Interference with the College’s educational objectives
or community life is cause for disciplinary action. All members of the College community
and visitors are expected to refrain from such interference including, among others,
the kinds of conduct listed in the following sections. Conduct on College premises
and at College-sponsored or authorized activities.
Although all staff members representing the College are concerned
with the welfare and discipline of students, it is the responsibility of the Vice
President of Student Services in concert with the other college offices to see that
rules and regulations are maintained.
If there are any questions regarding Student Conduct Standards
of Due Process/Discipline, they should be referred to the Vice President of
Student Services at Santa Rosa Junior College.
The rules and regulations as outlined here were officially adopted
by the Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College on June 14, 1971, in compliance
with a law passed by the State Legislature in the fall of 1969.
These rules and regulations were revised to meet State Education Code requirements and approved by the Board of Trustees on March 12, 1984.
Section 1: Standards of Conduct
Students shall conduct themselves in a manner that reflects their
awareness of common standards of decency and the rights of others.
Students shall be disciplined only for good cause, which shall
include, but not be limited to, the following categories of misconduct.
Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information
to the College
Forgery, alterations, or misuse of College documents, records, or identification
Obstruction or disruption of teaching, administration, disciplinary procedures,
College activities, or other authorized activities on College premises
Physical or verbal abuse of any person on College owned or controlled property
or at College sponsored or supervised functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers
the health or safety of any such person
Willful misconduct resulting in injury or death to a student or College personnel
or which results in cutting, defacing, or other injury to any real or personal property
owned by the District
Theft of or damage to property of the College or of a member of the College community
or campus visitor
Willful or persistent smoking in any area on College property where smoking has
been prohibited by law or by regulation of the Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior
Unauthorized entry into College facilities, or unauthorized use of College supplies
Violation of College policies or of College regulations concerning student
organization, traffic, the use of College facilities, or the time, place and manner
of public expression
Use, possession, sale, or distribution of narcotics, hallucinogenic drugs or
substances, or any poison classified as such by Section 4160 of the Business and
Professional Code on College property or at any College-sponsored event, or appearance
on campus or at College-sponsored event after illegal use of narcotic, dangerous
drug, or any intoxicant (Schedule D Sec.4160 B.P.C.)
Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on College property at
any College-sponsored event, or appearance on College sites or at any College-sponsored
event after consuming alcoholic beverages
Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct on College owned or controlled
property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions
Continued disruptive behavior, failure to comply with directions of College officials
acting in the performance of their duties, continued willful disobedience, habitual
profanity or vulgarity, open and persistent defiance of authority or persistent abuse
of College personnel requiring inordinate drains on staff time, resources, and supervision
Possession and use of any deadly weapon, threatening persons on College property
or at College-sponsored events (P.C.245)
Assault, battery, or any threat of force or violence upon a student or College
Persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed to
bring about proper conduct (E.C. Sec. 76033)
Failure to observe precautions that the College deems necessary to insure the
safety of the student or others
Sexual assault or related physical abuse including rape, forced sodomy, forced
oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, threat of sexual assault,
or conduct that threatens the health and safety of another person
The records regarding disciplinary action and decision or any appeals of any student or students found guilty of violating this conduct standard will be made available to the victim of such assault. (E.C. Sec.76234)
No student shall be removed, suspended, or expelled unless the conduct of which the student is disciplined is related to College activity or College attendance. (E.C. Sec.76036)
Any violation or violations of any law, ordinance, regulation, or rule regulating or pertaining to the parking of vehicles shall not be cause of the suspension or expulsion of a student. (E.C. Sec.76034)
The chief administrative employee at a community college shall, prior to the suspension or expulsion of any student, notify the appropriate law enforcement authorities of the county or city in which the school is situated of any acts of the student which may be in violation of Section 245 of the Penal Code. (E.C. Sec. 76035)
Student Conduct Standards and Due Process
Section 2: Forms of Disciplines/Penalties
The following forms of discipline may be imposed on a student who is guilty of misconduct:
Reprimand: Notice that students conduct in a specific instance does not meet College standards and that continued misconduct may result in a more serious disciplinary action
Probation: Notice that the student found in violation of the College standards
may continue to be enrolled under stated conditions,violations of which may be cause
for more serious disciplinary action
Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property, which
may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.
Restitution may be imposed in combination with any other penalty
Suspension by Instructor: Denial of the right to attend a particular class for
a specific length of time may not exceed two (2) class meetings of class (E.C.Sec.
Suspension by President: Denial for good cause of all college privileges, including
one or more of the following;
The right to enter the college sites
Exclusion from one or more classes for a period of up to ten (10) days of instruction
Exclusion from one or more classes and activities for the remainder of the school term
Exclusion from all classes and activities of the community college for one or
(Periods of suspension do not allow for makeup class work.)
(E.C.Sec. 76031 & P.C.246, see required notices, Sec. F)
Expulsion: by Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa
Junior College for an indefinite period of time includes loss of all
College privileges including College employment and the privilege of
entering any portion of the College sites except by written authorization
from the Vice President of Student Services. The Board of Trustees
of Santa Rosa Junior College must impose expulsion. Readmission is
contingent upon a showing of rehabilitation by the student. (E.C.Sec.
76031 & P.C.246) Penalties of a lesser degree may be applied by
the Vice President of Student Services as part of the process from
Student Conduct Standards and Due Process - Section 3
Charges: Disciplinary charges may be initiated against a student by another student,
staff member, or a non-campus person. A complaint must be in writing, signed and
presented to the Vice President of Student Services who will investigate and take
appropriate action. The Vice President of Student Services may also initiate disciplinary
action on behalf of the College.
Notice: A student charged with misconduct shall be given notice in person or
by certified return receipt mail to meet with the Vice President of Student Services
or other administrative officer designated by the President of the College at a specific
time, date, and place for a conference regarding a charge of misconduct. In the case
of a minor student, such notice shall go to the parent or guardian*.
*Failure on the part of the student to meet with the Vice President of Student Services
as requested bay result in a decision being made in the student's absence, and the
student shall be notified of this decision by certified return receipt mail or in
person. Processing of all student records, registration, and transcript detail may
be held in abeyance until the student follows up on a Notice to Appear.
with the Vice President of Student Services
The student shall be given a written statement of the charges
The student shall be asked to make a written response to the charges within two
(2) schools days
The Vice President of Student Services and the student shall discuss the charges
and response, if available
The Vice President of Student Services shall inform the student of this decision
with respect to the charges and recommend disciplinary action or the date and time
when another meeting shall be held for further discussion of the Vice President's
The Vice President of Student Services may:
Dismiss the charges
Reprimand the student
Recommend suspension to the President
Recommend expulsion to the President
Suspension by Instructor:
An instructor may suspend a student from class for a definite period up to two (2)
class meetings no matter the length or type of class. (E.C. Sec.76032) Prior to suspension
the instructor shall meet with the student, inform him/her of the cause of the suspension,
and allow the student to present his/her side of the matter. (E.C. Sec.76032). As
soon as possible an instructor shall ask the parent or guardian of a minor student
who is suspended to attend a parent conference. At the request of the parent or guardian
or instructor, a College administrator shall attend the conference. (E.C. Sec.76032)
by the President:
If the Vice President of Student Services recommends suspension, he/she shall
notify the student of the student's right to a hearing before the President and specify
the time and place of the hearing. The student may, in writing, waive his/her right
to a hearing.
The President shall conduct the hearing at which the Vice President of Student
Services shall present the basis for his/her recommendation of suspension and the
student shall present his/her defense.
The President may dismiss the charge or impose one or more of the following sanctions:
Reprimand the student
Suspend the student
Recommend expulsion to the board of Trustees
The President may suspend a student for the period prior to the hearing to protect
lives or property and to insure maintenance of order provided that the hearing is
to be held within ten (10) days after the suspension is imposed.
If a suspension of a minor is ordered by the President, he/she or his/her designee
shall notify the parent or guardian in writing by certified return receipt mail.
Expulsion by Governing Board: If expulsion is recommended, the vice President of
Student Services shall notify the student of his/her right to a hearing before the
Board of Review and the procedures to request a hearing:
Composition: The Board of Review shall be composed of two (2) teachers and one
(1) administrator appointed by the College Committee on Committees, the President
of the Associated Students, and one (1) student who is not a member of the College
Student Assembly but who is elected to Board of Review membership each semester by
the College Student Assembly. It shall be the responsibility of the President that
no member of the Board of Review is personally involved in the underlying situation
to avoid conflict of interest.
Jurisdiction: The Board of Review shall review a disciplinary recommendation
of expulsion only upon written request of the student for whom expulsion is recommended.
The finding of this review shall be communicated by the board of Review Chairman
to the Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College in the form of a recommendation
to uphold or lessen the disciplinary action recommended by the Office of the President.
The Board of Review is not a court of law, but is a lay body whose sole function
is to investigate, reach a conclusion, and make a recommendation to the Board of
Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College.
Organization: One of the members of the Board of Review will be appointed as
chairperson by the College President. He/she shall serve in that capacity for the
entire school year unless he/she resigns. In case of resignation, the President shall
appoint a second chairperson.
Three members of the Board of Review must be present for it to take any action.
The President may authorize the formation of additional Boards of Review as needed
with selection to be made through the same procedures as outlined above.
Alternates to serve on a summer Board will be chosen as needed through these
same procedures except that the President of the Associated Students will appoint
the student members.
The Chairperson shall determine the time and
place of all meetings.
The Chairperson has the obligation to maintain a responsible and orderly process
during the meeting. He/she is vested with the right to adjourn the meeting at any
time he/she feels orderly procedures are not being followed.
The chairperson shall determine whether to
use a tape recording of the meeting and/or minutes taken by a college
secretary. The record (s) shall be filed in the Office of the Vice President
of Student Services.
It shall be the responsibility of the Vice-President of Student Services to submit
to the Board of Review the Vice President's Due Process and Disciplinary Procedure
Summary which includes charges, written statements, evidence, and disciplinary recommendations.
A meeting of the Board of Review shall be convened no earlier than twenty-four
(24) hours (one school day and generally no later than seven (7) school days following
the filing of a request for hearing in the office of Vice President of Student Services.
The meetings of the Board of Review shall be closed to everyone other than the
Board of Review members, the student charged, an adviser selected by the student,
the representative of the Vice-President of Student Services or other College representative,
the person designated to record the minutes, and witnesses while they are presenting
The Vice-President of Student Services shall be asked first to make any further
comments and answer questions regarding the Vice-President's Due Process and Disciplinary
Procedures Summary. The Vice-President of Student Services may provide further evidence
The student together with a representative may appear in person to present evidence
and witnesses. The student shall have an opportunity to question adverse witnesses.
Persons involved may be asked questions by the student, the Vice President of
Student Services, and any member of the Board of Review.
Written as well as oral evidence may be introduced by the student and the Vice
President of Student Services.
All matters upon which the recommendation is based must be introduced into evidence
at the meeting of the Board of Review.
The members of the Board of Review shall vote by open written ballot
and the votes shall be recorded in the minutes by name.
The Chairman of the Board of Review shall transmit a recommendation to the Board
of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College and the student that the:
Charges be dismissed
Student be reprimanded
Restitution be ordered
Student be placed on probation
Student be suspended
Student be expelled
If the action recommended is expulsion, the Chairman of the Board of Review shall
inform the student that he/she may demand a hearing before the Board of Trustees
of Santa Rosa Junior College.
Decision by the Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College:
The Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College shall review the record of
those student disciplinary cases in which the Board of Review has recommended a penalty
At least one week prior to the meeting at which the Board of Trustees of Santa
Rosa Junior College will decide the matter, the Board of Review will submit to the
Board of Trustees and the student a statement of its recommendation and findings.
The Board of Review will also submit a copy of the record produced by the Vice-President
of Student Services.
The student may submit a brief written statement to the Board of Trustees of
Santa Rosa Junior College stating his/her own position and including his/her own
request for disposition of his/her case. This statement must be submitted to the
Board of Trustees and the Board of Review at least two (2) days prior to the meeting
at which the Board of Trustees will decide the matter.
The student and his/her advisor may make a brief oral presentation to the Board
of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College at the meeting. If he/she wishes to do so,
he/she must notify the Board of Trustees. A representative of the Board of Review
may also make a brief oral presentation.
The Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College may dismiss the charges or impose
one or more of the following sanctions:
Reprimand the student
Suspend the student
Expel the student
Student Records: Right to Include Statement or Response to Disciplinary Action.*
"Whenever there is included in any student record information concerning any
disciplinary action taken by community college personnel in connection with the student,
the student shall be allowed to include in such record a written statement or response
concerning the disciplinary action." (E.C.
The President shall, prior to the suspension or expulsion of any student, notify
the appropriate law enforcement authorities of any acts of a student, which may constitute
an assault with a deadly weapon as set forth in Section 245 of the Penal Code of
California. (E.C. Sec.76031).
The President shall report all suspensions
to the Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College. (E.C. Sec.76031).
Suspensions and expulsions shall be so noted on the official's records of those
The standards and actions listed herein do not interfere with rules and regulations
established by individual instructors regarding grading, attendance, and classroom
In summary, the sole basis for imposing disciplinary sanctions on a student is the student’s behavior, not whether the student has a mental disability. Where the disruptive behavior of the student has been properly documented, the law allows, and, in some situations, mandates that action be taken.