Regulations and Appeals

All policies will be enforced by the Director of Community Standards or designee, as authorized by the Dean of Students.

The Director of Community Standards determines the appropriate student judicial body to review an incident report, or whether the report should instead be reviewed administratively (after consultation with the appropriate student judicial body as appropriate). Cases referred to Social Regulations Council or Honor Council will be adjudicated according to those groups’ constitutions.

When a report is reviewed administratively, the staff member will request a meeting with the student, share the report, and ask for a response from the student. The adjudicating staff may also undertake additional investigation as necessary. The adjudicating staff reserves the ability to utilize interim actions during an investigation when an incident causes concern about the safety and well-being of the community. Interim actions may include, but are not limited to no contact orders, interim suspension, and temporary removal from campus or housing. To determine if behavior is “in violation” of policy, administrative hearing officers will consider if a violation is “more likely than not” to have occurred, using preponderance of information as a standard of proof. When a determination has been made, the student will be notified of the decision and sanction (if relevant). The disciplinary record, i.e. previous judicial action, of a student found “in violation” of a policy or policies will bear on the severity of a sanction.

A decision reached by an administrative hearing officer may be appealed by the Accused Student within four days of the decision. Appeals should be in writing and directed to the Director of Community Standards or the appeal officer named in the sanctioning letter. The appeal letter shall specify the basis for the appeal. An appeal will be considered based on the supporting documents, unless the appeals officer decides that interviews are warranted, for one or more of the following purposes: to determine whether the hearing was conducted fairly; to determine whether the decision reached was based on a preponderance of the information; to determine whether the sanctions imposed were appropriate for the violations; or to consider new and relevant information, sufficient to alter a decision, but only where such information was not known or available to the appellant at the time of the original hearing. The appeal officer may either sustain the original decision and/or sanction or render a new decision and/or sanction. An appeal may not result in a more severe sanction for the Accused Student.

Students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of activities at Rhodes, during which the student represents the College and/or is placed in a leadership position. Because of the nature of these opportunities, applications for these positions may include consideration of the applicant’s disciplinary record.

Rhodes College will report to institutions or agencies outside the college only those disciplinary violations that result in disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, suspension, or expulsion from the college. Information is reported only after a signed release is received from the student/alumni. Disciplinary records are maintained for 7 years post-graduation or separation from the College.