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Rights and Responsibilities
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As a student at Columbia State, you possess basic freedoms,
privileges and rights guaranteed to all persons by the law. You are
also subject to the same rules of accountability and the same
limitations imposed by law on all persons.
There are a number of established policies and regulations and
student-right-to-know information, developed by the College, as
well as the Tennessee Board of Regents, that exist for the welfare
of both students and the College. This information is detailed in
this Columbia State Community College Catalog and Student
Although the College provides this information to the student, it is the
student?s responsibility to become familiar with the policies and regulations
outlined in this publication. Students needing clarification on any of these
policies or regulations should contact the vice president for student services
and enrollment management at (931) 540-2570.
Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act
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The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, as
amended in 1991, requires colleges and universities to disclose
certain information to current and prospective students.
Institutions are required to make the persistence, completion or
graduation rates of certificate and degree-seeking, full-time
Pursuant to the provisions of Tennessee Public Chapter No. 317,
an act known and cited as the “College and University Security
Information Act,” the following information is available on our Web
site (www.columbiastate.edu) or will be provided to you upon
request from the Office of Student Services and Enrollment
Management (Jones Student Center 164):
- Annual crime statistics and crime rates for crimes occurring
on the Columbia State campuses as reported to and
compiled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for each
of the most recent three (3) years.
- Copies of the Board of Regents policies and procedures on
This information is not designed to serve as an agreement of
contractual arrangement for providing security services to the
members of the campus community, nor to guarantee an
individual’s personal safety when utilizing campus facilities or
Students Rights and Freedoms
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The Tennessee Board of Regents Policy 3:02:04:00 defines the
institution’s responsibility in the academic rights and freedoms of
Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the
pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general
well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are
indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of
the academic community, students should be encouraged to
develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a
sustained and independent search for truth. Institutional
procedures for achieving these purposes may vary from campus
to campus, but the minimal standards of academic freedom of
students outlined below are essential to any community of
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of
academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon
appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the
campus, and in the larger community. Students should exercise
their freedom with responsibility.
The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions
conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the
academic community. Tennessee Board of Regents institutions
have developed policies and procedures which provide and
safeguard this freedom. The purpose of this statement is to
enumerate the essential provisions for students’ freedom to learn.
Freedom of Access to Higher Education
The admissions policies of each Tennessee Board of Regents
institution are a matter of institutional choice, provided that each
institution makes clear the characteristics and expectations of
students which it considers relevant to success in the institution’s
program. Under no circumstances should a student be barred
from admission to a particular institution on the basis of race.
Thus, within the limits of its facilities, each institution should be
open to all students who are qualified according to its admissions
standards. The facilities and services of a Tennessee Board of
Regents institution should be open to all of its enrolled students.
In the Classroom
The professor in the classroom and in conference should
encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression. Student
performance should be evaluated solely on an academic basis,
not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic
- Protection of Freedom of Expression - Students should be free
to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any
course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of
opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any
course of study for which they are enrolled.
- Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation - Students
should have protection through orderly procedures against
prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same
time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of
academic performance established for each course in which
they are enrolled.
- Protection Against Improper Disclosure - Certain information
about students is protected from public disclosure by federal
and state laws. Protection against improper disclosure is a
serious professional obligation. Judgments of ability and
character may be provided under appropriate circumstances.
ADA – Services for Students with Disabilities
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Disability Services provides support services especially designed
to meet the needs of students with disabilities, and provides
reasonable accommodations enabling qualified disabled students
to participate fully in campus life. To qualify for services, students
must provide the department with official documentation of the
disability and discuss their specific needs for each class. A
determination is then made to ensure equal educational
opportunity within the academic and/or technical requirements of
the program, based on an individual’s specific disability.
Columbia State provides disability support services in a variety of
ways. Examples of these services include, but are not limited to,
providing supportive counseling, coordinating community
resources, providing information for faculty regarding disabilities,
serving as an advocate for students, securing special adaptive
equipment and aids, providing individuals to assist with taking
notes, tutoring, and other special testing and classroom
accommodations. These services are offered to assist disabled
students in realizing their goals. Students needing
accommodations are urged to contact Disability Services several
weeks before a semester begins to allow time for special services
to be arranged. More information about our services is available by
contacting the Office of Disability Services at (931) 540-2857.
Student Conduct & Discipline
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Institution Policy Statement
College students are citizens of the state, local, and national
governments, and of the academic community, and are expected
to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each
community at all times. Admission to an institution of higher
education carries with it special privileges and imposes special
responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by
nonstudents. In recognition of a special relationship that exists
between the institution and the academic community which it
seeks to serve, the Tennessee Board of Regents has authorized the
president for the College to take such action as may be necessary
to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of the
institution and its educational environment.
Pursuant to this authorization, the College has developed the
following regulations which are intended to govern student
conduct on the campus. In addition, students are subject to all
national, state, and local laws and ordinances. If a student’s
violation of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects the
institution’s pursuit of its educational objectives, the institution may
enforce its own regulations regardless of any proceedings
instituted by other authorities. Conversely, violation of any section
of these regulations may subject a student to disciplinary
measures by the institution whether or not such conduct is
simultaneously violative of state, local, or national laws.
- Generally, through appropriate due process procedures,
institutional disciplinary measures shall be imposed for conduct
which adversely affects the institution’s pursuit of its
educational objectives, which violates or shows a disregard for
the rights of other members of the academic community, or
which endangers property or persons on institution or
- Individual or organizational misconduct which is subject to
disciplinary sanction shall include, but not be limited to, the
- Conduct Dangerous to Others - Any conduct which
constitutes a serious danger to any person’s health, safety or
personal well-being, including any physical abuse or
immediate threat of abuse.
- Hazing - Hazing means any intentional or reckless act in
Tennessee, on or off the property of any higher education
institution, by a student acting alone, or with others, which is
directed against any other student that endangers the mental
or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces
or coerces a student to endanger such student’s mental or
physical health or safety. Hazing does not include customary
athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is
limited to those actions taken and situations created in
connection with initiation into, or affiliation with,
- Disorderly Conduct - Any individual or group behavior which
is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy,
disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs other groups
- Obstruction or Interference with Institutional Activities or
Facilities - Any intentional interference with or obstruction of
any institutional activity, program, event or facilities,
including the following:
- Any unauthorized occupancy of institution or
institutionally-controlled facilities or blockage of access
to or from such facilities.
- Interference with the right of any institutional member or
other authorized person to gain access to any institution
or institutionally-controlled activity, program,
event or facilities.
- Any obstruction or delay of a campus security officer,
fireman, or any institutional official in the performance of
- Misuse of or Damage to Property - Any act of misuse,
vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction,
defacing, disfiguring or unauthorized use of property
belonging to the institution including, but not limited to, fire
alarms, fire equipment, elevators, telephones, institution keys,
library materials, weight room equipment, computers,
athletic equipment and/or safety devices; and any such act
against a member of the institutional community or a guest of
- Theft, Misappropriation or Unauthorized Sale - Any act of
theft, misappropriation, or unauthorized possession of
institutional property or any such act against a member of the
institutional community or a guest of the institution.
- Misuse of Documents or Identification Cards - Any forgery,
alteration of or unauthorized use of institutional documents,
forms, records or identification cards, including the giving of
any false information, or withholding of necessary
information, in connection with a student’s admission,
enrollment, or status in the institution.
- Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons - Any possession of
or use of firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind.
- Explosives, Fireworks, and Flammable Materials - The
unauthorized possession, ignition or detonation of any object
or article which would cause damage by fire or other means
to persons or property or possession of any substance
which could be considered to be and used as fireworks.
- Alcoholic Beverages - The use and/or possession of alcoholic
beverages on College-owned or controlled property.
- Drugs - The unlawful possession or use of any drug or
controlled substance (including any stimulant, depressant,
narcotic, or hallucinogenic drug or substance, or marijuana),
or sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled
- Gambling - Gambling in any form.
- Financial Irresponsibility - Failure to meet financial
responsibilities to the institution promptly including, but not
limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money
order in payment to the institution or to a member of the
institutional community acting in an official capacity.
- Unacceptable Conduct in Hearings - Any conduct at an
institutional hearing involving contemptuous, disrespectful, or
disorderly behavior, or the giving of false testimony or
other evidence at any hearing.
- Failure to Cooperate with Institutional Officials - Failure to
comply with directions of institutional officials acting in the
performance of their duties.
- Violation of General Rules and Regulations - Any violation of
the general rules and regulations of the institution as
published in an official institutional publication, including
the intentional failure to perform any required action or the
intentional performance of any prohibited action.
- Attempts or Aiding and Abetting the Commission
of Offenses - Any attempt to commit any of the foregoing
offenses, or the aiding and abetting of the commission of any
of the foregoing offenses. An attempt to commit an offense
is defined as the intention to commit the offense coupled with
the taking of some action toward its commission.
- Violations of State or Federal Laws - Any violation of state or
federal laws or regulations proscribing conduct or
establishing offenses, which laws and regulations are
incorporated herein by reference.
- Violation of Imposed Disciplinary Sanctions - Intentional or
unintentional violation of a disciplinary sanction officially
imposed by a College official or a constituted body including,
but not limited to, sanctions contained herein.
- Academic Dishonesty - A student may be guilty of academic
- In connection with the taking of, or in contemplation of
the taking of any examination, the student:
Academic work is misrepresented as the product of a student’s sole academic effort, for the purpose of
affecting the student’s grade, credit, or status in
the College; or
Sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in
writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or
carrying out other assignments are used.
Harassment - Any form of harassment including, but not
limited to, racial harassment, sexual harassment or stalking,
Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violations
of the foregoing regulations which occur on institutionally
owned, leased, or otherwise controlled property, or which occur
off campus when the conduct impairs, interferes with, or
obstructs any institutional activity or the missions, processes,
and functions of the institution. In addition, disciplinary action
may be taken on the basis of any conduct, on or off campus,
which poses a substantial threat to persons or property within
the institutional community.
For the purpose of these regulations, a “student” shall mean any
person who is registered for study at the College for any
academic period. A person shall be considered a student during
any period which follows the end of an academic period which
the student has completed until the last day for registration for
the next succeeding regular academic period, and during any
period while the student is under suspension from
- Knowingly discovers or attempts to discover the
contents of an examination before the contents are
revealed by the instructor;
- Obtains, uses, attempts to obtain or use, supplies, or
attempts to supply to any person, any unauthorized
material or device;
- Attempts to use, supplies, or attempts to supply to any
person material or device dishonestly;
- Willfully gives or receives any aid not authorized by the
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Misconduct involving the violation of College regulations shall be
reported to the vice president for student services and enrollment
management or appropriate designee. The vice president for
student services and enrollment management or appropriate
designee shall call the accused student to a preliminary
conference where the student shall be informed of the charges
against him/her and apprised of his/her basic rights as stated in
these rules. The vice president for student services and enrollment
management or appropriate designee shall investigate the validity
of the alleged misconduct.
Following completion of the informal investigation, the vice
president for student services and enrollment management or
appropriate designee may: (a) determine that there is an insufficient
basis, in fact, and dismiss the matter; (b) conclude that there is a
sufficient factual basis for discipline and that discipline less than
suspension or expulsion or removal of the college privileges would
be appropriate; or (c) conclude that there is a sufficient factual
basis for discipline and that discipline, including the possibility of
suspension or expulsion or removal of college privileges, would be
If discipline less that suspension or expulsion or removal of college
privileges is contemplated, the vice president for student services
and enrollment management or appropriate designee may, after an
informal hearing, impose such discipline specified in Disciplinary
Sanctions, except suspension or expulsion or removal of college
privileges, as he/she believes appropriate. As used herein, informal
hearing means the opportunity for the student to be informed of the
basis for the conclusion of the vice president for student services
and enrollment management or appropriate designee, and to
present argument and evidence on his/her behalf. The student
shall be informed of his/her right to appeal the vice president’s
If discipline including suspension or expulsion or removal of college
privileges is contemplated, the student shall be afforded an
opportunity to contest the charge(s) through procedures initiated by
and coordinated with the vice president for student services and
enrollment management or appropriate designee. The student
shall be informed of the right to elect the procedure he/she wishes
to pursue toward the disposition of a proposed action against
him/her. The student shall indicate his/her selection in writing from
the procedures listed below:
- Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act
All cases which may result in: (i.) suspension or expulsion of a
student from the institution for disciplinary reasons, or,
(ii.) revocation of registration of a student organization during the
term of the registration are subject to the contested case
provisions of the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures
Act and shall be processed in accordance with the contested
case procedures adopted by the Tennessee Board of Regents
unless the student waives those procedures in writing and
elects to have his/her case disposed of in accordance with
College procedures established by these rules.
- Disposition by the Vice President for Student Services
and Enrollment Management
In discipline cases other than academic dishonesty, a
student may request that the vice president for student services
and enrollment management adjudicate the case. If such a
decision is made, the following procedures apply:
- The vice president for student services and enrollment
management or appropriate designee shall inform the
student, in person if possible, of the charges against him/her
and proceed to gather information concerning the case
including, but not limited to, interviews with all relevant
parties (accused, accuser, and possible witnesses).
- The vice president for student services and enrollment
management or appropriate designee shall review the
evidence, determine whether there appears to have been a
violation of the College regulations and, if so, decide upon a
proper disciplinary sanction within five (5) class days.
The student will be informed, in writing, of the specific
disciplinary offenses and sanctions at this time.
- The accused student and the vice president for student
services and enrollment management or appropriate
designee shall meet and discuss the vice president’s findings
and recommended disciplinary sanction(s). The student shall
be informed of his/her right to appeal the vice president’s
- If the student disagrees with the vice president for student
services and enrollment management’s disposition of the
case, he/she may request a hearing by the Student Discipline
Committee. The request must be made in writing to the
chairperson of the Student Discipline Committee within three
(3) class days.
- Hearing by the Student Discipline Committee
A student may choose to have the case heard by the Student
Discipline Committee. If such a hearing is initiated, the following
procedures shall apply:
- The Student Discipline Committee is a College standing
committee composed of student(s), faculty, and student
- The accused student shall be informed in writing of the date,
time, and place of the hearing, not less than five (5) working
days prior to the day of the hearing.
- All hearings shall be closed unless the student requests an
open hearing in writing.
- The vice president for student services and enrollment
management or appropriate designee shall read the charges
and present the results of the investigation.
- The student shall be given an opportunity to respond to the
evidence against him/her. He/she shall have an opportunity to
present his/her position, make such admissions, denials, or
explanations as he/she thinks appropriate and testify or
present such other evidence as is available to him/her. The
technical rules of evidence normally followed in civil and
criminal trial shall not apply.
- The student may be accompanied by an advisor whose
participation shall be limited to advising the student and shall
not include representing the student.
- The student shall have the right to call witnesses on his/her
behalf and the right to hear and question the witnesses
- Members of the committee shall have the right to ask
- All evidence upon which the decision is made shall be
presented at the proceedings before the committee.
- After all the presentations of evidence and testimony, the
committee shall retire to discuss the case and render a
- The student shall be notified of the decision, in writing, within
five (5) days of the hearing and shall be advised of his/her
right to appeal the decision of the Student Discipline
Committee to the president for the College.
A student may be summarily suspended from the College if, in the
judgment of College officials, the student’s continued presence
represents an immediate threat to himself/herself, other students
and/or college employees, or will result in the destruction of
property or substantial disruption of campus activities. In any case
of summary suspension, the student shall be provided a hearing on
the suspension as soon as possible.
- Appeal of Decision of a Hearing held Pursuant to Tennessee
Uniform Administrative Procedures Act
A student’s right to appeal a decision resulting from a hearing
held pursuant to the Tennessee Uniform Administrative
Procedures Act (TUAPA) shall be governed by the provisions
- Appeal of Decision of the Vice President for Student
Services and Enrollment Management
A student who wishes to challenge the disciplinary sanction(s)
imposed by the vice president must file an appeal, in writing,
with the chairperson of the Student Discipline Committee within
three (3) class days after sanction(s) are imposed.
- The committee will consider the following in hearing
- was the hearing process followed;
- was the evidence in the case substantial enough to
justify a decision against the student;
- has new and substantial evidence been discovered to
justify a new hearing;
- was the sanction imposed by the vice president for
student services and enrollment management in
keeping with the gravity of the offense.
- The committee may affirm, or reverse in whole or in part, or
remand the matter for a new hearing.
- Appeal of Decision of Student Discipline Committee
A student may appeal a decision of the Student Discipline
Committee to the president for the College. Such appeal must be
filed within three (3) class days of receipt of the
In cases of alleged sexual assault, regardless of the method chosen
by the student for disposition of the disciplinary matter, both the
accused and the accuser shall be informed of the following:
- Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same
opportunity to have others present during a disciplinary
- Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the
outcome of any disciplinary proceeding involving allegations
of sexual assault within five (5) days of the decision.
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Upon a determination that a student or organization has violated any of the rules or regulations or has committed any disciplinary offense set forth in these regulations, the following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed, either singly or in combination, by the appropriate institutional officials.
A student who has committed an offense against property may be required to reimburse the institution or other owner for damage to or misappropriation of such property. Any such payment in restitution shall be limited to actual cost of repair or replacement.
The appropriate institutional official may notify the student that continuation or repetition of specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action.
A written reprimand, or censure, may be given any student or organization whose conduct violates any part of these regulations. Such a reprimand does not restrict the student in any way, but does have important consequences. It signifies to the student that he/she is in effect being given another chance to conduct himself/herself as a proper member of the institutional community, but that any further violation may result in more serious penalties.
A restriction upon a student’s or organization’s privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include, for example, denial of the right to represent the institution in any way, denial of use of facilities, parking privileges, participation in extracurricular activities or restriction of organizational privileges.
Continued enrollment of a student on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to these regulations. Any student placed on probation will be notified of such in writing and will also be notified of the terms and length of the probation. Probation may include restrictions upon the extracurricular activities of a student. Any conduct in violation of these regulations while on probationary status may result in the imposition of a more serious disciplinary
If a student is suspended, he/she is separated from the institution for a stated period of time with conditions of readmission stated in the notice of suspension.
Expulsion entails a permanent separation from the institution. The imposition of this sanction is a permanent bar to the student’s readmission to the institution.
Service to the College
A student may be required to donate a specified number of service hours to the College, by way of performing reasonable tasks for the appropriate College office or official. This service shall be commensurate to the offense the student is guilty of violating (i.e., service to maintenance staff for defacing College property).
Special Educational Program
A student may be required to participate in any special educational program relevant to the offense (i.e., alcohol education program for alcohol-related offense; conflict resolution program for violent misconduct; etc.), to attend special seminars or educational programs, or to prepare a project or report concerning a relevant topic.
The president for the College is authorized, at his/her discretion, to subsequently convert any sanction imposed to a lesser sanction, or to rescind any previous sanction, in appropriate cases.
Student Academic & Classroom Misconduct
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The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over
classroom behavior and maintenance of academic integrity, and
can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom
of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violative of
the general rules and regulations of the institution. Extended or
permanent exclusion from the classroom or further disciplinary
action can be effected only through appropriate procedures of the
Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are
prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly
or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately
responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other
possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the
regular institutional procedures as a result of academic
misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an “F” or “zero” for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” in the
If the student believes that he/she has been erroneously accused of
academic misconduct, and if his/her final grade has been lowered
as a result, the student may appeal the case through the
appropriate institutional procedures.
Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but is not
limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning
environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and
professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupt the
flow of instruction or prevent concentration on the subject taught,
failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), the
continued use of any electronic or other noise or light-emitting
device which disrupts others (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers,
cell phones, palm pilots, laptop computers, games, etc.).
Class attendance and punctuality requirements are contracted
between the faculty and the students, through specific expectations
for attendance and punctuality and specific consequences that are
outlined by individual faculty members in the printed syllabus for
Students are expected to attend classes regularly and on time and
are responsible for giving explanations/rationale for absences and
lateness directly to the faculty member for each course in which
they are enrolled.
In cases where student absences are the result of emergency
circumstances (e.g., death in the family, a student’s serious injury,
or incapacitating illness), for which students are unable to make
immediate contact with faculty, the student may contact the Office
of Student Services and Enrollment Management for assistance in
providing such immediate notification to faculty. However, the
student remains responsible for verifying the emergency
circumstances to faculty and for discussing arrangements with
faculty for completion of course work requirements.
Any student who is found guilty of an act of misconduct may be
subjected to one or more of the following penalties:
- his/her grade in the course or courses or on the examination
affected by the misconduct may be reduced to an extent,
including a reduction to failure;
- he/she may be suspended from the College for a specific or
an indefinite period, the suspension to begin at any time;
- he/she may be dismissed from the College immediately, at the
end of any session ending in the future, or retroactively as of
the end of any session during which the act of misconduct
In cases of academic misconduct, the student may appeal the
action of the instructor to: the division chair and finally to the vice
president for academic services. The vice president may appoint a
committee to review and resolve the issue. These procedures
should be followed within thirty (30) days of a specific incident(s) or
issuance of a final grade. All appeals must be in writing.
Student Conduct & Health Sciences Programs
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Students at Columbia State Community College who have chosen
to prepare for a career in one of the health sciences programs
have placed themselves into a relationship where there is a special
concern relative to the possession or use of drugs or controlled
substances. In addition, clinical affiliate institutions require that students
enrolled in several of the health sciences programs participate in routine drug
screening and criminal background checks prior to attending clinical
assignments. In these career fields there are major problems relative
to employability, licensure, and professional ethics for anyone
involved in the possession or use of controlled substances.
In the event of such alleged misconduct by a student(s) in any
health sciences program, the following procedure may be used:
If a student(s) enrolled in a health sciences program is:
- arrested by duly authorized law enforcement officers and
charged with unlawful possession or use of drugs or
controlled substances, or the sale or distribution of any such
drug or controlled substances; or
- if there is other substantive evidence that a student enrolled
in a health sciences program is unlawfully in possession of or
using any drug or controlled substance; then the program
director shall inform the division chairperson in writing as
soon as possible. Such written communication shall convey
the specific nature of alleged involvement with drugs or
controlled substances by the student, including any supportive
facts or documentation: time, places, circumstances,
witnesses or other persons who possess knowledge of the
alleged student involvement.
The division chairperson shall evaluate the substance of such
information presented and shall:
- arrange a conference with the student and the program
director as soon as possible after having reviewed the report;
- the student shall be informed of the alleged charges and shall
be provided an opportunity to respond to such charges;
- based upon the conference proceedings, the division
chairperson shall recommend to the vice president for
academic services an appropriate action. Sanctions which
may be recommended are listed under Disciplinary Sanctions
in these rules and may be limited in applicability to the
program status of the student.
The vice president for academic services shall review the charges
and proceedings and shall take such action as is deemed
Any student charged with misconduct may be required to appear
before the vice president for student services and enrollment
management or the Student Discipline Committee. Such action may
be in lieu of, or in addition to, action taken by the health sciences
All cases which may result in suspension or expulsion of a student
from the College, or a health sciences program, for disciplinary
reasons are subject to the contested-case provisions of the
Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act and shall be
processed in accordance with the uniform-contested case
procedures adopted by the Tennessee Board of Regents unless the
student waives those procedures in writing and elects to have
his/her case disposed of in accordance with College procedures
established by these rules. The vice president for student services
and enrollment management shall provide information to students
relative to the uniform-contested case procedures.
In each case, every effort will be made to assure that appropriate
due process procedures are followed.
Student Participation on College Committees
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Students participate in the governance of Columbia State through
service on college standing committees. The president of the
Student Government Association recommends the appointment of
students to all standing committees at the beginning of each
academic year. Additionally, students have the opportunity to effect
change at the state level through service on Tennessee Board of
Regents subcommittees or as a regent on the full board. These
appointments are made by the president for the College and are
rotated among the colleges, universities, and technology centers in