All alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct shall be investigated in a prompt and reasonable matter. The investigation shall gather relevant evidence including, but not limited to, pertinent documents and statements from witnesses. A student who is charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be notified of the specific charges in writing by the Provost and shall be given 10 days to submit a written response. Failure of a student to respond to the charges letter shall result in suspension from the university.
After a student responds to the letter, a Committee of at least three impartial individuals will be appointed by the Provost to review the charges and the student’s response. Students shall be afforded the opportunity to address the Committee to make a statement in their defense. This may be done via teleconference. Students are not entitled to representation by an attorney or any other third party at any point in the process. Tape, digital, or other electronic recording of the meeting is not permitted. The Committee will make a recommendation to the Provost, who has the ultimate authority to accept, reject, or modify the recommendations of the Committee. The Provost will render a decision and inform the student.
One or more of the following misconduct penalties may be imposed by American Sentinel upon individuals, groups or organizations. Penalties for violation of institutional policies or rules and regulations may be administered regardless of whether the actions of the student are civil or criminal violations. Whenever disciplinary actions lead to the student’s leaving the university, grades will be assigned in accordance with university’s grade policy and the Academic Calendar.
This consists of a verbal or written warning. Verbal admonitions will not become a part of the student’s confidential record in the Registrar’s Office.
Loss of Privileges or Imposition of Certain Tasks
Under some circumstances of misconduct, the university may deem it appropriate to take away certain privileges. Penalties such as withholding of official transcript or degree; blocking from enrollment for a specified period of time; recommendation of failing, reduction, or changing a grade in a test, course assignment, course or other academic work; suspending library and internet technology may be imposed. The student may also be required to perform certain tasks, such as making restitution, whether monetary or by specific duties; attending counseling sessions; performing additional academic work not required of other students in a specific course; complying with behavioral contract; paying of special fees, fines or service charges.
Probation is levied for a specified time, the duration of which will be determined by the seriousness of the circumstances of the case. Probation carries with it a warning that any further violation of university regulations may result in more serious consequences, including suspension or expulsion. The two types of probation related to the Student Code of Conduct are:
- Conduct Probation – a sanction which will be removed from the student’s confidential record at the end of the period of probation.
- Disciplinary Probation – a sanction which may or may not remain a permanent part of the student’s permanent record.
Continued and/or flagrant violations of the probation terms or serious offense cases warranting such action may result in suspension from American Sentinel for a specified period. The student is blocked from re-enrollment until he/she applies for readmission to the university and is cleared by appropriate officials. Suspension becomes a part of the student’s permanent record in the registrar’s office.
Withdrawal is administrative removal of a student from a class or from the university and may be imposed in instances of unmet financial obligations to the University; for reasons of health; or pending the outcome of competent medical evaluation. The withdrawn student may also be barred from re-enrollment until such a time specific conditions have been met.
Expulsion is permanent severance from American Sentinel University.
Revocation of Degrees
The revocation of degrees may occur for discovered misconduct of prior students. Allegations of misconduct which may result in a revocation of a degree will be considered by the appropriate academic process.
If the student believes that this policy was not followed, the student is entitled to prepare an official compliant to the President, Complaint Policy.