The steps followed by the Student Services staff to resolve formal disciplinary matters make up the judicial process. This system exists to assure that basic due process is granted to all students of our community who find themselves in conflict with the community’s standards. All such conflicts are resolved by members of the PWSCC community in a system which, though avoiding the formalities and complexities of a legal process, nevertheless aim to respect the dignity of the individual as well as personal and community rights. With heavy reliance on the honesty of all participants, it is assumed that reasonable people, properly informed, can and will make judgments in the best interest of the college community. Decisions will be made based on the “preponderance of evidence.”
- a superiority in weight, power, importance, or strength
- a superiority or excess in number or quantity
The following judicial structures and procedures have been set in place and are to be considered binding on all parties:
The formal responsibility for discipline of student conduct infractions lies with the Director of Student Services. The Campus Life Coordinator may adjudicate Student Housing affairs. All possible disciplinary matters begin with an incident report submitted by a member of the college staff or faculty, or with a formal complaint filed by any member of the campus community. Each complaint is investigated and, if formal disciplinary action seems called for, then the student or group alleged to have violated college policy is notified by a Judicial Officer that the matter will be addressed through the judicial process.
Some infractions will absolutely involve local law enforcement; it is up to the Judicial Officer or the college administration as to whether to involve exterior parties to mitigate the offense. Other offenses may be brought from the Judicial Officer to a Campus Judicial Committee. Offenses of an academic nature may be referred to the Dean of Instruction. See “Academic Integrity” below.
Every student involved in the judicial process has the right to a due process hearing and to appeal the resultant decision.
For complete details of college policy and the judicial process, refer to the PWSCC Student Handbook.
Honesty in academic endeavors is a central tenet of the PWSCC philosophy. One may feel proud of accomplishments and success attained honorably through hard work. Knowledge gained in this way often leads to later success in professional pursuits and in personal life. Unfortunately, academic stress and anxiety sometimes impact the individual in ways that produce dishonest behavior, or taking an “easier” route to fulfilling academic responsibilities. Infractions of academic dishonesty can lead to serious consequences. Refer to the Student Handbook for more information. College staff observing academic dishonesty inside or outside the classroom are required to report such behavior, and these cases may be referred directly to the Director of Student Services for a conduct hearing.