The College has the responsibility of encouraging an atmosphere where students, staff and faculty can safely and effectively pursue the goals of education and community living. All students are responsible for their own behavior and how this behavior impacts the community. The Code of Student Conduct seeks to protect the rights of the individual and the rights of the community with fairness, integrity and respect for the goals of all.
The Pitzer College Code of Student Conduct sets out definitions of rules and fair procedures within the Pitzer community. As members of this community, students are required to abide by all the policies and procedures of Pitzer College and The Claremont Colleges as well as all local, state and federal laws. It is each student’s responsibility to be aware of the content of the Code of Student Conduct as well as other policies of the College, which are published in the Student
VI. Rights of Students Charged. (Bylaws, Art. VII. Sec. 7.7)
Each respondent involved in a judicial proceeding shall have the following rights:
- Right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- Right to be informed, in writing, of the charges against her/him and in sufficient time to prepare for judicial proceedings.
- Right to a speedy hearing or administrative procedure.
- Right to have a formal hearing before Judicial Council for any alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
- Right to a hearing separate from that of another respondent.
- Right to be assisted in her/his defense during a Judicial Council hearing by an adviser of her/his choice who must be a student, faculty, or staff member of The Claremont Colleges.
- Right to consult an adviser of her/his choice prior to an administrative hearing, who is a member of The Claremont Colleges and is knowledgeable about the Code of Student Conduct.
- Right to face the person who has brought complaints against him/her (the “complainant”).
- Right to refuse to respond to questions that are self-incriminating.
- Right to call material and up to two character witnesses from the College community.
- Right to be free from a re-hearing for the same alleged violation.
- Right to be free of penalty or sanction if found not responsible for violation of the Student Code.
- Right to reconsideration of a decision on specific grounds (grounds for appeal are violation of a student’s rights as set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, insufficient or compelling new information, and/or severity of the sanction).