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Great Basin College (GBC) is a System institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and encourages all students to pursue academic studies and other college sponsored activities that promote intellectual growth and personal development. Students are responsible for complying with NSHE and college guidelines and meeting the appropriate college requirements. In joining the academic community, the student enjoys the right of freedom to learn and shares responsibility in exercising that freedom. A student is expected to conduct him or herself in accordance with college standards.

When a complaint or charge of student misconduct is brought forth, it shall be processed in accordance with the policies and procedures prescribed in the NSHE Board of Regents Code Title 2, Chapter 10, which is outlined in this document. The complete document may be found in the annual Great Basin College Catalog(s) and at the GBC website: gbcnv.edu. For purposes of this document, the term "student" means any person who is or was enrolled in courses, either full-time or part-time, including correspondence study, electronic means, Study Abroad, or auditing, or courses offered through any institution satellite campuses or auxiliary means.

Prohibited Conduct

Prohibited Conduct, as defined and established in NSHE Code, Title 2, Chapter 10. Section 2.1:

(a) Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

(1) Cheating, plagiarism, fraudulently obtaining grades, falsifying research data or results, assisting others to do the same, or other forms of academic or research dishonesty;

(2) Furnishing false information to any institution or System official, faculty member, or office;

(3) Forgery, alteration, misuse, theft, or using without permission, any institutional document, or record.

(b) Disorderly, lewd or indecent conduct, including the disruption, obstruction, or unauthorized interruption of teaching, convocations, recruiting interviews, social events, research, meetings, business and administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other institutional or System activities, including public service functions and outreach activities on or off campus, or other activities when the conduct occurs on institutional premises.

(c) Conduct that endangers the health or safety of any member or guest of the System community.

(d) Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, and/or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

(e) Interference by force, threat or duress with the lawful freedom of movement of persons or vehicles on institutional premise.

(f) Resisting or obstructing institutional or other public officials in the performance of their duties.

(g) Failure to comply with the directions of institutional officials acting in accordance with their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

(h) Acts of physical force or disruptive acts which interfere with institutional activities, freedom of movement on the campuses, freedom for students to pursue their studies, freedom of speech, freedom to be heard, and freedom to pursue research of their own choosing.

(i) Failure of the student to present proper credentials, student identification card, driver's license, or parking registration, to institutional officials upon their request.

(j) Forgery, alteration, falsification or destruction of System documents or furnishing false information in documents submitted to the System.

(k) Willful damage, destruction, defacement, theft or misappropriation of equipment or property belonging to, in the possession of, or on premises occupied by the System.

(l) Knowing possession on any premises of the System of any firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other instruments of destruction, or other dangerous weapons as defined by the laws of the State of Nevada, without the written authorization of institutional president or the president's authorized agent.

(m) Continued occupation of buildings, structures, grounds or premises belonging to or occupied by, the System after having been ordered to leave by the institution's president, the president's designee, or chancellor.

(n) False reporting of any emergency situation, including but not limited to, misuse of campus or System emergency notification equipment. Unauthorized tampering with, and/or accessing of, safety, security, or fire protection equipment or devices. Setting off a fire alarm for reasons other than actual fire or emergency, involvement in setting or causing any unauthorized fire in or on institution property.

(o) The unauthorized possession, loan, modification, or distribution of keys, pass cards or institutional identification cards. Unauthorized or unlawful entry or access to institutional or System facilities, including buildings and grounds. The reproduction, manufacture or duplication of any key, pass card, institutional or System identification card or unlocking devise for use on institution or System facilities or locks without proper authorization.

(p) Abuse, unauthorized use, or theft of institutional or System computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:

(1) unauthorized entry into or transfer of, a file to use, read, or change the contents or for any other purpose; and/or a violation of copyright laws;

(2) use of another individual's identification and/or password;

(3) interfering with the work of another student, faculty member or institution or System official, or with the normal operation of the institution or System computing System; or,

(4) violating the institution's Standards of Conduct for the Use of institution's Computers.

(q) Willfully destroying, damaging, tampering, altering, stealing, misappropriating or using without permission any System, program or file of the System.

(r) Violation of the institution's policies and regulations governing residence in institution owned or controlled property, and access to and use of all institutional facilities, including responsibility for the conduct of guests.

(s) Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages without authorization (except as expressly permitted by System or Institutional regulations, such as the Alcoholic Beverage Policy), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or provided to, any person under twenty-one years of age.

(t) Use, possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances, use or possession of any illegal and/or unauthorized drugs, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia or being under the influence of illegal drugs except as expressly permitted by law.

(u) Contempt of student disciplinary proceedings including impairing or interrupting any proceeding or providing false information to institution or System officials and student hearing board members during the course of the conduct resolution process. Failure to comply with the terms of any sanction imposed in accordance with the rules of conduct

(v) The repeated use of obscene or abusive language in a classroom or public meeting of the System and which, if occurring in a class is not significantly related to the teaching of the subject matter.

(w) The use of threats or violence against a faculty member or the faculty member's family in order to secure preferential treatment for grades, loans, employment, or other service or privilege accorded by the System.

(x) Any act of unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin, gender identity, or genetic information, or any act of employment or educational retaliation against any person who has made a complaint about such discrimination.

(y) Any act of sexual harassment when submission to a request or demand of a sexual nature is either an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment or of academic study or grading, or where verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature has the effect of creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile work or educational environment. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence.

(z) Sexual assault, which is the use of, or threat to use, force or violence of a sexual nature, defined as sexual assault, against any member or guest of the institutional community on institution-owned or institution controlled property or at any institution sponsored program.

(aa) Acts of hazing. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation into or affiliation with the university, college or community college community, a student organization, a sports team, an academic association, or other group engaged in by an individual that intentionally or recklessly endangers another individual.

(bb) Intentionally making an accusation that is false or is made with reckless disregard for the truth against any member of the System community by filing a complaint or charges under the rules of conduct or under any applicable established complaint or grievance procedures in the System.

(cc) Willful incitement of individuals to commit any of the acts herein prohibited.

(dd) Any other conduct that violates applicable stated prohibitions, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations of the institution or Board of Regents.

(ee) Any act prohibited by local, state or federal law that occurs on System premises or at a System-sponsored function on or off such premises.

Institutions May Prohibit Other Conduct

By Code, an institution may adopt policies which prohibit other conduct not included above which are approved by the President and institution's general counsel. Great Basin College policy states messages, attitudes, or any other form of communication deemed outside the bounds of common decency/civility as judged by common standards of classroom behavior (determined as they would in a regular classroom by the instructor) will not be tolerated. All complaints of alleged misconduct (Section 2.1 above) made against a GBC student by any person should be submitted to the Student Conduct Officer (Administrative Officer) who is the Vice President for Student Services, Berg Hall - Elko Campus 775.753.2282 or lynn.mahlberg@gbcnv.edu.

All complaints alleging misconduct must be in writing and must specify the date, time, place, nature, and names of person(s) involved in the alleged misconduct. The administrative officer shall investigate the alleged misconduct with the purpose of clarifying the facts and positions taken by the parties involved. The investigation shall be completed within 60 calendar days of the receipt of the complaint.

Complaints

Any member of the institution community may file a complaint against a student for violations of the rules of Conduct The complaint shall be prepared in writing and filed with the President or the student conduct officer. Any complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the incident takes place.

Investigations

The student conduct officer or designee may conduct an investigation to determine if the complaint has merit. At any time, the student conduct officer may determine that the best course of action to take is to informally resolve the complaint through mediation, conflict resolution, or an educational conference. Upon completion of the investigation, the student conduct officer will deliver a letter to the student. The letter shall state the factual allegations, the charges, the student conduct officer's proposed informal resolution process, if not completed earlier, and a copy of this chapter.

Informal Resolution

The charged student shall participate in and work with the student conduct officer or designee for an informal resolution of the complaint. At the conclusion of the successful informal resolution process, a written determination shall be signed by both the student conduct officer and charged student which may include any of the disciplinary sanctions described in this chapter. At any time prior to signing a written determination, the charged student has the right to request a hearing before a hearing board or hearing officer as the means to resolve the complaint.

Failure to Reach Resolution

If the student conduct officer and charged student do not reach an informal resolution or if the charged student requests a hearing, then the student conduct officer shall notify the charged student in writing that the matter will be addressed through a hearing before a student conduct board or a student conduct hearing officer. A time shall be set for a student conduct hearing to occur within a reasonable time from this notification, yet not more than twenty-five calendar days from the date of the decision to proceed with formal resolution of the complaint. Maximum time limits for scheduling of student conduct hearings may be extended at the discretion of the student conduct officer. Notice of the hearing may be given by electronic mail or by first class mail with the U.S. Postal Service with delivery confirmation to the last known address of the student or by personal delivery.

Disciplinary Sanctions

The NSHE Code, Title 2, establishes disciplinary sanctions. Depending on the seriousness of the misconduct, these sanctions may be imposed in any order.

Hearings and Appeals

Hearings & Appeals shall be conducted in accordance with this section. A copy may be found at gbcnv.edu . . . or nevada.edu . . .

Sanctions and Expunging the Record

The student conduct officer or designee will be responsible for monitoring the student in successfully carrying out the sanctions imposed as the result of a hearing or the final determination of the informal resolution process. Unless the student conduct officer otherwise states in writing, any final action resulting from a disciplinary hearing or the informal resolution process shall become part of the student's disciplinary record. Other than institutional expulsion or withholding of a degree, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student's permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student's disciplinary record. Upon graduation, the student's disciplinary record may be expunged of disciplinary actions other than residence hall expulsion, institution suspension, institution expulsion, or withholding of a degree, upon application to the student conduct officer and approval by the president. A student may request that his or her disciplinary record be expunged and any such notation be removed from the student's transcript during the student's last semester before graduation or any time following graduation. The burden demonstrating reasonable cause for considering the expunging of a disciplinary record lies with the student. In considering such requests, the institution may consider the:

(a) Stated reason for request and circumstances surrounding request;

(b) Date and seriousness of the violation;

(c) Student's behavior and disciplinary record since the violation, including successful completion of any imposed sanctions;

(d) The impact, if any, on the public that failure to give such notice may cause; and

(e) Consequences of denying request.

The grant or denial of a request to expunge a student's disciplinary record shall rest solely within the discretion of the institution, and the enumeration of the foregoing factors shall not in any way imply a duty on the institution to grant such a request by means of a balancing or other test. If a request is not granted, the student at yearly intervals thereafter may request that his or her disciplinary record be expunged. The denial of a request to expunge is not appealable.

Sanctions

The following are the disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed on a student found to have violated the rules of Conduct. More than one sanction may be imposed.

Warning

A notice, oral or written, that the student has violated the rules of Conduct.

Reprimand

A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations.

Restitution

Compensation for loss, damage, theft or misappropriation of property, or injuries sustained in an incident of student misconduct. This may take the form of appropriate service, monetary, or material replacement or combination of these.

Probation

Probation consists of a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to have violated any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.

Loss of Privileges

Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time. This may include denying the student access to any campus, site, or building while permitting the student to enroll in off-campus classes such as internet or correspondence classes.

Discretionary and Educational Sanctions

Participation in specific educational programs, such as alcohol or other drug educational intervention conferences, assessments, educational activities, including on-line instructional workshops, and work assignments or service to the institution or the community, and other related discretionary assignments

Residence Hall Suspension

Separation of the student from the residence halls for a period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. The minimum period of suspension is one semester and the maximum period is two semesters. Conditions for readmission may be specified in the suspension.

Residence Hall Permanent License Cancellation

Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.

Withholding of a degree

Prior to the awarding of a degree, the institution may withhold a degree from a student.

Institutional Suspension

Exclusion for a definite period of time from attending classes and from participating in other activities of the System, as set forth in a written notice to the student The official transcript of the student shall be marked -DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION EFFECTIVE ______ TO ______. The parents or legal guardians of minor students shall be notified of the action.

A student who is enrolled in his or her last semester before graduation or is not currently enrolled in the System and who was not registered during the previous semester or who graduated at the end of the previous semester may request that the notation of the disciplinary suspension be removed from the official transcript when two years have elapsed since the expiration of the student's suspension. Such request must be submitted in writing to the president or his designee. If the request is not granted, the student at yearly intervals thereafter may submit a request for removal of the notation.

Deferred Institutional Suspension

Deferred separation of the student from the institution until the close of the current semester or some other time frame for review of student progress in addressing the conduct matter.

Institutional Expulsion

Termination of student registration and status for an indefinite period of time. Permission of the president shall be required for readmission. The official transcript of the student shall be marked -DISCIPLINARY EXPULSION EFFECTIVE _____________. The parents or legal guardians of minor students shall be notified of the action.

A student who is enrolled in his or her last semester before graduation or is not currently enrolled in the System and who was not registered during the previous semester or who graduated at the end of the previous semester may request that the notation of the disciplinary expulsion be removed from the official transcript when four years have elapsed since the expiration of the student's expulsion or termination. Such request must be submitted in writing to the President or designee. If the request is not granted, the student at yearly intervals thereafter may submit a request for removal of the notation.

Emergency Removal

The president, or the student conduct officer, may impose an immediate emergency removal (hereafter, "removal") prior to the resolution of a charge of violation of the rules of conduct on the charged student. This removal includes the immediate exclusion from the institution and all of the institution's campuses, sites, locations, and property of a student for an interim period whenever the president determines that this is required to:

(a) insure the safety and well-being of members of the institution's community,

(b) protect institution property, or

(c) if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the institution.

(d) protect any student from sexual harassment or retaliation for the report of sexual harassment

The grant or denial of a request to expunge a student's disciplinary record shall rest solely within the discretion of the institution, and the enumeration of the foregoing factors shall not in any way imply a duty on the institution to grant such a request by means of a balancing or other test. If a request is not granted, the student at yearly intervals thereafter may request that his or her disciplinary record be expunged. The denial of a request to expunge is not appealable.

Conditions of Emergency Removal and Hearing

When an emergency removal is imposed, the charged student shall be denied access to the institution, including classes and all other institutional activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the President or the student conduct officer may determine to be appropriate. During the time of the removal from the institution, the student may not come onto institutional property for any reason other than meeting with the appropriate officials) regarding resolution of the emergency removal and the student conduct violation. The student conduct officer may permit the student to participate in distance learning classes that do not include entering onto institutional property and provide adequate protections to prevent any of the conditions of (a), (b), (c) or (d), above, from occurring. Any student so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to a hearing on the emergency removal no later than fourteen calendar days following the removal unless the student agrees to delay the hearing to a later time. A hearing officer shall hold the hearing under the hearing procedures of the rules of conduct where those may be applicable. The student conduct hearing officer shall make a recommendation to the President. The president's decision upon the hearing officer's recommendation shall be final. The removal does not replace the regular disciplinary process, which shall proceed under this chapter.

Procedures Available when Sexual Harassment is alleged:

NSHE Code, Title 2, Chapter 10.4.12 The following additional procedures are available in proceedings alleging sexual harassment:

(a) An alleged victim of sexual harassment shall have the opportunity to select an independent advisor for assistance, support and advice. The alleged victim shall be advised at the beginning of the complaint process that he or she may select an independent advisor and it shall become the choice of the alleged victim to utilize or not utilize the independent advisor. The independent advisor may be brought into the process at any time at the request of the alleged victim. The institutional affirmative action officer or the student conduct officer shall advise the alleged victim of this right. The means and manner by which an independent advisor shall be made available shall be determined by each institution or unit

(b) the complainant may choose to not permit the matter to be resolved by the informal resolution process or may terminate the informal resolution process at any time prior to a written determination being signed. If sexual assault is alleged, the informal resolution process may not be used;

(c) the complainant must agree to the charge being heard by a hearing officer if the student conduct officer and student agree;

(d) the complainant must be given the opportunity to participate in any pre hearing procedures;

(e) if a hearing involving more than one charged student, the hearing officer or hearing board may require a charged student to be absent from any testimony that is not relevant to that charged student;

(f) the complainant must receive a list of all witnesses at the same time it is received by the student conduct officer and charged student;

(g) the complainant must be permitted an advisor during the hearing who shall have the same duties as the advisor for the charged student;

(h) the complainant may present witnesses and other evidence at the hearing;

(i) the complainant shall be served a copy of the decision of the student conduct hearing board or hearing officer and of the vice president, if an appeal is filed, except for the discipline imposed upon the student unless the discipline directly relates to the complainant.

(j) if the complainant is aggrieved by the decision of the student conduct hearing board or hearing officer, the complainant has the right to appeal the decision to the appropriate vice president in the same manner as the student;

(k) in a complaint alleging sexual violence or non-forcible sex offense, the complete decision of the student conduct hearing board or officer and the decision on appeal shall be given to the complainant and may be released to anyone upon request.

If you have any questions about the NSHE Great Basin College Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community, please contact the Student Conduct Officer (Administrative Officer): Lynn Mahlberg, Vice President for Student Services, GBC Elko Campus, room 160, 775.753.2282, lynn.mahlberg@gbcnv.edu.

GBC is guided by the principle that there shall be no difference in the treatment of persons because of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related condition), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race or religion and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Similarly, there shall be no difference in the treatment of persons who file charges of discrimination, participate in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise oppose discrimination. It is our policy to comply fully with the non-discrimination provision of all state and federal regulations with regard to recruitment, admission, financial aid, activities, hiring, promotions, training, terminations, benefits, and compensation.

Rev. 6/25/13

Great Basin College - 1500 College Parkway - Elko, Nevada 89801 - 775.738.8493
A member institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education
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