Office of Student Affairs & Wellness

FAQ by Students: Student Conduct & Discipline

Code of Student Conduct

  • Question: To whom does Code of Student Conduct apply and when does it apply?
  • Response: The Code Student Conduct applies to all students of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) from the moment that they enroll as students at CCSF.


Removal from a Class or Area

  • Question: What happens if I have been removed from my class (for up to two class meetings) by my instructor or from a facility or area (for up to two days) by an administrator?
  • Response: Do not return to the class or area for the designated dates (or times) during the period of removal without the permission of the instructor, the administrator or, in some cases, the Dean of Students. You should report to the Office of Student Affairs & Wellness for further instructions. You may be in further violation of the Code of Student Conduct or you may be removed by Campus Police if you return without permission.


Code of Student Conduct Report

  • Question: I just received a notice from the Office of Student Affairs & Wellness. What is this notice in regards?
  • Response: The notice states that you may have violated one or more standards of the Code of Student Conduct. The alledged violation was reported by a District employee and to the Dean of Students. Generally, notices outline the alleged violation(s) of the Code of Student Conduct and provide the date of the alleged violation, the charges, a brief description of the alleged incident, and instructions for scheduling an appointment.
  • Question: What should I do now that I have received this notice?
  • Response: You should read the notice carefully and contact the Office of Student Affairs & Wellness to schedule an appointment with the Dean of Students. For appointments, call (415) 239-3211 or send an email to Generally, students schedule an appointment with the Dean of Students within three (3) days of the date of the notice.


Appointment/Conference with the Dean of Students

  • Question: May I bring an advocate to my appointment with the Dean of Students?
  • Response: Yes, you may bring an advocate with you. You will need to sign a FERPA/Release of Information form giving the the Dean of Students consent to disclose details of the violation report to you in the presence of your advocate. Lawyers are not permitted.
  • Question: What happens if I don't make an appointment or skip my appointment?
  • Response: If you fail to schedule an appointment or if you miss your appointment, a hold may be placed on your student account. A hold will prevent you from accessing and utilizing student services and programs. For example, you may not be able to register for classes, drop or add classes or request transcripts.
  • Question: What will happen at this appointment?
  • Response: You will meet with the Dean of Students. The Dean will discuss and review the report of the alleged violation with you. You will be given an opportunity to be heard, to present any information to support account of the report and to inspect and review any evidence available in your matter.
  • At the conclusion of the meeting, given the preponderance of evidence ("more likely than not" in cases of sexual harassment) and given the information contained in the written notices and provided by you, the Dean of Students may impose any number of discipliary sanctions, including but not limited to reprimand; removal (from a class, program, activity, location); restriction; restitution; disciplinary probation; recommended suspension; recommended expulsion. You also be expected to sign and abide by the Code of Student Conduct.


Appeal Process

  • Question: If a sanction is imposed and I disagree with it, may I appeal the decision?
  • Response: Most disciplinary sanctions cannot be appealed. You may not appeal the following sanctions: warning; reprimand; removal; restriction; restitution; disciplinary probation. With the exception of a Warning, these sanctions become part of your student record. In proven cases of academic dishonesty (including but not limited to cheating and plagiarism), your instructor has the freedom to apply one or more of the following outcomes: issue a warning; impose an academic penalty on the assignment (usually an F); report of the violation to the Dean of Students (for informational purposes only).
  • You may appeal suspension and expulsion recommendations and request that a hearing panel review your matter. The Dean of Students will explain the appeal process and the different appeal hearings options that are available to you. If either suspension or expulsion are recommended by the Dean of Students, you are given five (5) business days to appeal, in writing, the sanctions. If the Dean of Student does not recieve a written appeal within five busines days, then you automatically waive your opportunity to appeal the recommended sanction.
  • Requests for an appeal generally are limited to errors in fact or statements; due process violations; new information. Once the written request for an appeal has been received, the Dean of Students will arrange an appeal hearing within ten (10) business days of receiving the request for a written appeal.
  • Question: What are the hearing options?
  • Response: Your appeal may be heard 1) by an impartial, uninvolved Hearing Officer (Vice Chancellor of Student Development or his/her designee) or 2) by an impartial, uninvovled Hearing Panel (one Administrator, one Faculty Member, one Classified Member or Student). The Hearing Officer or Hearing Panel may sustain the recommended sanction (suspension or expulsion), in whole or part, may recommend a reduced disciplinary sanction, or may exonerate you. A final decision will be rendered, in writing, by the Hearing Officer or Hearing Panel within ten (10) days.
  • Question: What if I do not appeal the Dean’s decision?
  • Response: If you do not appeal a suspension recommendation, the sanction becomes final. If you do not appeal an expulsion recommendation, the sanction is reviewed by the Vice Chancellor of Student Development.


Suspension/Explusion Decision

  • Question: What if I am found to be in violation of the allegations and charges against me?
  • Response: In cases of recommended suspension, if you are found to be in violation of the allegations and charges against you, then the decision of the Hearing Officer or Hearing Panel is final and the suspension takes effect.
  • In cases of recommended expulsion, if you are found to be in violation of the allegations and charges against you, then the decision of the Hearing Officer or Hearing Panel is subject to review and consideration by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. The expulsion recommendation will be heard in closed session by the Board of Trustees unless you request that your matter be heard in public within forty-eight (48) hours of receiving a notice from the Office of Legal Affairs stating so.


Student Rights

  • Question: What is due process?
  • Response: Due process is a student’s right to a fair, equitable and just process.
  • Question: What are my due process rights as a student?
  • Response: Notification and Communication: the right to receive proper notification when/if a violation of the Code of Student Conduct occurs; the right to clear and timely communication(s) regarding the process until the matter is resolved;  the right to clear explanation and clarification of disciplinary processes, procedures and decisions.
  • Response: Formal and Informal Hearings: the right to be informed in writing of the charges, the evidence relied upon and the basis for the decision or the recommendation; the right to present and question witnesses and inspect evidence; the right to remain silent during hearings; the right to be heard by impartial decision makers; the right to have an advocate (no lawyers); the right to waive hearing and appeal opportunities.
  • Response: Opportunity: the opportunity to be heard; the opportunity to appeal disciplinary sanctions (applies only in cases of recommended suspension and expulsion); the opportunity to be reinstated or restored when/if conditions of disciplinary sanctions were met.


Student Disciplinary File

  • Question: What happens to my student record if I am found to be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct?
  • Response: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) makes a student's disciplinary file part of the educational record. The Office of Student Affairs & Wellness will not release or permit access to your disciplinary file except as otherwise permitted by law or a court order and/or with your authorization. However, disciplinary record may also be shared with other members of the CCSF community with a legitimate need to know.
  • You may be asked or required to complete our office's FERPA/Release of Information form in order for us to speak with individuals who are assisting or advocating for you.
  • You may obtain a copy of your disciplinary file. Send a written request for a copy of the disciplinary file to the Office of Student Affairs & Wellness and a copy of your file will be sent to you via mail. However, identifying information (e.g., names, pictures and contact information) kept in your file or in any documentation will not be disclosed or will be obscured.