Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty

The following is a list of frequently asked questions by students who have been referred to meet with the Judicial Officer. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email the Judicial Officer at ljlascio@dmacc.edu.

  1. Why does DMACC have a Student Code of Conduct?

Consistent with our educational mission, DMACC is committed to having a safe learning environment. Accordingly, all students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner as to show respect for properly constituted authority, exhibit and maintain integrity and honor in all matters related to the College and not interfere with or disrupt the orderly educational processes of the College. DMACC's Student Code of Conduct describes behaviors that are contrary to our expectations that could result in disciplinary actions.

  1. How can I learn more about DMACC's disciplinary process?

The best way to learn about DMACC's disciplinary process is to read and review the Student Conduct/Discipline Procedure which is found in the Student Handbook or on the Student Conduct website.

  1. If a student has been asked to meet with a Dean/Provost or the Judicial Officer to discuss a student conduct incident, what will happen at this meeting?

A disciplinary conference is an informal meeting between the student and an administrator to discuss a student conduct incident. Students should be prepared to share information that will help the Dean/Provost or Judicial Officer understand the incident from his or her perspective. The administrator will share information with the student about DMACC's Student Code of Conduct and answer the student's questions. Depending on the severity of the student conduct violation, the student may find out that day if any sanctions will be implemented or he or she may receive a letter in the mail within 5 business days. If the administrator believes that suspension from the College may be warranted, the student will be informed about the process of meeting with the College Judicial Hearing Board.

If a student fails to attend a disciplinary conference or a hearing before the College Judicial Hearing Board, a decision about whether or not the student is responsible or not and a sanction may be implemented in his/her absence.

  1. What type of sanctions might a student receive if he or she is determined to be responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct?

A student who is found to have violated DMACC's Student Code of Conduct may be subject to the following sanctions: reprimand, restitution, conduct probation, re-enrollment requirements, educational sanctions, suspension or termination of the use of college property, resources or activities, suspension from the College or certain courses for a specified period or expulsion from the College. Definitions can be found in the Student Conduct/Discipline Policy or on the "sanctions" section of this website.

  1. Can a student bring an attorney, a parent, or another adviser to a disciplinary conference or hearing?

Students are welcome to bring up to two advisors to a disciplinary conference or College Judicial Hearing Board. Advisors may help students prepare for the hearing and can help advise during the hearing, but are not permitted to actively participate in the hearing by asking questions of witnesses or addressing the hearing board.

  1. What can a student do if he or she does not agree with the sanction imposed by a Dean/Provost, Judicial Officer or the College Judicial Hearing Board?

Students have the right to appeal the decision of a Provost/Dean, Judicial Officer, or the College Judicial Hearing Board. More information can be found in the Student Conduct/Discipline policy.

  1. Will parents or a potential employers have access to students' disciplinary records?

Disciplinary records are a confidential part of student's educational records and cannot be shared with any 3rd party (parents, spouses, employers) without a student's written permission. Additional information about DMACC's compliance with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found in the Student Handbook.

  1. If a student is suspended fromDMACC, will he or she receive a refund for classes or be permitted to withdraw from classes?

DMACC's normal drop and refund dates are applicable. If the student is suspended from classes within the established drop period, then the student may choose to withdraw from his/her courses. The only exception would be if the student has been found responsible for Academic Misconduct and has been given the sanction of a failing grade for the course; the student is then not permitted to withdraw from that particular course.

  1. What if I suspect that a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Faculty or staff are encouraged to visit privately with the student and directly ask if he or she has used drugs or alcohol today and state the reasons why you suspect they have (glassy eyes, smell on clothing, etc.) Depending on the student's response:

    • Student: "Yes, I have"
      DMACC Employee: "I want to let you know that when you come to campus, we expect for you to not be in possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The College has a drug-free policy and we are committed to having a drug-free learning environment. I would encourage you to speak with a DMACC counselor (name individual and provide office location) who would be happy to refer you to a drug or alcohol assistance program. If an instructor or staff member suspects you are under the influence, he or she may file a Student Conduct Report and you may face suspension from the College."
    • Student: "No"
      DMACC Employee: "Ok. I do want to inform you that DMACC's Student Code of Conduct prohibits the use or possession of drugs on campus. If a faculty or staff member suspects that a student is under the influence, he or she may file a Student Conduct Report and you may face suspension from the College. DMACC is committed to having a drug-free learning environment."