Through partnerships, connections, direct support, policy development, and educational initiatives, we work to promote an inclusive campus climate that facilitates students’ successful navigation of campus life.
The entire Hartwick College community is committed to fostering a campus environment that is conducive to academic inquiry, a productive and engaging campus life, and thoughtful study and discourse.
The student conduct program within the Office of the Dean of Student Life is committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the Hartwick College community.
A community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. At Hartwick College, student members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that includes:
Each member of the Hartwick College community bears responsibility for their conduct and to assume reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others. When members of the community fail to exemplify these six values above by engaging in violation of the rules below, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Code of Student Conduct.
The Student Conduct Process
The student conduct process at Hartwick College is not intended to punish students; rather, it exists to protect the interests of the community and to challenge those whose behavior is not in accordance with our policies. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them bring their behavior into accord with our community expectations. When a student is unable to conform their behavior to community expectations, the student conduct process may assist us in determining if the student should continue to share in the privilege(s) afforded to those participating in this community.
Students should be aware that the student conduct process is quite different from criminal and civil court proceedings. Procedures and rights in student conduct procedures are managed with fairness to all, but do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts. Due process, as defined within these procedures, assures written notice and a hearing before an objective decision-maker. No student will be found in violation of Hartwick College policy without information showing that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred, and any sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the cumulative conduct history of the student.