Code for Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct

Preamble: The faculty, staff and administrators of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College are devoted to offering the highest quality education for all citizens of the service region and to developing the scholarly and human potential of each student. We also believe that the students at DSLCC are devoted to these principles and wish to pursue learning in an atmosphere which encourages serious study and human growth.

In attempting to foster this scholarly atmosphere, DSLCC adheres to the standards of the Virginia Community College System. This code for student rights, responsibilities and conduct is intended to clarify within the VCCS framework the standards of the College and the procedures guaranteeing students’ rights.

Obligations of a Student: The attendance of a student at DSLCC is a voluntary entrance into the academic community. By such voluntary entrance, the student assumes obligations of performance and behavior reasonably imposed by the College relevant to its lawful missions, processes and functions. These obligations are appropriate for scholars; the College is obligated to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning for all students and will act to discipline those persons whose behavior interferes with this obligation.

This code is established to assure that all students are familiar with the conduct and responsibilities expected of them as members of this community. In addition, students should be cognizant of college disciplinary procedures and their rights as DSLCC students.

Student Bill of Rights

  1. The faculty, staff and administration of DSLCC respect the students who enroll in the College. The following rights are guaranteed to students as part of membership in this learning community:
    1. Free inquiry, expression and assembly, except as noted in the Student Handbook, page 123, number 7.
    2. The free pursuit of educational goals
    3. The right of students to be secure in their persons, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
    4. The right of appropriate disciplinary procedures when necessary
      • No disciplinary sanctions may be imposed upon any student without notice to the accused of the nature and cause of the charges and a fair hearing, which shall include confrontation of witnesses against him/her and the assistance of a person of his or her own choosing
      • A student, pending a hearing, may be suspended by the President or the President’s designee and barred from the campus if the student’s presence is deemed a danger to others or is likely to be disruptive to the normal educational activities of the College
      • Before a student may be suspended, the student will be informed of the reasons for the suspension and will be provided an informal opportunity to make an oral response, except in exigent circumstances, in which case the student will be given said opportunity as soon as is practicable
    5. The right of a hearing before a judicial body when a student is accused of violating institutional regulations.
      • The judicial body shall be composed of five voting members and one nonvoting member. The voting members shall be three members of the faculty and two students. The faculty members shall be appointed by the Division Deans as directed by the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services and the student members shall be appointed by the President of Student Government. The nonvoting member shall be an ad-hoc member and provide administrative and organizational support.
      • Nothing in procedures D and E above should be construed to prevent the President from taking such official steps as deemed necessary. However, final action should be in accordance with the above procedures.

For the complete Code, please view the Student Handbook (pages 121 – 134)