Student Code of Conduct

Guiding Principles

In order for Dunwoody to fulfill its mission of preparing students for their careers, developing into leaders, and engaging in “the better performance of life’s duties”, the College has a vested interest in maintaining an environment in which all students can pursue their academic responsibilities. Professional and career development is integral to our culture, and it is the expectation that students conduct themselves as they would in all employment situations.

The Student Code of Conduct provides guidance on conduct that is not in accordance with our mission. Conduct that is not in accordance with the pursuit of our mission is subject to sanction by the College. The Code of Conduct is designed to provide students due process, to ensure the protection of all students, and to provide outcomes to conduct violations. These procedures are not courts of law nor should be seen as a replacement for such activities, rather these are fair procedures that foster accountability and development of our students and allow the college to serve its mission.

Scope and Reach

The Code of Conduct applies to all students and student organizations at Dunwoody College of Technology. The code applies to all conduct that occurs at any college facility, online platform, college sponsored activity, or student organization activity. At the discretion of the Dean of Students (or delegate), the code shall apply to off campus conduct that adversely affects a college interest or potentially violates a college policy.

Dual Membership

Students are, simultaneously, members of our college community and civic citizens. Therefore, students are responsible for their actions within the College and to the larger civic community.

Students are expected to abide by the policies and procedures within this policy and to observe all city, state, local, and federal laws. This code of conduct will not interfere with any civil or criminal process. If a conduct violation falls within in both jurisdictions (College and Civic), the College reserves the right to to follow either this policy or a civic action based on its interest, the interests of the affected student(s), and the interests of the community.

Filing a Report

  • You may have witnessed a violation occur, or have been directly impacted by a code of conduct violation and need to report the incident. Additionally, you may have spoken to a faculty or staff member and they told you to fill out an incident report. You can access the incident report form at dunwoody.edu/incident-report-form.
  • The Conduct Officer is an impartial staff member that facilitates the conduct process. This is Associate Dean of Students for our housing students and the Dean of Student for all other students.
  • A written report should be turned into the Conduct Officer.  The report should include the following:
    • Detailed and factual description of incident that led to the report
    • Date, time, and location of incident
    • Who was involved including any witnesses, contact information, if known, of all involved
    • Any evidence such as texts, social media posts, pictures, or videos
  • In some cases a written report is not feasible due to the immediate nature of the event. In such cases, a report should be filled out immediately following the event.

There are two ways to file a report:

  1. Fill out an Incident Report Form on our website: dunwoody.edu/incident-report-form.
  2. Email a detailed description of the incident to
    1. For housing residents: John Richardson, Associate Dean of Students, jrichardson@dunwoody.edu.
    2. For all students: Kelli Sattler, Dean of Students, ksattler@dunwoody.edu

The Conduct Officer will examine the report to determine if an investigation of the report should be pursued based on four pieces of information:

  1. The factual merit of the report
  2. The current conduct standing of involved students
  3. If any policy violations have occurred
  4. If any sanctions could be imposed

Notification of a Report

Should an investigation be determined, then a notification will be sent to the complainant and the accused that a code of conduct violation report has been filed and the steps involved in the process. Additionally, a copy of the code of conduct will be provided as a reference. If no action is determined necessary, then the report will stay on file for future reference should the need arise. The notification will occur in no less than 10 college days from the day the report is filled with the Office of the Dean of Students.

Acceptance of Incident

Students accused of a code of conduct violation have the right to the conduct process. However, should the accused student accept responsibility for the alleged code of conduct violation, they can waive their right to a hearing and all associated procedures and accept their sanction(s) from the Conduct Officer. A written notification will be sent to the accused detailing the outcome of the meeting, sanctions imposed, and the appeal process.

Notification of a Conduct Meeting

The accused student will receive a notification of a conduct meeting. The notice will include:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location of the meeting
  • A copy of the code of conduct with the specific violation highlighted

If the student fails to appear for the meeting, then the conduct process continues and a decision will be made with all available evidence.

During the meeting, the accused has the ability to explain the events as they remember or turn in any additional evidence. The meeting is between the accused and the Conduct Officer. Other attendees, either at the same meeting or at different times may include; faculty, staff, the complainant, or other students with pertinent information. With consent from the student, all meetings may be audio recorded and recordings become property of the College.

After the Conduct Meeting is held and all evidence is collected and reviewed, the Conduct Officer will determine if it is more likely than not that a violation of the code of conduct occurred. The College uses the preponderance of evidence for determining the outcome of all conduct report investigations. In other words: is it more likely than not that a violation occurred? A written notification will be sent to the accused detailing the outcome of the meeting, sanctions imposed, and the appeal process.

Notification of a Conduct Hearing and Hearing Guidelines

In some circumstances and/or due to the severity or complexity of the incident, the Conduct Officer may determine that the violations require a disciplinary hearing. The hearing allows for the accused to state the events as they remember or bring any additional evidence.

The Conduct Officer may assemble a conduct panel to complement the adjudication process. The Conduct Panel recommends an outcome to the Conduct Officer. With the student’s consent, all hearings may be audio recorded with recordings become property of the College.

Conduct Panel: A conduct panel may include members of the following groups:

  • College staff
  • College faculty
  • Members of the President’s cabinet
  • Members of the Academic Deans Council
  • The student body
    • When students are permitted on the panel, the accused should sign a consent to release educational records to the student(s) serving on the panel. Failure to sign the consent creates an agreement that no student shall be on the panel.

The accused student will receive a notification of a conduct hearing from the Conduct Officer. The notice will include:

  • Date of the hearing
  • Time of the hearing
  • Location of the hearing
  • Whether there will be a conduct panel present
  • A copy of the code of conduct for reference.

Hearing Guidelines

  • The accused will receive advanced notice of the allegations and the reason for the hearing. The accused may choose to not attend the hearing, in such cases the conduct panel will continue to make their decision based on all evidence available.
  • This is a college conduct hearing that is held in private and is not a legal hearing.
  • Student(s) may bring someone (family member, friend, etc.) to accompany them to the hearing for support. The Conduct Officer has the right to decide who has entry to the hearing. Any disruptions to the hearing by any person may result in immediate removal from the hearing.
  • The Conduct Panel has the ability to listen to any person associated with the event, and/or has pertinent information about the event, or people involved in the event. Additionally, the panel has access to all evidence such as videos, captured social media posts, incident reports, and academic history. The Conduct Panel may ask for more evidence or information regarding the event.
  • As in all conduct violation allegations, the Conduct Panel will use the preponderance of evidence for determining the outcome of all conduct investigations. This decision will be communicated to the Conduct Officer in writing.
  • After the hearing, a written notification will be sent to the accused detailing the outcome of the hearing, sanctions imposed, and the appeal process, if any.

Administrative Interim Suspension

In some conduct investigations, students may be placed on an interim suspension. An interim suspension is not considered a conduct decision but, rather, a measure to ensure the normal operation of the College. An interim suspension may occur:

  • When there appears to be an immediate threat to the physical or emotional safety of students, staff, faculty, college property, or another member of the larger civil community
  • When there appears to be an immediate threat to the free movement of any member of the college community
  • For no longer than 2 weeks

Non-Retaliation Clause

Throughout the conduct process retaliation is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, behavior that is perceived as or is threatening, abusive, hateful, or otherwise intended to seek harm on another individual involved in the conduct process with the intention to reduce their representation in such process. A separate conduct case will be initiated to investigate any accusation of retaliation with compounding sanctions.

Conduct Offensives

The following is given only as a list of examples. The College may also sanction other behavior not listed below:

  • Abuse of the code of conduct: Behavior that is intended to use the code of conduct for another purpose with the intent to manipulate or disrupt the college policy or cause harm on another person.
  • Academic dishonesty: Behavior such as cheating, plagiarism, falsifying data, or deception within the learning environment. Please see syllabi for Academic Program specific information.
  • Classroom disruptions: Behavior in the classroom, lab, or during off site learning engagements that is considered inappropriate, disrupts the normal operation of the learning environment, and/or non-compliant with professional standards.
  • Destruction of college property, vandalism: Damage, destruction, or altering college property. Defacing college property with offensive graffiti, slogans or any other altercation of college property meant to disparage or intimidate others.
  • Disorderly conduct: Behavior that is considered obstructive or disruptive that interferes with normal college operations or inappropriate acts of disobedience towards college staff or faculty such as failure to comply with emergency procedures.
  • Falsification: Deliberately providing incorrect, false, or misleading information to the college with the intention to harm, mislead, defraud, or gain an advantage.
  • Hazing: Any behavior that is perceived as threatening or endangers a student or physical property for initiation into or affiliation with any student club, group, or professional organization.
  • Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of drugs or alcohol: The College prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs, narcotics, and alcohol on school property or as part of any school activity, regardless of location.
  • Rioting: The assembly of three or more people with the intention to disrupt the normal operation of the College. This includes, but is not limited to, behavior that is perceived as or is threatening, property damage, chanting offensive slogans or any other action meant to disparage or intimidate others, blocking of emergency exits or other emergency services, or insubordination of an official college direction.
  • Sexual assault (reference Title IX section): Behavior that is in violation of our “Sexual Misconduct” policy. Please see, “Sexual Misconduct” policy on page 28 of this handbook.
  • Student appearance: Clothing should be appropriate for the work being performed. Students are expected to maintain a neat, clean appearance. Students should not wear any clothing that may be deemed offensive, i.e. wearing or displaying, while on campus, any symbols that are designed to, or have the effect of, harassing, demeaning, intimidating, or disparaging any legally protected minority.
    • Safety wear: Students in clinical, internship, shop and laboratory classes should wear clothing typical of the field of work. Shop coats, aprons, coveralls or other protective garments are recommended for many courses. Students are responsible for providing personal safety wear required in some courses, such as protective goggles, earplugs, gloves, and hard hats. Items purchased elsewhere must meet applicable state and federal requirements. Caps or hairnets, which fully restrain long hair, may also be required in certain work environments. Faculty will provide students with a list of safety items necessary for the learning environment.
  • Technology: Any violation to the College’s Technology Policies, please see page 19 of this handbook, including, but not limited to the following:
    • Use Dunwoody-owned/supplied communications system, such as e-mail or voicemail, to threaten, intimidate, or harass others. Use Dunwoody-owned/supplied systems or content for the distribution of political campaign materials or for financial gain, whether personal or commercial, including spam, chain letters, solicitation of business or services, sales of property, etc.
    • Abuse of email systems including spoofing sender addresses, forging the identity of a user or machine in an e-mail message, and/or sending unauthorized all-campus email messages.
    • Create, store, process, browse, or display any racially- offensive, gender-offensive or likewise obscene material including pornography.
    • Consume network or computer resources to the exclusion of another’s use. or example: overloading the network with legitimate (i.e., file backup, videos, etc.) or illegitimate (i.e., denial of service attack) activities.
    • Attach any device or computer not owned or supplied by Dunwoody to the campus network without prior authorization.
    • Post or transmit Dunwoody’s confidential materials, policies, or procedures on websites, electronic bulletin boards, chat rooms, and/or other publicly accessible digital media, which violate existing laws, regulations, or Dunwoody’s policies or codes of conduct.
  • Theft: The act of taking property or goods from another person, college facility, or student organization without consent.
  • Threatening, violent, or aggressive behavior: Any physical, mental, or verbal behavior that is perceived as threatening or endangers the health, safety, and wellness of another individual; the normal operation of the college or college facilities; or that is perceived as promoting or promotes hatred, violence or prejudice within our community or towards another individual or group. Chanting offensive slogans or any other action meant to disparage or intimidate others.
  • Unauthorized use or misuse of college facilities: Inappropriate use of college facilities such as labs, property, or technology. Unauthorized entry into college facilities including databases, college property, or storage locations.
  • Violation of college rules / guest behavior: Behavior that would constitute a violation of any college policies, procedures, or rules. Students are responsible for the behavior and actions of their guests.
  • Violation of laws: Any behavior that violates city, state, county, local, or federal laws.
  • Weapons and fireworks: Weapons, objects perceived as weapons, or dangerous articles are not allowed on college property or at a college sponsored activity. This is includes, but not limited to, swords, guns, pellet guns, incendiary devices, explosives or dangerous chemical/biological agents. Fireworks are not allowed on college property.

Sanctions

The following sanctions may be imposed on any student or student organization found to be in violation of the code of conduct or any other college policy. The sanction will be in relation to the violation as more severe or pervasive violations will result in more severe sanctions. The following list is not exclusive as other sanctions may be imposed that fit within the guiding principles of this policy.

The following sanctions may include additional conditions such as a reflection activity, restitution of financial damages, mental health counseling, meeting with staff on a rotating basis, removal of college property, failing an academic course, or pursuing legal actions.

  • Warning: A written or verbal notification to a student that their behavior has violated the code of conduct.
  • Probation: The conditions of the probation are based on the intensity of the violation. While on probation, if the student violates another college policy or does not follow the stipulations of the probation, then they may be suspended from the College. The probation notification explains: the stipulations of the probation, the length of the suspension, assigned probation conditions, appeal options, and an explanation that any further violation of the code of conduct or failure to follow the stipulations of the probation may result in immediate suspension from the college.
  • Suspension: A suspension means that the violation was severe enough to involuntarily separate the student from the College for a certain length of time. The suspension notification explains the stipulations of the suspension, the length of the suspension, assigned suspension conditions, appeal options, and college reentry conditions.
  • Expulsion: An expulsion means that the violation was severe enough to permanently and involuntarily separate the student from the College. The notification explains the stipulations of the expulsion and the assigned expulsion conditions.

Appeal Procedure

A sanction imposed by the Conduct Officer may be appealed by the complainant or accused student. For housing students, the appeal must be delivered to the Dean of Students, Kelli Sattler, ksattler@dunwoody.edu, within 10 days of receipt of the sanction notification. For all other students, the appeal must be delivered to the Provost office,  Jeff Ylinen, jylinen@dunwoody.edu, within 10 days of receipt of the sanction notification. Appeals are only based on the following:

  • Concerns over due process during the conduct process
  • Inappropriate or arbitrary sanctions
  • New evidence has become available that was not available during the conduct process

The Dean of Students may form an Appeals’ Committee consisting of the Provost, the appropriate Academic Dean and/or Program Manager, and the Dean of Students being the chair of the committee for a minimum of three members. The Appeals’ Committee may conduct a new hearing or review any materials including recordings from the initial conduct process. Additionally, they may start a brand new conduct investigation. The decision of the Appeals’ Committee is final and cannot be overturned, altered, or dismissed.

Housing

The code of conduct applies to all residents living in our housing facility. Please see our Housing Policy section for more detailed information. Any questions can be directed to John Richardson, Associate Dean of Students, jrichardson@dunwoody.edu.