F-16: Discipline of Students

Adoption Date: 06/15/92  |  Revision Date: 12/16/02  |  Revision Date: 09/23/08

 In accordance with the College's right to establish standards of student conduct, Prairie State College possesses the corollary disciplinary responsibility to enforce said standards when methods of example, counseling, guidance, and admonition are deemed ineffectual or inappropriate.

The enforcement of the College's standards of student conduct will adhere to the following provisions and principles:

  1. A student may not be disciplined for conduct or actions which do not occur on College property and are unrelated to the College or its activities.
  2. Any employee, student, or other person who feels that a student or group of students has violated a policy, rule or regulation of the College which would warrants disciplinary action, is to report the incident for appropriate referral. If in doubt as to the appropriate referral, report should be made to the Vice President of Student Life. The incident is then to be promptly investigated and appropriate disciplinary measures taken, as warranted.
  3. Types of disciplinary action include:
    1. Warning. Notice to students that continuation or repetition of specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action;
    2. Reprimand. Official statement to the student that he/she has been found guilty of misconduct. Such reprimand may be entered upon the student's College record, either permanently or for a specific period of time, and may also include the loss of certain campus privileges for a designated period of time.
    3. Restitution of Damages. The student may be directed to pay for damages caused by his/her action. Such restitution may also include the loss of certain campus privileges for a designated period of time. Failure to pay damages will result in additional disciplinary actions being applied.
    4. Behavioral Contract. Written agreement whereby the student consents to modify his/her behavior. Failure to fulfill terms of the contract could result in additional disciplinary actions being applied.
    5. Probation. An official warning regarding a student's behavior that may result in the withdrawal of one or more of the following student privileges:
      1. The holding of an office in a campus organization;
      2. The attending of non-academic activities at the College; or
      3. The representation of the College in any intercollege events;

        Probation shall be imposed for a specific period of time and the student shall be automatically removed from probation when the imposed period expires. Any subsequent violation of conduct, as described in the Board of Trustee’s policy on Student Conduct, during the probationary period may result in more severe disciplinary actions.
    6. Suspension. Exclusion from classes and other activities for reasons set forth in a notice of suspension:
      1. Suspension is not to exceed seven (7) days pending the final determination of an alleged violation; and
      2. The President, through the College’s judicial officer, as designated by the College President, may impose suspension immediately for reasons relating to the student's physical or emotional safety and well-being or for reasons relating to the safety and well-being of other students, employees or College property;
    7. Dismissal. Termination of student status for a period not to exceed one (1) term. After the period of dismissal, the student must appeal in writing to the judicial officer for reinstatement. This action may be imposed only after review by the College President.
    8. Expulsion. Termination of student status for a period not to exceed one (1) calendar year. After the expulsion period, the student must appeal in writing to the judicial officer who will act on the appeal or refer the matter to the Student Appeals Committee. Reinstatement is not automatic and decisions must be reviewed by the College President.
  4. In the role as judicial officer and in keeping with the Mission of the College, the primary emphasis shall be on the student's learning of responsible behavior, acceptance that there are consequences for actions, and effective resolution of conflict. The judicial officer shall attempt to handle student misconduct matters within the counseling/guidance mode. However, he/she is empowered to impose disciplinary actions as outlined.
  5. The disciplinary action taken should be appropriate to the nature and severity of the particular infraction.
  6. Disciplinary actions imposed are subject to appeal in accordance with the Board of Trustees’ policy or Student Due Process.
  7. The student who violates the law may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities; however, College authority shall never be used merely to duplicate the function of general laws. Only where the interest of the College as an academic community is distinctly and clearly involved will the special authority of the College be asserted.
  8. Disciplinary actions as a result of violations of this policy should be taken independent of and free from community pressure. Such actions should be guided by institutional and student interests.
  9. Discipline for violation of College policies, on College campuses/locations, or at College functions may be imposed whether or not such violations are violations of civil or criminal law.