Each individual is considered a responsible adult, and it is assumed that students shall maintain standards of conduct appropriate to membership in the college community. Emphasis is placed on standards of student conduct rather than on limits or restrictions of students. 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 their 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.
Each VCCS college will develop and publish a student grievance procedure which will provide for equitable and orderly processes to resolve complaints made by students for improper treatment. A grievance is defined as a written claim raised by a student alleging improper, unfair, arbitrary, or discriminatory action by an employee or a student involving the application of a specific provision of a college or rule/regulation or a board policy or procedure.