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Student Grievance Procedure and Resolution Process

It is the practice of North Georgia Technical College to maintain a grievance process available to all students that provides an open and meaningful forum for their grievances and the resolution of these grievances. The college seeks to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in a time responsive and fair manner.

This procedure does not address grievances related to unlawful harassment, discrimination and/or retaliation for reporting harassment/ discrimination against students. Those complaints are handled in accordance to TCSG’s Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination of Students Policy and Procedure

Special Note: The Student Grievance Procedure and Form is NOT to be used for Grade Appeals, Academic Misconduct, and Harassment or Discrimination complaints. Please refer to the college’s Course Catalog and Student Handbook for details on these respective procedures.

Students with a concern or grievance should begin the process at the institution (college) level.

  • To submit a student concern/grievance at the local college level, please follow North Georgia Technical College's Student Grievance Procedure and use the Student Grievance Form.

If a resolution is not reached at the institution level, or if you believe that the nature of the complaint or its impact on the system, as a whole, warrants an immediate review by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) administration, contact the TCSG Student Affairs Coordinator at studentaffairs@tcsg.edu or call (404) 679-1692.

* North Georgia Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia  30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of North Georgia Technical College.

Download Student Grievance Form

The Student Grievance Procedure is established to resolve difficulties or problems encountered in college-related activities. A grievance is taken seriously and therefore must be of a compelling, substantive, and verifiable nature. A grievance about a decision made by a member of the faculty or staff may only be filed by students who have been directly, adversely, and/or substantially affected by the decision. Repeated filings of the same grievance, filings of a frivolous nature, or a capricious grievance made against school personnel and policies will be considered an abuse of the student grievance process and will be dismissed.

The Student Grievance Procedure applies to matters that may include classroom learning environment, course content, access to classes, student advisement, and quality of services to students. The policy also applies to matters concerning services provided by all departments within the college. The Student Grievance Form is found here.  The Student Grievance form should be sent to studentgreivance@northgatech.edu.

Definitions

Grievable issues: Issues arising from the application of a policy/procedure to the student’s specific case are always grievable. Specifically grievable are issues related to student advisement, improper disclosure of grades, unfair testing procedures and poor treatment of students; this is a representative list and is not meant to be exhaustive.
Non-grievable issues: Issues, which have a separate process for resolution (i.e. disciplinary sanctions, FERPA, financial aid, academic grades, discrimination, harassment etc.), are not grievable and a student must take advantage of the process in place for these areas.
Business days: weekdays that the college administrative offices are open.
Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA): the staff member in charge of the student services division at the college.
Retaliation: unfavorable action taken, condition created, or other action taken by a student/employee for the purpose of intimidation directed toward a student because the student initiated a grievance or participated in an investigation of a grievance.
Grievant: the student who is making the complaint

The following section details the process for resolving student grievances. Grievances that do not follow the process described below will not be considered by the college.

For all timelines established herein, if a student will need additional time, an extension may be granted at the Vice President for Student Affairs’ discretion.

  1. Informal Grievance Procedure: Students with grievable issues should resolve those issues, if possible, on an informal basis without the filing of a formal grievance.
    1. A student has ten (10) business days from the date of the incident being grieved to resolve the matter informally by approaching his/her instructor, department chair or any other staff or faculty member directly involved in the grieved incident.
    2. If this process does not result in a resolution of the grievable issue, the student may proceed to the formal grievance procedure below.
  2. Formal Grievance Procedure: If a student cannot resolve their grievance informally, he or she may use this formal grievance procedure.
    1. Within fifteen (15) business days of the incident being grieved, the student must file a formal grievance in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) or the President’s designee with the following Information:

1) Name

2) Date

3) Brief description of incident being grieved

4) Remedy requested

5) Signature

6) Informal remedy attempted by student and outcome

  1. If the grievance is against the VPSA, the student shall file the grievance with the President’s office.
  2. The VPSA, or the President’s designee, will investigate the matter and supply a written response to the student within fifteen (15) business days.
  3. If the grieved incident involves possible unlawful harassment, discrimination, or retaliation for reporting unlawful harassment/discrimination, the investigation will be handled pursuant to the Procedure: Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination of Students.
  4. If the grieved incident is closely related to an incident being processed through the harassment/discrimination or disciplinary procedures, the proceedings under the Unlawful Harassment and Discrimination of Student’s procedure will take precedence, then the disciplinary procedure, and then the student’s grievance will be addressed. The grievance will not be processed until after the other procedures have run their course. The VPSA, or the President’s designee, shall be granted an additional fifteen (15) business days to investigate the grievance upon notice to the grieving student.
  5. Appeal: The student may appeal the decision rendered by the VPSA or the President’s designee to the President. Only the student has the right to appeal.
    1. A student shall file a written appeal to the President within five (5) business days of receiving the response of the investigation of the formal grievance.
    2. The appeal will be decided based entirely on documents provided by the student and the administration; therefore, the student must ensure that he or she has provided all relevant documents with his or her appeal.
    3. At the sole discretion of the President, grievance appeals at the institution may be held in one of the following two ways:
      1. The President may review the information provided by the student and administration and make the final decision; or
      2. The President may appoint a cross-functional committee to make the final decision.

The decision of either the President or the cross-functional committee shall be made within ten (10) business days of receipt of the appeal.

  1. Whichever process is chosen by the President the decision of the grievance appeal is final.

Retaliation: Retaliation against a student for filing a grievance is strictly prohibited.

Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of this academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for knowledge.

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic conditions in the classroom, on the campus, other college sites, and in the community. Students are expected to exercise their freedom with responsibility. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations, which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. As members of the larger community of which the college is a part, students are entitled to all rights and protection accorded them by the laws of the community. Nothing in this Code of Conduct shall be interpreted to interfere with any person’s right to free speech as provided by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

By the same token, students are also subject to all laws, the enforcement of which is the responsibility of duly constituted authorities. When students violate laws, they may incur penalties prescribed by legal authorities. In such instances, college discipline will be initiated if the presence of the student on campus is considered a possible threat to persons or property, or if that person's presence may disrupt the educational process of the college. However, when a student's violation of the law also adversely affects the college's recognized educational objectives, or violates the college's Student Code of Conduct, the college will enforce its own regulations. When students violate college regulations, they are subject to disciplinary action by the college whether or not their conduct violates the law.

It is the policy of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to provide technical and adult education programs for the people of Georgia. TCSG's technical colleges must provide opportunities for intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth. Technical college students assume a responsibility to act in a manner compatible with the fulfillment of the mission. The technical college community recognizes its responsibility to provide an atmosphere conducive to growth. With these principles in mind, the Technical College System of Georgia establishes this Student Code of Conduct.

Generally, technical college jurisdiction and discipline shall be limited to conduct which occurs on technical college premises, off-campus classes, activities or functions sponsored by North Georgia Technical College, an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade, or which otherwise adversely affects members of North Georgia Technical College community and/or the pursuit of North Georgia Technical College's objectives.

 

 

DEFINITIONS

Business Days: Weekdays that North Georgia Technical College’s administrative offices are open.

Faculty Member: Any person hired by North Georgia Technical College to conduct teaching, service, or research activities.

Hearing Body: Any person or persons authorized by the president of a technical college to provide a hearing as defined in the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Member of North Georgia Technical College: Any person who is a student, faculty member, contractor, technical college official or any other person/s involved with North Georgia Technical College, involved in the community or employed by North Georgia Technical College.

Policy: The Policy Manual approved by the State Board for the Technical College System of Georgia.

Student: All persons taking courses at North Georgia Technical College, including full-time, part-time, dual enrollment, joint enrollment, non-credit and credit. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with North Georgia Technical College are considered “students.”

Student Organization: Any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for North Georgia Technical College recognition.

System: The Technical College System of Georgia or TCSG.

Technical College: North Georgia Technical College, a college within the Technical College System of Georgia.

Technical College Official: Any person employed by North Georgia Technical College, performing assigned responsibilities on a part-time, full-time, or adjunct basis.

Technical College Premises: All land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by North Georgia Technical College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).

 

Proscribed Conduct

Any student found to have committed any of the following types of misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Student Disciplinary Policy and Procedure.

A. ACADEMIC

Academic Misconduct Definitions

Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Aiding and Abetting Academic Misconduct

Knowingly helping, procuring, encouraging or otherwise assisting another person to engage in academic misconduct.

2. Cheating

  1. Use and/or possession of unauthorized material or technology during an examination, or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade, such as tape cassettes, notes, tests, calculators, computer programs, cell phones and/or smart phones, or other electronic devices.
  2. Obtaining assistance with or answers to an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade from another person with or without that person's knowledge.
  3. Furnishing assistance with or answers to an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade to another person.
  4. Possessing, using, distributing or selling unauthorized copies of an examination, computer program, or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade.
  5. Representing as one's own an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade created by another person.
  6. Taking an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade in place of another person.
  7. Obtaining unauthorized access to the computer files of another person or agency and/or altering or destroying those files.
  8. Obtaining teacher edition text books, test banks, or other instructional materials that are only intended to be accessed by technical college officials, college administrator or faculty member.
  9. Fabrication

The falsification of any information or citation in an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade.

 

  1. Plagiarism
    1. Submitting another's published or unpublished work in whole, in part or in paraphrase, as one's own without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, quotation marks, citations, or bibliographical reference.
    2. Submitting as one's own original work, material obtained from an individual or agency without reference to the person or agency as the source of the material.
    3. Submitting as one's own original work material that has been produced through unacknowledged collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.

 

B. NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

 

Non-Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Behavior
    1. Indecent Conduct: lewd or indecent conduct; or distribution of obscene or libelous written or electronic material.
    2. Violence: physical abuse of any person (including dating violence, domestic violence or sexual violence) on technical college premises or at technical college-sponsored or technical college-supervised functions, including physical actions which threaten or endanger the health or safety of any such persons. This includes fighting and/or other disruptive behavior, which includes any action or threat of violence, which endangers the peace, safety, or orderly function of North Georgia Technical College, its facilities, or persons engaged in the business of North Georgia Technical College. Note: certain physical abuse may also be considered unlawful harassment.
    3. Harassment: North Georgia Technical College prohibits unlawful conduct based on race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, genetic information, political affirmation or belief, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era or citizenship status addressed directly to any individual or group that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably and objectively interfering with that individual or group’s: (1) performance, (2) work or educational environment or (3) ability to participate in an educational program or activity. North Georgia Technical College also prohibits stalking, or other behavior, which objectively and unreasonably interferes with another's legal rights or creates an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. (This also includes the display of or navigation to pornography and other inappropriate websites and materials and inappropriate behavior on social media and/or networking applications.) Impermissible harassment may include verbal, non-verbal and/or physical conduct.
    4. Disruption: prohibits activities not otherwise protected by law including the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which intentionally obstructs or interrupts teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other technical college activities, including public service functions and other duly authorized activities on technical college premises or at technical college-sponsored activity sites.
      1. Failure to Comply: Failure to comply with lawful directions of technical college officials and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
  2. Professionalism
    1. Personal Appearance: Refer to North Georgia Technical College Dress Code.
  3. Use of Technical College Property
    1. Theft and Damage: prohibits theft of, misuse of, or harm to technical college property, or theft of or damage to property of a member of North Georgia Technical College community or a campus visitor on technical college premises or at a technical college function.
    2. Occupation or Seizure: illegal occupation or seizure in any manner of technical college property, a technical college premises, or any portion thereof for a use inconsistent with prescribed, customary, or authorized use.
    3. Presence on technical college premises: prohibits unauthorized entry upon technical college premises; unauthorized entry into technical college premises or a portion thereof which has been restricted in use; unauthorized presence in technical college premises after closing hours; or furnishing false information to gain entry upon technical college premises.
    4. Assembly: prohibits participation in or conducting an unauthorized gathering that objectively threatens or causes injury to person or property or that interferes with free access to technical college facilities or that is unprotected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and objectively harmful, obstructive, or disruptive to the educational process or functions of North Georgia Technical College.
    5. Fire Alarms: prohibits setting off a fire alarm or using or tampering with any fire safety equipment on technical college premises or at technical college-sponsored activity sites, except with reasonable belief in the need for such alarm or equipment. In the event of a fire alarm sounding, students must evacuate the building unless otherwise directed by a technical college official.
    6. Obstruction: prohibits obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on technical college premises or at technical college sponsored or supervised functions. Refer to North Georgia Technical College Parking Rules and Regulations.
  4. Drugs, Alcohol and Other Substances

Substances referred to under this policy include all illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, and misused legal drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter).

  1. Alcohol: Students must comply with all state and federal laws regulating alcohol as well as TCSG Policy II.C.6, Alcohol on Campus. Alcoholic beverages may not be served or sold at any student sponsored function. Students being in a state of intoxication on technical college premises or at technical college-sponsored or supervised functions (including off-campus functions), internships, externships, practicum, clinical sites, co-operative or academic sponsored programs or activities or in a technical college-owned vehicle is prohibited.
  2. Controlled substances, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia: North Georgia Technical College prohibits possession, use, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law. Any influence which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the conduct or consequences of his/her actions.
  3. Food: North Georgia Technical College prohibits eating and/or drinking in classrooms, shops, and labs or other unauthorized areas on technical college premises, unless otherwise permitted by technical college officials.
  4. Smoking/Tobacco: North Georgia Technical College prohibits smoking, or using other forms of electronic (e.g. VAPE) alternative smoking devices or other forms of tobacco products in classrooms, shops, and labs or other unauthorized areas on technical college premises regardless of tobacco content. Refer to the North Georgia Technical College Tobacco Procedure.
  5. Use of Technology
    1. Damage and Destruction: Destruction of or harm to equipment, software, or data belonging to North Georgia Technical College or to others is considered unacceptable usage. This may include altering, downloading, or installing software on technical college computers, tampering with computer hardware or software configuration, improper access to North Georgia Technical College's network, and disconnection of technical college computers or devices.
    2. Electronic Devices: Unless otherwise permitted by technical college officials, North Georgia Technical College prohibits use of electronic devices in classrooms, labs, and other instructional, event, or affiliated facilities on technical college premises. Such devices include, but are not limited to cell phones, beepers, walkie-talkies, cameras, gaming devices, and other electronic devices, which may cause unnecessary disruption to the teaching/learning process on campus. North Georgia Technical College also prohibits attaching personal electronic devices to college computers under any circumstances.
    3. Harassment: North Georgia Technical College prohibits the use of computer technology to objectively interfere with another’s legal right to be free from harassment based on that individual’s race, color, creed, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affirmation or belief, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era or citizenship status.
    4. Unacceptable Use: Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or technical college official. This includes the unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password. North Georgia Technical College prohibits any additional violation to the Technical College System of Georgia's Acceptable Computer and Internet Use procedure.

 

  1. Weapons

 

The Technical College System of Georgia is committed to providing all employees, students, volunteers, visitors, vendors and contractors a safe and secure workplace and/or academic setting. The possession, carrying, or transportation of a firearm, weapon, or explosive compound/material in or on college building or property shall be governed by Georgia state law. All individuals are expected to comply with the related laws. Failure to follow laws pertaining to weapons is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Relevant Georgia laws to be aware of and compliant with include but may not be limited to:

O.C.G.A.§ 16-8-12(a)(6)(A)(iii)

O.C.G.A.§ 16-7-80

O.C.G.A.§ 16-7-81

O.C.G.A.§ 16-7-85

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-121

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-125.1

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-126

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-127

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-127.1

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-129

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-130

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-133

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-135

O.C.G.A.§ 16-11-137

O.C.G.A.§ 43-38-10

 

  1. Gambling

The Technical College System of Georgia prohibits the violation of federal, state or local gambling laws on technical college premises or at technical college sponsored or supervised activities.

  1. Parking

North Georgia Technical College prohibits violation of the College’s regulations regarding the operation and parking of motor vehicles on or around North Georgia Technical College premises.

  1. Financial Irresponsibility

North Georgia Technical College prohibits the theft or misappropriation of any technical college, student organization or other assets.

  1. Violation of Technical College Policy

Violation of System or Technical College Policies, rules or regulations including, but not limited to, rules imposed upon students who enroll in a particular class or program, internships, externships, practicum, clinical sites, co-operative, or any academic sponsored programs or activities, student organizations or students who reside in on-campus housing.

  1. Aiding and Abetting

Aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to do an activity which otherwise violates this Code of Conduct is prohibited.

12. Falsification of Documentation

Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student who falsifies any documentation related to North Georgia Technical College either to the technical college or to others in the community, including, but not limited to falsification of: technical college transcripts; transcripts or other documentation from other institutions to obtain credit from or admission to the technical college; technical college report cards or other grade reports; documentation related to a student’s citizenship status; tests, homework, attendance records; signature of any technical college employee in his or her official capacity; signatures of any employee of a clinical or internship site where the student is participating in an educational program associated with the technical college or records related to any clinical, internship or other academic activity associated with the technical college.

13. Violation of Law

  1. If a Student is convicted or pleads Nolo Contendere to an on-campus or off-campus violation of federal, state, or local law, but not has not been charged with any other violation of the Student Code of Conduct, disciplinary action may nevertheless be taken and sanctions imposed if the violation of federal, state or local law is detrimental to North Georgia Technical College's vital interests and stated mission and purpose.
  2. Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law that is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to criminal arrest and/or prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following criminal proceedings.
  3. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, North Georgia Technical College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his/her status as a student. North Georgia Technical College will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.
  4. Abuse of the Student Judicial Process, including but not limited to
    1. Failure to obey the notification of the Vice President for Student Affairs or North Georgia Technical College president's designee, Hearing Body, Appellate Board or Technical College Official.
    2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information in a judicial proceeding.
    3.  Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a disciplinary proceeding.
    4. Initiating a disciplinary proceeding knowingly without cause.
    5. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the disciplinary process.
    6. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Hearing Body, or Appellate Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the disciplinary proceeding.
    7. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Hearing Body, or Appellate Board prior to, during, and/or after a disciplinary proceeding.

Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.

The administration reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff. Therefore, when, in the judgment of college officials, a student’s conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the college community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect on campus. This procedure is intended to provide an orderly protocol for handling student disciplinary cases in accordance with the principles of due process and justice.

Students admitted to North Georgia Technical College are expected to be mature, to be law-abiding, and to have acceptable personal standards of conduct and ethics. Also, students are expected to have a responsible attitude toward regulations and standards of the college and the laws of the community, state, and nation, and to respect their fellow students. These regulations state clearly some things, which students must do, and some specific things which they must not do if they wish to remain associated with the institution. North Georgia Technical College, however, does not attempt to define by formal rules every action that is forbidden.

 

Reinstatement

Any student who is dismissed from the college for either academic or disciplinary reasons, who voluntarily withdraws while not in good standing, or who is on any type of probationary status and desires reinstatement must make a request for reinstatement in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs. All decisions regarding reinstatement are made by the NGTC Admissions Committee. *

*The North Georgia Technical College Admissions Committee consists of the North Georgia Technical College Vice President for Student Affairs, Financial Aid Director, Director of Career Services, Dean for Student Affairs, Admissions Director, and anyone appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

 

Definitions

Business Days: Weekdays that North Georgia Technical College’s administrative offices are open.

Hearing Body: Any person or persons authorized by the president of North Georgia Technical College to provide a hearing as provided in this procedure.

Member of North Georgia Technical College: Any person who is a Faculty Member, Staff Member or any other person(s) employed by North Georgia Technical College.

Policy: The written regulations of North Georgia Technical College as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, North Georgia Technical College Course Catalog/Student Handbook, Students Handbook(s), Technical College Catalog(s), North Georgia Technical College Policy and Procedure Manual, and the Policy Manual approved by the State Board for the Technical College System of Georgia.

Student: All persons taking courses at North Georgia Technical College, both full-time and part-time dual enrollment, joint enrollment, non-credit and credit. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with North Georgia Technical College are considered “students.”

Student Organization: Any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for North Georgia Technical College recognition.

Technical College: North Georgia Technical College, a college within the Technical College System of Georgia.

Technical College Official: Any person employed by North Georgia Technical College, performing assigned administrative responsibilities on a part-time, full-time, or adjunct basis.

Technical College Premises: All land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by North Georgia Technical College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).

Academic Misconduct: Includes, but is not limited to, the definition found in the North Georgia Technical College Course Catalog/Student Handbook.

Procedure for Filing a Student Code of Conduct Complaint

Any person may file a complaint with the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee against any student for an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The individual(s) initiating the action should provide a written description of the incident to the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee.

Academic Misconduct is handled through the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. An incident of Academic Misconduct may result in academic and disciplinary consequences.

  1. Investigation and Decision
    1. Within five business days after the Student Code of Conduct Complaint Form (the “Complaint”) is filed, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee shall complete a preliminary investigation of the incident, and schedule a meeting with the student against whom the complaint was filed in order to discuss the incident and the allegations. In the event that additional time is necessary, the student will be notified. After discussing the complaint with the student, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee shall determine whether the student committed the alleged conduct, and whether the alleged conduct constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
    2. The student shall have five (5) business days from the date contacted by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the technical college president’s designee to schedule the meeting. This initial meeting may only be rescheduled one time. If the student fails to respond to the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee within five (5) business days to schedule the meeting, reschedules the meeting more than once, or fails to appear at the meeting, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee will consider the available evidence without student input and make a determination
    3. In the event that a complaint alleges violations of the Student Code of Conduct by more than one student, each student’s disciplinary proceeding, as well as any appeals relating to that proceeding, shall be conducted individually.
    4. If the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee determines that the student has violated the Student Code of Conduct, he/she shall impose one or more disciplinary sanctions consistent with those described below. If the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee determines that the alleged conduct did not occur, or that the conduct was not a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, he/she shall not impose any disciplinary sanctions on the student and the investigation shall be closed.
  2. Disciplinary Sanctions

Based on the severity of the incident, the Vice President for Student Affairs may take one of two actions:

  1. After a determination that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee may impose, without referral to the Hearing Body, one or more of the following sanctions. Notification shall be sent to the student and the person(s) who initially filed the complaint.
    1. Restitution – A student who has committed an offense against property may be required to reimburse the technical college or other owner for damage to or misappropriation of such property. Any such payment in restitution shall be limited to the actual cost of repair or replacement.
    2. Reprimand – A written reprimand may be given to any student. Such a reprimand does not restrict the student in any way, but it signifies to the student that he/she is in effect being given another chance to conduct himself/herself as a proper member of the technical college, and that any further violation may result in more serious sanctions.
    3. Restriction – A restriction upon a student’s privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include but is not limited to denial of the right to represent the technical college in any way, denial of use of facilities, alteration or revocation of parking privileges, or restrictions from participating in extracurricular activities.
    4. Disciplinary Probation – Continued enrollment of a student on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to specified terms. Any student placed on probation will be notified of the terms and length of probation in writing. Any conduct determined after due process to be in violation of these terms while on probation may result in the imposition of more serious disciplinary sanctions, as specified by the terms of probation.
    5. Failing or lowered grade – In cases of Academic Misconduct, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the technical college president’s designee will make a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee who may authorize the instructor to award a failing or lowered grade in the course, or a loss of credit on the assignment or examination.
    6. Monetary Fine – A fine may be imposed on a student to emphasize the seriousness of the violation. The student will have a minimum of 10 days to pay the fine and a Hold will be placed on their account until such a time as the fine is paid.
  2. After a determination that a student has violated the Student Code of conduct, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee may recommend the imposition of one of the following sanctions if appropriate. The Vice President for Student Affairs’ recommendation will be forwarded to the Hearing Body, which may impose one or more of the following sanctions, as well as those described above, following a hearing. A copy of the written recommendation shall be provided to the student and the person filing the complaint.
    1. Disciplinary Suspension – If a student is suspended, he/she is separated from the technical college for a stated period of time. Conditions of reinstatement, if any, must be stated in the notice of suspension.
    2. Disciplinary Expulsion – Removal and exclusion from the technical college, North Georgia Technical College controlled facilities, programs, events, and activities. A record of the reason for the student’s dismissal is maintained by Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee. Students who have been dismissed from the technical college for any reason may apply in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs for reinstatement twelve (12) months following the expulsion. If approval for reinstatement is granted, the student will be placed on disciplinary probation for a specified term. The probationary status may be removed at the end of the specified term at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs or the technical college president’s designee.
    3. Interim Disciplinary Suspension – As a general rule, the status of a student accused of violations of the Student Code of Conduct should not be altered until a final determination is made regarding the allegations against him/her. However, interim suspension may be imposed upon a finding by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee that the continued presence of the accused student on campus constitutes a potential or immediate threat to the safety and well-being of the accused student or any other member of the technical college or its guests, or that the continued presence of the student on campus creates a risk of substantial disruption of classroom or other technical college-related activities. If an interim disciplinary suspension is imposed, the matter must be referred as soon as possible to the Hearing Body. The student need not request an appeal.
    4. System-Wide Expulsion – Where a student has been expelled or suspended three times from the same or different colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia in the past seven years, the student will not be permitted to register at any college in the Technical College System of Georgia for a period of ten years after the most recent expulsion/suspension.
  3. Violation of Federal, State, or Local Law
    1. If a student is convicted or pleads nolo contendere to an off-campus violation of federal, state, or local law, but not with any other violation of the Student Code of Conduct, disciplinary action may be taken and sanctions imposed for misconduct that is detrimental to the technical college’s vital interests and stated mission and purpose.
    2. Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law that is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to criminal arrest and/or prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following criminal proceedings.
    3. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the technical college will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his/her status as a student. The technical college will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives, as they deem appropriate.
  4. Conditions of Disciplinary Suspension and Expulsion
    1. A student who has been suspended or expelled from the technical college shall be denied all privileges afforded a student and shall be required to vacate technical college premises at a time determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee.
    2. In addition, after vacating the technical college premises, a suspended or expelled student may not enter upon the technical college premises at any time, for any purpose, in the absence of written permission from the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee. A suspended or expelled student must contact the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee for permission to enter the technical college premises for a limited, specified purpose.
    3. If the student seeks to submit a signed Disciplinary Sanction Appeal Form, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee must accept the form by mail or fax if he/she refuses the student’s request to enter the North Georgia Technical College premises for that specified purpose.
    4. A scheduled appeal hearing before the Hearing Body shall be understood as expressed permission from the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee for a student to enter the technical college premises for the duration of that hearing.
  5. Mediation

At the discretion of the technical college president, the technical college may adopt a mediation procedure to be utilized prior to the appeals set forth herein. Mediation may never be used in cases of alleged sexual misconduct.

  1. Hearing/Appeals Procedure
    1. A student who wishes to appeal a disciplinary decision by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee regarding an assigned sanction of restitution, reprimand, restriction, disciplinary probation, monetary fine, or failing or lowered grade must file a written notice of appeal through the President’s office for review by the Hearing Body within five (5) business days of notification of the decision. The person filing the initial complaint against the student must be notified of the hearing date.
    2. If the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee recommended a sanction of disciplinary suspension, disciplinary expulsion, interim disciplinary suspension, or system-wide expulsion, the matter will be referred to the Hearing Body by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The student need not file a written notice of his or her desire to appear before the Hearing Body. The person filing the initial complaint shall also be given notification of the hearing.
    3. The student will then have the right to appear in a hearing before a Hearing Body assigned by the technical college president or his/her designee within ten (10) business days to present evidence and/or testimony. If the student has been placed on an interim disciplinary suspension, the hearing must be held as soon as possible, preferably within five (5) days. The student has the right to be assisted by any single advisor he/she chooses, at his/her own expense. The student is responsible for presenting his/her own information and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing before a Hearing Body. The Hearing Body may consist of a single person or a group of people drawn from the Technical College. There shall be a single official record, such as a tape recording, of all hearings before the Hearing Body. The official record shall be the property of the technical college. The standard of proof in all hearings shall be a preponderance of the evidence. The chairperson of the Hearing Body shall notify the President and the Vice President for Student Affairs in writing of the Hearing Body’s decision. The President or the President’s designee will notify the student in writing of the Hearing Body’s decision.
    4. If the student appeared before the Hearing Body to appeal the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee’s sanction of restitution, reprimand, restriction, disciplinary probation, monetary fine, or failing or lowered grade, the Hearing Body’s decision regarding the appeal is final. The President or the President’s designee will notify the student and the person who filed the original complaint in writing of the Hearing Body’s decision.
    5. If the student appeared before the Hearing Body after the Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee recommended disciplinary suspension, disciplinary expulsion, interim disciplinary suspension, or system-wide expulsion, the student shall have the opportunity to appeal directly to the President.
    6. If entitled to an appeal to the President, the student shall have five (5) business days after receiving written notification of the Hearing Body’s decision to request in writing an appeal. The student shall ensure that all relevant information is included with this request. The person who filed the original complaint shall be notified of the student’s appeal.
    7. The President of the technical college or his/her designee’s review shall be in writing and shall only consider evidence currently in the record; new facts not brought up in earlier stages of the appeal shall not be considered. The President or his/her designee shall deliver the decision to the student and the person who filed the original complaint within ten (10) business days. The decision of the President or his/her designee shall be final and binding.

 

  1. Document Retention

The Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee shall retain a copy of all documents concerning complaints, investigations, administrative actions, and communications in relation to any incident that resulted in a disciplinary investigation of any kind against a student. The Vice President for Student Affairs or the President’s designee will also retain records of any disciplinary appeals filed by the affected student, as well as the resulting record of appeal and decision submitted by the Hearing Body and the technical college president or his/her designee. A record of the final decision must also be retained. All records specified in this section shall be retained for a period of five years.