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Appendix A: Other College Policies Affecting Students

In addition to the nondiscrimination policy and the academic policies outlined in this catalog, Purchase College has developed other policies that protect student rights and govern student conduct. These policies are presented in the annual Student Handbook (, published by the Office of Student Affairs as a supplement to the College Catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with its contents, which include the Community Standards of Conduct.

The Student Handbook and additional college policies—including campus fire evacuation procedures, textbook accessibility and affordability laws, regulations for a drug-free environment, rules for the maintenance of public order, mandatory immunization requirements and meningitis compliance, parking policies and regulations, operational and technology policies, and the sexual harassment policy—can be accessed on the College Policies site ( The following are selected highlights; students and other interested parties should refer to the College Policies site for additional information and updates during 2016–2018.

Student Rights
New York State Education Department Complaint Notice
Community Standards of Conduct and the Disciplinary System
Controlled Substance and Alcohol Policies
Sexual Harassment

Student Rights
Purchase College does not stand in loco parentis for its students. Taken from the Student Bill of Rights, as prepared and presented by the Purchase Student Government Association, the college assures students of all rights that have a basis in the U.S. Constitution and state and/or federal legislation.

New York State Education Department Complaint Notice
Purchase College administers internal procedures to receive, investigate, and resolve student complaints. Informal and formal means by which students can seek redress of grievances are identified through the Complaint Notice ( Students are assured of a reasonable and appropriate time frame for investigating and resolving a formal complaint, that final determination of each formal complaint will be made by a person or persons not directly involved in the alleged problem, and that assurances that no adverse action will be taken against a student filing a complaint and that notice to students about the state consumer complaint process has been made.

Community Standards of Conduct and the Disciplinary System
Members of the college community are expected to regard other members with a mutual respect for person and property. The Community Standards of Conduct include academic and professional integrity; personal identification and representation; the rights of individuals; respect for property; the welfare, safety, and environmental health of the college community; the operation of the college; and supplemental administrative policies. These standards of conduct are necessary to meet the fundamental requirements of an academic and professional learning environment.

The college’s disciplinary system is designed to promote individual student development and uphold the Community Standards of Conduct. The Office of Community Standards, which maintains the disciplinary system, is geared toward building students’ understanding of their rights and responsibilities as members of the Purchase College community. It seeks to facilitate students’ ethical development through education, behavioral consequences, developmental exercises, and, when necessary, separation from the college.

A single violation of the Community Standards of Conduct can result in various sanctions, ranging from an educational sanction, reprimand, and/or restitution to probation, suspension, or expulsion. Aggravated, repeated, or multiple violations may result in more serious penalties than those indicated for a first violation of a single standard of conduct. Minimum, recommended, and maximum sanctions for violations of each standard are detailed in the Student Handbook.

The campus disciplinary process is an administrative, rather than a legal, process. The standard of proof used in campus disciplinary proceedings is what is “more probable than not” to have occurred. This standard of proof is more similar to the one used in civil (rather than criminal) proceedings. Procedures are fair, respectful of student rights, and applied equally and consistently.

Controlled Substance and Alcohol Policies
Drugs are antithetical to the educational mission of the college. As such, students are hereby informed that Purchase College does not tolerate the illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol on its campus. Purchase College complies in all respects with the requirements of New York State laws governing the purchase, sale, provision, possession, and consumption of alcohol. Every member of the college community is expected to comply with those laws. No person under the age of 21 may purchase, possess, or consume an alcoholic beverage. Possession, use, sale, or other distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol may result in suspension or expulsion from the college. No special exemption from civil or criminal law exists for members of a college community.

For detailed information, please refer to the following policies:

Alcohol Policy

Controlled Substance Abuse Policy

Disclosure of Alcohol or Drug Violations of Student Under 21 Years of Age

Regulations for a Drug-Free Environment and Information on Counseling and Treatment

Sexual Harassment
Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Section 703 of Title VII) and sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated at the college. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Orders Nos. 28 and 34 prohibit all state agencies from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Students with grievances should contact the college’s affirmative action officer or director of human resources. Pursuing a complaint on the campus does not rescind the student’s right to file a complaint with an external enforcement agency. For detailed information, please refer to the Policy on Sexual Harassment (

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