Progressive Discipline - Students
Referrals. Students who are showing signs of problems with academics, job readiness, attendance, or other issues may be referred to Counseling Services. The student shall meet with Counseling Services staff to resolve the issue.
Holds. Students who fail to comply with College rules and/or processes may have a “hold” placed on their College account which will restrict the student’s transactions with the College. Typical holds include but are not limited to: Business, Library, Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Educator (VRE), Disciplinary (Associate Dean of Student Affairs), Financial Aid, Admissions, or Registrar. Students are notified by student e-mail of each hold and who they need to see to resolve the hold. Only the student can take steps to clear their hold.
Probation. Probation is a period of time, usually one semester, during which a student is given a chance to improve his or her academic grades or behavior. In addition to probation, sanctions may also be imposed by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or designee depending on the violation(s). Therapy for alcohol, drugs, or anger management at an outside agency may be required as a condition of disciplinary probation. Restrictions from certain areas or people may be added. If the student violates his/her disciplinary probation, the student may also lose financial aid funding. To support the disciplinary action being taken, instructors' written reports should exist to verify unsatisfactory conduct. Written reports will be kept on file in the Associate Dean of Student Affairs’ Office. While on probation, if these actions continue the student will receive a suspension of a number of days determined by the student’s actions. Failure to honor probation can lead to disciplinary suspension and/or expulsion.
Suspension. Suspension is exclusion from the College for a period of time depending on the violation(s). Suspensions are given by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or designee. Violators may also be referred to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for additional College sanctions. Suspension is defined as an unexcused absence. Any course work missed for disciplinary suspension may not be made up. No student shall be suspended until the student has been informed of the reasons for the suspension and given an opportunity to respond to the College official initiating the suspension. Prior notice of the intended suspension need not be given when it is clear that the health, safety, or welfare of the student and/or College community is threatened.
Other College Sanctions. Other college sanctions may include but are not limited to fines, special sign-ins, manual labor, community service hours, restrictions from co-curricular trips or activities, or written contracts for changes in behavior. Community service hours usually vary from 10 hours to 50 hours with time limits for completion from one week to one semester. Failure to work off assigned labor or community service will result in a fine of $10 per un-worked hour, with no maximum limited amount, being added to the student's bill. This notification is written on every community service contract.
Separation from a Department. After timely documentation and warnings have been given and appropriate interventions attempted by the department, the Counseling Services staff, or the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, students are subject to separation from their academic major department. Departmental problems requiring such action are usually poor attendance, poor grades, poor skills, failing or quitting an internship, or failing a drug test. Other behaviors that a department will not tolerate are insubordination, unsafe acts, cheating, creating a hostile work environment, harassment in any form, or violence. In the world of work these are grounds for being fired. If separated from a department the student may not return to it; the student may select another major or take "No Major Declared" as their status. The student may also elect to voluntarily withdraw from the College with the right to apply to return at a future date after an academic term has lapsed. The student may appeal the separation from a department by submitting a request for a hearing to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
Expulsion from the College. Any disciplinary expulsion from the College for serious misconduct, criminality, violence, insubordination, cheating, firearms, explosives, alcohol or substance abuse, failure to comply with rules and regulations, or other reason(s) necessary to protect the learning environment, the safety of the members of the College, or the College’s property is carried out at the Presidential level. Individual staff, faculty, or administrators, acting in concert or alone, cannot expel anyone from the College for disciplinary reasons. Only the President signs disciplinary expulsions from the College. If expelled from the College, the student shall go to Academic Records and complete an exit form. If the student is unavailable to complete the form, an administrator will execute the exit form on his or her behalf; the administrator will note that the exit is due to an expulsion from the College without the right to return.
Right of Appeal is Preserved. If a student is expelled from the College and does not agree with the decision, the student should follow the appeals process as a grievance. The student would need both permission and an escort to attend this process. To start the appeals process and obtain permission to be on campus, the student should contact the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at (573) 897-5000.
No Trespass Notice. A No Trespass Notice may be issued as a safety intervention with a suspension or expulsion. Students under a No Trespass Notice may not:
- visit any College campus or the College housing complex.
- attend on-campus classes/labs at any College campus or visit any property owned, used, rented, or leased by the College.
- ride in or drive any vehicle owned, rented, or leased by the College.
- participate in any off-campus or distance education classes/labs, student clubs or activities, intramural sports, or field trips, either as a visitor, participant, and/or as a representative of the College.
- be given make up work or tests.
Violators of trespass will be referred to appropriate law enforcement and may be subject to arrest.