Involuntary Withdrawal Procedure

Whenever possible, the college uses the Student Conduct Policy and Procedures to address violations of college regulations. In rare cases, a student poses a significant risk to self or others and may not be competent to participate in student conduct proceedings. Significant risk constitutes a high probability of substantial harm and not just a slightly increased, speculative or remote risk. In these cases, the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs or designee may utilize the involuntarily withdrawal procedure.

Procedure

  1. If a student poses an immediate and significant risk of harm to others, the individual confronted with the situation calls local police. The Director/ Associate Director of Student Life,  in conjunction with Safety and Security makes a further assessment after the immediate safety issues are addressed.
  2. The Director/ Associate Director of Student Life in conjunction with Safety and Security uses available evidence to determine if there is significant risk to others. The assessment may include a review of recommendations by emergency responders (police, EMTs, etc.) and medical professionals. Additionally, or in the absence of such information, Director/ Associate Director of Student Life in conjunction with Safety and Security uses the best available information.
  3. Director/ Associate Director of Student Life in conjunction with Safety and Security makes a request to the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs outlining the risk posed by the student and explaining why the student is not able to participate in conduct proceedings, if applicable.
  4. The provost/executive vice president for academic affairs reviews the request and determines if the threat is sufficient to warrant the involuntary withdrawal procedure The provost/executive vice president for academic affairs may consult with others as needed and provides the student an opportunity to provide his or her own evaluation or other evidence. If an involuntary withdrawal is warranted, the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs notifies the individual in writing, summarizes the basis for the decision, and copies the Director/ Associate Director of Student Life as well as Safety and Security. The provost/executive vice president for academic affairs also may require as a precondition to a student’s return, that the student provide documentation that the student has taken steps to reduce the previous threat.The college may require a release to speak with any treatment professional.If an involuntary withdrawal is warranted, the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs notifies the individual in writing, summarizes the basis for the decision, and copies the dean or regional executive director. The provost/executive vice president for academic affairs also may require as a precondition to a student’s return that the student provide documentation that the student has taken steps to reduce the previous threat. The college may require a release to speak with any treatment professional.
    1. If the student poses a risk to safety and order and the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs determines that the student is competent to participate in conduct proceedings, the involuntary withdrawal is not appropriate. The conduct policy and procedures provide for an interim suspension pending conduct proceedings.
    2. If the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs determines that the student does not pose a significant risk,  he or she refers the matter back to the Director/ Associate Director of Student Life for action in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  5. The student may request reconsideration of the involuntary withdrawal in writing to the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs. The student provides a rationale and additional evidence that supports his or her request. This may include documentation that he or she has taken steps to reduce the previous threat. The provost/executive vice president for academic affairs reviews the request in conjunction with the Director/ Associate Director of Student Life and any documentation, may consult with others, may require a release to speak with any treatment professionals, and informs the student in writing of the final decision.