, facilities, or property.

d. Tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization.

e. Computer theft, unauthorized use of computers or accounts, or allowing others access to an account.

f. Illegal or improper use of the Colleges’ phone system.

g. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document.

2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, learning, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other TSC activities, including its public-service functions on or off-campus, or other authorized non-college activities, when the act occurs on TSC premises.

3. Actual or threatened physical violence, intimidation, or coercion, including, but not limited to, actual or threatened violence, sexual abuse, and other forms of physical abuse.

4. Verbal abuse of any person.

5. Harassment, whether verbal, written, or otherwise, including, but not limited to, sexual and other harassment as defined in TSC’s Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Policy & Procedure.

6. Actual or threatened conduct that directly or indirectly threatens, endangers, or interferes with the health or safety of any person, or which adversely affects TSC community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.

7. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property or services of TSC or any other person or entity.

8. Stalking, pursuing, or intentional unwanted engagement with a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear harm to physical, mental, or emotional health, safety, employment status, or property of such person, a member of a person’s immediate family, or a third party whom the person is acquainted. Such behaviors include, but are not limited to: telephone calls; voice/text messages; following to residence hall, class, work, or other daily activities; letters; emails; gift giving; instant messaging; using AIM or social networking communities to collect personal information.

9. Hazing, defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person or persons, or involves the forced consumption of liquor, drugs, or other substances, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization.  The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense.  Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is also considered misconduct.

10. Failure to comply with directions of any TSC officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

11. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or electronic access cards to any of TSC premises or unauthorized entry to, or use of, TSC premises or any other entity.

12. Violation of TSC policies, rules or regulations, published in hard copy or available electronically on TSC’s website including, but not limited to, alcohol and drug policies, tobacco free policy,  parking regulations, residence hall policies, library regulations, technology acceptable use policy, and student life policies.

13. Conduct which could be construed to be a violation of federal, state or local law.

14. Use, possession, manufacture or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, illicit drugs or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.  This includes prescription drugs being used or possessed by an individual without a valid prescription for that drug.

15. Use, possession, manufacture, illegal purchase or distribution of drug paraphernalia (such as, but not limited to, pipes, bongs, hookahs and scales), including, but not limited to, all items used for the purpose of preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise using illegal drugs, or in the illicit use of legal drugs.

16.   Use, possession, manufacture, illegal purchase or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the law and TSC regulations.  Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.  Being below 21 years of age and in the presence of alcohol is prohibited.

17. Conduct which demonstrates public intoxication or signs that indicate the use of alcohol, drugs or other harmful substances.

18. Possession of any firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, assault weapon, stun gun, explosive or incendiary device.

19. Possession of any dangerous instrument, toxic or poisonous substance or chemical other than for use in a supervised academic setting. 

20. Any attempt to intentionally or recklessly start a fire or cause an explosion and/or contribute to an unauthorized fire.

21. Falsely reporting an emergency; such as falsely reporting a bomb, fire or other emergency in any building, structure or facility on College premises or at any College related function by activating a fire alarm or by any other means.

22. Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of TSC and infringes on the rights of other members of the College community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.

23. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on TSC premises or at College sponsored or supervised functions.

24. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd,  indecent, or a breach of the peace (i.e. conduct which is disruptive, disturbing, or offensive to others); or aiding, assisting, or encouraging another person to breach the peace on TSC premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, TSC or members of the academic community. 

25. Engaging in conduct which has the intent to harass, demean, annoy or alarm another person; including, but not limited to: initiating communication via mechanical or electronic means, social network communication, telephone, telegraph, mail, computer, electronic mail or other form of written or pictorial communication, texting, or by making a telephone call or calls whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation.

26. Unauthorized surveillance, including, but is not limited to, any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on TSC premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom or any other place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

27. Theft or other abuse of computer or telephone systems or time, including but not limited to:

a.     Unauthorized file access, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.

b.     Unauthorized transfer of a file.

c.     Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password or allowing another person use and/or access to one’s MySage or voicemail account identification or password.

d.     Use of computing or telephone facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or TSC official.

e.     Use of computing or telephone facilities to send obscene, threatening, harassing, or abusive messages.

f.      Use of computing or telephone facilities to interfere with the normal operation of TSC computing system.

g.     Use of computer or telephone facilities in any way which could be construed to be in violation of federal or state laws.

h.     Use of computer or telephone facilities in any way which could be construed as copyright infringement.

i.      Any violation of the TSC Acceptable Use Policy.

28.   Abuse of the student conduct system, including but not limited to:

a.     Failure to appear before a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board or College official if requested, or willful failure or refusal to cooperate as a witness, unless doing so would incriminate oneself.

b.     Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board.

c.     Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a Student Conduct Code proceeding.

d.     Initiation of a Student Conduct Code proceeding knowingly without cause.

e.     Attempting to coerce an individual from proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system.

f.      Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board prior to, and/or during the course of, a Student Conduct Code proceeding.

g.     Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board prior to, during, and/or after a Student Conduct Code Hearing.

h.     Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Conduct Code.

i.      Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct system.

j.      Institution of a Student Conduct Code proceeding in bad faith.

29.   All gambling or betting activities, with the exception of small, private card or other games, which do not involve monetary bets or involve monetary bets of very small amounts.

30.   Students are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon TSC community and to model good citizenship in any community.

31.   Any guest or other person on TSC premises may be ejected from the premises if he or she appears to be engaged in misconduct or poses a threat to the safety or wellbeing of others, or is disrupting the normal operations of TSC.

32.   Acts of complicity; aiding, abetting, attempting, conspiring, hiring, willfully encouraging or being an accessory to any violation of TSC Code of Conduct.

B. Violation of Law and TSC Discipline

1.  TSC disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Conduct Code without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest or prosecution.  Proceedings under this Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life.  Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Conduct Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of TSC rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.

2.  When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also the subject of a proceeding before a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board under the Student Conduct Code, however, the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Conduct Code and of how such matters will be handled internally within the College community. TSC will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campuses and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions).  Individual members of the College community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

3.  Where an interim suspension is imposed in a case involving the arrest of the accused student, the College may require the matter to be resolved in full prior to the pending Student Conduct Code case being heard on its merits.

 

V.  Student Conduct Policies

    A. Charges and Hearings

1.  Any member of TSC community or the Colleges on their own may file charges against any student for misconduct.  Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Vice President for Student Life as soon as possible.

2.  The Vice President for Student Life will determine a) whether or not the alleged misconduct is within the purview of the Student Conduct Code; and b) the appropriate hearing body.

3.  The Student Conduct Administrator may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Student Conduct Administrator.  Such disposition shall be final and there should be no subsequent proceedings.  If the charges are not admitted and/or cannot be disposed of by mutual consent, the Student Conduct Administrator may later serve in the same matter as the Student Conduct Board or a member thereof.  If the student admits violating institutional rules, but sanctions are not agreed to, subsequent process, including a hearing if necessary, shall be limited to determining the appropriate sanction(s).

4.   All charges shall be presented to the accused student in written form.  A time shall be set for a hearing, not less than five (5) nor more than fifteen (15) business days after the student has been notified.  Minimum and maximum time limits for scheduling of hearings may be modified at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life.

5.  If any disciplinary action is pending against a student, degrees, grade reports, and transcripts will not be issued until the matter is resolved.

6.  If the student withdraws from TSC while student conduct proceedings are in process, the student does so with charges pending.  The Colleges reserve the right to adjudicate those charges when/if the student returns to TSC.

7.  Hearings shall be conducted by the Student Conduct Board according to the following guidelines:

a.  Hearings normally shall be conducted in private.

b.  The complainant, accused student, the co-complainant, and their advisor(s), if any, shall be allowed to attend the entire portion of the Student Conduct Board Hearing at which information is presented.  Admission of any other person to the Student Conduct Board hearing shall be at the discretion of the Student Conduct Board and/or its Student Conduct Administrator.

c.   In Student Conduct Board Hearings involving more than one accused student, the Student Conduct Administrator, at his or her discretion, may permit the Student Conduct Board Hearings concerning each student to be conducted either separately or jointly.

d.  Any co-complainant and the accused have the right to be assisted by an advisor who is a member of the College community, but who is not an attorney.  The co-complainant and/or the accused student is responsible for presenting his or her own information, and therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any Student Conduct Board Hearing before a Student Conduct Board.  A student should select as an advisor a person whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the Student Conduct Board Hearing because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.  The selection of an advisor is the responsibility of the co-complainant or accused student. 

e.  The complainant(s), co-complainant, the accused student and the Student Conduct Board may arrange for witnesses to present pertinent information to the Student Conduct Board at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.  The College will try to arrange the attendance of possible witnesses who are members of the Sage community, if reasonably possible, and who are identified by the complainant, accused student, and/or the co-complainant, at least two weekdays prior to the Student Conduct Board Hearing.  Witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the Student Conduct Board.  Questions may be suggested by the accused student, co-complainant, and/or complainant to be answered by each other or by other witnesses.  This will be conducted by the Student Conduct Board with such questions directed to the Student Conduct Administrator, rather than to the witness directly.  This method is used to preserve the educational tone of the hearing and to avoid creation of an adversarial environment.   Questions of whether potential information will be received shall be resolved at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.

f.   Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements (including Student Impact Statements, written statements made by members of the Colleges’ community dealing with the impact that the accused student’s conduct has had on a particular student or students or upon TSC students in general) may be accepted as information for consideration by a Student Conduct Board at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.  The Board will hear one character witness and will accept one letter supporting the character of the accused student.

g.   All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the Student Conduct Administrator at his/her discretion.

h.   After the portion of the Student Conduct Board Hearing concludes in which all pertinent information has been received, the Student Conduct Board shall determine (by majority vote if the Student Conduct Board consists of more than one person) whether the accused student has violated each section of the Student Conduct Code which the student is charged with violating.

i.    The Student Conduct Board’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Conduct Code.

j.    When requested, a student must appear before a Student Conduct Board, Appellate Board or College official for the purposes of providing information relevant to a Student Conduct Code proceeding. Failure to appear or willful failure or refusal to provide such information, unless it will result in self-incrimination, may result in student conduct action, at the discretion of the Student Conduct Administrator.  The Student Conduct Board may draw a negative inference from the failure or refusal to provide information, even if such failure or refusal is due to concerns about self-incrimination.

k.   Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as those which are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in Student Conduct Code proceedings.

8.  There shall be a single verbatim record, such as a tape recording, of all Student Conduct Board Hearings before a Student Conduct Board (not including deliberations).  The record shall be the property of TSC.

9.  If an accused student, with notice, does not appear at a Student Conduct Board Hearing, the information in support of the charges shall be presented and considered, even if the accused student is not present.

10.   The Student Conduct Board may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being and/or fears of confrontation of the complainant, co-complainant, accused student, and/or other witness during the hearing by providing separate facilities, by using a visual screen, and/or permitting participation by telephone, video tape, written statement or other means, where and as determined in the sole judgment of the Vice President for Student Life to be appropriate.

11.   The co-complainant may be permitted to withdraw his or her complaint subsequent to its submission to the Vice President for Student Life, if, and only if, the Vice President for Student Life is satisfied that the co-complainant’s decision is not the result of pressure or intimidation.  If the Vice President for Student Life allows the complaint to be withdrawn, no Student Conduct Board Hearing will be held.  In the event that the complaint is allowed to be withdrawn after a Hearing has been completed, the Hearing shall cease and no determination will be made.  In the event that the complaint is allowed to be withdrawn after the Hearing has been completed, any determination or sanctions will be reversed automatically. If the Vice President for Student Life does not allow the complaint to be withdrawn, the Student Conduct Board Hearing will proceed under the normal process; the Board will disregard the attempted withdrawal of the complaint in making its determinations and recommending sanctions.                     

12.    If the accused student or the co-complainant wishes to challenge the placement of any member(s) of the Student Conduct Board, he or she must raise this issue at the start of the Student Conduct Board Hearing.  The Student Conduct Administrator, as chair, will hear the reasons for any such challenge.  If the Student Conduct Board consists of only one individual, that individual must bring the challenge to the attention of the Vice President for Student Life, who will hear the reasons for such challenge. Any deliberations before the Student Conduct Board as to the challenge should be made without the accused student or the co-complainant present.  The Student Conduct Administrator, or, if applicable, the Vice President for Student Life, will determine whether to support the challenge.  Any member(s) so removed will be replaced as quickly as possible by the Vice President for Student Life, or, in the case of a Student Conduct Board made up of multiple individuals, the Student Conduct Board Hearing may simply proceed without the removed member, at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life.

B.    Sanctions

1.  The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Conduct Code:

a.   Warning- A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.

b.   Disciplinary Probation -A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s) during the period.

c.   Loss of Privileges-Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.

d.   Fines- Previously established fines may be imposed.

e.   Restitution- Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.

f.    Discretionary Sanctions- Work assignments, service to the Colleges, parental notification, written apology, or other related discretionary assignments.

g.    Parental/Guardian Notification- In certain circumstances the College reserves the right to notify or require the student themselves to notify parents/guardians of dependent students when college policies have been violated. 

h.    Residence Hall Suspension-Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, without refund, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.

i.     Residence Hall Expulsion-Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls, without refund.

j.     College Suspension-Separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, without refund, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.

k.   Administrative Suspension for Health Reasons – Separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. This suspension may be imposed when a student poses imminent danger to himself or herself, to another person or persons, or poses a threat of disruption or interference with the normal operations of TSC.

l.     Expulsion-Permanent separation from the College, without refund.

m.   Revocation of Degree-TSC may revoke an issued degree due to fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of TSC standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.

n.     Withholding Degree – TSC may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Conduct Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.

o.     Prohibition from Professional Practice – TSC may take any and all steps it deems necessary to prohibit, limit, or monitor the current or future practice of a profession by an individual found to have committed misconduct (i.e. notifying the appropriate agency overseeing the profession).

p.     Mandatory Assessment/Counseling –The Student Conduct Administrator may order a student to participate in psychological counseling or assessment, either on-campus or off-campus.  Failure to attend or actively participate in good faith in counseling sessions may warrant the imposition of additional or different sanctions.

q.     Sanctions for academic dishonesty may include:

1.     A written reprimand

2.     A zero or “F” on the assignment(s) involved

3.     An “F” in the class involved

4.     Revocation or a change of grade

5.     Suspension from the College for one term

6.     Suspension from the College for one year

7.     Permanent dismissal from the College

8.     Revocation of degree

2.     More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

3.     If a student is found responsible for repeat violations of the same or similar charges, sanctions issued will be more severe in light of the repeat nature of the offense.

4.     Other than College suspension or expulsion, prohibition from professional practice or revocation of degree, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record. Upon graduation, the student’s confidential record may be expunged of disciplinary actions other than residence-hall expulsion, College suspension or expulsion, upon application to the Vice President for Student Life. Cases involving the imposition of sanctions other than residence hall expulsion, College suspension or College expulsion shall be expunged from the student’s confidential record 2 years after final disposition of the case or upon graduation-whichever shall last occur. 

5.     In situations involving both an accused student(s) and a student(s) claiming to be the victim of another student’s conduct, the records of the process and of the sanctions imposed, if any, shall be considered to be the educational records of both the accused student and the student claiming to be the victim because the educational career and chances of success in the academic community of each may be impacted.

6.     The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:

a.     Those sanctions listed above in Section B1, (a) through (f).

b.     Deactivation-Loss of all privileges, including TSC recognition, for a specified period of time.

7.     In each case in which a Student Conduct Administrator determines that a student has violated the Student Conduct Code, the sanction(s) shall be determined and imposed by the Student Conduct Administrator. In cases decided by a Student Conduct Board, the recommendation of all members of the panel shall be considered by the Student Conduct Administrator in determining and imposing the sanction(s). Following the hearing, the Student Conduct Administrator shall advise the accused student in writing of his or her determination and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any. The Vice President for Student Life shall receive a copy of this letter.

C.    Interim Suspension

In certain circumstances, the Vice President for Student Life, or a designee, may impose a College suspension prior to the hearing before a Student Conduct Board.

1.     Interim suspension may be imposed only: a) to ensure the immediate safety and well-being of members of TSC community or preservation of TSC property; or b) to ensure the student’s own immediate physical or emotional safety and well-being; or c) if the student poses an immediate threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of TSC.

2.     During the interim suspension, students shall be denied access to the campus (including classes) and/or all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Vice President for Student Life or his or her designee may determine to be appropriate.

3.     In the case of residence hall violations where the Vice President for Student Life or a designee determines that interim suspension from the residence hall is warranted, the Vice President for Student Life may allow the student to attend classes and participate in campus activities that are not conducted in the residence hall.

4.     The student should be notified in writing of this action and the reasons for the suspension.  The notice should include the time, date, and place of a subsequent hearing at which the student may show cause why his or her continued presence on the campus does not constitute a threat and at which time he or she may contest whether a campus rule was violated.

D.    Appeals to an Appellate Board

1.     A decision reached by the Student Conduct Board or a sanction imposed by the Student Conduct Administrator may be appealed by the accused student(s), the co-complainant, or the complainant to an Appellate Board within two (2) business days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Vice President for Student Life. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Vice President for Student Life will confirm that the appeal is supported by one of the reasons listed in section D.2.a-d.

 2.    Appeals can be requested for one or more of the following determinations:

a.     whether the penalty is inappropriate to the finding;

b.     whether the finding is supported by the evidence;

c.     whether the student’s procedural rights as specified in the Student Conduct Code were violated;

d.     whether new evidence, which was unavailable at the original proceeding, has  been discovered.

3.     A copy of the hearing transcript shall be made available to the appellant as soon as it is available.  The appellant shall present his/her reasons for appeal with supporting documentation within five (5) business days after review of the transcript.

4.     The Vice President for Student Life shall appoint an Appellate Board under the procedures in Section III, item 13. The transcripts and all case documentation shall be delivered to each member of the Appellate Board. The Vice President for Student Life shall convene an Appellate Board within ten (10) days of request.

5.     The Appellate Board shall reach a determination within ten (10) business days of receiving the appeal.  Except as required to explain the basis of new evidence, an appeal shall be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents.

6.     In cases involving appeals by accused students to the Appellate Board, review of the sanction by the Appellate Board may not result in more severe sanction(s) for the accused student.

7.     In cases involving appeals by persons other than students accused of violating the Student Conduct Code, the Appellate Board may, upon review of the case, find that a violation of the Student Conduct Code did occur, reduce or increase the sanctions imposed by the Student Conduct Board, remand the case to the original officer or Student Conduct Board, recommend the appointment of a new Student Conduct Administrator, affirm or reverse the judgment of the original Student Conduct Administrator or Board, or dismiss the case in its entirety. 

E.  Academic Violations

See appendix A – Academic Honesty 

F.  Appeals of Faculty Decisions Regarding Cheating or Plagiarism

See appendix A – Academic Honesty 

VI. Interpretation and Revision

A.    Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Conduct Code shall be referred to the Vice President for Student Life for final determination.

B.    The Student Conduct Code shall be reviewed every three years in consultation with appropriate College official(s) under the direction of the Vice President of Student Life. Recommendations for changes in policies or regulations, or in their enforcement, may be addressed to the Vice President for Student Life.

 

Adapted from The Journal of College and University Law, Volume 31, Fall 2004. Revised: May 2005, July 2008, June 2009, June 2010, July 2011, June 2012, July 2013.

Appendix A

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is a core value at The Sage Colleges and is a necessary element to the learning process. It is also fundamental to the atmosphere of inquiry and intellectual curiosity that TSC seeks to foster. It is an assumption that learning is taken seriously by students and that the academic work that students produce is a direct result of the commitment of the student toward learning as well as the personal knowledge gained.  As part of the Student Code of Conduct that all students are responsible to uphold, the following is the section related to academic integrity.

Academic Dishonesty/Misconduct

Academic dishonesty and misconduct violate the essential mission of an academic institution.  Academic dishonesty and misconduct in any of its forms will not be tolerated at The Sage Colleges.  Examples of academic dishonesty/misconduct include:

·         Using material not authorized by the instructor to complete an exam;

·         Knowingly doing another person’s academic work;

·         Presenting the written ideas, representations, or words of another without citing the appropriate sources;

·         Failing to cooperate in the investigation of any student being accused of academic dishonesty/misconduct.

Academic Dishonesty/Misconduct Definitions:

1)  Cheating:  Using or attempting to use unauthorized material in any academic exercise.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to:

a)  use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;

b)  consulting or copying from any source beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments;

c)   the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of TSC community;

d)  disclosing, distributing ,making accessible, or improperly accessing confidential information acquired in the conduct of course work, on- or off-campus employment, internships, field placements, or serving as a research assistant;

e)    failing to obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval before beginning any research, including surveys or questionnaires, with human subjects, or failing to comply with IRB requirements;

f)    unauthorized use of computer equipment or software.

2)    Plagiarism:  presenting the work of another as one’s own without proper citation, or altering or inventing any information or citation in any academic exercise.

3)    Multiple Submissions:  submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit more than once without authorization.

4)     Complicity in academic dishonesty/misconduct:  intentionally helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty/misconduct; unauthorized collaboration on any academic work.

5)       Abuse of Materials:  damaging, destroying, stealing, or in any way obstructing access to library or other academic resource material or academic record.

6)      Alteration:  changing or attempting to change a grade or signature given by an instructor.

Process for Responding to Academic Dishonesty/Misconduct

1)       A faculty member may take any of the following disciplinary actions when a student engages in an act of academic misconduct:

·                     A written reprimand;

·                     A zero or “F” on the assignment(s) involved;

·                     A “F” in the class involved;

·                     Revocation or a change of grade.

Any sanction, other than those listed here, may be issued by the institution only, not by an individual faculty member.

A faculty member imposing discipline on a student for academic dishonesty/misconduct should take the following steps:

                                           i.     Determine whether it is more likely than
                                                    not that the student is responsible for academic
                                                    dishonesty and/or misconduct. 

                                          ii.      Faculty members are encouraged to consult with the
                                                    accused student in an effort to informally address the
                                                    alleged academic dishonesty/misconduct.

                                          iii.       Notify the accused student of the charge of academic
                                                    dishonesty/misconduct.  The student should be
                                                    notified in writing with a copy to the Academic Dean
                                                    and the Dean of Students
.  The written notification
                                                    should include a brief description of the alleged
                                                    misconduct that forms the basis of the charge, the
                                                    sanction to be imposed (limited to the four (4)
                                                    penalties listed above), and a description of the
                                                    appeal options available to the student.

2)      If the violation warrants consideration of a more severe remedy, the faculty member should contact the Vice President for Student Life to file formal charges and request the initiation of the student conduct hearing process.

3)       In cases where more than two students are involved in the same alleged violation, the faculty member must forward the case directly to the Vice President for Student Life.  The Vice President for Student Life will review the matter and determine if it is of an extraordinary nature.  After review, the Vice President for Student Life will either refer the case back to the faculty member for immediate action, or refer it to a Student Conduct Board.  In either case, the assignment of final grades is determined by the faculty member.  As with all other grades, the academic appeal process is available to a student who wishes to question the grade assigned.

4)       If the matter is referred to a Student Conduct Board, the faculty member and the College will serve as co-complainants and the matter will move forward as described in the Student Code of Conduct.

5)       In the case of repeat academic dishonesty/misconduct, the Academic Dean of the College may contact the Vice President for Student Life to request that charges be filed against the student.  The Dean of the College may serve as co-complainant in any resulting Student Conduct Board Hearing.

Appeals

1.        If a student wishes to appeal a grade assigned by a faculty member, based on a finding that the student engaged in academic dishonesty/misconduct, the student may utilize the academic appeals process.

 The process is as follows:

a.     The student should submit a formal written appeal, with rationale, within 2 business days of receiving the decision from the faculty member to the department chair/program coordinator in the subject area.  The department chair/program coordinator has 10 days to make a decision on this appeal.

b.        If the student is not in agreement with the decision from the department chair/program coordinator, they may appeal, within 2 business days, to the Dean of the College in which the course resides.  The Dean has 10 days to make a decision on this appeal.

c.        If the student is not in agreement with the decision from the Dean, a final appeal may be made, within 2 business days, to the Provost of The Sage Colleges.

2.        If a student wishes to appeal a sanction imposed through the Student Conduct Board Hearing process, the student may utilize the appeals process set forth in the Student Conduct Code in Section V, D.