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Hearing Panel Decision


The Hearing Panel shall determine, by majority vote, if a violation of the Harassment Policy occurred and the appropriateness of the disciplinary action. The chairperson of the Hearing Committee shall forward the Committee’s written recommendation to the complainant and the respondent.


Final Appeal


Because of the nature of harassment and because it affects everyone connected with the college, the formal/appeal procedures are designed specifically for cases involving harassment. Both complainant and respondent may appeal the decision of the Formal Procedure/Appeal Procedure Hearing Panel to the college President. The President’s decision is final.


Confidentiality


All communications from the time the complaint is filed will be confidential. All of the members of the hearing panel are required to refrain from discussing the contents of the case with anyone. The confidentiality of the proceedings is of the utmost importance to all of the parties involved.


Information about harassment cases will not be released publicly, unless it is deemed necessary and approved by the President to prevent alarm among college employees and students and external publics (i.e., prospective students and parents). If information about a case is released, the names of all parties involved will remain confidential.


Withdraw of the Complaint


The complainant may withdraw his or her complaint at any time during the procedures. If the complaint is withdrawn prior to final resolution, all records of the investigation and proceedings will be kept in a confidential file in the office of the appropriate administrators and there will be no notation of the incident on either party’s educational or employment records.


Privacy of Education Records (FERPA)


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts of 1974 (commonly referred to as "FERPA" or the "Buckley Amendment") is designed to protect the confidentiality of students educational records and to give students access to their records to assure accuracy. FERPA outlines four rights with respect to students Education Records. They are:


1. ACCESS TO EDUCATION RECORDS: students have the right to inspect and review their Education Records within 45 days of the day the college receives a written request for access, any time after their matriculation.


2. REQUEST FOR AMENDMENT OF EDUCATION RECORDS: students have the right to request amendment of Education Records if they believe the records are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of their privacy rights.


3. DISCLOSURE OF EDUCATION RECORDS: this right protects confidentiality of student records and requires the student's signature to release


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