Students at NTC facing disciplinary action are entitled to the following due process rights:
- A presumption of innocence, unless responsibility can be established by preponderance of evidence
- Notification of any charges
- A meeting with The Director of Student Development or his/her designee upon request and prior to sanction
- The ability to review the written report that describes allegations of the policy violation
- The ability to present evidence and witnesses
- To be notified of the decision resulting from the behavior meeting, including any potential sanctions
- To request an appeal
How the Behavior Process Works
Many instances of disruptive behavior can be managed by an instructor or staff member, and no reporting is necessary. Many programs have specific protocols for dealing with student behavior. If you observe troubling behavior, please call NTC Student Security at Ext. 1111.
When a report regarding a potential violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurs, it may need to be investigated further by the Director of Security. Every effort will be made to finalize any investigation within 14 calendar days of the date of the incident.
Once an investigation (if necessary) is finalized, a written report will be submitted outlining the alleged behavior. The Director of Student Development or his/her designee will review the report and make one of the following determinations within seven calendar days of receiving the report:
- A meeting is not deemed necessary: If a meeting is not deemed necessary a letter will be sent to the student’s NTC email and the mailing address on file with NTC, explaining general information about the incident and the behavior process, including any policy clarification necessary. As a matter of due process, students have the right to discuss an incident at any time with the Director of Student Development, and are encouraged to do so, if they have questions or concerns.
- A meeting is deemed necessary to discuss an incident: If a meeting is deemed necessary, the student will be sent a letter via their NTC email and the mailing address on file with NTC, scheduling a meeting to discuss the matter. If a student fails to come to a scheduled meeting, a decision will be made regarding student responsibility without the benefit of student input.
During a behavior meeting, students will have the opportunity to:
- Hear the specific allegations and read the Incident Report
- Present their view of the incident in question and supply additional information
- Ask questions relevant to the behavior process
Following the meeting, the student will be notified via letter to their NTC email and the mailing address on file with NTC, of the outcome of the investigation/behavior meeting containing:
- The specific policy/policies from the Student Code of Conduct that were violated
- Any behavior sanctions issued in response to the violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct
Students have the right to appeal a decision made within the Behavior Process to if a they believe:
- There was not substantial evidence to support the conclusions reached
- A substantial error in due process was made where the student did not receive adequate notice of the behavior meeting or standard College procedures were not followed
- The sanctions imposed were too severe or not appropriate for the violation
- There is new evidence of a substantive nature that came to light after the original behavior meeting
A student requests an appeal by submitting a: Behavior Appeal Form.
Level 1: Vice President of Student Services Meeting : If the student wishes to appeal the decision or sanction of the behavior meeting, the student may request a meeting with the Vice President of Student Services. The student must submit the
Behavior (Sanction) Appeal form within seven calendar days after receiving the decision letter outlining the decision or sanction resulting from the behavior meeting. Once submitted to the Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, a meeting should occur within seven calendar days.
Level 2: Board of Review Meeting: If the student is dissatisfied with the result at Level 1 and they have additional evidence that was not previously presented at Level 1 they may request a Board of Review by submitting the Behavior Appeal Form to the Vice President of Learning. The additional information regarding their appeal must be submitted within seven calendar days after the written result from Level 1 was issued.
The appeal meeting(s) is the student's opportunity to present their perspective, based on the reason(s) outlined in their appeal. The student has the burden of proof in this proceeding.
Students are not able to bring legal counsel. Only persons directly involved in the situation in question are allowed at this meeting. If a student wishes to bring a staff member for support, they are able to do so, though unless directly involved, the staff member may not actively participate.
Students will have the opportunity to present evidence, including the testimony of other involved parties and to hear any evidence presented by the staff of NTC. The decision of the Board of Review is final.
- Student Behavior Guidelines