Being a member of the Mount Aloysius student body is a privilege and not a right. As in every community, there are certain rules and regulations that must be upheld. Respect for the rights and property of others and respect for all individuals is the responsibility of all. Only in such a community of responsible persons can an atmosphere be established that supports living and learning in a productive and mutually supportive way. Any student who fails to support the mission and objectives of the Mount Aloysius community forfeits his/her right to continued membership in it. The College reserves the right to dismiss any student whose conduct is detrimental to or in conflict with the philosophy and objectives of Mount Aloysius.
REPORTING AN INCIDENT
Any person may report an alleged violation of College rules, regulations, or policies to a member of the Residence Life Staff, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs or the Security Department. The incident is documented on an Incident Communication Form which should include all of the following information.
LEVEL ONE: HEARING PROCESS
The Director of Residence Life or his/her representative conducts a hearing with each student who is allegedly involved in a violation of College rules, regulations or policies. The hearing procedures are as follows:
In situations where allegations are significant in nature, at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the case may be moved to the pre-board review level to commence a judicial board action.
LEVEL TWO: JUDICIAL BOARD HEARING PROCESS
The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee will offer the opportunity to meet with the accused student to explain the judicial process as well as the student's rights and responsibilities. The role of the pre-board review is not to determine accountability or responsibility, but to assist the student in understanding the judicial board hearing process and gather information. Should the student choose not to meet with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs or his/her designee, the accused student is still responsible for participating in the judicial board hearing. Judicial Board hearings will be held even if the student chooses not to attend. As part of the pre-board review, the following processes occur or information is discussed:
A judicial hearing is an internal review of possible violation(s) of College rules and regulations. Its purpose is to determine, based upon the preponderance of evidence, if violations have occurred and to assign sanctions which have as their purpose an educational and reconciliatory function. If, in the judgment of the Hearing Board, a student (because of multiple or serious violations, uncooperative attitude, etc.) is not upholding the philosophy and objectives of the College, the student may be dismissed from Mount Aloysius.)
The membership of the judicial board consists of students, faculty and administrators. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs serves as the Hearing Officer and, as such, presides over the hearing. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs also serves as a resource to the Hearing Board and oversees the deliberation process.
The Hearing Officer reviews the case with the Hearing Board, introduces witnesses, directs the proceeding, makes certain that all relevant materials are reviewed, that non-relevant material is not introduced and that both the accused and the accuser have ample opportunity to present the facts of the incident as they perceive them to the Board members.
The Hearing Board reviews the case with the Hearing Officer and questions the student brought before the Board as well as any witnesses. The Board then discusses the case, including all testimony, in private. Specific violations are determined along with a recommendation for sanctions or that no violation occurred. The Board need not be unanimous in its vote; however, a majority must concur. The Hearing Officer presents the recommendation of the Board to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee will notify the student of the final outcome within three school days. All proceedings and results of the Board's deliberations are confidential.
LEVEL THREE: APPEAL PROCESS
A student who wishes to appeal the recommendation(s) of the Hearing Officer and/or Hearing Board must submit a written request for an appeal within five school days of the notification of the results of the hearing. The student must address one of the points listed below as grounds for appeal. The request must be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The grounds for an appeal are as follows: