Students will notice the absence of excessive regulations at the College. Because a community such as ours depends on the good judgment and considerate behavior of its members, all students are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct.
All students must show respect for personal and College property and for the rights of their fellow students, faculty, and staff. Generally, behavior that reflects good intentions, mature judgment, and respect for the rights of other people will not conflict with the expectations of the College.
The need for discipline arises when individual or group conduct adversely affects the College as an educational community. Students who violate College policies, procedures, and regulations will be subject to disciplinary action. Such action is not a substitute for civil or criminal proceedings; all students, whether on or off campus, also remain subject to local, state, and federal laws. Students who violate those laws may also be subject to College disciplinary procedures.
The following are examples of the type of misconduct that may give rise to disciplinary actions:
- All forms of dishonesty, whether by act or omission, including but not limited to cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to the College; and forgery, alteration, or use of College documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.
- Intentional or wanton disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities including public service functions or other authorized activities on College premises.
- Disruptive behavior, including but not limited to physical assault, sexual assault, harassment, intimidation, or threats to any person on College premises or at College-sponsored functions or that adversely affects any member of the College community. This includes drug- and alcohol-related behavior as well as self-harm.
- Theft or damage, including vandalism, to College premises or property, including College or student artwork; or theft or damage, including vandalism, to property of a member of the College community or visitors.
- Unauthorized entry to or use of College facilities.
- Failure to comply with directives of College officials acting in the performance or their duties.
- Violation of rules governing residence in College-owned or -controlled property.
- Violation of College, local, state, and federal laws related to the use or possession of alcohol and other drugs, and violations of other such laws in a way that affects the College community's pursuit of its proper educational purpose.
The Office of Student Affairs administers cases involving violations of College policies, procedures, and regulations. Certain matters of academic discipline may be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.
When violations of non-academic regulations are reported, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs (or designee) will review preliminary reports and determine if additional information needs to be gathered. If additional information is needed, the Associate Dean (or designee) will ask the Office of Campus Safety or the Director of Residence Life (or designee) to meet with the students involved in the case. After this additional information has been gathered, the Associate Dean will review all of the case information.
- If the case is not likely to result in potential expulsion or suspension, and is not related to gender harassment or discrimination, the Associate Dean (or designee) will initiate a Disciplinary Conference. Depending upon the nature of the violation, the outcome of the conference, and the student's disciplinary history, the Associate Dean may decide not to take any action or may impose one or more of the following sanctions, among others:
- Restitution (monetary or other appropriate compensation for damages)
- Alcohol and other drugs assessment
- Educational projects
- Warning/Disciplinary probation
- Dismissal from housing (if student is in College-owned housing)
- Community service
- If the case is likely to result in expulsion or suspension, and is not related to gender harassment or discrimination, the Associate Dean will ask the student if he or she prefers a Dean’s Conference or a hearing before the Student Disciplinary Hearing Board which is comprised of three members, typically one each of MICA faculty, staff, and students. A request for a hearing before the Board must be made by the student within three (3) business days after the initial meeting with the Associate Dean. In some cases, the Associate Dean will determine that the Board is necessary in order to effectively adjudicate the complexities of the case.
- If the case involves gender based harassment or discrimination, which includes cases of sexual misconduct, the College will use a dual investigator model for reviewing the complaint. This process is outlined in greater depth in MICA's Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Nondiscrimination policy. The findings of the investigators will be presented to the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or designee.
If the Student Disciplinary Hearing Board is used (#2 above), the Board will report to the Vice-President for Student Affairs its findings on responsibility and a recommendation on sanctioning if necessary. These recommendations can include any sanctions from the above list as well as suspension or dismissal from MICA. The Board will have a goal of completing its review within twenty (20) working days of the date on which it receives the complaint. If it is determined that the Board cannot complete its review within this time frame, the person making the complaint and the accused will be notified in writing of the expected time frame for completion, as well as the reasons for the delay. The findings and recommendation will be shared with the student, and the student will have no less than three (3) business days to comment on the findings and recommendation. The comment period will, in essence, serve as the student’s chance to provide any information related to an appeal. After reviewing the facts of the case, the findings, the recommended sanction, and any comments from the student, the Vice President of Student Affairs will make a final decision on sanctioning.
In each case the conduct process shall proceed by following such procedures as is determined to be appropriate for developing recommendations and no particular formality or other procedural requirements shall be mandated.
If so desired, it is appropriate for a student involved in the conduct process to bring an advisor who can offer support. The advisor must be a member of the College community, and the College does not permit legal counsel to attend disciplinary meetings. The one exception to this is for cases involving sexual misconduct. In those cases, a student may bring anyone they desire to act in the role of an advisor. The student involved is responsible for presenting his or her own information, and therefore advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any disciplinary conference or hearing.
Any student who may need an accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability should contact the Learning Resource Center at 410-225-2416, in Bunting 458, to establish eligibility and coordinate reasonable accommodations. For more information, please refer to the Learning Resource Center. The College has no legal obligation to provide accommodations until the student has established eligibility with the LRC.
Interim Suspension Policy
The Vice President of Student Affairs or a designee may in his/her discretion suspend a student for an interim period pending a disciplinary hearing or mental health evaluation. The interim suspension may become immediately effective whenever there is sufficient evidence that the continued presence of the student on the College campus poses a substantial threat to himself/herself or to others, or to the stability and continuity of normal College functions.
A student suspended on an interim basis shall be given the opportunity to be heard through either a Dean's Conference or hearing board provided a request is made within four (4) academic days from the effective date of the interim suspension. In cases where suspension or dismissal is recommended, the comment period may be shortened accordingly.
A student suspended on an interim basis may not withdraw from the College before the conclusion of his or her disciplinary case.
The College generally communicates directly with students in all matters related to their attendance. In turn, it is expected that students and their parents will maintain ongoing communication. The College will not assume the role of liaison between family members.
There are occasions when it is appropriate for College officials to inform parents of particular situations involving students. As circumstances warrant, the College may notify parents if a student’s health is endangered (including instances of accidental injury) or when his or her behavior is determined to have a serious detrimental effect on the educational process, for either the student or the College community, as permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.