Each individual is considered a responsible adult, and it is assumed that students will maintain standards of conduct appropriate to membership in the college community, including all college related functions, both on and off campus. Emphasis is placed on standards of student conduct rather than on limits or restrictions. Guidelines and regulations governing student conduct are developed by representatives of the students, faculty, staff, and administration.
VHCC refrains from imposing a rigid code of discipline but reserves the right to take disciplinary action compatible with its own best interests when it is clearly necessary.
VHCC guarantees students the privilege of exercising his/her rights of citizenship under the Constitution of the United States without fear of prejudice. Special care is taken to assure due process and to spell out defined routes of appeal when students feel their rights have been violated.
VHCC is part of the Virginia Community College System and adheres to the standards set forth for the System. Student rights and responsibilities are designed to clarify what rights students may expect as a member of the student body and the responsibilities and obligations placed upon them.
VHCC provides an environment conducive to learning. VHCC establishes standards of conduct expected of all students. Any student who has allegedly violated the code of conduct is afforded due process. Should the student’s conduct be judged to represent a danger to others, the College will immediately take appropriate action.
The President is responsible for the entire administration of the College, subject to the control of the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System and the State Board for Community Colleges. It is his/her duty to administer the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia which may be applicable on the campus, as well as the policies, rules, and regulations of the State Board for Community Colleges. Any authority or responsibility or duty granted to or imposed upon the President may be delegated to others on the College faculty or staff. The President or his/her designee may take whatever legal or institutional action is necessary under this authority.
1. Forms of Student Misconduct Subject to Disciplinary Action
The following sanctions may be imposed:
3. Disciplinary Procedures
The Vice President of Instruction and Student Services is responsible for the execution of disciplinary procedures within the College.
Any academic or administrative official, faculty member, or student may file a complaint with the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services against any student for alleged violations of any college rule or regulation.
The Vice President of Instruction and Student Services may make a preliminary investigation to determine if the charges can be disposed of informally by mutual consent without the initiation of disciplinary proceedings. Traffic and parking complaints are made to the Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services.
In order to provide an orderly procedure for the handling of disciplinary cases in accordance with due process, VHCC has established procedural rules and regulations governing disciplinary action, including the following: