Purpose

The purpose of the Disciplinary Appeals Committee is to ensure students the right of due process, providing for a fair, timely, and impartial hearing of disciplinary decisions, including those relating to Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Landmark Federal Civil Rights Law.

Charter Sponsor

College Senate

Charter Contact

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Timeline

Ongoing

Membership

  • Robert Huyck, Faculty, Elected, 2019
  • Dayton Elseth, Faculty, Elected, 2018
  • Hilmar von Strunck, Faculty, Elected, 2020 
  • Melissa Copperwheat, Faculty, Elected, 2019
  • Kate Barefoot, Professional Staff, Elected, 2019
  • Dawson McDermott, Professional Staff, Elected, 2020 
  • Lisa Bullet, Classified Staff, Elected, 2020
  • Kathy Kresa, Classified Staff, Elected, 2019

Individual Committee Members Should

  • Be knowledgeable of campus regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Share availability with the Chairperson
  • Attend an appeal request meeting and/or hearing upon Chairperson’s request
  • Safeguard all appeal request meeting and/or hearing documents
  • Review packet before appeal request meeting and/or hearing
  • Participate in appeal request meeting and/or hearing by listening attentively and asking clarification questions
  • Participate in Committee's decision discussion.
  • Ensure confidentiality by not discussing any aspect of the hearing with anyone except fellow Committee members
  • Agree to step down from any case where a conflict of interest or bias may be perceived.

The Committee, Individually and As a Whole, Does Not

  • Engage in conversation with petitioner or Conduct Officer outside of the formal hearing
  • Act as investigators
  • Interrogate the individual
  • Recommend policy changes to Conduct Officers
  • Speak to any third party including parents or attorneys

Guiding Points

  • Safety of the entire campus community; students and staff must be taken into account during deliberations and when speaking to witnesses.
  • Be professional in the hearing and the deliberations.
  • Think beyond the sanction – try to make it an educational experience, when possible and reasonable.
  • The College recognizes the need to utilize progressive discipline when adjudicating incidents.