The SUNY Broome conduct system manages all incidents where there has been an alleged violation of the Code of Conduct. The process emphasizes the well-being of all students involved and strives to create an environment where education about impact limits recidivism. The determination of responsibility will be made on whether there is a preponderance of evidence/information that the student(s) violated the Code of Conduct. The following is the structure in which student conduct cases are heard and ruled upon.
Student Conduct Administrator (SCA)
Any member of the College community may file charges against any student for misconduct. Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the student conduct administrator, who is in turn responsible for the administration of the student conduct system.
When a Student Conduct Administrator (SCA) receives notice of a possible violation of a college policy or residence hall regulation, the SCA will determine if the report requires further attention which may lead to disciplinary charges and sanctions.
If the SCA determines that there may have been a violation of the Code of Conduct, the SCA will schedule to meet the referred student(s) for a student conduct hearing to discuss the incident.
The SCA will send an email notification to the students via their SUNY Broome email address and preferred email address listed on their accounts.
At this hearing, the referred student(s) will be provided a description of the incident and the alleged violation(s). The student(s) will be given an opportunity to hear the allegations and offer their description of what happened. During this hearing, the student is expected to be honest and encouraged to ask questions.
If a student fails to attend the conduct hearing with the SCA, the hearing may take place in the absence of the student. The student is responsible for completing all assigned sanctions and maintains the right to appeal the decision to the Dean of Students.
The SCA shall render a decision based on statements and evidence presented in the hearing. The decision will consist of the following options:
- Find the student “responsible” for violation of one or more allegations.
- Find the student “not responsible” for violation of one or more allegations.
- Dismiss one or more allegations based on insufficient evidence.
Any student may be accompanied by an advisor of their choice at any point in the process. Advisors are not permitted to actively participate in the conduct process. If the student and advisor wish to speak to each other, they may ask for a moment to confer.
If the student needs to reschedule the hearing, they will be granted a one time postponement of up to five (5) days as long as the request is received at least 48 hours prior to the hearing.
Information for Students Who Leave SUNY Broome Before Their Case is Heard (One Year Rule):
Students who leave SUNY Broome with an outstanding conduct case being open against them will have a hold has been placed on their account requiring the resolution of this case prior to their return to SUNY Broome Community College.
Effective Fall 2018, should the accused student not attempt to re-enroll within one year from the date of incident, SUNY Broome Community College staff will move forward with adjudicating the case regardless of their student status. At that time, they will be invited to participate in the hearing, and although not required, we would appreciate their participation.
Important Additional Information:
*Exceptions to the Conduct Process may be made for instances where there are concerns for the safety of the SUNY Broome Community College community. During those instances, the student(s) accused will be granted due process by proceeding directly to the appeals process for final adjudication.
**Cases involving Interpersonal Violence, including Sex or Gender Discrimination, will be adjudicated as described in the Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Response Guide.
***Students will be notified via the SUNY Broome e-mail system, unless a preferred e-mail address has been submitted by the student, of all scheduled student conduct matters (incident reports being filed, hearings, decisions, appeals and etc.). It is the responsibility of each student to check their e-mail daily. If a student is unable to access their email or has a problem viewing any correspondence, it is their responsibility to seek the assistance of the SCA or Housing staff member.
Students will be notified via the SUNY Broome e-mail system, in addition to their preferred e-mail if it has been submitted by the student, of all scheduled student conduct matters (incident reports being filed, hearings, decisions, appeals and etc.). It is the responsibility of each student to check their e-mail daily. If a student is unable to access their email or has a problem viewing any correspondence, it is their responsibility to seek the assistance of the SCA or Housing staff member.