Understanding the College’s Expectations of Behavior and Conduct

We strive to create a learning environment that celebrates diversity and fosters academic achievement and personal responsibility. The following information can help you understand the college's expectations of student behavior and conduct.  

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"Conduct is the best proof of character." ~Unknown

District implemented policies to guarantee student inclusion

The District implements policies to guarantee that no qualified student or prospective student or any person having an educational relationship with the District shall be unlawfully discriminated against, harassed, or excluded from any benefits, activities, or programs on the grounds of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics, or due to the association with a person or group with one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics:

  • Ethnic group identification, race, or national origin or ancestry
  • Color
  • Sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression
  • Sexual orientation or sexual identity
  • Pregnancy or childbirth-related condition
  • Religion or religious creed
  • Age
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Medical condition
  • Political affiliation or belief
  • Military and veteran status
  • Marital status
  • Conversing in a language other than English (However, students shall be required to speak English when the use of English is necessary for educational or communication purposes.)

Class Related Concerns and other Topics

Class Related Concerns

Steps to Resolution

  1. Students should speak with their professor about the concern. See the Faculty and Staff Directory for more information.
  2. Students, who feel as though they are unable to speak with their professor or resolve the situation, should then contact the Instructional Division Area Dean.

For additional information, refer to the ARC Student Standards of Conduct Guide (PDF document).

Note: Most complaints, grievances, or disciplinary matters should be resolved at the campus level. This is the quickest and most successful way of resolving issues involving the college. You are encouraged to work through the campus complaint process first. Issues that are not resolved at the college or Los Rios District level may be presented via the resources provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. You are encouraged to use the official form provided by the Chancellor's office. However, that form is not required, and complaints will not be considered defective or rejected if you do not use the form.

In addition to complaints being filed by students or employees, complaints may be initiated by other individuals or entities, such as a family member, representative, organization, or other third party wishing to file on behalf of an individual or group alleged to have suffered unlawful discrimination or harassment. For more information, please refer to Los Rios Regulation 2423.

Other Types of Concerns and Compliance Officers

The following is a list of staff members who are serving as compliance officers for certain types of complaints, grievances, or disciplinary matters. This list is meant to maximize staff helpfulness to students.

College Equity Officer: Kate Jaques
Administration Building, Instruction Office | (916) 484-8765
Serves as the first level compliance officer for student, faculty and staff complaints alleging discrimination based upon membership in a protected category including race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, gender, ability, military or marital status as set forth in Title V. After initial contact, the Equity Officer may refer certain complaints to college police, the appropriate compliance officer or Los Rios Office of Human Resources for investigation and/or resolution. Trains all selection committee and equity representatives, appoints equity representatives for employee selection committees, and assists with resolving equity issues arising in relation to the hiring processes. Provides reporting data to the Los Rios District Equity Officer.

Disciplinary Officer: Chad Funk
Administration Building, Office of Student Conduct | (916) 484-8465
Receives and investigates all referrals of student discipline problems. Makes recommendations for disciplinary action on the basis of board policy. Presents case to an appeals board if student appeals.

Student Grievance Officer: Sonia Ortiz-Mercado
Administration Building, Counseling Office | (916) 484-8375
Available to all students who feel they have been wronged and wish to file a grievance. Provides grievance procedures and forms. Determines grievances. Provides information to Vice President of Student Services, if student appeals.

504 Coordinator: Parrish Geary
Administration Building, Enrollment Services | (916) 484-8171
Oversees the campus compliance with 504 Federal Regulations and Board-approved policy to ensure nondiscrimination on the basis of disability. Serves as first level grievance and complaint official when discrimination on the basis of disability is alleged. Carries out the provisions of the grievance procedure and impartially investigates any complaint.

Title IX Officer: Parrish Geary
Administration Building, Enrollment Services | (916) 484-8171
Serves as the first-level compliance officer for student, faculty and staff complaints alleging bias, harassment, assault, violence or other forms of inequity based upon sex, sexual orientation, and/or gender as set forth in Title IX. After initial contact, the Title IX Officer may refer certain complaints to campus police, the appropriate compliance officer or to the Los Rios Office of Human Resources for investigation and resolution. Conducts sexual harassment prevention training, coordinates confidential reporting activities, and provides reporting data to the Los Rios District Title IX Officer.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator: Parrish Geary
Administration Building, Enrollment Services | (916) 484-8171
Carries out the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ensures that students and staff applying for services under this act have proper disability verification. Oversees the campus compliance with ADA regulations.

AB620 Coordinator: Emilie Mitchell
Student Center, Pride Center | (916) 484-8146
Oversees campus compliance with Assembly Bill 620, which includes the collection of demographic data about LGBT faculty, staff and students as well as encourages recommendations to improve the quality of life for LGBT faculty, staff, and students.

Note: Most complaints, grievances or disciplinary matters should be resolved at the campus level. This is the quickest and most successful way of resolving issues involving the college. You are encouraged to work through the campus complaint process first. Issues that are not resolved at the college or Los Rios District level may be presented via resources provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Complainants are encouraged to use the official form provided by the Chancellor's office, however, that form is not required and complaints will not be considered defective or rejected if you do not use the form.

In addition to complaints being filed by students or employees, complaints may be initiated by other individuals or entities, such as a family member, representative, organization, or other third party wishing to file on behalf of an individual or group alleged to have suffered unlawful discrimination or harassment. For more information, please refer to Los Rios Regulation 2423.

Know Your Rights, Due Process, and What Happens Next

  1. You are required to meet with the Associate Vice President of Student Services, Disciplinary Officer in the Office of Student Conduct. This referral means that the alleged student behavior is believed to have been a violation of our District Standards of Student Conduct.
  2. The student will receive a certified letter notifying the student of their referral via US standard mail. In the notification, you are instructed to make an appointment for an investigative meeting with the Disciplinary Officer.
  3. At this informal meeting, the Disciplinary Officer shall interview the student for the purpose of discussing the alleged misconduct and the disciplinary action, if any, which should be taken.
  4. At this meeting the parties shall have the right to present statements, testimony, evidence, and witnesses, except that neither party shall have the right to be represented by an attorney. This is a mandatory meeting. If the student fails to make an appointment and/or does not attend the meeting, the Disciplinary Officer may review the case and initiate disciplinary action without input from the student.
  5. After the investigative meeting, the Disciplinary Officer may initiate disciplinary action by filing a notice with the Vice President of Student Services and serving such notice on the student charged. This decision depends entirely on the information obtained during the investigation.
  6. The student has the right to request an appeal to the disciplinary action with the Vice President of Student Services. Not later than 7 days after the service of the notice of disciplinary action. A copy of the appeal form will be mailed to you along with your notice of disciplinary action.
  7. After an Appeal Hearing, a written decision will be mailed to the student from the Office of the President within 10 days of the conclusion of the hearing.
  8. At this point, the final decision for disciplinary action rests with the ARC College President. The President may approve, reject, or modify the written decision. The decision of the College President for disciplinary action is final.

Los Rios Policies and Regulations

Types of Student Discipline Outcomes

The following forms of discipline may be imposed on a student who is found guilty of misconduct by the Office of Student Conduct:

Formal Warning

The formal warning gives notice that student's conduct in a specific instance does not meet the District Standards of Student Conduct and that continued misconduct may result in a more serious disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Probation

The disciplinary probation gives notice that the student found in violation of the District Standards of Student Conduct may continue to be enrolled under stated conditions, violations of which may be cause for more serious disciplinary action.

Restitution

Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property which may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages. Restitution may be imposed in combination with any other penalty.

Removal by Instructor

Denial of the right to attend a particular class for a specific length of time may not exceed two meetings of class (Education Code Sec. 76031).

Suspension

The suspension is denial for good cause of all campus privileges, including one or more of the following:

  • The right to enter the campus
  • Exclusion from one or more classes for a period of up to 10 days of instruction
  • Exclusion from one or more classes and activities for the remainder of the school term
  • Exclusion from all classes and activities of the Community College for one or more terms (Periods of suspension do not allow for makeup class work) (Education.Code.Sec.76031 and Penal.Code.246)

Note: Suspension applies to all of the colleges in the Los Rios Community College District.

Expulsion

Expulsion by the Board of Trustees of the Los Rios Community College District for an indefinite period of time includes loss of all College privileges at all colleges in the Los Rios system including College employment and the privilege of entering any portion of the campus except by written authorization from the Vice President of Student Services. Expulsion must be imposed by the Board of Trustees of the Los Rios Community College District. Readmission is contingent upon a showing of rehabilitation by the student (Education.Code.Sec.76031 and Penal.Code.246). Penalties of a lesser degree may be applied by the Vice President of Student Services as part of the process from those listed.

Non-Students

Additionally, non-students who are found to violate the Los Rios Policies and Regulations addressing Standards of Conduct may be removed from the campus or specific facilities for a period of up to one year by the Vice President, Student Services.

Types of Holds

A hold is a notation on a student record that could restrict the student from performing certain actions until the hold is resolved and removed. Depending on the type of hold, it may prevent the student from enrolling in courses, receiving financial aid, ordering transcripts and verifications, etc.


2RT Hold - Restricts UTP Sticker 

This hold indicates that you have picked up the UTP and then became ineligible for the UTP, having dropped below four units for two consecutive terms for Fall/Spring and/or zero units for Summer. You will not be able to receive the UTP until you have made an appointment with the Associate Vice President of Student Services to discuss your enrollment history.

Release of this hold: The Associate Vice President of Student Services will authorize the release of this hold as appropriate.

DIS Hold - Disciplinary Action in Process

Release of this hold: The Associate Vice President of Student Services will authorize the release of this hold as appropriate.

SUS Hold - Suspension Due to Behavior and the Student is Suspended

Release of this hold: The Associate Vice President of Student Services will authorize the release of this hold as appropriate.

EXP Hold - Expulsion 

All enrollment activity is blocked for students who have been expelled.

Release of this hold: The Associate Vice President of Student Services will authorize the release of this hold as appropriate.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Guidelines for the Release of Student Educational Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to inspect their records, request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate, and the right to control disclosures of their records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent.

One of the exceptions permitted by FERPA is the release of Directory Information to parties outside the institution. Directory Information is defined as information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. ARC, in the majority of situations, does not release any student information, even Directory Information, without the prior written consent of the student. Directory information is only released to the National Student Clearinghouse.

Directory Information released to the Clearinghouse includes the following:

            • Student name
            • Date and place of birth
            • Dates of attendance
            • Degrees and awards received
            • Field of study
            • Participation in activities and sports
            • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
            • Most recently school attended

Note: Students may withhold Directory Information by notifying ARC Admissions and Records in writing. Declining the release of Directory Information will prevent the electronic enrollment update for student loan deferments, which will then go into collection.

It is the practice of the ARC Admissions and Records Office to not release any student records or information without the written consent of the student, other than to school officials with a “need to know.”
This “need to know” includes directory information. Directory information is only released to the National Student Clearinghouse. For more information about FERPA guidelines, see  the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Guidelines for Release of Student Information

Students

  • In Person: No signature is required after verification of identity. If in the presence of other third parties, only release information specifically requested by the student.
  • Phone Requests: We do not release any information by phone.
  • Fax Requests: We will release information to a third party upon receipt of a written request, signed by the student.

To School Officials

Student signatures are not required if the requester has "need to know" that pertains to current responsibilities.

Third Parties

Third parties include parents, spouses, other students, references, and schools.

Student information can only be released with the written consent of the student. Information provided will be only specific information designated by the student.

Note: ARC is not obligated by FERPA to release information to third parties. Therefore, it is always best to refer these requests to the ARC Enrollment Admissions and Records Office to make this determination.

Reporting Crimes or Other Emergencies

Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to immediately report all crimes, suspicious activity, emergencies, and any other public safety related incidents to the Los Rios Police Department at (916) 558-2221, or ext. 2221 from a standard on-campus phone.

Crimes or Emergencies On Campus

Contact the Los Rios Police Department at (916) 558-2221. From a standard on-campus phone, dial ext. 2221. You may also dial 911 for community-based emergency assistance. From a standard on-campus phone, dial 911. Use these numbers for reporting an on-campus fire, police, and medical emergencies.

Communications center personnel are trained to respond appropriately to emergencies of any nature. There are many “blue light” emergency telephones located throughout the campuses which connect directly into the Communications Center of the Los Rios Police Department. These auto-dialing phones may be used to summon emergency police, fire, or medical assistance.

Crimes or Emergencies Off Campus

The Los Rios Community College District does not have off-campus student housing or student organization facilities. The off-campus emergency telephone number is 911. Use this number from pay phones and all off-campus locations for community-based fire, police, and medical services. Refer to your local telephone directory for further information.

Non-Emergencies On Campus

Contact the Los Rios Police Department at (916) 558-2221 or from a standard on-campus phone, ext. 2221. You may also use the blue phones on campus for non-emergency services.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

All reports to the Los Rios Police Department can be made confidentially and anonymously in accordance with the reporting person's wishes.

Weapons Possession

State law prohibits the possession of weapons, all firearms, fireworks, explosives, or any dangerous weapons on campus. Refer to Penal Code section 16000.

Violators are subject to criminal prosecution and District discipline. The Los Rios Community College District supports the federal guideline (37.007.1Ed Code) that prohibits handguns on campus. The possession of a firearm on district property is prohibited and strictly enforced.

Persons in violation of this regulation will be subject to criminal and disciplinary action, as is formalized in District Regulation 2441. If you observe a firearm or other weapon on campus, contact the campus police immediately at (916) 558-2221, or from a standard on-campus phone, ext. 2221. If you believe the weapon is about to be used, contact 911 immediately, or from a standard on-campus phone, 911.

Workplace Violence

The District is committed to creating and maintaining a working, learning, and social environment for all employees that is free from violence. The campus has zero tolerance for violence against any member of the workforce, other persons in the workplace, or property.

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Student Standards of Conduct Guide PDF

This guide is designed to assist the students, faculty & staff of American River College in understanding the college's expectations of student behavior and conduct.

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