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Keeping student learning and development central in our work, the Office of Community Standards strives to resolve all reports of student misconduct in a manner that promotes individual rights, fairness and accountability. To that end, we employ a number of methods designed to mediate conflict, address concerning student behavior, and maintain our campus community. We also provide support, education and prevention strategies designed to prevent domestic violence, relationship violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking. 


The Student Conduct Process

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The student conduct process consists of at least one of three types of meetings: a preliminary meeting, an administrative conference meeting or an appeal hearing.

Download your copy of the student conduct process.

Preliminary Meeting

A preliminary meeting is designed to allow students the opportunity to review and respond to complaints filed against them. Students are not required to participate in the preliminary meeting, however they are strongly encouraged to attend and provide their perspective on the incident in which they are involved. During this meeting with professional staff, we:

  • Review the allegations outlined in the complaint
  • Review methods of resolution
  • Determine if a reasonable basis exists to charge students with a code violation(s)
  • Inform students if a reasonable basis exists; students will be notified of the specific charge(s).

Administrative Conference Meeting

An administrative conference is scheduled if, after the preliminary investigation, a reasonable basis exists to believe the accused student may have engaged in a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. If the student does not attend the meeting, a decision is made in their absence. Based on the nature of the violation and circumstances of the student, disciplinary outcomes are tailored to address the behavior and meet the developmental needs of the student. The resolution of the administrative conference is formally documented and used to create a disciplinary record within AACC. More information about the administrative conference can be found in the Code of Student Conduct. 

Appeal Hearing Meeting

Appeals are granted only on specific grounds. Requests for an appeal hearing should be submitted in writing to studentconduct@aacc.edu. More information about the appeal process can be found in the Code of Student Conduct.

Disciplinary Outcomes

Disciplinary outcomes are resolutions to an administrative conference. They are designed to:

  • Restore order to the learning environment
  • Provide an opportunity for reflection
  • Return the student to the learning environment with a better understanding of AACC's behavioral expectations

Any student found responsible of violating AACC's policy is subject to disciplinary sanctions. If you have any questions, contact Community Standards at 410-777-2766 or studentconduct@aacc.edu

Submit a Disciplinary Outcome form.


Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Initiatives

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Education programming offers a variety of innovative initiatives and best practices to educate and build awareness around the sensitive issues of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

These programs are designed to:

  • Develop education and prevention strategies and interventions to decrease these incidences at AACC.
  • Provide high quality prevention, intervention and postvention activities on campus.
  • Create awareness of campus and local resources for people who are affected by sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.
  • Support a comprehensive coordinated community approach that enhances victim safety, provides services for victims and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable.
  • Encourage campus community members to actively participate in education and prevention efforts.
  • Create programming geared toward designated at-risk student populations.

Activities

Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking can be difficult issues to discuss, but these are issues faced by colleges across the country. AACC has engaged in a number of activities to tackle these difficult issues and create a safer campus for all of our community.

These activities include:

  • Creating a community response team that includes both on and off campus partners.
  • Developing a mandatory prevention and education program on these issues for all incoming students. 
  • Training all college public safety officers on responding effectively to reports of these issues.
  • Recruit, select and train hearing panels who examine allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. 

Accessing Services

Below you will find just a few of the services available in Community Standards to help students maintain accountability and support the college community. 

Background Checks

Community Standards maintains official discipline records for students. Access to any student disciplinary record will be governed by the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Students who apply to other institutions, apply for employment or apply for leadership opportunities may be required to have a background check performed on their nonacademic record. AACC does not disclose information from a student record without the student's written consent unless permitted by law. Community Standards responds honestly to these background check requests.

Disciplinary Holds

Community Standards may place a hold on a student record if:

  • The student is involved in a pending investigation
  • The student has an incomplete disciplinary sanction
  • The student has prior/pending criminal history

A hold may prevent the student from registering for classes, requesting an official transcript or receiving a degree or certificate from AACC. To request a disciplinary hold to be lifted from your record, you must contact Community Standards and schedule an appointment. Allow at least 72 hours, prior to conducting business with AACC, to process any requests. To schedule an appointment email studentconduct@aacc.edu or call 410-777-2766.

Registered Sex Offenders

Registered sex offenders are required to meet with Community Standards each term. Complete this form, then schedule an appointment with our office.


Reporting an Incident

Members of our community who witness alleged violations are encouraged to report those incidents. Reports are forwarded to Community Standards for review. Not all reports result in a student conduct process. Based on the nature of the information shared, a report could be forwarded to other college officials. Community Standards manages three types of incident reports: student misconduct, concerning or threatening behavior, and sexual misconduct. 

If you have any questions about reporting an incident, contact Community Standards at 410-777-2766 or studentconduct@aacc.edu

Report Student Misconduct

AACC students are expected to comply with all established college policies and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with AACC community standards. Any person may report alleged acts of student misconduct. These allegations can be reported anonymously. 

Report Student Misconduct.

Report Concerning or Threatening Behavior

The Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) is an interdisciplinary group of college officials that meets regularly to review and, when necessary, respond to troubling behavior. The BAT is based on the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) model which addresses concerns about students in distress and suggests options for appropriate action by the college.

Submit a Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) Referral.

Report Sexual Misconduct

All members of the college community share in the responsibility to create and maintain a safe learning environment. All reports, except those shared to a confidential source, may be shared with college officials. To learn more about resources and related information, visit Sexual Harassment and Assault

Report sexual misconduct online.


Resources

Campus Policies 
Policies and procedures guide the day to day operations of the college to ensure academic standards and integrity are met and that they articulate expectations for student conduct.

Code of Student Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct defines terms and definitions, prohibited conduct, disciplinary procedures, and disciplinary outcomes.

Disability Support Services 
Disability Support Services provides accommodations to registered students to ensure access and full participation in college life.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Procedures of 1974 (FERPA)
FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. To allow outside parties to have access to your records, please contact the Records and Registration office.

Health and Wellness Center 
The Health and Wellness Center is staffed by registered nurses and offers free and confidential services to registered students.

Personal Counseling Services 
Counseling services are free to registered students. Sessions last about 50 minutes and students can use a maximum of three sessions per issue.

Public Safety and Police 
In the event of an emergency, call 410-777-1818 or 911. For more information, please visit Campus Safety. 

Questions?

We're here to help.

Office of Community Standards

410-777-2766

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Emergency

Public Safety and Police
410-777-1818

From campus phone
1818

Local police
911

Our Staff

Erik Hunter
Director/Title IX Deputy Director
410-777-1339
ehunter2@aacc.edu 

Kernysha Rowe
Coordinator of Community Standards
410-777-2766
krowe2@aacc.edu 

Make an appointment with us by calling 410-777-2766 or email studentconduct@aacc.edu
 


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Code of Student Conduct.