Law Enforcement & Legal Proceedings

The College will cooperate and collaborate with law enforcement officials to the best of its ability. This includes sharing of information when legally permissible and/or required, receiving information and documents through the Freedom of Information Act, and involving law enforcement officials when serious infractions occur on campus. All students must comply with federal, state, and local laws and law enforcement officials.

As discussed in the section “Standard of Evidence,” the burden of proof in a Court of Law, (recognized as such by the State of Michigan or the U.S. government) is much more stringent than the preponderance of evidence used in Campus Conduct proceedings. Therefore, the College will uphold any admission or finding of guilt made by a student at off-campus proceedings and shall be conclusive for Campus Conduct purposes. A verdict of guilty, a plea of no contest (nolo contendere) or similar plea in a court of law by a charged student will operate as a conclusive finding that the student is responsible for the purpose of Alma College Conduct proceedings. The College may amend its charge(s), decision(s), and sanction(s) based on information obtained through an outside proceeding where that information is relevant to activity adversely affecting the College Community.

Proceedings under the Campus Conduct process may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus at the discretion of the President of Alma College or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Last Updated 7/28/2016