Student Conduct Programs
Rocky Mountain College student conduct programs have been developed based on a restorative justice philosophy. To learn more about our restorative justice model click on the following link.
Student conduct programs at Rocky Mountain College strive to maintain the welfare of the College community, as well as to assist individual students in developing personal responsibility. The structure of the College's conduct programs provides for fair and consistent response to disciplinary issues so that students may:
- Become more fully aware of their responsibilities as members of the College community;
- Develop a more thorough understanding of how their behavior effects the broader communities; and
- Learn from the conduct process and to grow as individual members of the campus community.
Student conduct cases are initiated at many levels. The majority of cases are handled by the residence life staff, director of residence life, individual faculty members, or the Peer Review Board.
At all levels, student conduct proceedings at RMC are committed to objectivity and fundamental fairness for all parties involved. As such, students are guaranteed their rights to due process and should expect to be:
- Apprised of the violation against him or her;
- Provided an opportunity to present information on his or her behalf; and
- Given the right to appeal any decision of a staff member, administrator, faculty member, or conduct board
a. Students are entitled to one appellate hearing and will be informed, in writing, of the body(ies) that will be available to hear their appeal.
b. Students will be notified, in writing, regarding the appropriate filing processes for their appellate hearing.
Ultimately, the College is responsible for all student conduct proceedings. Therefore, RMC reserves the right to take whatever action is deemed appropriate and necessary in holding students accountable for their behavior.
While the vast majority of conduct issues at RMC are managed informally on a one-on-one basis, the College maintains four primary conduct boards in support of student learning, development, safety, and the protection of the Rocky Mountain College community.
The Peer Review Board can serve as a board of original jurisdiction or of appeal. Students may be referred to the Peer Review Board by an area coordinator, the director of residence life, or the dean of student life.
Peer Review Board is a hearing body comprised of five (5) students empowered to determine if a student is responsible for violating the student code of conduct and/or College policy. The Peer Review Board collaborates with students concerning their alleged violations to find a mutually beneficial resolution that protects the interests of the campus community, allows the student to be accountable for his or her actions, and facilitates learning opportunities.
The Student Conduct Board serves as either a board of original jurisdiction or of appeal. It conducts hearings related to academic dishonesty and student disciplinary matters in which there are violations of College regulations that may result in a student’s suspension or dismissal from the College. It also hears matters related to the constitution of ASRMC.
The Student Conduct Board is composed of four (4) students selected by ASRMC and four (4) faculty members elected through the annual faculty nomination process or nomination by the academic vice president. The complete Student Conduct Board policy and procedures are outlined and can be found here.
Academic integrity at RMC is based on a respect for individual achievement that lies at the heart of academic culture. Every faculty member and student belongs to a community of learners where academic integrity is a fundamental commitment. The RMC academic integrity policy outlines for College community members their rights and responsibilities as they pertain to academic integrity.
Violations of the academic integrity policy are managed by individual faculty members and the College registrar; however, at the discretion of the registrar and/or faculty member, violations may be referred to the Academic Progress Committee for further action. A copy of the entire academic integrity/policy and procedures can be found in the student handbook or here.
Members of the Rocky Mountain College community have the right to work and study in an environment free of harassment and discrimination. Rocky Mountain College strongly disapproves of and forbids the harassment or discrimination of students, faculty or staff members. The College will not tolerate harassment or discrimination, which includes harassment or discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, place of birth, veteran status, sexual orientation or sexual identity. Claims of harassment and discrimination should be reported to the Vice President for Student Life, Director of Human Resources or Campus Counselor, who will help to determine an appropriate course of action based on the nature of the claim, which may include filing a charge of harassment or discrimination via the complaint resolution procedure
The complaint, hearing, and appeals process for harassment or discrimination incidents can be found here.
Sexual misconduct including, but not limited to: sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Rocky Mountain College. The College urges an individual who has been subjected to sexual misconduct to make a formal complaint. A report of the matter will be dealt with promptly, and confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible. The College is committed to providing information regarding on‐ and off‐campus services and resources to all parties involved.
The complaint, hearing, and appeals process for sexual misconduct incidents are outlined within the student handbook or here.