Conduct Process

The state of Vermont has mandated that "existing judicial processes must err on the side of public health and remove a student from potentially further endangering the community by immediately removing the student from the campus." In keeping with this mandate, please note that the Conduct Review Process outlined below does not apply to COVID-19-related violations, such as failure to comply with the Community Health Pledge or any other College, federal, state, or local COVID-19-related policy or mandate. In such instances, the Champlain College COVID-19 Temporary Student Conduct Process will supersede the Conduct Review Process. Champlain College places special emphasis on the development of student character and ethical conduct. The conduct review process is initiated when a member of the Champlain College community or an outside agency or individual reports a potential violation to the College. Potential violations of the College's Standard of Conduct (including certain conduct that may also violate the College's Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment, and Academic Honesty Policies), will be addressed through this Conduct Review Process. 

CONDUCT REVIEW PROCESS 

Reports of misconduct covered by this Conduct Review Process are referred to the Office of Community Standards, where the incident is investigated. Pertinent details are collected and statements of fact are recorded to the extent practicable and necessary in an effort to deal objectively with the issue. Conduct review process cases are heard by the Associate Director of Community Standards or their designee. When the hearing is completed, the Office of Community Standards will issue appropriate sanctions.Champlain College utilizes preponderance of evidence for its standard of evidence. A student is found responsible for violating the Standard of Conduct only if the information gathered shows that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred.All incidents and sanctions are documented and will remain in a student's conduct file.A student who has been charged with violating a policy that is subject to adjudication under the Conduct Review Process is entitled to the following rights. 

  • A student may choose not to participate in the Conduct Review Process. The College may choose to pursue an investigation, hold a hearing, and issue sanctions regardless of the student's chosen level of participation, but the student will not be subject to additional charges or sanctions due to their choice to abstain from participation.
  • A student will be given ten (10) days' notice in writing prior to their hearing, although they may choose to waive this right if they wish to complete their hearing sooner.
  • A student has the right to a hearing before an objective decision-maker. Accordingly, reasonable measures will be taken to ensure that no actual bias or  conflict of interest exists between the student and the hearing officer.
  • A student may be accompanied by one advisor of their choosing during a hearing. The advisory role is a non-participatory one, and the advisor may not ask questions of the hearing officer or speak for the student. If an advisor does not comply, they will be asked to leave the hearing room.
  • A student has the right to review all of the information that the Associate Director of Community Standards or their designee will take into consideration when making a finding.

This Conduct Review Process does not apply to misconduct that is subject to adjudication under the College's COVID-19 Temporary Student Conduct Process or the College's Discrimination and Harassment Policy, or to misconduct that is subject to adjudication under the Title IX process outlined in the College's Sexual Misconduct Policy. The College also maintains a separate Bias Response Process. Bias-related behaviors that are not criminal offenses and which fall outside of the Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Discrimination and Harassment Policy, the Standard of Conduct, and other comparable policies, are treated as bias incidents and will be addressed through the Bias Response Process. However, bias-related behavior will be deemed an aggravating circumstance to any violation of College policy.The state of Vermont has mandated that "existing judicial processes must err on the side of public health and remove a student from potentially further endangering the community by immediately removing the student from the campus." In keeping with this mandate, please note that the Conduct Review Process outlined below does not apply to COVID-19-related violations, such as failure to comply with the Community Health Pledge or any other College, federal, state, or local COVID-19-related policy or mandate. In such instances, the Champlain College COVID-19 Temporary Student Conduct Process will supersede the Conduct Review Process.