Introduction, Responsibility, Complaint, Definitions


The purpose of the campus conduct system is to provide a fundamentally fair process that supports the educational mission of the institution. A hearing will consider alleged violations of campus rules or standards of responsible conduct to determine responsibility and assign sanctions where appropriate.

Administrative Responsibility

The dean of students is the person designated by the president of the college for the administration of The Student Code of Conduct.


The student conduct process is not applied in cases of sexual and relationship violence, harassment, or discrimination.  Please see those policies for procedures.


The dean of students (DOS) or designee will assume responsibility for the investigation of an allegation of misconduct to determine if the complaint has merit. No complaint will be forwarded for a hearing unless there is reasonable cause to believe a policy has been violated. Reasonable cause is defined as some information to support each element of the offense, even if that information is merely a credible witness or victim’s statement. A complaint wholly unsupported by any information will not be forwarded for a hearing.


The term “the college” means Central College.

The term “student” includes all persons who have accepted admission, enrolled at and/or are taking courses at the college, full or part-time, undergraduate or non-matriculated. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the college are considered students.

The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the college to conduct instructional activities.

The term “college official” includes any person employed by the college, performing administrative or professional supervisory responsibilities.

The term “member of the college community” includes any person who is employed by, volunteering for or attending the college as student, faculty, administrator, staff, intern or volunteer.

The term “college premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities and other property in the possession of or owned, or controlled (leased or rented) by the college.

The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for college registration.

The term “Hearing Body” means any persons authorized by the dean of students or a delegated representative to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to impose sanctions. Both the College Hearing and Review Board (CHRB) and College Review Panel (CRP) constitute a Hearing Body.  

The term “Hearing Officer” means an official authorized by the dean of students to impose sanctions upon students found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. The dean of students may authorize a Hearing Officer to serve as the sole individual responsible for determining whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct.

The term “review board” means any person or persons authorized by the dean of students to consider a review of the hearing body or officer’s determination that a student violated the Student Code of Conduct or from sanctions imposed by the hearing body or officer.

The term “will” is used in the imperative sense.

The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

The term “policy” is defined as the written rules of the college as found in, but not limited to, the Student Handbook, the Student Code of Conduct, the Housing Contract/Residence Life Policies and Rules, the Student Organizations Handbook and the Central College course catalog.