2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 59 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 10. Forfeiture of Financial Assistance Every student who has accepted a scholarship, loan, fellowship, grant-in-aid, or any other financial assistance by the university or the state is deemed to have agreed to observe the rules and regulations of the university. The university shall review the record of each recipient of financial assistance who has been placed on university disciplinary probation, is suspended, expelled, or dismissed from the university, or arrested and convicted as a result of a violation of university policy. In such cases students who have accordingly violated the student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook may forfeit their financial assistance. 11. Expectations for Student Organizations Student groups and organizations may be charged with violations of the Code of Conduct. A student group or organization may be held collectively responsible when violations of this code occur either during an event sponsored by the organization or when four or more members are in attendance at the event in question. Sanctions that may be imposed upon groups or organizations include but are not limited to deactivation, warning, reprimand, probation, fines, loss of privileges, restitution, and other educational sanctions. Deactivation includes loss of all privileges, including university recognition, for a specified period of time. 12. Expectations for Student Leaders As role models to other students and ambassadors for HSU, student leaders are expected to embody the institution’s highest ideals, values, and aspirations, and to uphold its community standards. Therefore, students placed on university probation will lose privileges, including their ability to apply, campaign, or hold leadership positions for the time they are on probation. 13. Interim Suspension In certain circumstances, the Dean of Students or a designee may impose a university or residence hall suspension prior to a meeting with the Disciplinary Committee. Interim suspension may be imposed: A. To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the university community or preservation of university property. B. If the student poses a definite threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the university. During the interim suspension, the student may be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other university activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Dean of Students or the designee deems appropriate. The interim suspension does not replace the regular disciplinary process, which will proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a Disciplinary Committee hearing, if required. 14. Appeals Process Hardin-Simmons University has implemented procedures for student appeals with the intent of assuring fundamental fairness. Students who believe they were not treated fairly in the disciplinary process can submit a written appeal to the Vice President of Student Life. The appeal letter must be submitted within seven calendar days of the issuance of the sanction. The written appeal must specify grounds that would justify consideration. General dissatisfaction with the outcome of the decision or an appeal for mercy is not an appropriate basis for an appeal. The written appeal must specifically address at least one of the following criteria: A. Insufficient information to support the decision B. New information, sufficient to alter a decision, or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing C. Procedural irregularity that undermined the student’s ability to present a defense D. Inappropriateness of the sanction for the violation of the Code of Conduct - Generally the appellate process does not require a hearing, nor does it require the vice president or designee to make personal contact with the student or the Disciplinary Committee.