Student Disciplinary Action

Violation of any of the rules of student conduct listed under the Student Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action. An overview of the LSSC Student Conduct Process is as follows:


  • The Dean of Students, or their designee, will conduct a preliminary inquiry into the nature of the incident, the evidence available, and the parties involved to determine if there is sufficient evidence to show a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
  • When evidence shows that a violation of the Code of Student Conduct has occurred, the Dean of Students will request in writing a conduct meeting with the student(s) involved within ten (10) business days of receipt of the incident report of the alleged violation.
  • Students have the right to an advisor/advocate of their own choosing. The advisor/advocate may not make a presentation or represent the party during the conduct meeting. The advisor/advocate may confer quietly with the student, exchange notes, clarify procedural questions, and suggest questions to the student.  
  • A registration hold will be placed on the student(s) account until they have both scheduled and attended their required conduct meeting.
  • If a decision on the allegation is made and the finding is that the responding student(s) is not responsible for violating the code, the process will end and the registration hold will be lifted.
  • If a decision on the allegation is made and the finding is that the responding student(s) is responsible for violating the Code, The Dean of Students will notify the student(s) in writing of the findings and impose sanctions within three (3) business days of the conduct meeting. The registration hold may be lifted depending on the outcome of the hearing.
  • Click here for possible sanctions for violating the Code of Student Conduct.

Students may seek appellate review through the Student Administrative Appeals Committee per the College's Administrative Procedure (PRO 4-14).

OVERVIEW OF THE DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION PROCESS

A finding of Disciplinary Suspension may be issued:

1) When a student’s behavior, offense, or repeated misconduct, warrants the finding of disciplinary suspension per the LSSC Student Code of Conduct Process.  

2) When a student is convicted in a court of law for a criminal offense involving personal misconduct.

3) When a student’s behavior on or off-campus:

  • Creates a situation where it appears that the student's conduct may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of themselves or others.

  • Creates situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others.
  • Creates a situation that significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder.

  • Creates a situation that is detrimental to the educational mission and/or interests of LSSC.

When a student is placed on disciplinary suspension, they will receive a written disciplinary suspension notice that will set forth the specific suspension time period as well as any other imposed sanctions. During the period of disciplinary suspension, a student may not be enrolled in classes, be employed by the College, or participate in College related activities, whether they occur on or off college property. A student on disciplinary suspension may not otherwise be present on College property unless authorized in writing, in advance, by the Director of Campus Safety.

All assigned educational sanctions must be completed prior to the conclusion of disciplinary suspension; otherwise the disciplinary suspension will remain in effect. In the case where the Dean of Students or their designee has imposed other conditions for readmission, it is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation of compliance with such conditions. The suspension period may vary based on the severity of the behavior, offense or repeated misconduct. The minimum suspension period is one (1) semester and the maximum period suspension period is seven (7) years. The duration of any suspension finding, and the restrictions imposed with this finding, will be determined by the Dean of Students on a case-by-case basis.

A student on disciplinary suspension will be administratively withdrawn from their current courses. The student will be ineligible to receive a tuition and fees refund.

While on disciplinary suspension, a hold will be placed on the student’s account which will prevent them from being readmitted or re-enrolled at the College until the suspension period has passed. If the student wishes to re-enroll after the suspension period has passed, the student must meet with the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs or their designee to determine if the student is ready to return to the College.

The Dean of Students may exercise authority to impose interim suspension immediately if needed to protect the welfare of the student(s) referred for disciplinary action, others involved in the alleged violation, or the college community. The interim sanction will be effective immediately without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the continued presence of the student at the College poses a substantial and immediate threat to the student, to others, or to the stability and continuance of normal College functions. A student who receives an Interim Sanction will be given a prompt opportunity to appear personally before the Dean of Students or their designee for a conduct meeting, typically within five (5) business days, to discuss the reasons and terms of the Interim Suspension.

OVERVIEW OF THE EXPULSION PROCESS

Disciplinary Expulsion is a sanction which removes the student from the individual’s academic program and permanently separates and terminates a student from the College without opportunity to graduate or re-enroll in the future. A student who has been expelled from the College may not otherwise be present on College premises unless authorized in writing, in advance, by the Director of Campus Safety. A hold will be placed on the student’s account which will prevent them from being readmitted or re-enrolled at the College. This action will be permanently recorded on the student’s record.

A finding of Expulsion may be issued:

1) When a student’s behavior, offense, or repeated misconduct, warrants the finding of expulsion per the LSSC Student Code of Conduct.

2) When a student is convicted in a court of law for a criminal offense involving personal misconduct.

3) When a student’s behavior on or off-campus:

  • Creates a situation where it appears that the student's conduct may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of themselves or others

  • Creates a situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others
  • Creates a situation that significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder

  • Creates a situation that is detrimental to the educational mission and/or interests of LSSC.

A student with a finding of Expulsion will be administratively withdrawn from their current courses. This administrative withdrawal will be noted on their transcript, and the student will be ineligible to receive a tuition and fees refund.