This procedure will provide a prompt and equitable means to address violations of the Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) Standards of Student Conduct, which guarantees to the student(s) involved the due process rights assured them by State and Federal constitutional protections. Community College Districts are required by law to adopt Standards of Student Conduct along with applicable penalties for violations (Education Code Section 66300). The GCCCD has complied with this requirement by adopting Governing Board Policy 535, which states that "It shall be the policy of the Board to provide information to all students in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District about the type of conduct that is expected of each student, along with the applicable penalties for violation of the rules and regulations, and to set forth procedures that are fair and timely both to the student and to the District."
The purpose of this administrative procedure is to enact uniform processes throughout the District to provide due process to students who are charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. These Student Discipline Procedures do not apply to student grievances, discrimination complaints (including sexual harassment complaints), residence determination, or other academic or legal requirements for admission or retention. This procedure also does not apply to withholding of services, such as transcripts, for nonpayment of debts to the District or College. However, student conduct that constitutes prohibited discrimination may be the basis for disciplinary action under this procedure. All proceedings held in accordance with these procedures shall relate specifically to an alleged violation of the established Standards of Student Conduct as outlined in the College catalog. Disciplinary measures may be taken by the District or the College independent of any charges filed by civil or criminal authorities, or both. (Education Code Section 76225)