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Community Standards

Policy Author:
Student Affairs

Responsible Office-Department:
Student Affairs

Effective Date of Policy:
October 26th, 2021

Policy Narrative

The students of Daemen College are viewed as adults and are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. The nature of the college environment requires this view, and various rules and regulations have been developed to support it. As adults, Daemen College students are responsible, not merely to avoid harming the College community, but rather to improve it, support it, and encourage its growth.

The administration, faculty, and students are all members of the College and together constitute a unique and self-sufficient community with shared values. Upon entering Daemen, students are expected to subscribe to these values and base their conduct—on-campus, off-campus, and on-line— upon those standards which the Daemen community sees as necessary to the proper exercise of scholarly endeavor (Code of Conduct).

This Code of Conduct reflects general principles of behavior accepted by society and by institutions of higher education. It also describes conduct about which Daemen College has made specific statements, rules, and regulations. This Code is managed under the auspices of the Division of Student Affairs and the respective Vice President in that area. Generally, the Dean of Students has direct responsibility for managing the implementation of the Code and its procedures as stated throughout this section. However, in certain circumstances such as where the DOS is not available and/or has not assigned a designee, the responsibility for responding to incidents and reports falls to the VPSI or designee

All Daemen students (including those involved in Distance Learning) are responsible for knowing and following the Code of Conduct and the other regulations which are part of the Student Handbook and the College Catalog. The Student Handbook is online at the College’s website.

Administrative staff at the level of director and above may restrict students from areas or activities under their jurisdiction, pending resolution of a specific disciplinary complaint offered in writing to the Dean of Students.

Any faculty member has the authority to restrict a student from a classroom or other instructional area for the duration of the scheduled instructional period in which a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred. Faculty chairpersons have the authority to restrict students from specific classes, other instructional activities, and faculty offices, pending resolution of a specific disciplinary complaint offered in writing to the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives (or designee) or the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College.

Instances of academic dishonesty or other violations of academic policy are handled in accordance with the policies set forth in the faculty member’s syllabus; departmental handbook, if any; and the Academic Honesty Policy of the College. Students wishing to appeal academic decisions made by faculty should consult the Grade Appeal Procedure section of the College Catalog and, if applicable, the stated policies and procedures of the academic department in which the concern has arisen.

Should a student’s presence on campus create a threat to the safety or well-being of other members of the Daemen College community, the College reserves the right to immediately suspend that student from campus until the time of a hearing. Additionally, the College reserves the right to resolve a case and sanction a student, including suspension, without a hearing where such action is deemed necessary or appropriate by the President of the College.

Nothing in this Code of Conduct precludes a faculty member from promptly removing a disruptive student from their classroom for the period of time needed to effectively resolve the issue and ensure a safe classroom environment that is conducive to the academic standards of the College.

Definitions

The following definitions refer to the Daemen College conduct review procedures and processes only:

  1. The term “College” means Daemen College;
  2. The term “student” includes both full-time and part-time, whether pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies or taking courses as a non-matriculant. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the College are considered “students”;
  3. The term “College official” includes any person employed by the College or an out-sourced auxiliary service who performs assigned administrative or professional responsibilities, including conducting classroom activities;
  4. The term “Residence Life Staff” includes resident assistants, hall directors, Coordinator of Residence Life & Career Development, the Assistant Director of Residence Life, and the Director of Housing and Residence Life;
  5. The term “member of the College community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, College official or any other person employed by the College, including any College auxiliary service employee and vendors;
  6. The term “College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of, owned, used, leased, or otherwise controlled by the College;
  7. The term “College organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for College recognition/registration;
  8. The term “conduct review body” means any person or persons authorized to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend imposition of sanctions; exercise disciplinary action following a proper hearing. The College will exercise this right in cases where its reputation or orderly functions as an academic community are involved;
  9. The term “appellate body” means any person or persons authorized to consider the appeal of a conduct review body’s determination that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct or the sanctions imposed by the conduct review body;
  10. The term “College policy” is defined as the written regulations of the College as found in, but not limited to, the Student Handbook, and the College Catalogs;
  11. The term “hearing officer” means the person present during conduct review hearings responsible for ensuring that due process, as defined by the Student Handbook, is followed. The hearing officer in Campus Standards Board hearings is the chair. In all other hearings, one individual serves as both the hearing officer and the “conduct review body”;
  12. The term “investigation” refers to any fact-finding process implemented by the College in order to gather any and all relevant information needed to determine the extent to which a violation of the Student Code of Conduct may have occurred. An investigation may be conducted before formal charges are issued in order to determine if sufficient information exists to warrant said charges.

Jurisdiction of the College Conduct System

The College Conduct System will hear complaints concerning student violations of College policy or regulations whenever the conduct in question occurs in any of the following circumstances:

  1. If it occurs on the campus or in any College facility;
  2. If it occurs while the student who is charged was attending or participating in any College-related activity, including but not necessarily limited to study abroad, field trip, experiential learning of any kind (including internships, clinical placements, and service learning), social event, activity sponsored by a recognized student organization; or
  3. If the conduct, whenever and wherever it occurs, including via online media, calls into question the student’s suitability as a member of the College community. Unlawful acts of violence, violations of another’s civil rights, hazing, the unlawful sale or possession of drugs, the unlawful use of alcoholic beverages and crimes against persons or property, and/or alleged violent felony offenses, are examples of conduct that will subject a student to the conduct review system regardless of where the conduct occurs. In cases involving student behavioral problems that occur off campus, the College reserves the right to initiate disciplinary action in the interest of preserving its reputation and orderly functioning. The fact that a student’s conduct may also constitute a crime in violation of local, state, or federal law does not limit the ability of the College to discipline the student for that conduct. The College, therefore, reserves the right to submit a complaint to the conduct review system even if the same conduct is or may become the subject of a criminal case.

Purpose of this Policy

To create and maintain an equitable environment where students have the optimal opportunity to succeed academically, personally, and professionally and where any and all Daemen College Community members feel safe, valued, and respected.


This policy’s virtual location is https://www.daemen.edu/student-life/student-affairs/student-handbook/section-8-student-code-conduct-and-procedures

Scope and Applicability of this Policy:

Student Affairs adapts the idea of community standards – through our General Policies, Residential Policies, and the Student Code of Conduct – and attempts to enlighten, not only the student body, but the entire Daemen community, on the value and vision of the college to ensure that we achieve our mission and commitment to education.

Updated on January 10, 2022

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