Parents and Family
As members of the Harper College community, students have a responsibility to maintain
a quality campus and learning environment for themselves and others. All students
are expected to read and abide by the Student Code of Conduct, which describes the behavioral expectations for students, as well as informs students
of how file a complaint against another student and how to dispute decisions made
by faculty or staff. Additional campus policies can be found in the Catalog.
Parents should strive to support their student as they pursue these processes - not
try to resolve their problems for them or keep them out of the process. This also
applies to attorneys. While students may have someone advise or support them while
they participate in the conduct process, they are expected to speak on their own behalf.
The Student Conduct Officer facilitates the student conduct process and is available
to meet with and assist students who have questions about their rights, the conduct
process, or how to file a complaint. Parents should be aware that students' conduct
records are protected by FERPA, so questions about their individual student's behavior or conduct case may not be
answered without the student's written permission.
The campus conduct process is NOT the same as a criminal process. It is designed to
encourage learning and to allow your student to be heard, while also protecting the
campus and its members when necessary. A student may go through both an on-campus
conduct process AND an off-campus criminal or legal proceeding for the same behavior.
Be advised that campus conduct files may be subpoenaed, so if your student is also
facing criminal charges, he/she may want to consult with an attorney during the conduct