Parents & Family
Sometimes students make certain decisions, which may result in a Student Misconduct Report being filed with the Student Life Office. Going through the student conduct process can be a stressful and worrying experience. However, our goal is to promote growth, development, responsibility, accountability, and respect. Please note that we are unable to share discipline case details or academic information about college students, regardless of their age, without their written consent.
Prohibited behaviors for Mt. SAC students
- Academic dishonesty
- Disruptive behavior
- Verbal/physical assaults
- Possession, sale, or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or dangerous object
- Being in possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
- A student may also be held accountable for engaging in sexual assault and/or sexual exploitation off-campus, regardless of the reporting party's affiliation to the College.
Please see our "Policies & Procedures" section for the full Policies and definitions.
Tips to support your student through the discipline process, and help your student learn and grow from the overall experience:
- Talk to your student regarding what happened. Listen carefully and critically.
- Encourage your student to familiarize themselves with Mt. SAC’s Standards of Conduct Policy and Student Discipline Procedures.
- Communicate with your student what you expect and what you appreciate.
- Encourage your student to fully review all documentation from the Student Life Office.
- Encourage your student to contact the Student Life Office and seek clarification when needed.
- Understand that the Student Life Office is unable to discuss a student’s discipline file without the student’s written consent.
- Understand that a student is able to have an advocate of their choice accompany them to any meeting regarding the Student Discipline Procedures. Understand that the role of the advocate is limited since an advocate may not speak on behalf of the student.
If your student has been found in violation of Mt. SAC’s Standards of Conduct Policy:
- Have an open and honest conversation with your student about the process and importance of making decisions that are consistent with their personal values and future goals.
- Support your student in taking responsibility for their actions and avoid blaming others for the consequences that resulted from their choices.
- Remember that your student will look to you as a role model for dealing with and responding to conflict.
- Be open to discussing challenging topics, such as substance abuse and intimate relationships.
- Discuss your expectations of your student’s behavior at Mt. SAC and discuss ways your student can modify their behavior to meet those expectations.
- Brainstorm with your student appropriate resources for help and support such as alcohol education, time management, and/or personal counseling.
- Be firm in your approach, but always keep the lines of communication open.
- Discuss any sanctions or stipulations your student needs to complete.