Student Conduct Process

The student conduct process can be intimidating, but it is also an educational process. When student conduct receives a report, the student conduct officer reviews it and determines if the College should initiate disciplinary action.

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Notice Letter

Disciplinary action starts with a letter sent to you, the student. This letter is usually sent to your official BC email account and mailed to the address on your student record. The letter describes the factual allegations, sections of the Code that you may have violated, and the range of possible sanctions. A sanction is a consequence. Most importantly, the letter tells you the date and time for your disciplinary meeting.

Disciplinary Meeting

At your disciplinary meeting, the student conduct officer reviews and discusses the allegations against you. You have the opportunity to respond and explain what happened. The conduct officer uses this information to decide if you violated the Student Conduct Code. If you choose not to attend the disciplinary meeting, the student conduct officer makes a decision and takes action based on the available information.

For more information, refer to the Student Conduct Code (WAC 132H-126).

Written Decision and Disciplinary Action

Within 10 days of your disciplinary meeting, the student conduct officer sends you a written decision. Your written decision outlines the decision (usually responsible or not responsible), the facts used to make the decision, and any disciplinary sanction imposed. The student conduct officer can also decide to refer the matter to the Student Conduct Committee.

A sanction is a consequence for a behavior that is in violation of the Student Conduct Code. The Student Conduct Code (WAC 132H-126-110) describes possible sanctions. 

They include, but are not limited to, disciplinary warning, written reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension, dismissal and “not in good standing” status. Sanctions can also be combined with conditions such as education projects, restitution, and professional evaluation.

Appeal Process

A student can appeal a disciplinary action by filing a written notice of appeal with the conduct review officer within 21 days of the written decision. More information about the appeal process is found in WAC 132H-126.