|Due Process Procedures|
Dishonesty, Discipline, etc.
These procedures contain regulations for dealing with alleged student violations of College standards of conduct in a manner consistent with the requirements of due process. It also contains descriptions of the standards of conduct to which students must adhere and the penalties which may be imposed for the violation of those standards.
Attendance at FCCJ is a privilege and in order to maintain the College ideals of scholarship, character and a commitment to excellence, the right is reserved by the College to establish rules and regulations to further these ideals which require student compliance for the welfare of the College community. These rules and regulations are found in Board Rule 6Hx7-11.1. It is the intent of the College that students understand that individual rights involve associated responsibilities and that individual rights must be viewed in relationship to the health, safety and welfare of the College community.
Students enrolled in any degree, diploma or certificate program are subject to federal and state laws, respective county and city ordinances and all rules and regulations of the College.
Student Academic Dishonesty Procedure
Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense and is expressly prohibited. THIS POLICY INCLUDES ALL COURSE ASSESSMENT, RELATED ASSIGNMENTS AND ALL STANDARDIZED TESTS (e.g. CPT, CLAST, CAT). Such dishonesty includes:
Student Discipline Procedures
Violations of published laws, ordinances or rules and regulations may subject violators to appropriate disciplinary action by the College authorities.
Prior to any disciplinary actions taken, students are entitled to procedural due process. This means that students shall be provided:
The College President, vice president, campus president or an appropriate designated College officer may without a hearing temporarily order the removal from College property of individuals charged with a suspendible offense that is deemed to present a clear and present danger to the welfare of the College. Students ordered removed will be required to remain off College property until a hearing is provided regarding the matter. In the event of the temporary removal, a written notice of a hearing to be held within 10 days of the date of the letter will be mailed (certified mail, return upon receipt requested) to the individual.
The following violations of the code of conduct are outlined in the District Board of Trustees Rules.
Any act or behavior on the part of the student which tends to interfere with or otherwise disturb the orderly conduct, processes, functions and/or interests of the College is expressly prohibited.Such acts or behavior may include but are not limited to consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus or at a College function, illegal use or possession of drugs or narcotics, cheating in any form, sexual harassment, the use of indecent or abusive language, gambling, hazing as defined in Chapter 240.326, Florida Statutes, vandalism or destruction of property, falsification of records or statements to the College, unauthorized use of the College name, lewd or indecent conduct, violence against any member or guest of the College community, theft or willful destruction of College property or of the property of members of the College, interference with the freedom of movement of any member or guest of the College, obstruction of the normal processes and activities of the College community, deliberate interference with the rights of others, violation of a federal or state law, a county or city ordinance, repeated offenses of a less serious nature or any other offense reasonably deemed to be contrary to the best interest of the College.
All alleged student violations of the Board of Trustees Rules of the College are referred to the office of the campus student affairs dean. Any administrator, faculty member, guest of the College, law enforcement official or student may allege a violation against any student.
The student affairs deans on each campus will represent the associate vice president of student affairs in matters of student rights and responsibilities to ensure fair treatment of students, adherence to principles of due process and the timely resolution of all matters.
Guidelines for procedural due process are available in the campus dean of student affairs office. Students who have questions or are in need of assistance should contact the student affairs dean on their respective campus.
Every reasonable attempt should be made to informally resolve any dispute between students and the College at the level at which the dispute arises. Recognizing that such matters cannot always be resolved informally, FCCJ provides a formal process through which students can appeal the application of certain College rules and regulations and the assignment of final grades. In all cases, it is the intent of the College to assure the fair and equitable treatment of students.
Students wishing to initiate a formal appeal should contact the campus dean of student affairs office. That office will provide the information and guidance necessary to initiate a student appeal.
Suspension, Termination or Cancellation of Enrollment
The College reserves the right to suspend, terminate or retroactively cancel the enrollment of students for disciplinary reasons.
Grievance procedures are provided for students who believe that they have been unlawfully discriminated against, unfairly treated or sexually harassed.
NOTE: Appeals handled through the student appeals process are excluded from the grievance process.
Such grievances shall be handled as follows.
Florida Community College is committed to prompt and fair resolution of students concerns. The Student Appeals Procedure is the vehicle to resolving issues through mediation. The purpose of this procedure is to resolve student grievances pertaining to academic issues or other issues resulting from actions of faculty, staff and administrative members.
A student who feels he/she has a grievance should first seek to resolve the complaints by discussion with the specific faculty, staff or administrative member involved. A demonstration of good faith by all parties in attempting to resolve complaints should be paramount. If this fails to resolve the issue, the student may file a formal grievance. A student may discontinue the grievance process anytime.
Student Grievances MUST be filed on the campus where the alleged violation/dispute occurred.
Students having grievances should utilize the following guidelines:
An academic grievance relates to a complaint about a course or a program of study. Student academic grievances should first be referred to the campus Dean for Student Success or his/her designee. The campus Dean for Student Success or his/her designee, shall guide the student through the grievance process.
Step 1 Informal Procedure
A student who has a complaint is first expected to resolve the complaint informally. The student should discuss his/her problem with the faculty or staff members involved and try to reach a mutually agreeable solution no later than the first fifteen (15) class days of the academic term immediately following the term in which the alleged grievance occurred. Grievances submitted after that date will not be considered. Upon notification of a complaint by the student, the faculty or staff member must meet with the student to discuss the complaint within ten (10) class days. In the event the faculty member refuses to meet with the student, the student shall meet with the appropriate Department Head. If the Department Head refuses to meet with the student, the grievance process will immediately move to the "Formal Procedure", Step 2.
Step 2 Formal Procedure
Any problem that occurs outside of a problem with a course(s) which is not related to the students program of study constitutes "non-academic grievances". This includes financial aid concerns. Student non-academic grievances should first be referred to the Campus Dean for Student Success or his/her designee. The campus Dean for Student Success or his/her designee shall guide the student through the informal and formal grievance process. In the event the campus Dean for Student Success is a party of the student grievance, the campus Executive Dean shall appoint another professional staff member to serve as a guide for the informal and formal grievance process.
Step 1 Informal Procedure
A student who has a complaint is first expected to resolve the complaint informally. The student should discuss his/her problem with the faculty, staff member, or student(s) involved and try to reach a mutually agreeable solution no later than the first fifteen (15) class days of the academic term immediately following the term in which the alleged grievance occurred. Grievances submitted after that date will not be considered. Upon notification of a complaint by the student, the faculty or staff member must meet with the student to discuss the complaint within ten (10) class days. In the event the faculty or staff member refuses to meet with the student, the student shall meet with the appropriate Department Head. If the Department Head refuses to meet with the student, the grievance process will immediately move to the "Formal Procedure", Step 2.
Step 2 Formal Procedure
Grievance procedures are provided for students who feel that they have been unlawfully discriminated against, tested unfairly or sexually harassed.
If you wish to file a grievance, please refer to the administrative information section of the FCCJ catalog for procedures.
Student Discipline Procedures
Each individual enrolled at Florida Community College at Jacksonville is considered a responsible adult, and it is vital that all students maintain standards of conduct appropriate to the College.
Student discipline is the responsibility of the student affairs department. All alleged student violations of Board rules and appropriate College regulations will be referred to the campus dean of student affairs. Any administrator, faculty member, career employee, student, guest of the College or other College staff person may allege violations against any currently enrolled student.
Student discipline procedures are more fully explained in the administrative information section of the FCCJ catalog. If you need information on the guidelines for procedural due process, contact the dean of student affairs on your campus.