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Get to know the Student Code of Conduct
- A College policy that defines the standard of conduct expected of all students while enrolled at the College.
- Every student, upon admission, contractually agrees to be governed by Fanshawe's rules and regulations.
- Be aware of what it says, understand the implications, and know your rights and responsibilities.
The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct (the Code) is to define the general standard of nonacademic conduct expected of students, to provide examples of conduct that may be subject to disciplinary action or restorative measures by the College, to set out the actions that may be imposed, and to describe the disciplinary procedures that the College will follow. The Code seeks to balance student success with the well-being of the College Community by encouraging participatory processes, informal resolution and restorative measures when appropriate. Community is at the heart of Fanshawe’s values. It expresses the connections we have with each other, support we give each other and the respect we show each other.
- In the exercise of its disciplinary authority and responsibility, the College treats students as free to organize their personal lives, behaviour, and associations, subject to all local, municipal, provincial, and federal laws, and the policies of the College, including this Code of Conduct.
- The Code applies to student conduct from admission to a course or program until that person has completed the course or graduated from the program, even though the conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end. When a complaint has been made against an individual for behaviour that was alleged to have occurred while the individual was a student, the individual is deemed a student for the purposes of the Code until the complaint and appeal process is complete.
- Nothing in this Code should be construed to limit freedom of expression as provided by law, provided such activities are orderly, do not disrupt College operations, and do not unreasonably interfere with the right of other members of the College Community to use and enjoy the College’s learning, living, and working environment and facilities.
- Whenever appropriate, the College encourages informal resolution of Minor Misconduct.
- Professional organizations and associations affiliated with specific College programs may have standards of behaviour or a specific code of ethics that students may be responsible to understand and with which they are required to comply. Any violations of such standards will be dealt with in accordance with the professional organization or association. Where breach of such standards is also a breach of this Code of Conduct, the student may be subject to disciplinary sanctions under this Code as determined by the Code of Conduct Coordinator (CCC).
1.1. All students of the Fanshawe College community have the right to live their lives, to study, to learn, to participate in student life activities, and to work without unreasonable interference, disruption, or upset caused by the actions of another person.
1.2. All Fanshawe students have the right to be treated in a manner which is respectful, honest, and free from discrimination or harassment on protected grounds.
1.3. In common with all other individuals in Ontario, students enjoy rights under both the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That enjoyment is subject to such limits contained therein. In the latter case, it should be noted that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out therein, but such rights are subject to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. Such reasonable limits may include legal rights of property owners or rights of individuals to peaceful enjoyment of premises. The extent of a right or a freedom may reasonably vary with the circumstances so that an exercise of a right which may be appropriate in a public place may not be appropriate in an educational institution.
1.4. Students have a right to have College rules and regulations, and in particular this Code, adhered to by all students. Students have a right to expect all other members of the College Community to meet the standard of acceptable behaviour outlined in this Code. In addition, students may question, seek, review, or require an explanation of College regulations without fear of repercussion.
1.5. Students have certain procedural rights as set out herein. The procedural rights include giving the student an opportunity to respond to the allegations against them and the right to appeal.
2.1. The College encourages students to set for themselves the highest standards of behaviour both on and off campus. Specifically, students are responsible for: Ensuring that their conduct aligns with this Code. Not jeopardizing the good order and proper functioning of the College’s programs, activities and services or the interests or objectives of the College. Not endangering the health, safety, rights, or property of the College or College Community members.
2.2. Breach of these responsibilities may result in disciplinary sanctions. Students are required to participate in all meetings scheduled by the Code of Conduct Coordinator (CCC) unless, by previous agreement with the CCC, a written response is to be submitted as an alternative to a meeting. If the student does not participate in scheduled meetings or does not submit a written response after having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so, the CCC may proceed to administer this Code without such a response or meeting.
Without limiting the scope of the student’s responsibilities set out in Standard D of this Code, the following list sets out specific examples of prohibited conduct. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.
1.1. Abuse of Process
Use of College policy or regulation for the purpose of harming another person in reputation or standing in the College.
1.2. Acts of Dishonesty
Acts of dishonesty include but are not limited to the following: Providing false information to any College Official, office, or member of the teaching staff; Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document or record, or any instrument of identification. Note: This provision does not supersede policy A136: Academic Integrity.
1.3. Aiding or Abetting
Aiding or encouraging others in the commission of an act prohibited under this Code, (including all municipal, provincial, or federal statutes), or attempting to commit an act prohibited under this Code.
1.4. Contravention of College Policies
Violation of published College policies and affiliated codes.
1.5. Contravention of Other Laws
Contravention of any provision of the Criminal Code or any other local, municipal, provincial, or federal statutes including without limiting the generality of the foregoing, all by-laws, regulations, and statutes.
Disruption or obstruction, by action, threat, written material, or by any means whatsoever, of any College activities, or other authorized activities on or in the facilities of the College; preventing any person from carrying on his or her legitimate activities, whether or not it involves speaking or associating with others.
1.7. Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with directions of a College Official or law enforcement officer acting in the performance of their duties or failure to identify oneself to such persons when requested to do so. Failure to comply with any sanction imposed by the College for misconduct under this Code.
1.8. Improper use of Dangerous Objects and Substances
Possession, display, use, or storage of firearms, other weapons, ammunition, and explosives, or replicas thereof, or of flammable solvents, bio-hazardous, volatile, or poisonous materials except in areas and for purposes expressly designated by authorized College Officials.
1.9. Jeopardizing College Reputation
Any other behaviour that has not previously been specified, which jeopardizes the reputation or standing of the College's programs, activities and services or the interests and objectives of the College.
1.10. Misconduct Against Persons and Dangerous Activity
Misconduct against persons includes, but is not limited to: Assault, harassment, intimidation, threats, stalking, bullying, and coercion; Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person; Disorderly or indecent conduct; Creating a condition that endangers the health, safety or well-being or any person; and Coercing, enticing, or inciting a person to commit an act that is humiliating or demeaning to that person or to others. The use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone, and pager text messages, instant messaging, personal web sites, social networking sites, and online personal polling web sites, to support harassing or hostile behaviour by an individual or group, or that is intended or has the potential to harm others, (e.g. Cyber-bullying); and Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make or disseminate an audio or video record of any person without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress.
1.11. Misconduct Involving Property
Misconduct involving real or personal property of the College or any member of the College Community, including but not limited to the following: Entry and/or presence on any facilities of the College contrary to College regulations, or without express or implied authority, or contrary to an express instruction or direction from an authorized College Official including unauthorized entry into residence rooms of others; Misappropriation, damage, unauthorized possession, defacement, and/or destruction of facilities or property of the College or the property of others; Use of College facilities, equipment, or services contrary to express instruction or without proper authority; Misuse of College supplies and documents, including equipment, library and computer resources, keys, records, transcripts and permits; Use of College-owned, leased, or controlled computing equipment or facilities for purposes other than those for which the facilities have been provided or interference with the operations of such facilities; Tampering with emergency telephones, fire protection equipment, or emergency facilities (e.g., fire bells, fire extinguishers, fire hoses); disconnecting or blocking fire alarms; setting unauthorized fires, or raising a false fire alarm; blocking or wedging open fire and smoke doors on corridors or stairways; Obtaining, accessing, or disclosing all or any part of the confidential personal records pertaining to a member of the College Community, or disclosing to others the content of such records, without that person's express consent. Using or permitting others to use College property, facilities, or resources to promote, engage in, or further an activity which contravenes any provision of the Criminal Code or any other local, municipal, provincial, or federal statutes.
1.12. Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use
Smoking on any Fanshawe campus Illegal use, possession, or distribution of a controlled or restricted substance; Contravention of provincial liquor laws or the policies of the College governing the possession, distribution, or consumption of alcohol on the premises of the College; Entry upon premises of the College or involvement in any College activity in a state of intoxication or while under the influence of any substance prohibited by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. 1.13. Visitors Failure to properly monitor the activities of a visitor whom the student invited to a College facility or failure to report misconduct by the visitor.
The College may impose one or more of the following sanctions where a Student has been found to have breached the Code. Penalties imposed for misconduct are appropriate to the nature and seriousness of the offence and take into account the student's offence history.
1.1. Warning or Temporary Dismissal
Disruption of College activities, including instructional activities. May be dealt with by a College Official who may issue a Warning, or, as appropriate, order a Temporary Dismissal of the student from the relevant area. Such Temporary Dismissals are for a period not exceeding one working day and are reported immediately to Campus Security Services.
1.2. Violation Notice
In instances where the conduct in question or its effect is minor in nature, a Violation Notice: May be issued by a member or agent of Campus Security Services in lieu of or in addition to initiating any other proceedings under this Code; Is given to the individual and a copy filed with the Code of Conduct Coordinator (CCC); May be considered in the review by the CCC of any subsequent incidents involving the student. When a student disagrees with a Violation Notice, the student may request a meeting with the CCC. Multiple Violation Notices may result in a more serious sanction.
1.3. Written Warning
A Written Warning is a notice issued by the CCC advising the student that: It has been determined that a violation of the Code has occurred and that the incident has been documented; The student’s conduct (act or omission) constituted a violation in contravention of the Code; and Further incidents may result in Code sanctions.
1.4. Behavioural Contract
A Behavioural Contract: Is a signed agreement between a student and the College through the CCC; Specifies conditions which must be met by the student before they may return to class, placement, or participate in a College-approved activity. Failure to meet the terms of the contract may result in Conduct Probation, Suspension or Expulsion of the student. If an agreement cannot be reached between the student and CCC, or if a student refuses to sign the Behavioural Contract, the CCC shall impose a sanction of Conduct Probation. The Behavioural Contract or conditions of the contract may be reviewed after an appropriate period of time, as specified in the contract, at the request of the Student to the CCC.
1.5. Conduct Probation
Conduct Probation is an order that: Is designed to permit the student to attend classes, laboratories, and placements; Is normally limited to campus activities; and May include specific terms and conditions. A Student who is on Conduct Probation is subject to Suspension or Expulsion if there are any further breaches of Code, other College codes or policies, or the Conduct Probation order.
1.6. Restitution Order
A Restitution Order is an order requiring the student to compensate the College, a member of the College Community, or any other affected party for loss or damage to property. The Student’s Academic Record is subject to an encumbrance until the CCC is provided with satisfactory evidence that the student has been complied with such an order, or that arrangements satisfactory to the College have been made to comply with the order.
1.7.1. Short Term Suspension
A Short Term Suspension is an order suspending the student from participation in all or specified College activities, courses, or programs for a designated number of 1 to 5 business days. When determining the duration of the Suspension any time spent on an Investigative Suspension order may be taken into consideration, at the discretion of the CCC. Furthermore, with the exception of residence students, and unless otherwise specified, no student shall be allowed to physically access the College Campus and any contravention thereof may lead to more severe sanctions being imposed. Residence students will have limited access to the Residence and food services. Electronic access to College on-line services may be discontinued during this period as the CCC or the Campus Security Services Manager or designate may determine to be appropriate.
A Short Term Suspension is not imposed at a time that coincides with final exams or final tests and will not interfere with due dates for final culminating projects. To avoid interference with final exams or tests and final culminating projects, a student continuing their studies and returning to the College may receive their imposed sanction during the subsequent academic semester. A student graduating and not returning to the College in the subsequent semester will have the Suspension imposed during convocation and the student is not permitted to attend graduation but will receive their credentials.
1.7.2. Long Term Suspension
A Long Term Suspension is an order requiring a student to withdraw from an individual course or all courses in which the student is enrolled and which prohibits participation in any College activities or any combination of these for a period not less than the end of the current semester in which the student is enrolled and which may extend up to one academic year. When determining the duration of the Suspension any time spent on an Investigative Suspension Order may be taken into consideration at the discretion of the CCC. This penalty will usually result in automatic failing (F) grades in affected courses in which the student is registered, and no fees will be refunded for that semester. The opportunity to receive a "W" ("withdrawn") grade is also forfeited. In some cases, the Suspension may be deferred to the next semester. If the student is currently in Residence, the student will be removed from Residence with no refund of Residence fees for that semester. Electronic access to College on-line services may be discontinued during this period as the CCC or the Campus Security Services Manager or designate may determine to be appropriate.
Expulsion is an order that: Immediately terminates the student's contractual relationship with the College; Expels the student from all College programs, courses, and activities; Results in automatic failing (F) grades in all courses in which the student is registered, and no fees will be refunded for that semester; Denies the student the opportunity to receive a "W" ("withdrawn"); If the student is currently in Residence, the student will be removed from Residence with no refund of Residence fees for that semester; and Is issued by the Registrar. Formal communication to the student of the Expulsion, on the recommendation of the CCC and the student’s program Academic Manager, is issued by the Registrar detailing the conditions of the Expulsion. A Student who is expelled under this provision may reapply to the College as defined in policy A108: Admission of Students to Full-Time Post-Secondary Programs.
Prohibition is an order: Issued by the Registrar, on the recommendation of the CCC and the Academic Program Manager of the former student; That prohibits former students who breached the Code while they were students, from participating in any College programs, courses and activities. The duration of this sanction may be indefinite or for a specific period at the discretion of the Registrar, dependent on the circumstances resulting in this sanction. A former student who has been issued a Prohibition order under this provision may reapply to the College as defined in policy A108: Admission of Students to Full-Time Post-Secondary Programs.
1.10. No Trespass Order
In situations where an Expulsion, Prohibition, Suspension or Investigative Suspension Order is imposed, the person under this Code who imposed the sanction may also authorize the delivery of a notice under the Trespass to Property Act advising the student or former student that they must not trespass on College property.
Any sanction under this Code may be subject to the student satisfying such conditions as are reasonable in the circumstances. A student may also be required to satisfy such conditions as are reasonable in the circumstances prior to a decision at any level of the process being made on an appropriate sanction under this Code.
This procedure outlines the process that an individual follows to initiate and proceed with a complaint alleging that a student has breached policy A130: Student Code of Conduct.
1.1. The Parties
The parties to a complaint are: The complainant: an individual who makes a complaint pursuant to this Code, and The respondent: an individual named in a complaint who is alleged to have violated this Code.
1.2. Time Limits
Complaints should be initiated as soon as possible, but no later than 20 business days after the circumstances giving rise to the complaint. In extenuating circumstances, a complaint filed beyond 20 business days may be considered. All other time limits prescribed in this procedure may be extended with the agreement in writing of the parties or by the Code of Conduct Coordinator (CCC) where reasonable circumstances exist for extending the time limits. In such circumstances, the parties will be advised of the reasons and notified of the duration of the extension.
1.3. Assistance for the Parties
1.3.1. Individuals involved in the complaint process at any stage, while not required, may seek assistance or support from or be accompanied by another person of their choice (for example, a trusted friend or a member of the executive of the Fanshawe Student Union). 1.3.2. The role of the support person is to act as a resource and provide support and advice to the party. The support person is not permitted to speak or advocate on behalf of the party. In the event that a party chooses to retain legal counsel, or another paid advisor, as their support person, the party shall be solely responsible for the cost incurred.
1.3.3. Where appropriate, the CCC provides complainants, respondents, and others affected by the investigation with information regarding counselling services available through the College or through outside agencies.
1.4. Stages of the Complaint Process
The following process applies to complaints made pursuant to this Code. Where the complainant so desires, a complaint may be withdrawn at any time during the complaint process. Where circumstances warrant, the College may continue to act on an issue arising in a complaint even when it has been formally withdrawn.
1.4.1. Precipitating Event
When a student breaches or is suspected of breaching the Code, the College Official who observes, suspects, or has a report of the breach shall take appropriate action. In the case of Minor Misconduct, an Oral Warning/Temporary Dismissal or Violation Notice may be issued by the College Official.
1.4.2. Complaint Procedure
Any person may notify a College Official of an alleged violation of the Code and they will notify the Campus Security Services. Complainants should report incidents as soon as possible following the occurrence of events that give rise to the complaint. If the complainant is a student, they should report the violation to a contact person e.g. professor, program coordinator, security, manager, staff member in service areas. Where appropriate, informal resolution of the complaint is encouraged. Where informal resolution is not appropriate or does not resolve the matter, Campus Security will conduct an investigation.
Campus Security Services investigates the alleged violation. In conducting the investigation, Campus Security interviews the complainant, any witness, and the respondent, giving the respondent an opportunity to respond to the allegations against them. Campus Security completes an investigation report setting out the findings of the investigation as soon as possible and forwards it to the CCC. Campus Security Services informs both the Associate Dean and the CCC when an investigation has been initiated. In the event of alleged Major Misconduct, the CCC or Campus Security Services Manager or designate may impose an Investigative Suspension Order in accordance with the Code. The Investigative Suspension Order remains in place until removed by either the CCC or the Campus Security Services Manager or designate.
The CCC notifies the respondent in writing, within 5 business days of receiving the Investigative report, of the allegations against them, and provides the respondent with an opportunity to respond to the allegations either as a written submission or at a meeting with the CCC. At this point, there is opportunity for informal resolution, subject to acceptance of responsibility by the respondent. If the respondent does not accept responsibility, a written response to the allegations should be submitted to the CCC. For purposes of a Violation Notice, a respondent may request a meeting within 5 business days of receiving the notice from Campus Security Services. If the respondent does not provide a written submission in response to the allegations or does not meet with the CCC after having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so, the CCC may proceed to dispose of the complaint without such a response or meeting. If the respondent raises new facts or other issues that may be relevant to the resolution of the matter, the CCC may request further investigation into the newly raised issues by referring the matter back to Campus Security Services to conduct further investigation and to issue a revised investigation report. The CCC is under no obligation to issue a decision on the complaint until any newly raised fact or other issue has been investigated and resolved to the satisfaction of the CCC.
The CCC reviews the information from the investigative report provided by Campus Security Services, including any additional investigative information provided by Campus Security Services. Based on this information, the CCC makes a decision as to whether the respondent is responsible or not responsible. In determining if there has been a violation of the Code, the decision is based on a balance of probabilities, meaning the evidence shows it is more likely than not the alleged violation occurred.
Where there has been a finding that the respondent’s conduct violated the Code, the CCC may impose an appropriate sanction or sanction(s) as soon as possible, having regard to all the relevant circumstances including, but not limited to, the seriousness of the offence, the impact of the misconduct on the College, the College Community or any individual specifically affected by the misconduct, prior violations of the Code or other College codes or policies, and the impact of the penalty on the respondent’s education. While considering possible sanctions, the CCC will consult and possibly involve the appropriate Dean and may consult with other relevant stakeholders in determining the appropriate sanction(s). The CCC may direct that a sanction commence at the beginning of the respondent's next term if a respondent’s registration at the College is interrupted for any reason. The decision of the CCC, with brief reasons for the decision, is communicated in writing to the respondent by way of a Conduct Report. The Conduct Report shall include a brief description of any referral to the Registrar under this section, along with the result of the referral. Where the CCC is of the view that Expulsion or Prohibition is the appropriate sanction, the CCC informs the Registrar in writing of the proposed sanction, including the reasons why the CCC has determined it would be appropriate. The CCC also provides the Registrar with a copy of the investigative report. If the Registrar agrees that Expulsion or Prohibition is the appropriate sanction, the Registrar imposes the sanction on the respondent. If the Registrar does not agree that Expulsion or Prohibition is appropriate, the Registrar remits the matter to the CCC who shall decide upon a lesser sanction. In coming to their decision, the Registrar may, in their sole discretion, choose to meet with the respondent prior to issuing a decision. If a respondent who was placed on an Investigative Suspension Order missed tests or the due dates for assignments during the period that the Order was in place, the following principles apply after the investigation has been completed: If no sanction is imposed, the respondent is provided the opportunity to write any missed test and to hand in any missed assignment and is supported in making up any other academic requirements and opportunities missed during the Suspension. If a sanction other than Suspension, Expulsion or Prohibition is imposed, the respondent is also provided the opportunity to write any missed test and to hand in any missed assignment and is supported in making up any other academic requirements and opportunities missed during the Suspension. If a Short Term Suspension is imposed, the respondent is permitted to write any missed final tests or final exams and to hand in any final culminating projects only, all other tests and assignments cannot be made up in any way. If a Long Term Suspension, Expulsion or Prohibition is imposed, the respondent is not permitted to write any missed test or hand in any missed assignment.
2.1. Confidentiality with respect to complaints will be is maintained to the greatest extent possible, having regard to the circumstances giving rise to the complaint and subject to the College’s obligation to conduct a thorough investigation and subject to the requirements of the law.
2.2. Parties and witnesses are expected to keep information discussed confidential (aside from discussing the information with her/his their personal advisor and close family members/ or partner). Unwarranted breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action or sanctions.
2.3. Confidentiality with respect to the findings and the sanction will be is maintained, except to the extent necessary to implement and/or defend, or as required by law.
3. PROTECTION FROM REPRISALS
In order to protect individuals who make use of this policy or participate in proceedings as part of the appeals procedure, the College prohibits reprisal or threat of reprisal against these individuals. Individuals who violate these provisions are subject to discipline or other corrective action.
This procedure outlines the process that a student may follow to appeal the outcome of a sanction resulting from policy A130: Student Code of Conduct.
1.1. First Level of Appeal
A student's right of appeal of a decision of the Code of Conduct Coordinator (CCC) may be made to the Executive Director, Student Success (EDSS), or designate, and must be exercised no later than five business days of their receipt the Conduct Report. First level appeals will be conducted by the EDSS, or designate, except for the appeals of sanctions of expulsion or prohibition because the official communication to the student of expulsion or prohibition is from the Registrar.
1.2. Initiating a Formal Appeal
To initiate a formal appeal under this Code, a Student shall: Complete a Code of Conduct Appeal form. A copy of the form may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or may be downloaded. Submit the completed Code of Conduct Appeal form along with a letter setting out the reason(s) for the appeal and the remedy sought to the Office of the Registrar. The completed Appeal form shall be verified by the Office of the Registrar. Complaints should be made as soon as possible but within 20 business days after the circumstances giving rise to the complaint. In extenuating circumstances, a complaint filed beyond the 20 business days limitation may be considered. All other time limits prescribed in this procedure may be extended with the agreement in writing of the parties or by the CCC where reasonable circumstances exist for extending the time limits. In these circumstances, the parties will be advised of the reasons and notified of the duration of the extension.
1.3. Grounds for First Level Appeal
The student may appeal the CCC’s decision on one or more of the following grounds: there was a serious procedural or factual error which was prejudicial to the student, and/or new evidence, not available at the time of the earlier decision, has been discovered, which casts doubt on the correctness of the decision, and/or the sanction imposed is more serious than the misconduct warranted in the circumstances. In a letter attached to the Appeal Form, the student will provide details about the serious procedural or factual errors or new evidence referred to above. If the letter does not substantiate the grounds indicated, the request will not be reviewed.
The onus at the first level appeal is on the College to substantiate that the student’s behaviour violated the Code and that the sanction was appropriate.
1.5. Inquiry Conducted by Executive Director, Student Success (EDSS)
1.5.1. First level appeals will be conducted by the EDSS, or designate.
1.5.2. The EDSS to whom a First Level – Notice of Appeal of a Code of Conduct has been directed, shall acknowledge receipt of and shall deal with and decide the matter at the earliest possible time, no later than ten business days, from the date upon which the Conduct Report has been received. In extenuating circumstances, the EDSS and the Student may mutually agree upon a longer period of time. In cases where a student's suspension or expulsion precludes her/his continuing her/his studies, the sanction may be set aside by the EDSS, in consultation with the Registrar, pending the conclusion of the Appeal process allowing the student to continue her/his Academic studies. In making the decision to set aside the sanction, the EDSS will consult with the CCC and academic leadership.
1.5.3. The EDSS shall conduct a fair and thorough inquiry into the matter with persons concerned. In conducting the inquiry, the EDSS shall: provide the College with the opportunity to substantiate that the student’s behaviour breached the Code and that the sanction was appropriate; provide the Student with the opportunity to respond to the College's submissions in accordance with the student's stated grounds of appeal; provide the College with an opportunity to reply to the student's submissions.
1.5.4. In considering the submissions of the parties, the EDSS shall be guided by the following principles: in determining questions of fact, including allegations of serious factual error or allegations of new evidence that is alleged not to have been available at the time of the earlier decision and is alleged to cast doubt on the correctness of the decision, the EDSS shall decide on a balance of probabilities (i.e. the evidence shows that it is more likely than not that the alleged fact is true); in determining whether the sanction imposed was more serious than the misconduct warranted in the circumstances, the EDSS shall determine whether the original sanction was reasonable in all of the relevant circumstances (which circumstances shall include, but are not limited to, the seriousness of the offence, the impact of the misconduct on the College, the College Community or any individual specifically affected by the misconduct, prior violations of the Code or other College Codes or Policies, and the impact of the penalty on the student’s education); if the EDSS determines that there has been a serious procedural or factual error that was prejudicial to the student, the EDSS shall consider whether the error may be rectified at the First Level Appeal stage (and, if so, to ensure that it is rectified) or whether the matter must be remitted to the CCC for a redetermination.
1.5.5. Upon deciding the matter, the Executive Direct Student Success shall: inform the student in writing as well as other persons concerned, including the CCC, Campus Security Services, the Associate Dean and Dean and any other College Community members directly affected by the decision. Along with his/her decision, the EDSS will provide in writing a statement of the reasons for his/her decision; take measures as appropriate in order to reverse the sanction imposed by the CCC if the matter is decided in favour of the student.
1.5.6. If the matter is decided in favour of the student, the decision shall be final.
1.6. Second Level of Formal Appeal
If the Student is not satisfied with the decision of the First Level of Formal Appeal the Student may make an appeal to the Second Level.
1.6.1. Ground for Second Level Appeal
The student may appeal the decision of the EDSS to the Vice President Student Services on one or more of the following grounds that: there was a serious procedural error in the hearing of the complaint by the EDSS which was prejudicial to the student, and/or new evidence, not available at the time of the earlier decision, has been discovered, which casts doubt on the correctness of the decision.
At the second level appeal the onus is on the Student to satisfy the Committee of Review that there exists sufficient reasons to question the first level appeal decision.
1.6.3. Time Limits
A Second Level of Formal Appeal must be received in the Office of the Registrar within five business days of the receipt by the Student of the written decision by the Executive Director Student Success or of the expiry of the time frame for the Registrar’s written decision of First Level of Formal Appeal. 1.6.4. Initiating a Second Level of Formal Appeal To initiate a Second Level of Formal Appeal, the Student shall: complete and submit a Code of Conduct Appeal form along with a letter setting out the reason(s) for appeal of the decision of the Executive Direct Student Success at the First Level of Formal Appeal and the remedy sought to the Office of the Registrar. The completed Appeal form shall be verified by the Office of the Registrar. 1.6.5. Processing of Appeal Form A Second Level of Formal Appeal shall be directed by the Office of the Registrar to the Vice President Student Services.
1.7. Administrative Responsibilities
1.7.1. When the Vice President Student Services is to administer a Second Level of Formal Appeal of a Student Conduct Report, the Vice President Student Services will: refer the Appeal to a Committee of Review (COR); inform the Appellant, the Dean, and the EDSS of the decision of the COR within five business days of receipt of the ruling by the Committee of Review; o The Committee of Review shall: act in accordance with the Guidelines which are attached to this Policy as Procedure 2 (includes Pre-Hearing and Hearing Processes); make a binding decision including remedy concerning the matter(s) to the Vice President Student Services within 20 business days of receipt of the Second Level of Formal Appeal form from the Vice President Student Services excluding holidays as defined in the Academic Calendar, or a longer period of time mutually agreed to by the parties.
The decision of the Committee of Review shall be binding and final.
1.7.2. Any changes to be made to the student’s permanent record shall be transmitted to the Office of the Registrar on the Student Record Change Report form which shall be completed and signed by the Vice President Student Services.
2. Protection From Reprisals
In order to protect individuals who make use of this policy or participate in proceedings as part of the appeals procedure, the College prohibits reprisal or threat of reprisal against these individuals. Individuals who violate these provisions shall be subject to discipline or other corrective action.
3. Status of Student Pending Outcome of Investigation or Appeal
During an appeal of suspension or expulsion, the student may request to have the sanctions stayed pending the outcome of the appeal. At the first level the request will be made to the Executive Director, Student Success and, at the second level, the Vice President Student Services. The Executive Director Student Success or Vice President Student Services will consult with the Dean and Campus Security Services. If there is no safety issue to others, the student will be allowed to continue in the program until any appeal has been heard or resolved. The student may be required to adhere to interim measures while the appeal is pending. While under investigation for alleged misconduct that may result in suspension or expulsion or awaiting the outcome of any Appeal of a determination relating to the alleged misconduct, the student will not be issued transcripts directly, but at the Student’s request, transcripts will be sent directly to institutions or potential employers. If the Student is subsequently suspended or expelled, the recipients of the transcript will be issued a revised transcript. If a Student withdraws from the College or completes his/her term of registration before or while under investigation for alleged misconduct that is alleged to have occurred while he/she was a Student or while awaiting the outcome of an Appeal, the College may, at its discretion, decide to proceed with or complete an investigation or Appeal.