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Administrative Policy Statement

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Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to the educational process. This policy pertains to the violation of student behavioral standards of Antioch University Midwest. Separate policies deal with plagiarism, sexual harassment and sexual offenses.

The following conduct may be grounds for probation, suspension, or dismissal from AUM:

  • Disruptive, abusive, or otherwise inappropriate behavior.
  • Unauthorized consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus.
  • Bearing of firearms or other weaponry.
  • Behavior that poses a threat to the well-being of fellow students, faculty, or staff.
  • Conviction of a serious crime that may pose a threat to the public.
  • Other conduct determined by the behavioral standards committee to be disruptive to the educational process or to the well-being of the Antioch University Midwest community.

Committee make-up:
The behavioral standards committee is a standing committee consisting of the following members:  a faculty member from the School of Education, a faculty member from the School of Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Registrar.  When an incident arises involving a student, the student’s advisor will join the committee as a non-voting member for the duration of that incident’s investigation.

The following procedure will be followed in situations where a student may be deemed in violation of this policy:

  • Anyone who becomes aware of a situation that potentially poses an immediate threat to students, faculty, staff, or the public should follow the procedures outlined in the Emergency Response Plan.
  • Anyone who becomes aware of student behavior that may be in violation of this policy should inform a member of the student behavioral standards committee or any other AUM employee, who will forward the concern to a member of the committee.  Such notification should take place as quickly as possible, but no later than two weeks from the date of the alleged incident.
  • A member of the committee will meet with the witness and consult other appropriate individuals in order to gather information about the incident. The committee will determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the committee to consider further investigation.  The incident may be dismissed at this time with no further notification.  The witness will receive notification from the committee regarding the committee’s decision to pursue the issue or to dismiss it.
  • If the committee finds sufficient grounds to investigate further, the student potentially in violation of the policy will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision to proceed and will be scheduled to meet with the committee. This communication will outline the nature of the alleged incident, and will specify any information being requested by the committee. The purpose of such a meeting, which is restricted to the student and members of the student behavioral standards committee, is for the student to learn of the facts of the case as understood by the committee and to present his or her perspective, and for the committee to gather additional information regarding the incident.  Reasonable efforts will be made to hold a meeting at a time or in a manner that will enable student participation.  If a student chooses not to participate in this meeting, the committee may proceed with its deliberations in the student’s absence. 
  • The committee will reach a decision within one week from the date of the meeting as to whether any disciplinary action will be taken or whether the allegation is dismissed.  This decision will be communicated in writing to the student, and a copy will be retained in confidential files in the Registrar’s office.

Potential Disciplinary Actions Related to this Policy
Students whose conduct is determined by the behavioral standards committee to be unacceptably disruptive to the educational process will be sanctioned. The following actions may be applied:

  • Behavioral probation: Student is allowed to remain enrolled but limitations may be imposed on current or future registration. Student is warned that any additional violation of the behavioral standards policy will result in suspension or dismissal. This status will remain in place until the student graduates or withdraws from the university.
  • Suspension: Student is administratively withdrawn from his or her studies for a set period of time. Student is eligible to resume his or her studies upon expiration of the suspension period.
  • Dismissal: Student is administratively withdrawn from his or her studies without eligibility to resume his or her studies.

A decision reached by the behavioral standards committee is final and may not be appealed.  If a student who is sanctioned feels that the above process was not followed, he or she may challenge this process through the student grievance policy.  A grievance must be filed within 30 calendar days of the committee’s decision.

If the executive team assesses that a student who is believed to be in violation of this policy poses an immediate threat, he or she may, without a committee review, suspend a student for a period of up to twenty days. Such action must be reviewed by the student behavioral standards committee prior to the expiration of twenty days. The student behavioral standards committee will follow the procedure described above if sufficient grounds are found for formal action by the committee.

This process does not follow a judicial model but instead is established to assure fair and equitable treatment within an academic setting.

Standards for behavioral conduct are in no way intended to abridge or constrain the free speech and inquiry to which the school is dedicated.

Approved by Faculty Assembly 8/11/10
Effective Summer Quarter 2010

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