Disciplinary Proceedings: General Information

General Information

Students of Moravian College, Moravian Theological Seminary, and the Comenius Center are expected to abide by the tenets of the Community Standards. Failure to do so will result in their involvement with the disciplinary processes of the institution. Violations of the Community Standards that have been outlined in this handbook generally include but are not limited to the specific behaviors described. Students should interpret the scope of the Community Standards in its broadest sense.

Jurisdiction of the Institution

Disciplinary action will be taken against students whose activities on campus violate institutional policy; it also may be taken if off-campus behavior adversely affects the institution in the pursuit of its objectives or violates existing federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.

If activities of students result in violations of law, students are responsible for their actions and any consequences imposed by authorities outside the institution. When student behavior is in violation of law and of the Community Standards, the institution reserves the right to take disciplinary action independent of and in addition to any action by civil or governmental agencies. The institution may elect to delay on-campus disciplinary action pending resolution of criminal charges.

Investigation of Student Premises or Property

Except under emergency circumstances and as necessary to conduct repair and maintenance and secure College property, premises occupied by students and their personal possessions will not be searched unless authorization has been obtained from the Office of Student Affairs or an appropriate legal authority. Such authorization must be requested and granted before a search is conducted; the request and the authorization must specify the reasons for the search and must enumerate the objects being sought. Any search should be conducted in the presence of the student unless circumstances make this inappropriate.

Judicial Authority

Responsibility for administration of the disciplinary process rests with the vice president for student affairs/dean of students. Upon a complaint or allegation of student misconduct, a judicial body may be appointed by the vice president for student affairs or an authorized designee to investigate the charge and recommend sanctions if a violation has occurred.

The term "judicial body" shall be used to identify any person or persons authorized by the vice president for student affairs to determine whether a student has violated the Community Standards and to determine sanctions.

In most cases, the judicial body used to hear a case shall be the associate dean of students or authorized designee(s); or a Discipline Review Committee, to which a judicial advisor shall be appointed by the vice president for student affairs to present the case information. The best judgment of the vice president for student affairs/dean of students or authorized designee(s) will prevail to establish a judicial body that best meets the needs of the circumstances involved in the case to be heard; in cases involving sexual misconduct, the DRC is likely to be convened.

In cases where a violation is admitted, a clear precedent exists, and there are no complicating factors, a decision will be issued by the associate dean of students or an authorized designee. Cases involving denial of responsibility or conflicting evidence will be heard by a Discipline Review Committee. In some cases, the individual accused may elect a hearing before a Discipline Review Committee or an administrative hearing.

In all cases, the purpose of the judicial body is to determine whether a violation has occurred, and, if so, to assign responsibility and determine the nature of the sanction.

At the time a complaint is received or at any time thereafter, during, or at the termination of the proceedings, the College may drop disciplinary proceedings and leave the complainant to pursue remedies through the criminal or civil authorities.

Academic Information: Education and Nursing

Students pursuing certification and/or degrees in education and/or nursing should be aware that policy infractions could impact their continuance in the programs and eventual state licensure. Please see the department chair for education or nursing for more information.