Code of Student Conduct
Each student who enrolls in Fei Tian College agrees to abide by the College’s Code of Student Conduct. The complete Code of Student Conduct is available at the Office of Student Affairs. An abridged version of the Code follows.
Fei Tian College is an academic community dedicated to the transmission of higher knowledge in the search for truth. The College acknowledges core values based in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance that come to characterize the Fei Tian experience. Students who enroll at the College assume an obligation to conduct themselves and progress in their programs in a manner befitting Fei Tian’s mission and standards. Students are expected to take full responsibility for their own actions and progress, as well as the conduct of their guests. Failure to uphold college policies and the law constitutes an infraction that may result in disciplinary action under the authority of this Code.ode.
This Code of Student Conduct aims to discourage actions that are inconsistent with Fei Tian’s mission and standards and to thereby protect the character of the College. Publishing this Code puts students on notice of Fei Tian’s standards for conduct and actions that would fall short.
Nothing in this Code of Student Conduct is meant to infringe on rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any other laws, nor is it intended to afford the specificity or the due process rights of law.
As members of an academic community and the greater society, students are subject to the provisions of both College policies and local, state, and federal laws.
Students may be accountable both to the college and to civil and criminal authorities for acts that constitute violations of both this Code and law. Conduct proceedings at the college may proceed independent of and during the pendency of external proceedings.
Ultimate authority for matters of student conduct is vested in the College President, who has discretion to take immediate and final action for any disciplinary matter including waiving any disciplinary rule. Such authority be delegated as set forth in this Code or in other appropriate policies adopted by the President.
The following are types of prohibited conduct, with non-exhaustive examples, that may result in disciplinary action. Where appropriate, even attempts to commit any of these acts or failure to prevent one’s guests from committing these acts may be treated as violations of this Code.
- Academic Misconduct
- Misuse of or Damage to Property
- Dangerous Conduct
- Interference/Negative Influence
- Misuse of Property
- Non-academic Dishonesty
- Sanction Violation
- Sexual Offenses
- Theft/Unauthorized Possession
- Violation of Other College Policies
- Violation of Law
Any person may report a student suspected of violating this Code of Student Conduct to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (for undergraduate academic violations), Graduate Chair of the Department (for graduate academic violations) or the Director of Student Affairs (for non-academic violations) or designee, who will review the reported allegation to determine the appropriate action to be taken. Reports should be made within a reasonable time of the alleged violation. Disciplinary action may be pursued if there is enough information available to substantiate the reported conduct.
If information is discovered alleging that a past student of the College committed a Code violation at the time he or she was a student, a report shall be made to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (for undergraduate academic violations), Graduate Chair of the Department (for graduate academic violations), or the Director of Student Affairs (for non-academic violations), who shall determine the procedures to follow and the appropriate sanction.
A student facing potential disciplinary sanctions other than an oral warning will be given a conduct proceeding in the form of a disciplinary meeting with an administrator or a designated school agent. For academic matters, the administrator shall be the Vice President of Academic Affairs (undergraduate) or Graduate Chair of the Department (graduate); for non-academic matters, the administrator shall be the Director of Student Affairs or designee. If one incident gives rise to both academic and non-academic issues and/or undergraduate and graduate issues, the cognizant officials will decide which administrator(s) will handle the matter.
The following procedural guidelines are to be applied in all conduct proceedings but deviations from prescribed procedures shall not automatically invalidate a decision. Formal rules of evidence shall not be applied.
The student shall have an opportunity to respond to the information related to the alleged violation and may submit additional and relevant information.
A student who fails to appear at a disciplinary meeting may be adjudicated in absentia.
The outcome of a conduct proceeding is to be determined based solely on the reasonable conclusion of the designated trier.
The outcome of the conduct proceeding shall be conveyed to the student.
Whether to impose sanctions turns on the nature and severity of the unsatisfactory conduct or progress, as well as the student’s demeanor and disciplinary history. Types of sanctions that may be imposed in accordance with this Code of Student Conduct are as follows:
Warning – an oral warning for borderline conduct;
Probation – a written warning for unsatisfactory conduct, for which the student will be reviewed after one term on probation;
Suspension – exclusion from classes and other privileges or activities, including access to College campus ands College-sponsored activities off campus;
Revocation of financial aid awards;
Dismissal – termination of student status and permanent exclusion from the college campus, privileges, and activities;
Discretionary Sanctions – other sanctions that bear reasonable relation to the violation for which the student has been sanctioned may be imposed instead of or in addition to specified sanctions.
Generally, the outcome of a conduct proceeding is a final decision and cannot serve as the basis for a grievance. However, in a sexual offense proceeding only, a case may be appealed to the President.
Student Grievance Resolution
Fei Tian College is an academic community guided by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. The College expects its members to live a self-reflective life, maintain a lofty attitude, and to treat others with courtesy, dignity, and kindness. When a student believes he or she has been treated in a manner inconsistent with College policies resulting in a specific decision, act, or condition that affects the student’s standing, he or she may use the internal procedures described herein to assist in resolving the grievance.
- When a student cannot resolve a grievance and feels unfairly treated by a member of the College community, he or she should first seek assistance from an advisor who should make a good faith effort to promptly air differences via open communication and help achieve conciliation and an appropriate resolution. If unsuccessful, the student may communicate the matter to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (for an undergraduate academic matter), the Graduate Chair of the Department (for a graduate academic matter), or the Director of Student Affairs (for a non-academic matter), or their designees, who may offer advice or facilitate communications with the concerned individuals. The informal conciliation process is expected to be completed within one month.
- If the grievance cannot be resolved informally, the student is entitled to file a formal complaint within a reasonable time of the occurrence (i.e. generally within three months). The complaint should be filed with the Vice President of Academic Affairs (for an undergraduate academic grievance), the Graduate Chair of the Department (for a graduate academic grievance), or the Director of Student Affairs (for a non-academic grievance), who will promptly forward the complaint to the Judicial Committee (for a non-academic grievance) or the Academic Standards Committee (for an academic grievance). Within three weeks of receipt, the Judicial Committee or Academic Standards Committee will assign a committee member to the grievance case who does not have direct involvement in the matter. The student shall have the right to consult with an advisor during the formal complaint process.
- A grievance case generally consists of a preliminary investigation, a hearing with the aggrieved student, and a final report and recommendation. In conducting the investigation, the committee member may obtain information from any source and in any manner determined to be useful in reaching a recommendation. Grievance hearings will be closed to the public. If the student is not able to be present on campus, the grievance hearing may take place by teleconference or other electronic means.
- The student shall receive notification upon assignment of the grievance case and the student shall have the opportunity to submit additional relevant information at the hearing.
- Copies of the final report with recommendation shall be provided to the Vice President of Academic Affairs (for an undergraduate academic grievance), the Graduate Chair of the Department (for a graduate academic grievance), or the Director of Student Affairs (for a non-academic grievance) for a decision.
- The student shall be notified of the decision.
- Should the decision not be acceptable to the student, the case may be forwarded to the President. The President’s determination is final within the College appeal process and cannot serve as the basis for a grievance. The internal complaint process is expected to be completed within three months.
- The records relating to a student grievance matter will normally be retained as a student incident record, the formal complaint form, and a note in the student’s file. Student incident records concerning grievances shall be maintained in the Offices of the Vice President of Academic Affairs (undergraduate academic grievance files), the the Graduate Chair of the Department (graduate academic grievance files), and the Director of Student Affairs (non-academic grievance files), under their respective authority, and a note shall be placed in the student’s file in the Office of Admissions and Records. Grievance files shall be kept in accordance with the College record retention policy.
- A student has the right to file an unresolved complaint with the state (send complaint form to: New York State Education Department, Office of College and University Evaluation, Education Building, 5 North Mezzanine, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234) concerning the institution’s educational programs or practices, subject to the various exceptions in the law.