Student Handbook

Committees

Campus Conduct Committee

This body will be duly constituted each year as a standing committee of the Community Government structure of Alma College. Its composition and structure will be as follows:

Composition
  • The Director of Campus Life (non-voting chair)
  • The Student Conduct Coordinator
  • An Administrator elected by the Administrative Personnel Committee
  • 2 faculty elected by the faculty-at-large
  • 1 Student appointed by the Student Conduct Coordinator
  • 3 alternate members
    • 1 faculty member elected by the faculty-at-large
    • 1 administrator elected by the Administrative Personnel Committee
    • 1 Student appointed by the Student Conduct Coordinator

A quorum is four voting members. If the Director of Campus Life is not available for a hearing, the Director of Campus Life will appoint a proxy as chair. The appointed chair will not vote on a particular case.

A formal training for all representatives of the Campus Conduct Committee will take place within the first month of each Fall Semester.

Functions

The committee is empowered to act on student infractions when such matters are referred to it by the students involved and/or by the Director of Campus Life. The committee’s actions are subject to appeal to the Vice President for Student Life. When the committee sits in judgment, it will do so without the ex officio member as part of the committee. The function of the primary administrative affiliate on this committee is to ensure the development of necessary policies and rules of procedures, which may be annually reviewed by the president. The chair of the Conduct Committee shall make reasonable provisions for the attendance of members of the college community who are directly concerned with the proceedings. Recording devices may be present in the hearing room only with the approval of the agent or chair. Cameras are prohibited. All records, written or taped, will remain with the chair who will pass them to the Vice President for Student Life. In addition to the foregoing, the chairperson of the Conduct Committee shall have the authority to:

  1. Direct the hearing.
  2. Call recesses with the consent of other members.
  3. Postpone hearings with the consent of other members.
  4. Establish and take appropriate steps to maintain order at hearings.
  5. Decide questions as to the relevancy of evidence or testimony.
  6. Appoint a secretary, who will make a written record of the proceedings including a summary of the charges, a summary of the defense, a summary of the evidence heard, and all rulings on the reception of evidence.

Sexual Misconduct Committee

This body is a standing committee of the institution created to hear any cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct including students and employees of Alma College.

The Sexual Misconduct Committee is made up of a faculty or staff member of the Campus Conduct Committee, a faculty or staff member appointed by the Title IX Coordinator, and the Director of Campus Life. Students are not allowed to be members of the Sexual Misconduct Committee.

The Director of Campus Life will serve as the chairperson of the Sexual Misconduct Committee and has the same authority as with the Campus Conduct Committee procedures. Appeals of the Sexual Misconduct Committee must be submitted to the provost within 3 business days of the original decision. Appeals may be submitted by any party involved in the hearing.

Hearing Agent

The Campus Conduct Committee and Sexual Misconduct Committee also offer the option of a hearing agent, which in most cases is the Director of Campus Life. If the Director of Campus Life is unable to hear a case due to a bias or absence, a hearing agent will be appointed. The alleged violator will have the option of a hearing agent or a Committee unless the hearing must occur outside of the regular academic calendar (spring term, summer, breaks, etc.) in which case a hearing agent will be appointed.

Last updated 7/23/2013