Section V: Policies and Standards of Behavior

Section V: Policies and Standards of Behavior jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40

Lakeview College of Nursing recognizes the rights of its students guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois, which include a student’s rights within the institution to freedom of speech, due process, academic inquiry, peaceful assembly, peaceful pursuit of an education, and reasonable use of services and facilities of the College.

All students at Lakeview College of Nursing are expected to demonstrate qualities of integrity, fair-mindedness, honesty, civility, tolerance, and respect.  These values are important to the learning environment and are expected to be exhibited in the conduct of the entire College community, both in and out of the classroom/clinical/lab setting.

Bill of Rights & Responsibilities for Students of Nursing

Bill of Rights & Responsibilities for Students of Nursing jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40

The NSNA Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was initially adopted in 1975. The document was updated by the NSNA House of Delegates (1991); and item #4 was revised by the NSNA House of Delegates (2006). Further amendments were adopted by the House of Delegates on April 7, 2017. 

The Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities shall be recognized by administration, faculty and students, and any violations may be reported according to the Grievance or Complaint Policy.

  1. Under no circumstances should a student be barred from admission to a particular institution on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, religion, national origin, disability, illness, legal status, personal attributes or economic status.
  2. The freedom to teach and the freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom and quality education; students should exercise their freedom in a responsible manner.
  3. Each institution has a duty to develop policies and procedures which provide and safeguard the students’ freedom to learn.
  4. Students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and engage in an autonomous, sustained and independent search for truth.
  5. Students should be free to take reasoned exception in an informed, professional manner to the data or views offered in any course of study. However, students are accountable for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
  6. Students should have protection, through orderly approved standard procedures, against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. However, students are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
  7. Information about student views, beliefs, political ideation, legal status, United States citizenship status, sexual orientation or other personal information which instructors acquire in the course of their work or otherwise, should be considered confidential and not released without the knowledge or consent of the student, and should not be used as an element of evaluation.
  8. The student should have the right to advocate for themselves and other students in the construction, delivery and evaluation of the curriculum.
  9. Institutions should have a carefully considered policy as to the disclosure of private and confidential information which should be part of a student's permanent academic record in compliance with state and federal laws.
  10. Students and student organizations should be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them, and to express opinions in an informed, professional manner, both publicly and privately.
  11. Students should be allowed to invite and to hear any person of their own choosing within the institution's acceptable guidelines, thereby advocating for and encouraging the advancement of their education.
  12. The student body should have clearly defined means to participate in the formulation and application of institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs, thereby encouraging leadership, through a faculty-student council, student membership or representation on faculty committees.
  13. The institution has an obligation to clarify those standards of conduct which it considers essential to its educational mission, its community life, or its objectives and philosophy. These may include, but are not limited to, policies on academic dishonestly, plagiarism, punctuality, attendance, and absenteeism.
  14. Disciplinary proceedings should be instituted only for violations of standards of conduct. Standard of conduct should be formulated with student participation, clearly written and published in advance through an available set of institutional regulations. It is the responsibility of the student to know these regulations.
  15. The nursing program should have readily available a set of clear, defined grievance procedures.
  16. As citizens and members of an academic community, students are exposed to many opportunities and they should be mindful of their corresponding obligations.
  17. Students have the right to belong or refuse to belong to any organization.
  18. Students have the right to personal privacy in their individual/personal space to the extent that their wellbeing and property are respected.
  19. Adequate safety precautions should be provided by nursing programs, for example, adequate street and building lighting, locks, patrols, emergency notifications, and other safety measures deemed necessary to ensure a safe and protected environment.
  20. Dress code, if present in the school, should be established with student input in conjunction with the school administration and faculty. This policy ensures that the highest professional standards are maintained, but also taking into consideration points of comfort and practicality for the student.
  21. Grading systems should be carefully reviewed initially and periodically with students and faculty for clarification and better student-faculty understanding.
  22. Students should have a clear mechanism for input into the evaluation of their nursing education and nursing faculty.
  23. The nursing program should track their graduates' success in finding entry-level employment as registered nurses and make this information available to all who apply and enroll.
  24. The nursing program should provide comprehensive, clear and concise information related to student loans, scholarships and any other student financial aid.

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40
  1. Policies Subject to Change. Lakeview College of Nursing reserves the right to make revisions, amendments or corrections to policies and procedures at any time, with or without notice.
  2. Harassment and Discrimination Prohibited.
    1. Lakeview College of Nursing is committed to providing its students with an educational environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. The College will not tolerate harassment of Lakeview College of Nursing students by anyone, including administration, faculty, staff, other students, or any third party.
    2. Harassment Defined. Harassment consists of unwelcome contact and/or conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual.
    3. Discrimination Defined. Discrimination is unequal, unfair, or unwelcome treatment that is based upon a person's protected status, such as sex, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.
    4. Harassment and Discrimination in Education. Lakeview College of Nursing prohibits harassment or discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to any conduct that negatively impacts the tangible benefits of education, that interferes unreasonably with an individual's educational performance, or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Such prohibited conduct includes, but is by no means limited to, making jokes about a fellow student’s disability, or excluding a student from a study group based on race.
    5. Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct based on sex, whether directed towards a person of the same sex or the opposite sex, and may include explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendo, suggestive comments, sexually charged jokes, obscene printed or visual material (including electronically displayed material), and physical contact such as patting, pinching, or intentionally brushing against another person's body. Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment and: includes but is not limited to physical sexual acts; unwelcome sexual touching, or battery; rape; domestic violence; dating violence; and stalking. All sexual harassment is expressly prohibited. Any sexual misconduct, consensual or otherwise, shall be considered sexual harassment when:
      1. A student's submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of receiving an education;
      2. A student's submission to or rejection of such conduct is used to influence the student's educational development or participation in any College activity or program, including but not limited to:
        1. Admission to the College.
        2. Educational performance required or expected of the student.
        3. Attendance or assignment requirements applicable to the students.
        4. Courses, fields of study or programs (including honors and graduate programs) to which the students will be admitted.
        5. Placement or course proficiency requirements are applicable to the student.
        6. Quality of instruction the student will receive.
        7. Tuition or fees required of the student.
        8. Scholarship opportunities are available to the student.
        9. Any grade the student will receive in any examination, course or program of instruction.
        10. Progress of the student toward successful completion of the nursing program.
        11. The degree, if any, the student will receive.
      3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interfering with an individual's educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
    6. Reporting Harassment and Discrimination. All Lakeview College of Nursing students, educators, and administrators are responsible to help ensure that all students are free from harassment and discrimination, regardless of the perceived level of severity. If any Lakeview College of Nursing Student feels that he or she has experienced or witnessed harassment, the student shall immediately file a report pursuant to the Lakeview College of Nursing Grievance Policy found in the Student Handbook. Victims of any form of sexual harassment can report directly to the Title IX Coordinator, Vicky Welge, or any college employee or may complete an online form on the LCN website.
    7. Retaliation Prohibited. The College forbids retaliation against anyone for reporting any harassment or discrimination, assisting other students in reporting, and/or participation in a harassment or discrimination investigation. If any student feels that he or she has been retaliated against, the student shall immediately file a Grievance report.
    8. The College's policy is to investigate any and all complaints made under this policy impartially, thoroughly within 48 hours of receipt of the complaint. To the fullest extent possible, the College will keep grievances, investigations, and the results thereof, strictly confidential. If an investigation confirms that a violation of the policy has occurred, Lakeview College of Nursing will take appropriate corrective action to stop the prohibited conduct and to ensure that the prohibited conduct does not reoccur.
    9. The Student Affairs Committee is tasked with resolving violations of the Lakeview College of Nursing’s Harassment and Discrimination policy. The Student Affairs Committee provides both parties with the opportunity to provide or present evidence and witnesses on their behalf during the complaint resolution procedures. The Student Affairs Committee will use a preponderance of the evidence standard. The Chair of the Student Affairs Committee will provide written notification of the results of the complaint resolution procedure, including information related to appeal rights, within seven (7) days of a decision or sooner if required by State or federal law.  
  3. Standards of Behavior.
    1. Higher education is a privilege, not a right. Attendance at Lakeview College of Nursing is voluntary and completely conditional on the student’s full compliance with the Lakeview College of Nursing Student Code of Conduct. Lakeview College of Nursing is an academic community engaged in learning and practice. While the members of this community contribute a diverse mix of ideas and backgrounds, we hold in common those standards of conduct which exemplify personal integrity and ethical behavior and which advance the mission of the College, its traditions and values. By enrolling in Lakeview College of Nursing, you are agreeing to strictly comply with the Code of Conduct, and thereby take on obligations for performance and behavior reasonably imposed by the College which are relevant to its lawful missions, processes, and functions. These obligations and expectations may be much higher than those imposed on other citizens by the civil and criminal law. Lakeview College of Nursing shall discipline students as needed to ensure compliance with these obligations.
    2. Definitions. In addition to their usual and customary meanings, the following terms, including any derivations thereof, shall be defined as follows as they apply to the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct:
      1. Complicity is being present during the planning or commission of any violation of the Student Code of Conduct in such a way as to condone, support, or encourage that violation. Students who anticipate or observe a violation of the Student Conduct Code are expected to remove themselves from association or participation and report the violation immediately.
      2. Consent is defined as a freely given, clear, unambiguous agreement between the participants to engage in sexual activity. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission by a person resulting from the use of force or threat of force by another person shall not constitute consent. Consent is deemed incapable of being given if the person’s physical and/or mental control is markedly diminished as the result of alcohol, other drugs, illness, injury, or any other reason. Consent must be given each time the participants engage in sexual activity. Consent given on a prior occasion does not indicate future consent, and consent may be revoked at any time.
      3. Domestic violence and dating violence are harmful and/or abusive behaviors that occur between individuals who are or have been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. Domestic violence occurs when those individuals are in a shared living arrangement or who have a child in common, and dating violence occurs when those individuals are not in a shared living arrangement and do not have a child in common.
      4. Hazing is any act or situation on or off campus, initiated, planned, sanctioned, or joined in by one or more persons associated with an athletic team or student organization, causing embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule to, or which involves participation in a Code violation or an illegal act by, or which causes, or places in danger of causing, physical or mental harm to, any member or any student affiliated with the organization. Incapacitation is the impairment of one's faculties where physical or mental control is markedly diminished.
      5. Intimidation is an action that serves to attempt to limit another person from participating in an activity and/or process.
      6. Plagiarism is the use, without adequate attribution, of another person’s words or thoughts as if they were ones’ own, failing to cite outside sources used in completion of the work, or improperly citing sources.
      7. Prohibited substances includes cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, prescription medications taken without, or in violation of, a prescription, other natural or synthetic intoxicants, and any substances the possession of which is prohibited by Illinois Law, Federal Law, or any administrative regulation
      8. Sexual misconduct is any physical act of a sexual nature without the consent of the individuals involved. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to:
        1. Any form of sexual penetration without consent.
        2. Intentional or knowingly touching of another person, either directly or through the clothing, of sex organs, buttocks, or breasts for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal without consent of the other person.
        3. Intentional exposure of any part of a person’s body for a sexual purpose.
        4. Use of email, text, phone, or any other form of communication to send sexually explicit materials that are unwelcomed by the recipient.
      9. Stalking is a repeated and unwanted behavior that threatens or endangers another person’s ability to safely be part of our community, or causes another person to fear for his or her safety, health or well-being. This behavior may be in person, in writing, phone, or through electronic media.
      10. Student means any person registered for and/or taking courses at or through the College, both full-time and part-time, or one accepted for enrollment. Persons who are not enrolled for a particular academic term but who have a continuing relationship with the College are also considered students. The College reserves jurisdiction to adjudicate an allegation of a Student Conduct Code violation, including significant academic fraud, occurring during a student’s enrollment which may arise subsequent to a student’s leaving or graduation from the College.
    3. Standards of Student Conduct
      1. Lakeview College of Nursing students shall observe the highest principles of academic integrity and support a campus environment conducive to scholarship. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:
        1. Cheating on examinations.
        2. Plagiarism.
        3. Working with other students on tests, quizzes, or assignments required or expected to be completed individually.
        4. Misrepresentation or falsification of data.
        5. Theft or the unauthorized possession of examinations.
        6. Alteration, theft, or destruction of the academic work of others.
        7. Unauthorized possession, alteration, theft, or destruction of academic records, library materials, laboratory materials, or other College equipment or property.
        8. Submitting work previously presented in another course, unless specifically permitted by the instructor.
        9. Conduct which disrupts the academic environment including disruption in classes, faculty offices, academic buildings, clinical sites, or computer facilities.
        10. Complicity with others in violations of this standard.
      2. Lakeview College of Nursing students shall respect the health, safety, welfare and rights of all persons. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:
        1. Threatened, attempted, or actual physical harm, or other conduct that threatens the health or safety of the student himself/herself or any other person.
        2. Intimidation, stalking, coercion, verbal abuse, domestic violence, dating violence or any other conduct which has a direct and substantial disruptive influence on the life or educational endeavors of any person.
        3. Sexual misconduct.
        4. Conduct which is lewd, indecent, obscene, or disorderly.
        5. Incapacitation due to the abuse of alcohol or a controlled or other intoxicating substance, or appearing in a public place manifestly under the influence of such, particularly when there is danger to self, others, or property or there is unreasonable annoyance to others.
        6. Making, possessing, or using any illegally obtaining, or misusing prohibited substances or paraphernalia, or providing them to persons otherwise intended.
        7. Possessing or using alcohol on College property, clinical sites, or providing alcohol to those who are underage.
        8. The unauthorized possession or use of firearms, ammunition. explosives, fireworks, or devices classified as weapons by state statute; the use of instruments which simulate such items in acts which threaten or alarm others.
        9. Hazing.
        10. A knowingly false report of a bomb, fire, or other emergency, or the unauthorized alteration or misuse of any fire alarm, firefighting equipment, safety or other emergency device.
        11. Harassment or Discrimination in violation of Section II of the Student Code of Conduct herein.
        12. Complicity with others in violations of this standard.
      3. Lakeview College of Nursing students shall respect the property of others, and the property, facilities, and resources of the College. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:
        1. The unauthorized possession, taking, use, destruction, or defacing of College property, other students’ property, public property, or private property.
        2. Forcible or unauthorized entry onto any property or into any building structure, facility, room, or motor vehicle of the College or of any members of the College community or its guests.
        3. Violation of the Library Policy.
        4. Misuse or abuse of College computers, network access, related equipment, telephones, telecommunications, or laboratory equipment.
        5. Violations of the College’s Technology Policy.
        6. Repeated or willful failure to meet financial obligations to the College.
        7. Complicity with others in violations of this standard.
      4. Lakeview College of Nursing Students shall obey faculty and staff, classroom and facility rules and procedures, and academic guidelines of the College. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:
        1. Conduct which by itself, or in conjunction with the conduct of others, disrupts, or impairs the carrying on of normal College functions.
        2. Refusal to cooperate with, or failure to carry out the reasonable directive, written or verbal, of faculty, staff members, or officials acting in the performance of their duties in support of the institution.
        3. Misrepresenting or falsifying any College record, forms or procedure; making knowingly false oral or written statements to any College official.
        4. Failure to satisfy the terms of a disciplinary sanction.
        5. Violation of building hours or usage policies; smoking in locations other than where permitted.
        6. Failure to show Lakeview College of Nursing ID card or other requested identification when requested to do so by faculty or staff or members acting in the performance of their duties.
        7. Unauthorized possession, use, transfer, or alteration of a College identification card or password.
        8. Failure to have a current local and permanent address on file with the College.
        9. Unauthorized solicitation or canvassing.
        10. Gambling.
        11. Posting on College property without permission of the Dean or in unauthorized locations.
        12. Violating study abroad or domestic study travel program standards or policies.
        13. Complicity with others in violations of this standard.
        14. Providing false testimony at a disciplinary hearing or disregarding disciplinary procedures.
      5. Lakeview College of Nursing students shall uphold the mission of the College by being responsible citizens. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:
        1. Conduct which poses a hazard to the community or to the campus, such as assault, being on campus or at clinical sites under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or riotous conduct.
        2. Egregious or flagrant instances of conduct in the community or on campus which violates the Student Code of Conduct and/or is prohibited by law or local ordinance.
        3. Felonious conduct, regardless of where it occurs.
        4. Complicity with others in violations of this standard.
    4. Jurisdiction. The Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct applies to all conduct by all students, on and off campus.
    5. The College reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any person because of previous misconduct which may substantially affect the interest of the College, or to admit or readmit such persons subject to an appropriate disciplinary status such as probation, or subject to compliance with appropriate sanctions.
  4. Enforcement of the Code of Conduct.
    1. The Dean of Lakeview College of Nursing is responsible for enforcement of the Code of Conduct. The Dean will investigate violations of this Code, seek informal resolutions, interview witnesses and review evidence, determine violations, and apply sanctions that lead up to but do not include expulsion and suspension. The method of the Dean’s investigation is to be determined in the Dean’s sole discretion based upon the circumstances of the case. Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Conduct Code shall be referred to the Dean for final determination.
    2. College conduct standards and violations of law. Student Conduct Code disciplinary proceedings may be instituted without regard to pending civil litigation or criminal arrest and prosecution arising from the same factual situation. Disciplinary action may, but need not, be deferred, at the discretion of the Dean, until after civil or criminal proceedings have concluded.
    3. Allegations of Code violations. The Dean will determine if there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of the Student Conduct Code occurred and, if so, how such allegations are to be resolved in accordance with the provisions of this Code. Students charged with Conduct Code violations are required to meet with the Dean as needed to participate in investigation and resolution of the allegation. Failure to participate in any investigation as requested may be considered a separate and additional violation of this code.
    4. Interim Suspension during Investigation.
      1. An interim suspension from the College, and other conditions or restrictions, may be imposed prior to the final resolution of a disciplinary case if, in the judgment of the Dean or the College President, such measures are necessary:
        1. To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community.
        2. To safeguard College property.
        3. To ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and/or well-being.
        4. To avoid a disruption of the normal operations of the College.
      2. During the interim suspension, the student shall be denied access to the campus, classes, and clinical sites, and all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible.
      3. Prior to, or within a reasonable time following notice to the student of an interim suspension, upon the student’s request a meeting with the Dean will be provided to review the reason for the imposition of the interim suspension.
      4. Registration for subsequent terms or the conferral of academic degrees may be withheld pending the resolution of allegations of student misconduct.
    5. Formal Hearings. If, after conducting a preliminary investigation, the Dean in his or her sole discretion believes a Code of Conduct violation may have occurred which is sufficiently severe in nature to result in sanctions including suspension or expulsion, the Dean shall refer the matter to the Student Affairs Committee for a formal hearing.
    6. Student Affairs Committee. The composition of the Student Affairs Committee shall be determined by the President of Lakeview College of Nursing. The President retains authority to appoint or dismiss the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, or its members, at any time, as may be needed.
    7. Notice. The Chair of the Student Affairs Committee shall notify all parties and witnesses of the date, time, and location of the Hearing, not less than seventy-two (72) hours before the time the Hearing is to commence. Notification shall be deemed properly given when sent by properly addressed mail or email to the student’s last known address or campus email address.
      1. A student’s failure keep Lakeview College of Nursing notified of the student’s current local address shall in no way serve to invalidate notice sent to the student’s last known address.
      2. The written notice shall include:
        1. The time and place of the hearing.
        2. The College conduct standard(s) alleged to have been violated.
        3. Sufficient details of the complaint for the basis of the allegation to be understood.
        4. A statement of the respondent student’s rights as stated in this section of the Code.
        5. The name of the person(s), group, or College office filing the charges.
    8. Continuance of the Hearing. Any student involved in the hearing may request a continuance of the Hearing by submitting a written request for continuance to the Student Affairs Committee not less than twenty four (24) hours prior to the hearing. A continuance may be granted if, in the sole discretion of the Student Affairs Committee, just cause exists for the delay.
    9. Failure to Appear. Should the accused student choose not to appear, the hearing will be held in the student’s absence.
    10. Representation by an Advisor or Support Person. The accused student and the alleged victim of misconduct may each be accompanied by one advisor or support person of their choice. An individual expected to testify at the hearing may not serve as Advisor or Support Person for any party. The Advisor or Support Person may attend the hearing with the student, and may counsel and advise the student, but shall not address the Committee except at the Committee’s request.
    11. Closed Hearings. The hearing will be closed to all persons except the parties to the proceedings. An accused student may request that the hearing be open generally, or to specified other parties, which request may be granted in the sole discretion of the Dean and the Student Affairs Committee. The accused student and advisor may be present during the entirety of the hearing, but shall not be present during the deliberations of the Student Affairs Committee.
    12. Attendance of Witnesses. Any party to the hearing may call witnesses to be questioned by the Committee at the hearing. If a party is unable to locate or secure compliance from any member of the College community asked to testify, the student may seek the assistance of the Dean. Lakeview College of Nursing will not compel any person to testify against his or her will.
    13. Disruptive Behavior. If, in the sole discretion of the Student Affairs Committee, at any time, any person is disruptive to the Student Affairs Committee proceedings, the Dean or the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee may ask for that individual leave the hearing. Any failure to immediately comply with the Committee’s request to leave the hearing will be considered a violation of this Code of Conduct, and will also be considered trespassing which shall be resolved with the help of the appropriate law enforcement agency.
    14. Presentation of Evidence. The Chair of the Student Affairs Committee shall determine the format of the hearing, which may vary from time to time. At any such hearing, the Committee may consider any and all evidence it deems relevant to the subject of the hearing. The admissibility of evidence, including but not limited to physical evidence, verbal testimony, and written or recorded statements, shall be determined by the Committee in its sole and final discretion and shall not be subject to any state or federal rules of evidence and/or procedure. Any party to the hearing may present witnesses to be questioned by the Committee, and may propose questions to be asked of those witnesses. The Student Affairs Committee retains full and final authority to question all witnesses and parties to the alleged violations, and will determine the appropriateness of questions proposed by the parties. The accused student shall not be required to answer questions of a self-incriminating nature.
    15. Deliberation and Decision. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Student Affairs Committee shall meet to deliberate, consider the evidence, and reach a decision by a majority vote. In reaching its decision, the Committee shall presume each student innocent of any violations unless the student has been proven guilty of such violations by a preponderance of the evidence standard. After reaching its decision, the Committee Chair shall notify the parties of the Committee’s decision within three (3) business days after the decision has been rendered. In cases where multiple students are accused of violations, the Committee may withhold its decisions to be communicated after the last hearing has concluded. The Committee’s decision shall be communicated in writing and shall include the resolution of the allegations and, if applicable, the sanctions that are to be imposed.
    16. Recording. A recording of the Hearing shall be made. The recording shall be the sole property of the Lakeview College of Nursing, shall be kept strictly confidential, and shall not be subject to review or transcription by any party.
    17. Appeal. Any party to the action may appeal the decision of the Dean, or the decision of the Student Affairs Committee, by completing and submitting an Appeal Form to the Office of the College President within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the decision. The appeal form may be requested at the Office of the College President. Upon receipt of a properly completed Appeal Form, the College President may accept or overturn the decision of the Dean or Committee, may accept, reject, add, or modify any sanction or remedy imposed, or may remand the grievance for further investigation, review, or re-hearing. In any such event, the decision of the College President is final. The College President shall notify all parties to the Grievance of the result of the Appeal within seven (7) calendar days after receiving the Appeal Form.
  5. Sanctions.
    1. A student found to have violated the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct shall be subject to appropriate sanctions based upon the nature of the violation, the circumstances of the violation, the degree of harm caused or threatened by the violation, and the student’s academic and disciplinary history. Previous disciplinary and relevant academic records of a student found in violation of the Code will be considered in determining the sanctions to be imposed. Multiple sanctions may be imposed for a single violation, or a single violation may be imposed to address multiple violations.
    2. Aggravating factors. In determining the appropriate sanctions to be imposed, The College will consider as an aggravating factor, resulting in more severe sanctions, any violation of law or of this code in which the accused student knowingly or intentionally selected the person or target of the violation based on gender, race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran’s status (as protected by law), or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by federal or state law.
    3. Possible Sanctions.      The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct. This list is not an exhaustive or exclusive list of possible sanctions or penalties for a violation of the Code of Conduct, and the College reserves the right to craft additional sanctions as needed to best address any particular violation or situation based upon the circumstances.
      1. Academic Penalties. Upon a finding that academic misconduct occurred, the instructor may impose a reduced or failing grade for the assignment or course in addition to such additional sanctions as may be imposed by the Student Affairs Committee, up to and including dismissal from the College.
      2. Revocation of Conferred Degree. Revocation of conferred degrees may be recommended to the President of Lakeview College of Nursing in instances where conferral of the degree preceded the determination of significant misconduct or academic fraud.
      3. College Reprimand. A reprimand is a verbal or written warning to a student that he or she has violated the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct. All reprimands shall be noted in the student’s disciplinary file.
      4. College Censure. A censure is a written notification to the student that the student has violated the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct. Censures shall be noted in the student’s disciplinary file. Future violations after receiving a censure will likely result in more serious sanctioning.
      5. Restitution. Restitution is intended to provide compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
      6. Discretionary Sanctions. Discretionary sanctions are tailored to educate and/or address specific behaviors and violations. Discretionary sanctions include but are not limited to: educational papers or projects, mandated attendance at seminars or classes, service to the College or community, or other related discretionary sanctions may be assigned.
      7. Drug Assessment/Drug Treatment/Drug Testing. Pursuant to the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy found in the Student Handbook, where the abuse of alcohol, drugs, or prohibited substances is a factor in the violation, the College may, in addition to other sanctions imposed, require drug testing and/or satisfactory evidence of assessment and/or treatment at the student’s expense as a sanction and/or condition of continued enrollment in Lakeview College of Nursing.
      8. Conduct Supervision. Conduct supervision is a requirement that the student meet with the Dean of Nursing or another designated faculty member for one or more meetings following resolution of the case, for the purpose of assuring a continued understanding of and compliance with the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct.
      9. College Disciplinary Probation. Disciplinary Probation is a status imposed for a violation of sufficient severity to place the student near removal from the College community. A student on College Disciplinary Probation is considered “not in good standing” with the College. Accordingly, a student on Disciplinary Probation may not serve on any student-faculty governance committee, as an officer of the student body, or as a member of the Student Government Association. Any significant violation of the Student Conduct Code while on College Disciplinary Probation will likely result in suspension or expulsion. Scholarships, grant awards or other discretionary financial aid awarded by the College may be canceled or suspended as a condition of probationary status. Strict compliance with the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct is a condition of Disciplinary Probation. Other conditions may be imposed, including but not limited to:
        1. Meetings with the Dean or designated faculty members.
        2. Satisfactory completion of educational assignments or programs.
        3. Mandated standards of class attendance and/or academic achievement.
        4. Restriction from buildings, classes, clinical sites, or facilities.
        5. Restriction from participation in activities, off campus programs, or other appropriate stipulations. 
      10. Suspension. Suspension is a temporary disciplinary separation of the student from the College for a minimum specified period of time less than one year. During a period of suspension, the suspended student is prohibited from attending Lakeview College of Nursing campus, classes, events, and activities and shall have no contact with other Lakeview College of Nursing students, directly or indirectly. The College may specify that certain conditions must be satisfied prior to readmission following a suspension.
      11. Expulsion. Expulsion is a permanent disciplinary separation of the student from the College. A student who has been expelled is prohibited from attending Lakeview College of Nursing campus, classes, events, and activities and shall have no contact with other Lakeview College of Nursing students, directly or indirectly.
    4. Implementation of Sanctions. All Sanctions shall be effective upon written notice to the student by traditional mail or by email to the student’s LCN email account.
    5. Stay of Sanctions pending appeal. Sanctions may be held in abeyance pending the outcome of an appeal at the sole discretion of the College President.
    6. Registration following imposition of sanctions. Registration for subsequent terms or the conferral of the degree may be withheld until sanctions have been concluded and any conditions imposed by the College have been fulfilled.
    7. Deferred Sanctions. The Student Affairs Committee may defer imposing suspension or expulsion pending satisfactory completion of the academic term, or of a satisfactory period of disciplinary probation.
  6. Disciplinary records.
    1. Student disciplinary records will be destroyed after seven years from the time of the last entry, except in cases involving separation from the College or restrictions on reenrollment.
    2. Student Disciplinary Records shall not be made part of the student's permanent academic transcripts, except in the case of separation from the institution, where a suspension will be noted on the transcript with “Administrative Suspension” and an expulsion will be noted on the transcript with “Administrative Expulsion”
    3. A suspended or expelled student may, following the specified minimum period of separation, request the removal of the sanction from the permanent academic transcripts, which may be granted at the discretion of the Student Affairs Committee.
  7. Safe Practices and Professional Standards.
    1. Lakeview College of Nursing’s nursing program was developed under the guidance of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act (2008), the American Nursing Association’s (ANA) Standards of Clinical Practices (2003) and the ANA’s Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (2001) with the goal of providing a safe and professional learning environment for all students.
    2. In addition to those standards of behavior set forth in the Lakeview College of Nursing Code of Conduct, standards of practice and behavior may be outlined in the course syllabus or clinical syllabus, or otherwise communicated to students by an instructor. Students are expected to abide by all such standards. Any violation thereof shall be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct.
    3. Students will abide by all State and Federal laws. Any student who is arrested or convicted for a violation of any federal, state, or local criminal code while enrolled in Lakeview College of Nursing shall notify the Dean within one week after such arrest or conviction.  Failure to notify the Dean of an arrest/conviction will be considered a violation of the Code of Conduct.
    4. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention. All Lakeview College of Nursing administration, faculty, staff and students shall value and maintain sound personal health, respect laws and rules prohibiting drug use, and recognize the importance of chemical abuse prevention.
      1. All students shall read and strictly comply with the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy in the Student Handbook.
      2. All students shall read and become familiar with the information contained in the Lakeview College of Nursing Substance Abuse Information Guide found in the Student Handbook.
      3. Violation of the Drug Policy is considered a violation of the Code of Conduct and shall result in sanctions, and may also result in the loss of financial aid.
      4. Federal legislation requires that all Pell Grant recipients remain drug-free (on and off campus) throughout the award period or lose funds.
      5. Any person concerned about his or her own alcohol and/or drug use, or concerned about the alcohol and/or drug use of others, is encouraged to contact the Dean or Registrar or any other faculty member.
    5. Students shall notify their instructor when taking any medication which could adversely affect the student’s performance. If a student is taking a prescribed drug, which might hinder the safe and efficient performance of the student’s classroom or clinical duties, the student must obtain a release to return to school and the clinical setting from the prescribing health care professional. Specifically, the prescribing professional must indicate in writing that the student is able to perform in a clinical setting while under the effects of the prescribed medication. If a release cannot be obtained, the student may be suspended from clinical. Students are advised to check with a health care provider when taking any over-the-counter medication to determine if the medication may cause, or give the appearance of causing, any effects which might hinder the safe and efficient performance of their duties. It is the student’s responsibility to exercise conscientious judgment when considering whether they can properly function in their role as a nursing student in a clinical situation.

Substance Abuse Information Guide

Substance Abuse Information Guide jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40
  1. Overview.

    Lakeview College of Nursing is committed to fostering an education community which emphasizes maintenance of sound personal health, respect for laws and rules prohibiting drug use, and recognition of the importance of chemical abuse prevention. The College’s chemical and alcohol abuse prevention program consists of a comprehensive Drug Policy, as found in the Student Handbook, and also of dissemination of information regarding the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and referral of faculty, staff and/or students for evaluation by a professional counselor as needed. Each student is responsible for reading the material herein, and for understanding and complying with the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy.

  2. Ask for help.

    If you have any questions regarding the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy or this Substance Abuse Information Guide, if you are concerned about your own substance abuse issues, or if you have any concerns about another student’s substance abuse, you are encouraged to contact the Dean or any other faculty member right away for confidential help and guidance.

  3. Compliance with Federal Law.

    President Bush's National Drug Control Strategy, issued in September 1989, proposed that the Congress pass legislation to require schools, colleges, and universities to implement and enforce firm drug prevention programs and policies as a condition of eligibility to receive Federal financial assistance. On December 12, 1989, the President signed the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Amendments), Public Law 101-226. Section 22 of the Amendments amends provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 and Higher Education Act of 1965 to require that, as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any Federal program after October 1, 1990, a university or college must submit a certification that it has adopted and implemented a drug prevention program. Federal legislation requires that all Pell Grant recipients remain drug-free (on and off campus) throughout the award period or lose funds. In compliance with Federal Law, Lakeview College of Nursing has adopted and implemented a comprehensive drug prevention program, including its Drug Policy and this Substance Abuse Information Guide, as well as the ongoing development and implementation of formal and informal opportunities for students to develop healthy and drug-free lifestyles. This Substance Abuse Information Guide provides information and resources in order to educate students about, and to discourage the abuse of, alcohol and controlled substances. Additionally, as part of the comprehensive drug prevention program, the Dean of Nursing shall be available to answer any additional questions regarding alcohol and drug abuse and the College’s policies in connection therewith.

  4. Health Risks of Alcohol
    1. Alcohol is a powerful substance because it affects almost every area of the body and its functions. Alcohol is the most frequently used and abused drug among college students.
    2. Alcohol contains Ethanol, which acts as a central nervous system depressant and can also cause changes in the body's chemistry and impair many body functions.  Ethanol is a toxic or poisonous substance the body must struggle to eliminate.  As the body breaks down the alcohol to be eliminated, the imbalance of other body chemicals occurs and can result in changes in mood and behavior, and cause numerous physical symptoms such as hangovers.
    3. Impaired Driving.  Drinking and driving is the leading cause of death among college age people.  Even a small amount of alcohol before driving can impair your decision-making ability, motor coordination, and reflexes rendering you unsafe to drive.  You don't have to be obviously drunk to be unsafe to drive after drinking.  A Blood Alcohol Concentration (“BAC”) of 0.08 is considered legally drunk in Illinois, but dangerous impairment can occur even at lower BAC levels.  Persons who are intoxicated rarely think they are impaired to drive, so make the decision not to drive before you start drinking.  If you choose to consume alcohol, make arrangements ahead of time for a safe ride home – use a designated driver, taxi, friends, or parents.
    4. Impaired Decision Making.  Intoxication occurs when a person is mentally affected by alcohol, and can occur even at very low BAC levels.  Intoxication distorts judgment, decreases your ability to recognize danger, and reduces your ability to make good choices.  Intoxication lowers your ability to make safe decisions about sex.  Alcohol may influence you to have sexual intercourse with a person with whom otherwise you would never even have lunch.  One's sexual choices are very important, and these decisions need to be made with an alcohol-free mind.  Sober students are more likely to avoid sexual problems such as STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), date/acquaintance rape, unintended pregnancies and incidents involving pressured sex.
    5. Alcohol-related Health Risks. Even though you may have never passed out from drinking, alcohol can still be damaging your body and hindering your academic success in the following ways:
      1. The Brain.  Alcohol abuse can lead to hangovers and memory lapses.  Alcohol affects memory and concentration which makes studying and understanding lectures more difficult.
      2. The Digestive and Immune Systems.  Alcohol abuse can lead to nausea, vomiting, ulcers, liver disease, suppressed immune systems, and other organ damage.  Students who consume alcohol frequently may skip classes or studying, not just when drunk, but also when suffering from alcohol-related digestive problems and illnesses including hangovers.  Students may miss academic work because of injuries sustained while drinking or because of increased illnesses that result from the negative effects of alcohol consumption on the immune system, leading to more frequent colds and sore throats.
      3. The Cardiovascular system.  Alcohol abuse can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, and respiratory distress or failure. 
      4. The Nerves and Muscles.  Alcohol abuse can lead to a loss of muscle coordination, resulting in severe injuries or inability to perform even simple tasks.
      5. The Reproductive System.  Alcohol abuse can lead to sexual impotence or irregular periods.
      6. Alcohol Poisoning.  Alcohol abuse can cause alcohol poisoning which can lead to permanent organ damage and even death.  Friends may think that a person who has been drinking a lot is just "sleeping it off."  In actuality, the person may be suffering from alcohol poisoning, may be unconscious or comatose, and may need to be taken to an emergency room.  Medical intervention may save your friend's life.
      7. Effects on the body as a whole.  Alcohol abuse can lead to malnutrition, increased cancer risk, and a weakened immune system.
      8. Psychological and Psychosocial Effects.  Alcohol abuse can have severe, adverse effects on mood and behavior.  Depression and irritability of mood are often a consequence of frequent or excessive alcohol use.  These impacts on mood and behavior can lead to a student having difficulty interacting with peers and instructors.  Further, alcohol users are more likely to engage in social behavior that is destructive to relationships and then use alcohol to try to avoid coming to terms with the negative consequences of such behavior.  Not only are there legal risks and school sanctions involved in underage drinking (legal age in Illinois is 21) but young adults are more likely to have damage to the body and its functions which may not be evident immediately.
  5. Know Your Risk Level for Alcohol Abuse.   If the following risk factors are a part of your life or situation, you may have an increased risk of developing alcoholism should you choose to drink alcohol.
    1. Family history of alcoholism, alcohol problems or other drug abuse.
    2. Drinking to the point of intoxication or regular use of other drugs before the age fifteen.
    3. Heavy alcohol use for more than one year (6 drinks or more per occasion more than once a week).
    4. Consumption of controlled substances or tobacco in any form.
    5. Seeking out events where alcohol will be served.
    6. Experiencing more than two alcohol related incidents per year in which serious, negative consequences such as partial or total memory loss, nausea, headache, arrest, fight or automobile accident were the result.
    7. Most of your friends are heavy drinkers and/or other drug abusers.
  6. Drug Information. Each drug has specific effects and associated risks.  Drugs are often classified according to major physical effects:  such as stimulant, depressant, narcotic and hallucinogen.  Fewer college students take drugs than drink alcohol; however, because of the diversity and unpredictability of drugs, their use holds a significantly greater risk.  Some risks are the same as for alcohol use; some are specific to the chemicals involved and some stem from issues related to drugs, such as their unregulated and illegal status.  This section addresses concerns related to use of substance abuse on campus, as well as details about the effects and risks of various substances.
    1. Nicotine. Nicotine is the poisonous chemical ingredient in tobacco which can act both a stimulant and a depressant.  Tobacco use has emerged as one of the deadliest drug habits in America.  According to the U.S. Public Health Service, smoking is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in the United States.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that smoking is harmful to nearly every organ of the human body.  Even before smokers contract lung cancer or emphysema (or the heart problems or other cancers to which cigarette smoking contributes), they encounter shortness of breath during exercise, yellowed teeth, wrinkled skin, and ashtray-scented hair, breath and clothes. 
      1. Nicotine Addiction.  Nicotine is a particularly easy drug on which to develop a physical and psychological dependence.  Some research shows that a young adult can become dependent on nicotine after smoking just five cigarettes.  The psychological dependence on nicotine is often particularly strong because users associate smoking with specific activities during the day--after meals, while studying, and while engaged in conversation.
      2. Make the effort to quit.  Giving up smoking or use of "smokeless" or chewing tobacco is difficult, but worth the time and effort.  Your chances of succeeding will improve with each attempt to quit.  In spite of myths to the contrary, only one-third of quitters gain weight (primarily through changes in eating behavior), another third maintain their weight and the others actually lose weight.
      3. Smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is by no means “safer” to use, even though the growing number of high school and college age tobacco chewers demonstrate ignorance to this fact.  In some schools as many as 50% of males and 20% of females admit to trying or currently using smokeless tobacco.  Though smokeless tobacco minimizes lung-cancer risks, it is associated with quick growing jaw and mouth cancers, as well as significant gum and tooth problems, in addition to all of the negative effects of the poison Nicotine.
    2. Caffeine.  Caffeine is a stimulant and a common ingredient in many beverages.  It is possible to develop a true physical addiction to caffeine.  If you drink more than two servings of caffeine daily, your use may be causing you harm.  Like all stimulants, caffeine raises blood pressure.  Significant long-term effects, such as chronic high blood pressure, fibrocystic breast disease, and perhaps certain kinds of cancer may be triggered by excessive use of caffeine during college years.  To minimize caffeine withdrawal symptoms, cut back use gradually.  Caffeine is present not only in coffee, but also tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and many over-the-counter medications designed for weight control, alertness and fighting cold symptoms.
    3. Anabolic Steroids.  Anabolic Steroids are performance-enhancing substances which can have severe and permanent negative side effects on the human body.  The manufacture, delivery, possession, or use of an anabolic steroid without a valid and legal prescription is a criminal offense under Illinois Law.  Physicians or other licensed practitioners are prohibited by law from prescribing anabolic steroids for the purpose of increasing strength, weight or muscle mass without a medical need.  The issuance of a prescription for anabolic steroids for the enhancement of performance in a sport, game, or exercise is illegal.
    4. Depressants. Alcohol, barbiturates, tranquilizers and methaqualone are all central nervous system depressants, which means they retard nerve and muscle response.  They can create physical dependence, and rapid withdrawal without medical supervision can be fatal.   Depressants can make you feel sleepy or "drunk", depending on the dosage.  They are sometimes prescribed as sedatives or sleep aids.  Even prescription depressants are only effective and safe for inducing sleep for a few days at a time; they should not be used as long-term solutions for sleep problems.  Abuse of depressants often starts unintentionally.  A doctor may prescribe them for anxiety, back pain, muscle pain, muscle spasms, or some other condition, but a patient may become uncomfortable getting through the day without them and continue the medication indefinitely.  In the long term, anxiety should be dealt with directly without resorting to drugs.  Healthy methods of dealing with anxiety include relaxation tapes, stress management techniques, exercise, and a nutritious diet.
    5. PCP.  Phencyclidine, usually called PCP or angel dust, was developed as an animal anesthetic tranquilizer but is now used by some as a powerful depressant drug.  While PCP is sometimes compared to cannabis, PCP has much less predictable, often more dramatic, and sometimes even more violent psychotic results than cannabis.  Psychologist Stephen J. Levy, who has served as director of the Division of Drug Abuse at the New Jersey Medical School, warned that “[e]ven experienced users cannot be certain how it will affect them each time".  Abusers of PCP frequently require intense psychiatric care.  Long-term users of PCP often suffer from permanent psychosis.
    6. Narcotics.  Heroin, morphine, opium, codeine, and other narcotics have depressant effects and a strong painkilling effect. Narcotics rapidly create significant dependency, even if snorted or swallowed instead of injected.  Abuse of narcotics can cause extensive damage to the brain, nervous system, and other organs.  Other serious physical complications of narcotics abuse include overdose, allergic reaction to a contaminant, and contraction of HIV, AIDS, or hepatitis from a shared needle.  Frequent injections over a long period of time can lead to abscesses, blood poisoning, vein and lung infections.
    7. Cannabis.  Also known as marijuana, pot, weed, and a host of other names, Cannabis abuse negatively affects the reproductive system, memory and other brain function, and motor coordination.  While scientists have discovered over 360 chemicals in the cannabis plant, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is its most significant hallucinogenic component.  Hashish, which is the pure resin of the plant, is approximately ten times more potent than regular marijuana.  Pure THC is the most concentrated potent form, however, PCP and other potentially hazardous drugs and poisonous chemicals are often sold as THC.  Cannabis is most commonly ingested through smoking.  Unlike most other drugs, which  the body flushes out with water within a day or so of use, THC is fat soluble so it may remain in your body for several weeks.  Recent reports conclude that lung damage from smoking one marijuana cigarette equals that of smoking five tobacco cigarettes.  Lung tissue of long-term marijuana smokers shows elevated levels of precancerous cellular changes. 
    8. Hallucinogens.  Hallucinogens are perception-altering chemicals.  LSD, Psilocybin, Mescaline, and Peyote are among the thousands of plants and synthetic chemicals containing hallucinogens.  Hallucinogens are often extremely potent and can create states more mind-altering than virtually any other drug.  Effects of hallucinogen abuse include increased blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature, dizziness and sleeplessness, loss of appetite, dry mouth, sweating, numbness, weakness, loss of coordination, ataxia, tremors, impulsiveness and rapid emotional shifts ranging from fear to euphoria.  Potency and duration varies significantly among hallucinogens. LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is significantly stronger than mushroom-derived Mescaline.  LSD comes in many forms, and may be distributed on blotter paper or sugar cubes.  The LSD experience usually begins slowly within an hour of ingestion, and lasts from 2 to 12 hours. Psilocybin has a much shorter cycle, and a Mescaline experience may last from 10 to 18 hours.  Many drugs sold as these hallucinogens are wholly or partially PCP or other poisonous substances.
    9. Stimulants.  All stimulants, including Caffeine, Cocaine, and Amphetamines, speed up body functions, including the central nervous system, heart rate, and respiration.  Abuse of stimulants causes an increase in blood pressure which increases risk of cardiovascular damage.  All major categories of stimulants, including amphetamines, cocaine, nicotine, and caffeine, are used in significant quantity on college campuses.  Stimulants are frequently used by students who want to stay up late studying.  However, stimulant-fueled all-night study sessions lead to reduced retention and ability to recall important information.  Some individuals who want to lose weight also try stimulants, however, use of stimulants for weight-loss purposes quickly becomes ineffective as the body adapts.  Further, weight lost through stimulant abuse is often gained back after the drug use stops, making the benefits of weight loss insignificant compared to the risk of the drug use.  Many amphetamines sold on the street look exactly like prescription pills but are actually illegally manufactured "look-alikes" with unpredictable strength and purity. 
    10. Cocaine.  Cocaine is distributed in various forms, including powder Cocaine and solid “crack” Cocaine.  Cocaine in any form is dangerous, can lead to tremors, high blood pressure, nerve disturbances, disrupted sleep and work patterns, and distorted perceptions of one's effectiveness, all of which can adversely impact academic performance.  Cocaine use can also cause long term heart damage which can lead to heart attacks.  Cocaine abuse is a growing problem among college students because Cocaine in any form is extremely addictive.  Cocaine abuse follows a predictable pattern of a euphoric feeling or “rush”, followed by a “crash” marked by feelings of illness, dysphoria, and despair.  Cocaine abusers frequently attempt to eliminate the crash and/or re-capture the initial euphoric feeling by using more Cocaine, but subsequent highs will never be as intense as the high resulting from the first use.  Meanwhile, the user’s body is becoming physically dependent on the drug, which can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms if use is discontinued.
  7. Health Risks Associated with Drug Use.
    1. Abuse of drugs is likely to result in negative physical effects.  These effects may be significant, permanent, and even fatal.  The following are examples of known physical side effects associated with certain drugs.  This is by no means an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of potential side effects:
      1. Hangovers (depressants)
      2. Nausea and vomiting (narcotics, hallucinogens)
      3. Tremors (cocaine, other stimulants, and tranquilizers)
      4. Sexual dysfunction (depressants, narcotics; also amphetamines and inhalants, some of which exist in drug folklore as sexual enhancers, but which can actually cause impotence and erectile dysfunction)
      5. Cardiovascular damage, including high blood pressure, deterioration of heart muscle, heart failure can be fatal (depressants, narcotics, cocaine, amphetamines).
      6. Respiratory failure, ranging from mild to fatal (depressants, narcotic)
      7. Injury through loss of motor coordination resulting in automobile accidents, tripping, falling, drowning, etc. (depressants, cannabis, hallucinogens, and narcotics)
      8. Depressed immune system (marijuana, narcotic)
      9. Memory impairment (cannabis)
    2. Drugs and Sexual Activity.  As with alcohol, the behavioral and psychological effects of many drugs can impair your judgment and place you at greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancies, and acquaintance rape.
    3. Intravenous needles.  Shared intravenous (IV) needles are one very effective means of transmitting HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis.  Use of intravenous needles should be avoided, and those who do use needles should never, under any circumstances, share needles.  It is vitally important that all used needles be disposed of properly and safely.
    4. Drugs and Academic Performance.  If you are under the influence of drugs, your academic performance will be impaired.  Drug abuse negatively impacts memory and concentration.  Further, intoxication may reduce intellectual motivation.  Students who abuse drugs are likely to miss study and class time while using drugs, trying to obtain drugs, or recovering from the effects of drugs.  Drug-depressed or overstimulated nerves may decrease your ability to effectively handle acute or on-going academic stress.
    5. Social and Psychological Effects.  Some students may choose drugs as a way to enhance social bonds.  Ultimately, this benefit is illusory.  Bonds based exclusively on shared drug use become destructive as the user develops psychological, financial, and sometimes physical needs to trust someone with whom the user may have little in common other than drugs.
  8. Compliance with Drug Laws
    1. In addition to being prohibited by the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy and a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the unlawful use, possession, or distribution of controlled substances is a violation of various Illinois and Federal laws. 
    2. Any illegal substance confiscated from a student will be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for additional investigation and appropriate action.  Lakeview College of Nursing will cooperate fully with any authorized law enforcement agency in any drug-related investigation.
    3. Federal Financial Aid.  Conviction of drug distribution or possession may make a student ineligible for Federal financial aid.
  9. Drug and Alcohol Programs Available to Students. 
    1. The College offers informal counseling and guidance described in this Handbook.  Further, the College encourages all students to seek and take advantage of available treatment resources when needed.  Referral information is available from the Dean upon request.
    2. The College is also aware that students may not recognize and/or admit that they are having a problem. The Lakeview College of Nursing Faculty may initiate or recommend a meeting for purposes of discussing and evaluating the student’s situation.  The college has identified and individual who is considered the Student Assistance Program contact, and may be called upon to discuss any drug and/or related problems.  These individuals will make an initial assessment based upon their meeting with the student, and will determine if referral to a community health agency is necessary. The College of Nursing contact is:

      Vicky Welge – 217-709-0939 Danville or 217-709-0793 Charleston

    3. Should a student be referred to an agency for evaluation, any cost of treatment will be the student’s responsibility.  Some treatment programs may qualify for payment under the student’s health care plan.
    4. All records generated as the result of contact with a student under this section will be strictly confidential.
    5. Community resources. The following is a partial listing of community agencies that offer drug and/or alcohol abuse programs:
      1. Prairie Center Health Systems 
      2. Crosspoint Human Services
      3. Pathways at Seifert Counseling
      4. New Directions Treatment
      5. Alcoholics Anonymous
      6. Charleston students:
        1. Prairie Center Health Systems
        2. EIU Counseling Center

          Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
          Phone:217-581-3413
          Location: Human Services Building
          After hours (nights & weekends) emergencies:
          217-581-3413 and follow the prompts

    6. Lakeview College of Nursing courses include Alcohol and Drug Education:
      1. N307: Basic Concepts of Pharmacology
      2. N301: Adult Health I
      3. N305: Maternal-Newborn Care
      4. N308: Infant, Child and Adolescent Health
      5. N310: Mental and Behavioral Health
      6. N404: Population and Global Health

Drug Policy

Drug Policy jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40
  1. Overview.

    The Lakeview College of Nursing is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all students who participate in the program and represent the college in clinical agencies.  Substance abuse poses severe health risks to students and those in the students’ care.  The use of illegal drugs, misuse of legal drugs and dietary supplements, use of performance-enhancing substances, misuse of alcohol, and inappropriate use of tobacco products, is inconsistent with the standards and expectations of Lakeview College of Nursing.  Accordingly, Lakeview College of Nursing has enacted a comprehensive Drug Policy consisting of education, testing, and service referrals intended to protect the College community and to meet the clinical compliance requirements established by Lakeview College of Nursing’s clinical partners.

  2. Drug Free Policy - Substance Abuse Prohibited.
    1. Lakeview College of Nursing strictly prohibits the use, possession, solicitation, or sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication without a prescription, on and off of Lakeview College of Nursing property and clinical sites.
    2. Lakeview College of Nursing strictly prohibits students from being impaired by or under the influence of controlled substances, legal drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol, on or off Lakeview College of Nursing premises and clinical sites.
    3. Lakeview College of Nursing strictly prohibits the presence of any detectable amount of prohibited substances in a student’s body while on Lakeview College of Nursing premises or clinical sites. "Prohibited substances" shall include controlled substances, illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs not taken in accordance with valid prescription.
    4. Ignorance of the legality of a substance, the chemical composition or contents of a substance, the manner of ingestion, or a prescription requirement shall not operate to excuse a violation of this policy.
  3. Drug Policy Subject to Change.

    The Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy, including its standards and procedures, may be amended at any time, with or without notice, in the sole discretion of Lakeview College of Nursing.

  4. No Contract Created.

    Nothing in the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy shall be construed as creating a contract or obligation requiring Lakeview College of Nursing to provide drug screening or drug treatment to students.

  5. Consent and Compliance Mandatory.
    1. Strict compliance with the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy is mandatory for all students.
    2. As a condition of enrollment in Lakeview College of Nursing, each student will be required to read and sign a Lakeview College of Nursing Consent Form, thereby agreeing to undergo drug testing and authorizing the release of test results in accordance with this policy.  A student will not be permitted to participate in any Lakeview College of Nursing classes or clinical activities until the consent form is signed and returned, and all required testing is completed.  Failure or refusal to sign this consent or comply with the requirements of the policy may result in ineligibility to enroll in classes, ineligibility to participate in clinicals, and other sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the program.
  6. Application.

    The Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy applies to all students.  Additional testing may be required of all students enrolled in a course with a clinical component.

  7. Drug Testing.
    1. By signing the consent form as discussed in paragraph V, above, all Lakeview College of Nursing students agree to regular and/or random drug testing pursuant to this Policy.  Drug testing shall be conducted at the discretion of Lakeview College of Nursing, and the term “drug testing” shall include any screening of the student’s blood, breath, or urine for any illegal drug, controlled substance, prohibited substance, and/or alcohol.  All drug testing, aside from reasonable suspicion tests as discussed in subparagraph VII(A)(3) below, shall be conducted at the student’s expense.  Drug testing shall be conducted for the following reasons:
      1. Entrance into the program.  Each student must schedule and complete a drug test prior to being admitted to the nursing program.  A student with a positive drug screen shall be denied admission to the program, and given referral information for drug services.  A student denied admission due to a positive drug screen shall not be permitted to re-apply until said student submits satisfactory proof of drug treatment by an accredited treatment facility at the student’s sole expense, and provides a clean drug test on re-testing.
      2. Clinical placements.  Drug testing may be required of any nursing student as part of the clinical placement requirements stipulated by the College’s clinical partners.  A student with a positive drug test shall, in addition to other sanctions for violation of the Drug Policy, be denied participation in the clinical placement.
      3. Reasonable suspicion of violation. Any Lakeview College of Nursing student may be subjected to random drug testing if, in the sole discretion of Lakeview College of Nursing personnel, there is reasonable cause to believe that the student may be violating the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy.  Circumstances which may give rise to reasonable cause include but are not limited to:
        1. Current or past involvement with the criminal justice system for drug related activities.
        2. Observation of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia.
        3. Admission of a current drug problem.
        4. Prior positive drug tests.
        5. Observation of physiological signs of possible impairment from drugs.
        6. A pattern of behavior suggesting impairment by or use of drugs.
        7. Reports from faculty, peers, and employees of clinical partners.
        8. Reports of an accident, medication error, or adverse patient outcome.
      4. Drug screening as a sanction or condition of sanctions. In addition to any other sanctions imposed, any student testing positive for an illegal substance in violation of this Drug Policy may be subject to repeated follow-up testing.  Follow-up testing may also be imposed as a condition of release from sanctions or re-admission to Lakeview College of Nursing.
    2. Repeated violations.  An increase in drug metabolite from the most recent test indicates continued usage and shall be considered a separate, subsequent violation.
    3. Diluted Samples. A test result of a negative dilute shall necessitate retesting. All re-testing necessitated by a diluted sample shall be at the student’s expense.  Repeated diluted samples may, in the sole discretion of Lakeview College of Nursing, be deemed a positive drug test.
    4. Violation by possession. The possession and/or use of controlled substances or prohibited substances in violation of this Drug Policy may be determined by means other than drug testing. A student found to be in possession of, and/or found using any controlled or prohibited substances under this Drug Policy will be subject to the same procedures and sanctions which would result from a positive drug test.
  8. Violations and Sanctions.
    1. Violation of the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy will result in disciplinary action including the imposition of sanctions as provided in the Student Handbook.
    2. Additional sanctions specifically for violations of the Drug Policy may include, but are not limited to:
      1. Requiring the student to undergo and successfully complete substance abuse treatment at an accredited substance abuse treatment center at the student’s expense.  If this sanction is imposed, appropriate referral information shall be made available to the student.
      2. Removal from classes and/or clinical participation pending completion of treatment and/or clean drug test(s).
      3. Dismissal from Lakeview College of Nursing pending completion of treatment and/or clean drug test(s).
  9. Student Confidentiality.

    Documentation of the drug tests are educational records and are protected by FERPA.  Maintaining confidentiality and protecting the rights of each student is a critical factor in the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy.  Every effort will be made to protect the confidentiality of students under this policy, including those who drug test positive, undergo reasonable suspicion testing, or enter treatment programs.  Only those individuals who require access to drug testing information for necessary and proper enforcement of this Drug Policy will be informed of the drug testing results.  Under no circumstances will any Lakeview College personnel be permitted to discuss publicly any information acquired pursuant to this Drug Policy.  It shall not be considered a breach of confidentiality, and Lakeview College of Nursing shall not be held responsible, if a student is witnessed at a drug testing location, or is witnessed being escorted out of campus or a clinical site by a College representative due to a violation of this policy.

  10. Policy Oversight by Dean.

    The Dean, or a person duly designated by the Dean, shall serve as the College representative for purposes of enforcement of the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy.  The Dean or appointed designee shall notify the student of a required drug test, and meet the student at the testing site to oversee testing.

  11. Medical exceptions process.

    Lakeview College of Nursing recognizes that students may be ingesting medications for a legitimate medical purpose.  Any student required to undergo drug testing while taking medications shall prepare a list of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) currently being taken, including dosage information, and valid prescription documentation for all prescription meds.  Note that providing the above medication and prescription information pursuant to a drug test does not exempt a student from the course clinical policy that requires students attending a clinical to inform the clinical instructor whenever the student is taking medications or other substances that may impair performance.  

  12. Drug Testing Procedures.
    1. Notification of testing. Under the Lakeview College of Nursing Drug Policy, students are subject to drug testing with or without any prior notice.  A student selected for drug testing may be notified by the Dean or his/her designee in person, or by direct telephone communication specifying the date and time of the test.  A student so notified shall read and sign a Notification Form acknowledging that the student has been notified of the drug test.
    2. Testing locations.  The location of any given drug test shall be determined in the sole discretion of Lakeview College of Nursing.  Testing locations shall include, but shall not be limited to: at a local hospital or the emergency department or clinic at a clinical site.
    3. Identification Required.  At the time of arrival, the student appearing for drug testing shall provide appropriate photo identification, in the form of either a Lakeview College of Nursing Photo I.D., or a valid Driver’s License, to the College representative overseeing the screening.
    4. Collection of specimen.  The drug testing collection process will be administered by the contracted drug screen vendor and/or its lab partners.
    5. Failure to appear for any test as scheduled, refusal to appear for any test as scheduled, or any tampering with any test, in any manner whatsoever, will be treated as a positive test.
    6. Result notification. The Dean will receive the results of the drug test directly from the drug screen vendor, and will notify the student of the results within a reasonable time thereafter.  All drug test results shall be handled with strict confidentiality.

Student Complaint Policy

Student Complaint Policy jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40
  1. Overview. Lakeview College of Nursing emphasizes the importance of direct, courteous, and respectful communication to informally resolve student concerns and complaints arising from situations where a student feels he or she has been treated unfairly.
  2. Application.
    1. This policy applies to complaints and concerns in the following areas:
      1. Admission and transfer credit
      2. Academic Progress and Program Requirements
      3. Privacy Information
      4. Tuition and Fees
      5. Financial Aid
      6. Library and/or Technology
      7. Other Academic Policies
      8. Courses and Course Syllabi
    2. This Complaint policy does not apply to complaints and concerns the following areas, which are covered by the Grievance Policy found in the Student Handbook:
      1. Complaints and/or appeals based upon disciplinary proceedings
      2. Discrimination complaints
      3. Harassment complaints
      4. Complaints regarding academic dismissal
    3. This complaint policy does not apply to grade changes.  See Grade Appeal Policy.
  3. Procedures. Students who have concerns or complaints regarding college practices or policies shall take the following steps for resolution, in the following order:
    1. Step 1 - Informal Resolution for Complaints.  Within three (3) calendar days after the concern arises, the complaining student must first attempt to resolve their concerns informally with the LCN student, staff, and/ or faculty member who is the subject of the complaint.  The purpose of addressing concerns, directly and informally, with the individual(s) involved is to achieve resolution by clarifying the perceived problem and to request specific action.  If the complaining student has already talked to the appropriate faculty or staff member without resolution, or is apprehensive about talking to the person involved, the student may contact Vicky Welge at vwelge@lakeviewcol.edu and/or an academic advisor for assistance and support with this step.  Before proceeding to a formal complaint, the complaining student must demonstrate that they have made a reasonable effort to resolve with the appropriate individual:
      1. In the case of non-academic complaints, which include all complaints which do not involve grades, coursework, and course content, the complaining student shall contact the individual listed in the applicable department’s section of the Student Handbook.
      2. In the case of academic complaints, which include all complaints involving grades, coursework, and course content, the complaining student shall contact the instructor or course coordinator at issue.
      3. In the case of any complaint involving another student which does not fall under the Grievance Policy, the complaining student must discuss and attempt to resolve the matter with the other student.
    2. Step 2 - Formal Complaints.  Following a failed attempt to informally resolve a complaint, the complaining student may file a formal complaint by completing an online Complaint Form, with the following guidelines:
      1. The formal complaint form must be filed within ten (10) calendar days of the incident. 
      2. The following information must be included on the Complaint Form to be considered and investigated as a formal complaint:
        1. The name and email of the individual making the complaint.  Please note that anonymous complaints will not be accepted, considered, or investigated.
        2. The names of all individuals involved in the complaint, including but not limited to students, instructors, and staff.
        3. A complete description of the incident/situation including dates, times, locations, other individuals present.
        4. A complete description of the actions the complaining student has taken to informally resolve the complaint pursuant to Section III(A), above.
        5. All applicable supporting documentation must be attached.
        6. The complaining student’s proposed or desired resolution.
      3. The Complaint Form can be submitted online.  The form itself can be found on the LCN website under Students and then under forms.
      4. The complaining student may withdraw a complaint at any time.  Please note that once a complaint is submitted, the college is not required to discontinue an investigation based upon a student’s decision to withdraw his or her complaint, and may continue to investigate as needed based on the nature of the complaint/incident.
      5. Once a formal complaint is received, the College President, Dean, or designee will investigate the formal complaint by:
        1. Reviewing the student’s written complaint.
        2. Gathering information.
        3. Interviewing the involved parties and/or possible witnesses.
        4. Reviewing relevant documentation and policies and procedures.
        5. Assessing all information gathered.
        6. Determining findings and resolution.
      6. All persons involved, including but not limited to the accused or complained of party, will be informed of the complaint/allegation, and will have the opportunity to respond or explain.
      7. Decisions regarding nonacademic complaints will be made by the President of LCN within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving the Complaint Form unless a particular incident causes the investigation to be shorter or longer.
      8. Decisions regarding academic complaints will be made by the Dean of the LCN nursing program within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving the Complaint Form unless a particular incident causes the investigation to be shorter or longer.
      9. Decisions made by the President and Dean are final. The individuals making the complaint, and the other individuals involved, will be notified by email of the decisions made by the President and/or Dean.
      10. Students will not be subject to adverse action as a result of filing a complaint.  Retaliation against any student due to formal or informal attempts to resolve any complaint or concern is expressly prohibited.
      11. Students not satisfied with the final disposition of the complaint process may contact the state’s licensing authority or the College’s accrediting agencies. A listing of contact information is located on the College website under About Us/Accreditation.  A student who has attempted to file a complaint at the institutional level and was not successful may contact IBHE. IBHE online complaint system at http://complaints.ibhe.org/, accessible through the agency’s homepage (www.ibhe.org).

Grievance Policy

Grievance Policy jeff Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:40
  1. Overview.

    It is the policy of Lakeview College of Nursing that all students shall be treated fairly and be free from discrimination and harassment.  Lakeview College of Nursing will strictly enforce this policy and diligently investigate any violation of a student’s rights.  This Grievance Policy is the formal method for students and staff to bring rights violations to the College’s attention so that they may be investigated and resolved.

  2. Application.
    1. Grievances may arise from any violation of a student’s rights.  This policy applies to complaints and concerns arising from any such violation, including but not limited to:
      1. Unfair academic treatment, including:
        1. capricious grading
        2. unfair or improperly conducted disciplinary proceedings
        3. unfair academic dismissal
      2. Discrimination and/or harassment based upon:
        1. disabilities
        2. ethnicity
        3. age
        4. gender
        5. sexual orientation.
        6. religion
      3. Improper conduct, including:
        1. sexual harassment
        2. sexual misconduct
        3. sexual assault
        4. bullying
        5. retaliation
    2. The Grievance Policy does not apply to the following academic and nonacademic areas of concern. These areas are covered by the Lakeview College of Nursing Student Complaint Policy, which can be found in the Student Handbook:
      1. Admission and transfer credit
      2. Academic Progress and Program Requirements
      3. Privacy Information
      4. Tuition and Fees
      5. Financial Aid
      6. Library and/or Technology
      7. Other Academic Policies
      8. Courses and Course Syllabi
    3. The Grievance Policy does not apply to grade changes. See Grade Appeal Policy.
  3. Filing a Grievance.
    1. Informal Resolution.  Students who believe they have been a recipient of discrimination, harassment, or unfair treatment are encouraged to talk with the offending faculty or staff member to discuss and attempt to resolve their concerns informally. Please note, however, that students are not required to attempt informal resolution before filing a grievance.
    2. A student who believes his or her rights have been violated shall complete and submit an Online Grievance form, available at the Lakeview College of Nursing website, within five (5) calendar days of the violation.  In order to initiate an effective investigation the following information will be needed:
      1. Exact nature of grievance
      2. Supporting information that a problem exists
      3. Suggested remediation or resolution to the issue
    3. A Lakeview College of Nursing faculty member or employee who is made aware of any incident of discrimination, harassment, or improper conduct, shall complete and submit an Online Incident Form, available at the Lakeview College of Nursing website, within 48 hours of learning of the incident.
  4. Investigating the Grievance.
    1. Upon receipt of a properly completed Grievance or Incident Form, Lakeview College of Nursing shall assign the Grievance to a designated investigator who shall diligently investigate the complaint or report. The investigator shall commence his or her investigation within five (5) calendar days of receipt of the Grievance Form or Incident Report. Any incident involving sexual violence will be investigated within 12 hours of submission of on-line incident form.
    2. The precise investigation procedure may vary based upon the nature of the complaint or incident, but each investigation will include the following actions by the investigator:
      1. Reviewing the written complaint or incident report.
      2. Gathering of information.
      3. Interviewing the parties involved and/or potential witnesses.
      4. Reviewing relevant documentation and other evidence.
      5. Reviewing applicable Lakeview College of Nursing policies and procedures.
      6. Ending or remediating any harassment, eliminate a hostile environment if one has been created, and preventing harassment from occurring again.
    3. The investigation shall be concluded within twenty (20) calendar days from its commencement.  If extraordinary circumstances require more time to complete the investigation, the investigator shall notify the Assistant to the President, in writing, before the original twenty (20) day period has expired.  Upon written approval from the Assistant to the President, the investigator may be granted an additional fourteen (14) days to complete the investigation.  The complaining/reporting party shall be notified in writing of any extension granted.
    4. If, based upon the review of the investigator's findings and documentation, the Director of Assessment and Title IX/ADA determine no violation of College policies occurred then the investigation will be concluded. In that event, the Investigator shall provide written notice of closure to all parties within three (3) days of closing the investigation.
    5. If, based upon the review of investigator's findings and documentation, the Director of Assessment and Title IX/ADA determines violations of College policies, then the Grievance and investigation documentation will be referred to the Student Affairs Committee.
  5. Concluding the Grievance Investigation.
    1. After receiving notice of violations of College Policies, the Student Affairs Committee shall schedule a hearing, where it shall consider all relevant evidence including the testimony of all parties and witness to the Grievance.
      1. The Chair of the Student Affairs Committee shall notify all parties and witnesses of the date, time, and location of the Hearing, not less than seventy-two (72) hours before the time the Hearing is to commence.  Notification shall be deemed properly given when sent by properly addressed mail or email. At the hearing, any persons accused in the Grievance shall be given the opportunity to give testimony, and may invite witnesses to testify on their behalf.
      2. The rules of evidence which would ordinarily apply in a court of law shall not apply to this Hearing.  The Student Affairs Committee may consider any evidence which it believes to be relevant and reliable.
      3. A recording of the Hearing shall be made.  The recording shall be the sole property of the Lakeview College of Nursing, shall be kept strictly confidential, and shall not be subject to review or transcription by any party.
    2. Following the hearing, the Student Affairs Committee shall meet, and shall make a determination as to whether discrimination occurred, and if so, the Student Affairs Committee shall apply any and all appropriate sanctions and/or craft an appropriate remedy.
    3. If the Student Affairs Committee determines that discrimination, harassment, or misconduct has occurred then Vicky Welge, Title IX Coordinator, will ensure that:
      1. The discrimination, harassment, or misconduct is stopped.
      2. The sanctions and other remedies, as determined by the Student Affairs Committee, are implemented.
      3. Prevention efforts are implemented.
      4. Whether or not a hearing is conducted, the Student Affairs Committee shall notify all parties to the Grievance of its decision, including any and all sanctions and remedies to be implemented, within three (3) calendar days of reaching its decision.
    4. Appeal. Any party involved in the Grievance may appeal the decision of the Dean, or the decision of the Student Affairs Committee, by completing and submitting an Appeal Form to the Office of the College President within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the decision. The appeal form may be requested at the Office of the College President.  Upon receipt of a properly completed Appeal Form, the College President may accept or overturn the decision of the Dean or Committee, may accept, reject, add, or modify any sanction or remedy imposed, or may remand the grievance for further investigation, review, or re-hearing. 

      The following information will be needed to complete an appeal: In any such event, the decision of the College President is final.  The College President shall notify all parties to the Grievance of the result of the Appeal within seven (7) calendar days after receiving the Appeal Form.  This grievance process is concluded.
       
      1. Exact nature of appeal
      2. Supporting information that a wrong decision has been made by the Student Affairs Committee.
      3. Suggested remediation or resolution to the issue

      In any such event, the decision of the College President is final. The College President shall notify all parties to the Grievance of the result of the Appeal within seven (7) calendar days after receiving the Appeal form. The is grievance process in concluded.
      Students will not be subject to adverse action as a result of filing a Grievance, or participation in the investigation or hearing of a Grievance.  Retaliation against any student due to any involvement in the filing or investigation of a Grievance is expressly prohibited.

      Grievance process flowchart

    5. Any student not satisfied with the disposition of the Grievance process may contact:
      1. Illinois Board of Higher Education
        IBHE online complaint system at http://complaints.ibhe.org/, accessible through the agency’s homepage (www.ibhe.org). The IBHE online complaint site includes step-by-step instructions and key information about the complaint process.
      2. Office for Civil Rights
        U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
        233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240
        Chicago, IL 60601
        Voice Phone (800) 368-1019
        FAX (312) 886-1807
        TDD (800) 537-7697