Sanctions & Decisions

Sanctions & Decisions

Possible sanctions that may be imposed upon a student found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to:

  1. Oral reprimand
  2. Written reprimand presented to the student and/or attached to the student’s permanent records
  3. An assignment (new or to repeat the work), to be graded on its merit
  4. A lower grade or failing grade on the particular assignment or test
  5. A failing grade in the course
  6. Assigned educational program or activity including but not limited to Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Ethics, Conflict Resolution, and Sexual Harassment
  7. Warning - A formal notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations
  8. Probation - A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations

    • Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
  9. Loss of privileges or denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time
  10. Removal from a course in progress
  11. Suspension - Separation of the student from DACC for a definite period of time, after which a student is eligible to return
  12. Expulsion/Ban - Permanent separation of the student from DACC

Additional sanction and decision comments:

  • More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
  • Sanctions for repeated or aggravated violations that may lead up to suspension from the College.
  • Disciplinary sanctions become part of the student’s disciplinary and educational records.
  • In each case in which a Student Conduct Hearing determines that a student(s) has violated the Student Code of Conduct, the sanction(s) shall be determined by the Student Conduct Hearing Committee and imposed by the Student Conduct Officer. Following the Student Conduct Hearing the Student Conduct Officer shall advise the accused student(s) in writing within seven (7) calendar days of the Student conduct Hearing Committee’s determination and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any.
  • Both parties have the right to appeal. See below.


  1. A decision reached by the Student Conduct Committee may be appealed by the Accused Student(s) or Complainant(s) to an Appellate Hearing Officer within seven (7) days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Appellate Hearing Officer assigned at the beginning of the Student Conduct Hearing process.
  2. Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal shall be limited to a review of the verbatim record of the Student Conduct Hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

    1. To determine whether the Student Conduct Hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the complaining party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present information that the Student Code was violated, and giving a response to those allegations. Deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless significant prejudice results.
    2. To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based on substantial information, that is, whether there were facts in the case that, if believed by the fact finder, were sufficient to establish that a violation of the Student Code occurred.
    3. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Code of Conduct which the student was found to have committed.
    4. To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original Student Conduct Hearing.
  3. Upon conclusion of the appeal review, the Appellate Hearing Officer will affirm, reverse or modify the disciplinary determination or associated sanction(s), if applicable. The Appellate Hearing officer may also, in his/her discretion, remand the matter back to the Student Conduct hearing Committee for reconsideration of the original determination and/or sanction(s). Except in cases where the Appellate hearing officer remands the matter back to the Student Conduct Hearing Committee, the Appellate hearing officer’s decision is final.

Interpretation, Revision, and File Maintenance

  1. Any question of interpretation or application of the Student Code of Conduct shall be referred to the Vice President of Student Services.
  2. The Student Code of Conduct shall be reviewed every year by the Threat Assessment Team.
  3. As educational records all documents related to Student Conduct investigations and/or hearings will be maintained according to DACC Board Policies and FERPA.

Retaliation is Strictly Prohibited

Retaliation, bias, or intimidation against the Complainant, Respondent or any witnesses involved in any investigation is strictly prohibited. An individual found to have engaged in retaliation, bias, or intimidation prohibited by this policy, shall be subject to discipline according to the DACC Student Code of Conduct or the DACC Board of Trustees Policies & Procedures.