Code of Conduct
(Effective: January 2022)
The Methodist College
Code of Conduct policy can also be found in the Student Handbook
Code of Conduct
Methodist College requires students to act in accordance with a
defined Student Code of Conduct, the tenets of which are described in this
policy. When there is a report of an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct,
students are afforded due process as described herein.
The values of Methodist College: human dignity, integrity, inquiry and social justice are expected to guide the
behavior of the Methodist College students and become an integrated part of their
value system as they begin their professional careers. As such, human
dignity, integrity and
social justice are directly related to the Code of Conduct for
all students. Integrity defined as, "Displaying strong moral
character and acting in accordance with accepted standards of behavior and an
appropriate code of ethics" clearly identifies the expectation of honesty, truthfulness and exemplary behavior. Social justice defined
as "Acting in accordance with fair treatment regardless of gender, economic status,
race, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, disability, or sexual
orientation," Human dignity defined as "Unconditional respect for
the inherent worth, uniqueness, and autonomy of individuals," speak to the
responsibility for fair and equal treatment that the student has for his fellow
students, as well as the College to the student. These College values form the
foundation for the Student Code of Conduct.
When used in this code:
The term "UPH" means any hospital or clinic under the umbrella of
The term "Complainant" means any person who notifies the College of
a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
The term "Respondent" means a student who is suspected of violating
the Student Code of Conduct.
The term "cheating" means using or attempting to use unauthorized
materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise including
electronically accessed information or devices. This includes the solicitation
of unauthorized materials (e.g., existing tests or assignments) from classmates,
advanced students, or other sources, as well as seeking to attain or
successfully attaining assistance for the intent of using others' work as one's
own. At Methodist College, test questions are considered protected and
confidential unless released by the faculty member who created them to the
The term "fabricating" means falsification or invention of any
information or citation in an academic exercise.
The term "plagiarism" means the presentation of another person's
idea or product as one's own. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the
following: copying verbatim all or part of another's written work; using
phrases, charts, figures, illustrations, or mathematical or scientific
solutions without citing the source; paraphrasing ideas, conclusions
or research without citing the source; or using all or part of a literary plot,
poem, video, musical score, or other artistic product without attributing the
work to its creator.
The term "unauthorized reuse of work product" means the submission
of work for academic credit, work that was previously used for a previous
assignment without the express approval of the faculty member in the current
course. Small parts of a project, e.g., a PowerPoint slide, would not be
conduct violation under this definition.
The term "business day" means any weekday (Monday through Friday)
that is not a college holiday.
The term "student" means a person who has been admitted to Methodist
College and is eligible to register for courses.
The term "Methodist College premises" means buildings, grounds,
websites, or computer networks owned, leased, operated, controlled, or
supervised by Methodist College/UPH.
The term "official" means an employee/representative of Methodist
College acting in the capacity of his/her position.
The term "weapon" means any object or substance designed or used to
inflict a wound, cause injury, or incapacitate, including, but not limited to
all firearms, pellet guns, switchblade knives, knives, chemicals, electronic
devices, drugs or alcohol, chemicals such as mace products, pepper spray, or
The term "Methodist College sponsored activity" means any activity
on or off Methodist College premises that is initiated, aided, authorized, or
supervised by Methodist College/UPH.
The term "conference" refers to a communication between two or more
individuals by telephone, in writing (including but not limited to electronic
communications), through videoconferencing, or in person.
The term "harassment" means unwelcome conduct that is based on
race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or
older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1)
enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or
2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that
a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.
The following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action:
All forms of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to
cheating fabricating; unauthorized reuse of academic work, bribery offered for
grades, transcripts, or diplomas; obtaining or giving aid on an examination;
having unauthorized prior knowledge of an examination; doing work for another
student, presenting another student's work as one's own; and plagiarism.
The written or spoken use of words, epithets, or phrases that are
widely recognized to be derogatory references to personal characteristics
including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual
orientation, and disability, when such words are used to create a hostile or
intimidating environment for any person on Methodist College premises, or at Methodist
College/UPH sponsored activities.
Participation in any form of discrimination or harassment
(including sexual harassment) against Methodist College faculty, staff, and/or
students on Methodist College premises, or at Methodist College/UPH sponsored
activities. Many instances of sexual harassment are not handled through this
process but, rather, are reported and investigated under Methodist College's
Title IX policy. Please see Sexual Harassment and Grievance Procedures Policy
in this handbook (page 62) and/or contact the Title IX Coordinator for
Intentional and substantial interference with the freedom of
expression of others on Methodist College premises or at Methodist College/UPH
Intentional or reckless assault or harm caused to any person on Methodist
College premises or at Methodist College/UPH sponsored activities, or
intentional or reckless cause of reasonable apprehension of such harm.
Intentional or reckless interference with normal Methodist College activities,
or Methodist College/UPH sponsored activities, including, but not limited to,
studying, teaching, research, administration, or fire, police, or emergency
Non-compliance with emergency protocols including but not limited
to fire, tornado, evacuation, and disaster.
Failure to comply with the direction of any authorized
institutional representative, law enforcement called to the campus, acting in
the performance of their duties, including failure to wear masks, maintain
social distance, and comply with protocols during the times of a pandemic.
Intentional use of the Methodist College/UPH computing resources to
upload any content that contains a software virus, time bomb, Trojan horse, or
any other computer code, files, or programs that may alter, damager or
interrupt the functionality of the Methodist College/UPH computing resources or
the hardware or software of any other person.
Intentional or reckless destruction of, or damage to, property of
other on Methodist College premises, or at Methodist College/UPH sponsored
Intentional initiation or instigation of initiation of any false
report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency on Methodist College/UPH
premises or at Methodist College/UPH sponsored activities.
Intentional or reckless misuse of or damage to fire-safety
Theft of property or of services on Methodist College premises, or
at Methodist College/UPH sponsored activities; knowing possession of stolen
property on Methodist College premises, or at Methodist College/UPH sponsored
Violation of the Student Alcohol and Drug-free Policy (page 96).
Unauthorized use, possession, or storage of any weapon on Methodist
College premises, or at Methodist College/UPH sponsored activities
Abuse of the procedures of the Code of Conduct, including false
allegations or misrepresentation of information to a College Official.
Intentional submission of false information to Methodist College/UPH.
Forgery, unauthorized alteration, or unauthorized use of any Methodist
College document or instrument of identification.
Unauthorized use or possession of fireworks on Methodist College premises
or at Methodist College/UPH sponsored activities.
Knowing violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed
in accordance with this Code of Conduct.
Violation of published Methodist College regulations or policies.
Conviction of any crime, other than a traffic violation.
Attempts to commit acts prohibited will be punished to the same
extent as completed violations.
The recording and distribution of any lecture, classroom resources,
or course materials is strictly prohibited unless permission given from directly
from the assigned faculty.
This process requires form completion and submission as an
attachment to an email. Only Methodist
College email may be used in this process.
Any person may
report an alleged violation to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs using
Code of Conduct Initiation Form (link below in Standard of Due Process). The
form must be filed within a reasonable period, defined as five (5) business
days of the occurrence of, or becoming aware of the occurrence, of the alleged
violation. All allegations will be treated as confidential. The Vice Chancellor
of Academic Affairs may refer the case to another official of Methodist College
or administrator according to the standards of due process described in Section
VI. Due care will be taken such that no person who has a conflict of interest
with the case will be involved in the investigation, decisions, or appeal
concerning a Code of Conduct Violation. If a conflict of interest is determined
and that person has a role in the process, the Vice Chancellor of Academic
Affairs will reassign the role to another administrator.
The Complainant is required to provide information pertinent to the
case and will be expected to provide information as requested and appear before
an Investigation Committee (referenced in Section VI.B.).
The Complainant cannot remain anonymous to college officials, i.e.,
the College will not act on anonymous complaints. Unless approved by the Chief
Academic Officer, the Complainant's name and copies of the complaint will be
provided to the Respondent. College officials and the Respondent shall keep the
Complainant name confidential. Likewise, College officials and the Complainant
shall keep the name of the Respondent confidential.
Any alleged violation, other than a traffic violation, that also
may violate a United States, Illinois, or local law, should be immediately
reported to the Director of Student Affairs and the Vice Chancellor of Academic
Affairs, who will inform the Chancellor. Appropriate action will then be taken.
The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs may suspend a student for
an interim period pending a preliminary inquiry and an investigation, such
interim suspension, to become immediately effective without prior notice
whenever there is evidence the continued presence of the student on Methodist
College premises poses a substantial threat to himself or herself, to others,
or to the stability and continuance of normal Methodist College/UPH sponsored
A student suspended on an interim basis shall be given an
opportunity to appear personally before or communicate in writing to the Vice
Chancellor of Academic Affairs within five (5) business days from the effective
date of the interim suspension to discuss the following issues only:
The reliability of the information concerning the student's conduct.
Whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably
indicate that the continued presence of the student at Methodist College premises
poses a substantial threat to himself or herself, to others, or to the
stability and continuance of normal Methodist College sponsored activity.
Upon consultation with the Chief Academic Officer, the Chancellor
may then lift the interim suspension.
If alleged conduct potentially violates Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972, the case will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator. Such
cases involve sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment or sexual
violence. All investigations will be under the direction of the Title IX
of Due Process
Upon receipt of the Code of Conduct
Initiation Form, the Vice
Chancellor of Academic Affairs will notify the Respondent of the alleged Code
of Conduct violation in writing via Methodist College email as soon as
possible, but no later than five (5) business days afterward, using the VCAA Letter to
Respondent. Notification will include details of the alleged act or acts that
are in violation of this policy and specifically what Code of Conduct violation
may have occurred (e.g., theft, cheating, giving aid on an examination, etc.)
Should the Respondent concede to the allegation, they have five (5)
business days to communicate this to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs who
will then complete the Letter of Resolution, extending sanctions as necessary, and obtain the student's
signature. Once the student's signature is obtained on the Letter of
Resolution, this will halt the Code of Conduct process. The Respondent is to
understand that this occurrence will be noted in their file and any additional occurrences
will be viewed as subsequent and, as such, will be given the appropriate
Should the Respondent not concede to the allegations, the Vice
Chancellor of Academic Affairs shall refer the case to an Administrator
(hereafter known as the "Administrator") to handle the initial inquiry using
the VCAA to
Allegations of academic misconduct shall be referred to the
Academic Dean or Department Chair.
Allegations other than academic misconduct shall be referred to the
Director of Student Affairs.
Upon receipt of the referral, the Administrator will:
Conduct a preliminary administrative inquiry within ten (10)
business days of receipt of the referral. The Administrator or Administrator's
designee must consult the central records file in the office of the Vice
Chancellor of Academic Affairs to determine if the student has a previous
record of violations of this Code. All materials reviewed will be considered
confidential and shared only with those with a need to know.
The Administrator will dismiss the referral if the following
conditions are met:
The Complainant has failed to comply with procedure;
The allegations, even if true, do not constitute violation of this
There is no evidence of violation of this Code based upon the
inquiry conducted by the administrator or designee(s).
The Administrator will immediately notify the Chief Academic
Officer, the Complainant, and the Respondent in writing via Methodist College
email of the dismissal using the Administrator
Dismissal Letter. All materials
collected will be given to the office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic
Affairs to add to the case file for permanent archive.
If not moving toward dismissal, the Administrator will:
Appoint a three-member ad hoc Investigation Committee using the Administrator Letter
to the Investigation Committee
Forward all case materials to the Investigation Committee as well
as the Investigation Committee Chair Checklist, Investigation Committee Tips,
and templates for interview and deliberation meeting minutes
Inform the Respondent the case has been referred to an
investigation committee using the Investigation
Committee Notification Letter
Provide the Respondent:
Copies of the original complaint and any evidence documents
submitted. Names other than the Complainant and Respondent may be redacted from
The date the complaint was filed
A statement where the Respondent can view a copy of this policy and
that his/her obligations and rights are contained in the policy.
This committee will consist of exempt staff or faculty members,
with one member appointed chair of the committee. The Investigation Committee
may be advised by legal counsel during this process. The Investigation
Committee will make every effort to complete the investigation and render a
decision in fifteen (15) business days, however, unforeseen circumstances may
delay this process. Any delays will be promptly communicated to both the
Complainant and Respondent.
The Investigation Committee will work to uncover all the facts of
the case and collect all pertinent evidence from college employees and students
using appropriate templates designed for this process. This fact finding
should, but not in all cases, include interviews of the Complainant,
Respondent, and any witnesses (students or college employees).
All parties except the Complainant may either agree or decline to
interview. The interviews may be conducted in person or by videoconference. The
Complainant may not decline an interview. The Complainant may be accompanied by
a representative, who may be an attorney, at his or her own expense.
Representatives may advise during the interview,
but shall not personally participate. If the Complainant wishes to be
accompanied by an attorney, he or she must inform the Administrator in writing
at least five (5) calendar days before the scheduled date of the interview.
Representatives may not appear in lieu of persons accused. The
interview committee will take minutes of all questions and answers during any
An administrative assistant may be assigned to assist with minutes.
The Administrator will keep the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
informed of the timeline of all activities of the committee for the file log.
After all evidence has been gathered from the Complainant(s) and
witnesses, the Administrator will communicate with the Respondent and give
him/her the opportunity to present any relevant evidence.
Copies of any new evidence or documents found by the Investigation
Committee will be provided to the Respondent within five (5) business days of
meeting with the Respondent.
Names other than those of the Complainant and Respondent may be redacted
from the document.
The Respondent may submit questions in writing for the Complainant
or Investigation Committee regarding how the Code of Conduct was violated.
The Administrator must provide the Respondent an answer to these
questions five (5) business days prior to the Investigation Committee meeting
with the Respondent.
The Investigation Committee Chair will schedule a time for the
Investigation Committee to meet with the Respondent with a date set at least
five (5) business days in advance.
The Respondent may decline to participate.
The meeting may either be in person or via videoconference.
The Respondent may be accompanied by a representative, who may be
an attorney, at his or her own expense. Representatives may advise during the
course of a fact-finding conference, but shall not
If the Respondent wishes to be accompanied by an attorney, he or
she must inform the administrator in writing at least five (5) business days
before the scheduled date of the proceeding. Representatives may not appear in
lieu of the Respondent.
After the review is complete, the Investigation Committee will
deliberate and render a decision which will be recorded in the Investigation
Committee Deliberation and Decision Rendering Minutes
If the Investigation Committee finds the allegation to be supported,
the Investigation Committee will recommend appropriate sanctions, as described
in Sanctions section below. Any previous record of violations of this Code may
increase the sanction. The chair of the
committee will complete the Investigation
Committee Chair Report to Administrator which, at a minimum, should contain the following:
The evidence the committee uncovered and by what means
Individuals interviewed by the committee, including the date
The specific Code of Conduct Violation, if any, e.g.
cheating, plagiarism, consuming alcohol on campus, etc., where the violation
What specific evidence supports the violation
What sanctions are recommended, if any
The committee chair shall submit the report, all materials
collected for the investigation, all correspondences, and all notes and minutes
of interviews to the Administrator.
If the Administrator does not agree with the recommend sanctions,
the administrator may reduce the sanctions, but not add to them.
Within five (5) business days of the Investigation Committee
submitting their report, the Administrator will notify the Respondent of the
decision and sanctions, in writing via Methodist College email using the Letter of Sanction
A copy of the written notification will be submitted to the Chancellor
Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and if the sanction results in a change of
grade, to the Registrar's office for filing in the student's file.
The Administrator will also notify the Complainant of the decision,
but not sanctions, within the same period using the Administrator
Notification to Complainant Letter
The administrator will deliver all materials collected for the
investigation, all correspondences, and all notes and minutes of interviews to
the office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs to add to the permanent
Appeal to the Chief Academic Officer
Within five (5) calendar days of receipt of the Letter of Sanction,
the Respondent may appeal the decision in writing to the Vice Chancellor of
Academic Affairs using the Appeal to VCAA Letter
If no appeal is filed by the appeal deadline, the Vice Chancellor
of Academic Affairs shall inform the Administrator, who will administer the
sanctions. Any sanction that has a deadline for the student will be set using
the guidelines in the previous paragraph.
If an appeal is filed, the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs shall
review the information collected for the original preliminary administrative
inquiry, the Investigation Committee's report and findings, and their decision.
The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs may request additional
evidence if they become aware of additional documentation that was not provided
or if anything in the Investigation Committee's report is unclear.
The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will render a decision and
sanction, as appropriate, based on this evidence. The Vice Chancellor of
Academic Affairs may render one of the following decisions:
Affirm the finding and the sanction imposed by the Administrator.
Affirm the finding and reduce, but not eliminate, the sanction, if
found to be grossly disproportionate to the offense.
Remand the case to the Investigations Committee, if procedural
errors or errors in interpretation of College regulations were substantial, or
if new and significant evidence became available which could not have been
discovered by a properly diligent person accused before or during the original
Dismiss the case.
The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will notify the Respondent
in writing via Methodist College email, within fifteen (15) business days of
the elevation of the appeal using the VCAA Decision Letter. Copies of this letter and all administrative inquiry materials
will be added to the records file in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of
The decision of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs is final
and cannot be appealed.
Sanctions for violations of disciplinary regulations include, but
are not limited to:
Dismissal: The student is permanently separated from Methodist
College. Permanent notification will appear on the student's transcript. The
student will also be barred from Methodist College premises. (Dismissal
requires approval by the Chancellor.)
Suspension: The student is separated from Methodist College for a
specified period. Permanent notification will appear on the student's
transcript. The student shall not participate in any Methodist College sponsored
activity and may be barred from Methodist College premises. Suspended time will
not count against any time limits of the college for completion of a degree.
Credit earned elsewhere during the period of suspension may not subsequently be
transferred to Methodist College. (Suspension requires approval by the
Disciplinary probation: The student shall not represent Methodist
College in any extracurricular activity or run for or hold office in any
student group or organization for a specified period. Additional restrictions
or conditions may also be imposed.
Disciplinary reprimand: The student is warned that further
misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
Restitution: The student is required to make payment to Methodist
College or to other persons, groups, or organizations for damages incurred as a result of a violation of this Code.
Other sanctions: Other sanctions may be imposed instead of, or in
addition to, those specified in paragraphs above.
No sanctions may be administered until the appeal process is
Any sanction requiring a completion date for the Respondent shall
not be set earlier than two weeks after the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
has ruled on an appeal.
The two-week period may not include the weeks of Thanksgiving,
Christmas to New Year's Day, or Spring Break.
If performing any sanction will hinder the Respondent's progress in
current coursework, the respondent may request an extension to the due date.
Files and Records
The reporting of any violation of this Code will result in the
development of a student's disciplinary file, which shall be nullified if the
student is found innocent of the charges. The records of students found guilty
of any of the charges against them will be retained as permanent disciplinary
Disciplinary records may be expunged from the student's
disciplinary file by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs or designee for
good cause, upon written petition of the accused student, up to three years
from the date of final written decision. Disciplinary records shall not be
expunged without unusual and compelling justification. Factors to be considered
in review of such petitions shall include:
The present demeanor of the person accused.
The conduct of the person accused after the violation.
The nature of the violation, and the severity of any resulting
damage, injury, or harm.
The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will respond, in writing,
within 10 business days of the receipt of the petition. If the Vice Chancellor
of Academic Affairs denies the petition, copies of this letter will be kept in
the central records file in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic
Expunged records shall not be destroyed but maintained in a
separate file and shall not be made available or considered for any future
alleged conduct violations under this policy.
Confidentiality of Code of Conduct Violations
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects
student records including code of conduct accusations and violations. Other
laws may supersede FERPA. For instance, if the code of conduct violation also
results in criminal charges, the College may release case records to the
criminal authorities or Respondent's attorney. A civil case may also compel the
college to release records if a subpoena is served. Only the Chancellor can
authorize release of Code of Conduct case information in those instances. FERPA does not
prevent investigators questioning any witnesses in a conduct case.
For the above and
other student privacy issues, no College employee who plays any role in a Code
of Conduct case (e.g., administrator, investigation committee, witnesses,
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Registrar) shall discuss any case or
release any student names or student information to anyone outside of the case
investigation process. Exceptions to this are:
Criminal or civil
cases as described in paragraph A above.
The Chancellor may
report on cases to the College Board or the College's parent company.
Certain cases where
there might be a campus safety concern may require the notification of the
Campus Safety staff, Director of Student, the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT),
and in rare cases the faculty and Residence Hall assistants.
No student who is a
Complainant, Respondent, or witness in a Code of Conduct case shall release the
name of any student involved in the case to anyone, including other students,
not involved in the case.