Office of Judicial Affairs
The Office of Judicial Affairs promotes an effective living and learning environment by enforcing policies, providing a disciplinary process, and providing sanctions that foster ethical development, personal accountability, and civility toward others and protects student rights.
- Provide opportunities to resolve student conduct issues.
- Implement the Code of Conduct in a consistent, fair and timely manner.
- Educate the College community on issues related to the Code of Conduct
Process for Addressing Academic Integrity
SECTION VIII: SPECIAL DISCIPLINARY PROVISIONS GOVERNING ACTS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
- Academic dishonesty is both an academic matter between a student and his/her faculty member and a violation under the Student Conduct Code subject to College disciplinary action. An act of academic dishonesty may and should be handled by the faculty member, the student, and, if appropriate, the faculty member’s department head and/or the dean over that particular academic department. Sanctions that can be assigned by a faculty member range from giving a reduced grade on the particular work in question to failing the student for the entire course. In addition, some academic departments and programs have their own policies for dealing with academic dishonesty. A sanction assigned by a faculty member and/or an academic department or program is an academic, not a disciplinary sanction.
- If the matter is resolved satisfactorily between the student and the faculty member, and the faculty member decides not to refer the student for College disciplinary action, the faculty member may still report the incident to the Director of Student Support Services and Judicial Affairs. The Director will maintain a record of the reported incident and may elect to pursue College disciplinary action against a student who is reported to that office for a subsequent act of academic dishonesty.
- If the faculty member decides that a stronger sanction is needed instead of or in addition to any academic sanctions assigned by that faculty member, the incident may be referred to the Director of Student Support Services and Judicial Affairs for review and possible College disciplinary action. Once the referral is made, the incident will be handled in the same manner as would any other allegation under the Student Code of Conduct.
- In cases where the student denies the allegation of academic dishonesty, the faculty member may elect to postpone assigning any academic sanctions until after the student has gone through the College disciplinary process. If at the end of that process, the charge of academic dishonesty is upheld, the faculty member may then assign an academic sanction. The academic sanction is independent of any disciplinary actions taken against the student by the College.
To refer an incident of Academic Dishonesty to the Judicial Affairs Office, please fill out an Incident Report.
Faculty guide to addressing Disruptive Behavior
What constitutes disruptive behavior? According to the Westchester Community College Student Code of Conduct, disruptive behavior involves engaging in any disorderly behavior that disruptive any function of the College whether on campus or at a college-sponsored activities. This includes activities of others, studying, teaching, research, and college administration. Some examples of disruptive behavior…
- Failing to comply with the directions of a faculty member
- Making loud and distracting noises
- Answering cell phones or allowing electronic devices to beep
- Exhibiting erratic, irrational behavior
- Persisting in speaking without being recognized
- Repeatedly entering and leaving a room without authorization
- Acting in a manner which disrupts a class or administrative process
What can faculty do about disruptions?
The primary responsibility for implementing proactive strategies to address disruptive behavior in the classroom rests with the faculty. The following are several steps that faculty can take:
- Include behavioral norms and expectations in the course syllabus.
- Discuss what constitutes disruptive classroom behavior at the first meeting of the class.
- Establish an environment in which opposing views may be expressed in a civil and respectful manner.
- Exhibit the type of behavior you expect from the students.
Process to address disruptive behavior in the classroom
- Address the disruptive behavior with a general comment to all students and/or follow up with the individual student in private after class.
- Ask the student to stop the disruptive behavior and warn that further disruption may result in disciplinary action.
- If the student continues to be disruptive, ask the student to leave the class for the remainder of the class period and not to return until he/she meets with Dr. Ruben Barato, Director of Student Support Services and Judicial Affairs. At this point, report the disruptive behavior by filling out an Incident Report.
- If the student refuses to leave the classroom contact the security office at (914) 606-6351, who will escort the student from the classroom and notify the Office of Judicial Affairs.
The Office of Judicial Affairs will investigate, apply the appropriate due process and decide on whether a sanction is warranted.