If a student wishes to appeal, or challenge, a course grade, the following in-house administrative procedure will be used. If for any reason the procedures are not followed, the vice president of academic and student development services will decide whether or not the appeal can be continued. To continue the appeal, the student must complete steps one (1) through (3) within the first twenty (20) working days of the beginning of classes in the semester immediately following receipt of the grade in question. Working days are defined as those days the administrator or faculty members involved are employed and on duty at the college.
1. The student must discuss the grade with the instructor who assigned it.
2. If the matter has not been satisfactorily resolved and the student wishes to continue the appeal, the student must file a written appeal to the instructor’s division dean and discuss the grade with the instructor’s division dean. (If the instructor who assigned the grade is also the division dean, then the vice president of academic and student development services will perform the role of division dean in hearing the student’s appeal to this point.) The division dean will attempt to mediate the disputed grade with the faculty member and the student and make a recommendation for solution. If both parties agree to the division dean’s recommendation, the appeal is concluded.
3. If either party disagrees with the recommendation, the student may continue the appeal to the next step by filing a written appeal with the vice president of academic and student development services. The student must send a copy of the appeal to the faculty member and the division dean.
4.Within five (5) working days of receipt of an appeal, the vice president of academic and student development services shall select by random drawing a committee of one student and two full-time faculty members to consider the appeal. Neither the instructor who assigned the grade, the instructor’s division dean, nor the vice president of academic and student development services may serve on this committee. The student on the committee should be picked at random from a pool of ten students. Each spring the two divisions will elect five full-time students to go in a pool.
5. The committee shall meet promptly and establish appropriate procedures of operation to conduct a hearing and consider the appeal. The committee will consider any written information from previous steps and give both the student and the faculty member an opportunity to present any additional information. Notifications of the date, time, and location of the hearing will be communicated to the student and the faculty member by the vice president of academic and student development services. Within fifteen (15) working days after it is established the committee shall reach its decision and communicate its recommendation in writing to the vice president of academic and student development services, division dean, faculty member, and the student.
In meeting its charge, the committee shall be limited to a study of the student’s grades earned in the one class of the grievance. The committee cannot make a decision that infringes upon a faculty member’s rights and academic freedom as outlined in the PHCC Faculty Handbook.
6. If the matter is not yet resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student may make a written appeal to the college president within five (5) working days after notice of the committee’s recommendation. The decision of the college president is final and the case is considered closed.
Generally, college disciplinary action shall be limited to conduct which adversely affects the college community's pursuit of its educational objectives. Disciplinary action, though not limited to the misconduct below, shall be exercised in all reported incidences of misconduct on the campus:
A. All forms of dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the college, and forgery, alteration or use of college documents orinstruments of identification with intent to defraud.
B. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other college activities.
C. Physical, verbal, and/or psychological abuse or the threat of such abuse, of any person on college premises or at college activities. This includes but is not limitedto sexual assault, date rape, and sexual harassment or other forms of unwanted attention.
D. Compromising or threatening the health or safety of any member of the campus community.
E. Participating in or inciting a riot or an unauthorized or disorderly assembly.
F. Seizing, holding, commandeering, or damaging any property or facilities of the college, or threatening to do so, or refusing to depart from any property or facilitiesof the college upon direction by college officials or other persons authorized by the president.
G. Possessing, selling, manufacturing, or otherwise distributing any alcohol or illicit drugs while on campus, attending a college-sponsored off-campus event, or while serving as a representative of the college.
H. Gambling on the campus or at any college function.
I. Possessing on college property or at any college activity any firearm, weapon, or dangerous chemical or explosive elements or component parts thereof not used for lawful college studies, without authorization of the president of the college.
J. Physically detaining or restraining any person or removing such person from any place where that person is authorized to remain, or in any way obstructing thefree movement of persons or vehicles on college premises or at college activities.
K. Littering, defacing, destroying or damaging property of the college or property under its jurisdiction or removing or using such property without authorization.
L. Willfully encouraging others to commit any of the acts that have been herein prohibited.
M. Violating any local, state, or federal laws.
N. Violating any rule or regulation not contained within the official college publications but announced as administrative edict by a college official or other person authorized by the president.
O. Violation of college parking regulations.
P. Violation of college fire regulations, i.e., failure to comply with emergency evacuation procedures, tampering with fire protection apparatus, etc.
Q. Theft or attempted theft of college or personal property on college premises.
R. Unauthorized entry into or presence in any college building or facility.
S. Violation of college policy on demonstrations.
T. Violation of college policy on solicitation and sales.
U. Violation of college policy on smoking in any campus building.
V. Violation of college policy on the ethical use of computer resources or non-adherence to rules and guidelines for behavior in all college labs or facilities.