Defense Vs Excuse

Sometimes students accused of policy violations try to defend their actions with excuses. The college’s policy on defenses is clear. Defending your actions is admitting to a policy violation. “Yes, we fought, but he started it.”  This still means you had a fight, and that violates our code of conduct. You may have taken someone’s property under the influence of an anti-depressant, but you still took someone else’s property. While your defense will not excuse your actions, Central College will take the legitimacy of your offense into consideration in addressing the proper sanction. For example, if you were not the aggressor in a fight, you may still be sanctioned, but your sanction likely may be lesser than the sanction of the person who started the fight.