Student Rights & Responsibilities

Expectations of Students

Students are expected to:
• Be accountable for information contained in the college course catalog, Student Judicial Affairs Code of Conduct Handbook, and any other published regulations relating to student responsibilities.
• Be respectful of the rights of others.
• Comply with the verbal and written directions of college officials.
• Respect and comply with all the laws and rights of good citizenship.
• Respect the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn.

Our Goals:

1. Educate students, faculty and staff on issues related to student conduct, responsibilities, and behavioral expectations in the Code of Student Conduct.
2. Protect the rights of students and the college community.
3. Provide fair and impartial review for students charged with violating the college’s Code of Student Conduct.
4. Educate students who have violated the Code of Student Conduct by assigning purposeful sanctions that foster learning, ethical development, and personal integrity.
5. Encourage respect for members of the college community.

Desired Outcomes:

1. Students involved in the student conduct process will demonstrate knowledge of the Code of Student Conduct and the rights of others.

2. Students involved in the student conduct process will be able to identify their rights as students.

3. Students involved in the student conduct process will be able to analyze their responsibilities as college community members.

4. Students involved in the student conduct process will demonstrate a greater awareness of their own developing identity.

5. Students found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct will demonstrate insight into their abilities for ethical decision making.

6. Students found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct will be able to predict consequences for their actions.

7. Students found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct will demonstrate a change in their behaviors.

Student Non-Academic Grievance Procedures

Students who have a non-academic grievance with
the college should follow this process:
1. First, attempt to resolve grievances informally with the person who may be responsible for their dissatisfaction.

2. If no resolution, the next step would be to discuss the matter with the department supervisor or manager involved.

3. If unresolved, the student should take the problem to the dean or the director involved.

4. If steps 1-3 do not resolve the complaint, submit a written grievance to the Ombudsman, Building 10, Room 10424. This written grievance should include:
             a. Names for all students involved.
             b. Time and date of incident.
             c. A description of the incident.

5. The Ombudsman shall review all of the information submitted by the student, shall investigate the incident, to determine if the grievance is supported by the information provided. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Ombudsman in consultation with the Director of Student Affairs and Chief Judicial Officer will make a decision regarding the complaint.

6. A letter will be sent to the complainant informing him or her of the outcome. The basis on which a grade was awarded may not be challenged under this grievance procedure (see course catalog and web site www.sinclair.edu). The student involved in this grievance resolution process may request assistance from the Ombudsman at any point during the process. The Ombudsman is not to represent the student grievant, but is only to aid the complainant in defining the issue(s) and in arranging appointments with campus officials. When such assistance is requested, the Ombudsman shall monitor the progress of the case to its conclusion.