Lower Columbia College is a diverse and dynamic learning community. As such, the college
maintains a strong commitment to providing a learning environment that is civil and
free from disruptive behavior. All members of the college community share in the responsibility
to promote a positive learning environment, demonstrate mutual respect and dignity,
and avoid adversarial relationships. Thus, students are expected to act as responsible
members of this community, maintain a high degree of honesty and integrity, comply
with the rules and regulations of the college, and respect the rights, privileges,
and property of the college community.
The board of trustees of Washington State Community College District No. 13, acting
pursuant to RCW 28B.50.140(13), delegates to the president of the college the authority
to administer disciplinary action. Administration of the disciplinary procedures is
the responsibility of the vice president of student services or their designee. Unless
otherwise specified, the student conduct officer or delegee shall serve as the principal
investigator and administrator for alleged violations of this code.
The following definitions shall apply for purposes of this student conduct code:
As members of the academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity
for critical judgment and to engage in an independent search for truth. Freedom to
teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom
to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on
the campus, and in the larger community. Students should exercise their freedom with
responsibility. The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive
to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the college community.
The following enumerated rights are guaranteed to each student within the limitations
of statutory law and college policy, which are deemed necessary to achieve the educational
goals of the college:
The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student who commits, attempts
to commit, aids, abets, incites, encourages or assists another person to commit, an
act(s) of misconduct which include, but are not limited to, the following:
Brief adjudicative proceedings shall be used for student conduct appeals involving
the following disciplinary actions:
The college record for brief adjudicative proceedings shall consist of any documents
regarding the matter that were considered or prepared by the presiding officer for
the brief adjudicative proceeding or by the reviewing officer for any review. These
records shall be maintained according to the college's record retention schedule as
the official record of the proceedings.
Both the respondent and the complainant in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct
shall be provided the same procedural rights to participate in student discipline
matters, including the right to participate in the initial disciplinary decision-making
process and to appeal any disciplinary decision.
This supplemental procedure applies to allegations of sexual harassment subject to
Title IX jurisdiction pursuant to regulations promulgated by the United States Department
of Education. See 34 C.F.R. Part 106. To the extent these supplemental hearing procedures
conflict with the college's standard disciplinary procedures, WAC 132M-126-005 through
132M-126-110, these supplemental procedures shall take precedence. The college may,
at its discretion, contract with an administrative law judge or other person to act
as presiding officer and assign such presiding officer to exercise any or all of the
duties in lieu of the student conduct committee and committee chair.
Pursuant to RCW 28B.50.140(13) and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972,
20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, the college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student
who commits, attempts to commit, or aids, abets, incites, encourages, or assists another
person to commit, an act(s) of "sexual harassment."
For purposes of this supplemental procedure, "sexual harassment" encompasses the following
The introduction and consideration of evidence during the hearing is subject to the
following procedures and restrictions: