1. The term "College" shall mean Green Mountain College.
2. The term "student" shall include all persons matriculated, enrolled, registered or taking any courses at Green Mountain College. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Conduct Code, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the College or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered "students" as are persons who are living within the residence halls during the academic year, although not enrolled at the College. This Student Conduct Code applies to all locations of the College and to programs of the College in other locations (i.e. off campus field trips, study abroad programs, etc.).
3. The term "faculty member" means any person hired by Green Mountain College with instructional rank or to conduct teaching activities.
4. The term "Green Mountain College official" includes any person employed by Green Mountain College performing assigned administrative, security or professional responsibilities.
5. The term "member of the Green Mountain College Community" includes any person who is a student, faculty member, staff member, or any other person employed by Green Mountain College. A person's status in any particular situation shall be determined by the Vice President of Student Life in consultation with appropriate Green Mountain College offices (Human Resources, Registrar, etc)
6. The term "Green Mountain College premises" and "Green Mountain College property" includes all land, buildings or facilities in the possession of or owned, occupied, used or controlled by Green Mountain College.
7. The term "organizations" is a collective term meaning any number of persons who belong to an officially recognized Green Mountain College club or athletic team.
8. The term "judicial body" means any person or persons authorized by the Vice President of Student Life to determine whether a student has violated the Student Conduct Code and to recommend the imposition of sanctions.
9. The term "shall" is used in the imperative sense.
10. The term "may" is used in the permissive sense.
11. The "Vice President of Student Life" is the person designated by Green Mountain College to be responsible for the administration of the Green Mountain College Student Conduct Code.
12. The term "policy" is defined as written rules or regulations of Green Mountain College.
13. The term "protected groups" is defined as any party specifically cited in the Green Mountain College nondiscrimination policy or subject to legal protection against discrimination under federal or Vermont Law.
14. The term "contract worker/vendor" is defined as any person or persons hired by Green Mountain College to perform or dispense services for a fixed period of time.
15. The term "sponsored guest" is defined as any person or persons invited by a College official, faculty member, or organization to perform or dispense services for a fixed period of time.
16. The term "official records" is defined as any type of media which is maintained by Green Mountain College as part of the student record or file or which is used in maintaining the student record or file, except records maintained solely by the maker or otherwise not within the scope of FERPA, as described in the College's FERPA statement and the FERPA law itself.
17. The term "business days" is defined as a full day in which business is conducted. The counting of business days begins the next full day after the violation occurs or notice is received. Business days begin at midnight and conclude the following midnight and are not restricted by the official College office hours and the student or College official actually receiving the material.
18. The term "guest" is defined as a residential student that is not a resident of the hall or room s/he is visiting; commuter student; non-student, visiting during the day; non-student, visiting overnight.
CONDUCT CODE DEFINITIONS
Accepts Responsibility: A student who has been charged with a violation admits that s/he is responsible for that violation.
Apology: A written or verbal apology to an individual who was inconvenienced, insulted or embarrassed by the accused student's behavior.
Appeal: A written request submitted to the appropriate staff member as outlined in the Appeal policy in the Student Conduct Code.
Community Restitution: A student who accepts responsibility or is found responsible for a violation of the Student Conduct Code serves the community s/he has inconvenienced, insulted or embarrassed. This restitution may be through assisting a faculty/staff member or working with a campus department. A specific number of hours and a deadline are set at the time of sanctioning.
Conduct Review Meeting: The method of adjudication for all Level I violations and any Level II or Level III violations where the student admits responsibility and/or where there is no dispute of fact. Student Life staff members conduct and convene these meetings.
Confiscation: The appropriation of certain items from a person or area that could be later used as information for an alleged violation of College policy. Confiscated items are not subject to be returned.
Decline to Accept Responsibility: A student who has been charged with a violation of the Student Conduct Code and does not admit that s/he is responsible for that violation.
Disciplinary Probation: A student is allowed to continue enrollment at Green Mountain College with the understanding that, during the period of time while s/he is on Disciplinary Probation, any further violations of the Student Conduct Code could result in suspension from the College.
Educational Sanction: A sanction designed to provide an additional educational opportunity for a student who has been found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code.
Expulsion: Permanent separation from the College as a result of a judicial meeting or at the discretion of the Vice President of Student Life. Expelled students are ineligible for readmission to the College.
Fines: Money to be paid to Green Mountain College by students who have been found responsible for specific violations of the Student Conduct Code or other College policies.
Interim Suspension: In certain circumstances where there is an alleged or perceived direct threat to self or others, the Vice President of Student Life, or his/her designee, may impose a temporary suspension prior to formal judicial proceedings or administrative decision by the Vice President of Student Life. Interim suspension may be imposed to (1) ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community; (2) to ensure the student's own physical or emotional safety and well-being; (3) if the student poses a direct threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College; (4) if the student has been charged or is likely to be charged with a felony. During Interim Suspension, the student shall be denied access to oncampus housing and/or the campus (including classes) and/or all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, and/or may be subject to other conditions as the Vice President of Student Life may deem appropriate.
Judicial Review Board: The Judicial Review Board reviews instances of appeal, repeat instances of violations of the Student Conduct Code, or alleged violations involving significant dispute of fact. A student may also elect a Judicial Review Board Meeting (rather than a Conduct Review Meeting) for alleged Level II or Level III violations.
Monetary Damages: Fees assessed to students for damage done to an individual or the College's property. Damages may be assessed to individuals who have been found responsible for the damage and/or to a group of individuals. Damages not associated with specific individuals may be billed to a hall, building or other organization.
Parental Notification: Parents will routinely be notified regarding alcohol and drug violations for which the student is found responsible. They may also be notified prior to the adjudication of a case at the discretion of the Vice President of Student Life. Parents may also be contacted if the Vice President of Student Life believes that the student poses a danger to him/herself or others or in other instances as outlined in the College's FERPA Policy contained herein.
Preponderance of the Information: Standard of proof in Conduct Review Meetings and Judicial Board Review Meetings where it is "considered more likely than not" that the violation occurred.
Sanction(s): Consequences imposed upon a student during the course of a judicial proceeding or by the Vice President of Student Life (or his/her designee) as outlined in the Student Conduct Code.
Suspension: Separation from the College after being found responsible for a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Suspension is imposed for up to one year. Readmission is not guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the Vice President of Student Life.
Violation: Committing any of the prohibited acts as outlined in the College's Student Conduct Code or outlined in any other College policies contained in the student Handbook.
Wellness Center Referral: At any point during the investigation of an alleged violation or as a sanction for a violation for which a student has been found responsible, the student may be referred to the Wellness Center for an assessment. The content of the assessment is held in strictest confidence, but the Wellness Center staff will confirm that the student was assessed and provide recommendations as appropriate.
Witness: Any individual who has witnessed an incident or has knowledge of an incident in which the Student Conduct Code was allegedly violated may be called upon to provide a statement during the investigation or adjudication of the alleged violation.
Written Warning: An official notice by a staff member to a student who has violated College policy indicating that should the behavior in question continue, additional disciplinary action will be taken. The written warning stays in the student's disciplinary record.