Administrative responsibility for the Academic Code of Conduct rests with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and includes the faculty and division chairs. Questions regarding policies, rules, regulations, and all aspects of the Academic Code of Conduct should be addressed to the appropriate division chair, Vice President for Academic Affairs, or the Student Grievance Officer.
The aim of the Academic Code of Conduct is to provide a fair and equitable process of reviewing and responding to incidents of academic dishonesty. The college does not base this system on a judicial model. The college intends its procedures to ensure that it treats students fairly and consistently. The review meetings and hearings of the system give all parties the opportunity to identify concerns, explain perceptions, explore behavior, and hear suggestions. Northwest College places its emphasis on student behavior and the responsibilities inherent in accepting membership in the college community.
Inherent in the administration of the Academic Code of Conduct is the goal of student learning. Each sanction will be within a framework of academic standards, consistency, and fairness.
In all instances where a potential conflict of interest exists, a suitable substitute will perform the duties of the process. If the potential conflict of interest exists for the Division Chair, then the Dean of Student Learning and Academic Support will refer him/her to another Division Chair. If the potential conflict of interest exists for the Vice President for Academic Affairs, then the Vice President will ask another of the college’s Vice Presidents to act in his/her stead.
At each stage of the process, the person responsible for a decision will keep a copy of the written decision and the record of any hearings in his/her file.
Should the student receive a sanction, then a copy of the ultimate decision will go in the student’s file in the Registrar’s Office.