What to Expect if You are Accused of Misconduct

The College investigates reports about concerns related to student behavior. If it appears that there is merit to the information reported, you will be contacted about the report. Depending on the situation and the information available at the time, you will receive a letter sent via email to your Harper Email account with further instructions. The letter may contain one or more of the following:

  • Notice to you of the nature of the complaint or incident
  • Notice to you of what aspect(s) of the Student Code of Conduct may have been violated
  • Information about your rights (such as the right to have an advisor present)
  • Notice to you that there appears to be enough information that you are being charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct
  • How to schedule a meeting so you can review and respond to the case information

In most cases, you will be given directions to schedule a meeting with the Student Conduct Officer which will serve as your hearing for the case. Sometimes a preliminary meeting is held where the Student Conduct Officer gets more information in order to investigate what happened, and then a second meeting occurs where you can review all information and provide your perspective before a decision is made as to whether or not you violated any College policies. 

In cases where there appears to be a concern for health and safety, significant disruption, or other limited factors, you may face interim action while the student conduct process occurs. Examples of interim action can include restricting your access to campus, issuing no-contact orders, or reassigning your class section.

If you have any questions about what is going to happen, just ask!