Student Conduct

Gutenberg College has adopted a Code of Student Conduct, which is included in the Gutenberg College Ethics Statement. The college has also adopted procedures for disciplinary action, as described below. Both the Code of Student Conduct and the procedures for disciplinary action are also published in the Student Handbook. Before matriculating, all students must indicate their agreement to the Code of Student Conduct by signing the Student Code of Conduct Agreement.

Code of Student Conduct

Gutenberg College studentsTo be a Gutenberg College student is to avail oneself of a unique educational opportunity. In order to fully benefit from the program, a student must work hard and be a cooperative member of the Gutenberg community. Therefore, every student must agree to be respectful of other students, residents, faculty, and staff, cognizant of the fact that, in a small community, the actions of one affect everyone else.

Our rights, privileges, restrictions, and freedoms are derived from our relationship to the community in which we live. Freedom properly exercised is expanded. When it is improperly exercised it is reduced. Discipline is the community’s process of responding to the abuse of rights, privileges, and freedoms. It includes helping the offender understand the way his action is not acceptable in the community and how his place in the community can be restored through mature acceptance of responsibility. Discipline is fundamental to education, a major purpose of which is to help people make a reasoned use of freedom and thereby acquire more.

Loss of privilege, restitution, suspension, or expulsion may be imposed on any student whose conduct on or off the campus disturbs the peace or diminishes the reputation of the college community. The kinds of misconduct that may bring discipline are as follows:

  1. Conviction for violation of any federal, state, or local laws;
  2. Dishonesty, such as giving false information, alteration or misuse of documents, plagiarism, cheating in school work, impersonation, and other forms of fraud;
  3. Theft, misuse, unauthorized use, or unauthorized entry of college or public property;
  4. Illegal use, sale, or possession of stimulants, intoxicants, or drugs;
  5. Willful failure to comply with the authorized directions of any college official, staff member, or tutor acting in the performance of his duties;
  6. Obstructing or forcibly disrupting college activities;
  7. Abuse, intimidation, or harassment of another person by physical force or threat of physical force;
  8. Deliberate or careless endangerment to another person, such as the following: tampering with safety equipment, violation of safety regulations, and use of firearms, knives, explosives, or other weapons on campus.
  9. Receipt or transmission of any material in violation of any state or federal law, including the receipt or transmission of any unauthorized copyrighted material or any threatening or obscene material via the Internet or any other means.

Disciplinary Process

Anyone may call student misconduct to the dean’s attention, and any allegation of misconduct that the dean deems worthy of investigation will be pursued. The dean will initiate an inquiry to establish the truth or falsity of allegations of misconduct. If, after the inquiry, the dean believes that the student has acted in such a way that discipline is in order, the dean will appoint a Disciplinary Committee. The Disciplinary Committee will include the president, the dean, and two other members selected by the president from the faculty and/or staff, depending on the nature of the infraction. The Disciplinary Committee will recommend a course of action, and the dean will follow one of the following two processes:

Less Serious Misconduct
Where possibility of suspension, expulsion, or restitution over $500 does not exist, the dean will designate a time for the student to appear before the Disciplinary Committee. The dean (or his designee) will clearly explain to the student what misconduct has been reported. The student will be given an opportunity (during the interview with the Disciplinary Committee or at a later time if the student chooses) to explain what happened. After hearing the student’s explanation, the dean (or his designee) will determine:

  1. Whether further proceedings should follow; or
  2. Whether disciplinary action should be taken, and if so, what action; or
  3. Whether no further action is warranted.

By a written letter delivered to the dean within five days after learning of the determination, the student can request that the whole matter be reviewed by two tutors, one named by the dean and one named by the student.

More Serious Misconduct
Where possibility of suspension, expulsion, or restitution over $500 does exist, the dean will cause a letter to be sent to the student informing the student of the reported misconduct and asking the student to respond within five days in one of the following ways at the student’s option:

  1. Write a letter fully explaining what happened and the student’s part and intentions in it; or
  2. Make an appointment to meet with the Disciplinary Committee to explain fully what happened and the student’s part and intentions in it, after which a written summary of the explanation will be made; or
  3. Write a letter to the dean asking for an opportunity to come before the dean (or his designee) and tell what happened and bring others to tell what they know about the alleged misconduct, after which a written summary of what was reported will be made; or
  4. Do nothing within the five days.

After one of the four steps above has been completed, the dean (or his designee) will determine:

  1. Whether legal proceedings should follow; or
  2. Whether disciplinary action should be taken, and if so, what action; or
  3. Whether no further action is warranted, in which case the student will be informed in writing of this determination.

Within five days after receiving this information, the student may request that the whole matter be reviewed by the college governing board. At least ten days before the review takes place, the student will be notified in writing of the time and place of the review. At such review, the student may be present and accompanied by an advisor. A written summary of what is said at the review will be made. After the review, the board may make any determination that the president could have made, and it will notify the student in writing of its determination.

Grievance Procedure

Because no set of rules and regulations can be so complete and farsighted as to cover every eventuality, Gutenberg College has a petition process designed to address any unusual circumstances that may arise. If a student would like to have a rule waived or modified due to special circumstances, or if a student has a grievance of any kind, the student must complete a written petition and submit it to the academic dean. The dean and two tutors will review each petition and determine what action, if any, should be taken.