Residence Life

Judicial Process

As a student living in the residence halls at Lewis-Clark State College, you are responsible for your own actions. As we strive to maintain an educational environment conducive to academic success, acceptable and unacceptable behaviors have been clearly defined.

Residence Life has established rules, regulations and procedures which set standards and expectations of student behavior, and states the College’s response to behavior that falls outside of these expectations. The system is designed around a developmental approach that uses educational sanctions, community service, restitution, and other progressive consequences for repeat violations.

The Residence Life Handbook exists in addition to the Student Code of Conduct, and applies to residents, students, guests and visitors while they are present in student housing facilities or surrounding areas. Students are responsible for guest and visitor behavior as if it were their own.

The Housing Judicial Process

If a student or his/her guest is alleged to have violated a Residence Life policy, an incident report will be written and submitted to the Residence Life office. The student will receive a notice delivered to his/her campus mailbox explaining the nature of the alleged violation and advising the student of a scheduled incident meeting with the Director of Residence Life or designee.

The scheduled incident meeting is mandatory. If the student is not able to attend because of an academic conflict, it is the student's responsibility to contact the Director to reschedule the meeting. Failure to attend or reschedule the incident meeting may result in the meeting taking place in the student's absence, and the student may be held responsible for the violation without the benefit of the student's input.

Student Responsibility

At the incident meeting, the student will be advised of the alleged violation, and be able to explain to the hearing officer. The Director of Residence Life will weigh all the evidence in the file and determine accountability for the alleged violation.

Holding Students Accountable

If a student is found responsible for violating a policy, the Director of Residence Life will usually hold the student accountable through a sanction. Sanctions will vary depending on the severity of the violation and the judicial history of the student; some sanctions include a warning, an educational task such as a written paper, a fine (especially if damages are involved), housing probation, no re-contract status, or contract cancellation.

 PLEASE NOTE: in some extreme instances where an incident is significant, students will meet directly with the Vice President of Student Affairs.