2019-2020 Catalog 
    
    Feb 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog

Student Rights and Responsibilities


Non-Discrimination

Alliant prohibits unlawful discrimination in employment and in its educational programs and activities, including internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with outside vendors, use of contractors and consultants, and in its admission or access thereto, on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin or descent, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability (including physical, disease, psychiatric or psychological disability), medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, or physical characteristics. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders.

The following persons are designated to coordinate the University’s responsibilities under the law and to ensure compliance with the University’s policy against discrimination:

Amber Eckert
Vice President, Student Services
San Diego
(858) 635-4535

Victoria Davidson
Systemwide Human Resource and Employee Relation’s Director
San Diego
(858) 635-4783

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Alliant complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, and the implementing regulations issued, which provide students with safeguards for the accuracy, completeness and privacy of their educational records. Annual notice is given to students summarizing their rights under this law. Copies of Alliant’s policies and procedures under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 are available on the Alliant website.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment (20 USC S. 1232g), affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. FERPA rights begin upon the student’s enrollment, which occurs when the student has been admitted to the university and attends any portion of a course. FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend the institution. Questions about FERPA and student records may be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Disclosure and Release of Student Information

To protect the privacy of students, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records and sets certain conditions on the disclosure of personal information from these records.

These FERPA rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. The right to file with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-5920, a written complaint concerning specific alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Definitions

Student - any person who attends or has attended the University.

Education records - any record (in handwriting, print, video or audio tape, film, computer or other medium) maintained by the University or an agent of the University, which is directly related to a student, except:

  1. A personal record kept by a staff member if it is kept in the sole possession of the maker of the record and is not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute of the maker of the record.
  2. Records created and maintained by a University law enforcement unit for law enforcement purposes.
  3. An employment record of an individual whose employment is not contingent on the fact that he or she is a student, provided the record is used only in relation to the individual’s employment.
  4. Records made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional if the records are used only for treatment of a student and made available only to those persons providing treatment.
  5. Alumni records which contain information about a student after he or she is no longer in attendance at the University and which do not relate to the person as a student.

Disclosure - To permit access to or the release, transfer, or other communication of personally identifiable information contained in education records to any party, by any means, including oral, written, or electronic means.

School official is:

  1. A person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position.
  2. A person elected to the Board of Trustees.
  3. A person employed by or under contract to the University to perform a special task, such as an attorney, auditor, or security.
  4. A student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or who is assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

Procedure to Inspect Education Records

Students may inspect their education records upon a written request to the appropriate records custodian which identifies as precisely as possible the record(s) he or she wishes to inspect. All requests must be written and submitted to a student services representative or to the Registrar’s Office. The appropriate office will make the needed arrangements for access as promptly as possible and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Access must be given within 45 days from the date of receipt of the request. When a record contains information about more than one student, the student may inspect only the records which relate to him or her.

Limitation on the Right of Access

The University reserves the right to refuse to permit a student to inspect the following records:

  1. Financial records of the student’s parents.
  2. Letters and statements of recommendation for which the student has waived her or his right of access, or which were maintained before January 1, 1975.
  3. Records connected with an application to attend the University if that application was denied.
  4. Those records which are excluded from the FERPA definition of education records.

Refusal to Provide Copies

The University reserves the right to deny copies of records, including transcripts, not required to be made available by FERPA in any of the following situations:

  1. The student has an unpaid financial obligation to the University.
  2. The student is in default status on a student loan made as a student of the University.
  3. There is an unresolved disciplinary action against the student.
  4. The education record requested is an exam or set of standardized test questions. (An exam or standardized test which is not directly related to a student is not an education record subject to FERPA access provisions.)

Fee for Copies of Records

There is a small fee for copying records (see request form for details). The University will also charge for postage. For transcript fees, please see the Expenses and Financial Aid  section.

Disclosure of Education Records

The University will disclose information from a student’s education records only with the written consent of the student, except that records may be disclosed without consent when the disclosure is made in accordance with FERPA regulations, including when the disclosure is:

  1. To school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is:
    1. Performing a task that is specified in his or her position description or contract agreement.
    2. Performing a task related to a student’s education.
    3. Performing a task related to the discipline of a student.
    4. Providing a service or benefit relating to the student, such as health care, counseling, job placement, or financial aid.
    5. Maintaining the safety and security of the campus.
  2. To officials of another school, upon request, where a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  3. To certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, and State and local educational authorities, in connection with audit or evaluation of certain State or federally supported education programs.
  4. In connection with a student’s request for and receipt of financial aid to determine the eligibility, amount, or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms or conditions of the aid. Since the terms of a Title IV loan require that it be repaid, a collection agency may have access to those records necessary to enforce the terms of a promissory note.
  5. To State and local officials or authorities if specifically required by a State law that was adopted before November 19, 1974.
  6. To organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the University.
  7. To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions.
  8. To comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena. If a subpoena is served, it will be referred to the University’s Legal Counsel. The University will make a reasonable effort to notify the student in advance of compliance so that the student may seek a protective order. Note that the University must comply with orders in subpoenas for Federal Grand Jury or other law enforcement purposes that forbid such notification.
  9. To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
  10. To individuals requesting directory information so designated by the University.
  11. The results of any disciplinary proceedings conducted by the University against an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence to the alleged victim of that crime. By law, the alleged victim must keep the results of the disciplinary action and any appeal confidential.

Record of Requests for Disclosure

The University must maintain a record in the student’s education record of all requests for or disclosures of information from a student’s education records except when disclosure is in response to:

  1. A written request from the student (the request will be maintained in the record);
  2. A request from a school official;
  3. A request for Directory Information; or
  4. A court order or lawfully issued subpoena (the order or subpoena and response will be maintained in the record).

The record will indicate the name of the party making the request, any additional party to whom it may be disclosed, and the legitimate interest the party had in requesting or obtaining the information. The eligible student may review the record.

Directory Information

The University designates the following items as Directory Information: student name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, parent’s name(s), date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and most recent previous school attended.

The University may disclose any of those items without prior written consent, unless the student notifies the Registrar in writing to the contrary. If student directories are published, students will have the opportunity to have their names, addresses, and telephone numbers omitted.

Correction of Education Records

Students have the right to ask to have records corrected that they believe are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy rights. Following are the procedures for the correction of records:

A student must ask the custodian to amend a record. In so doing, the student should identify the part of the record to be amended and specify why the student believes it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.

If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student of the decision and inform the student of his or her right to a hearing to challenge the information believed to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s privacy right. Upon request, the University will arrange for a hearing, and notify the student, reasonably in advance, of the date, place, and time of the hearing.

The hearing will be conducted by a hearing officer who is a disinterested party; however, the hearing officer may be a school official. The student will be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised in the original request to amend the student’s education records. The student, at his or her own expense, may be assisted by one or more individuals, including an attorney.

The University will prepare a written decision based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The decision will include a summary of the evidence presented and a reason for the decision. If the University decides that the information is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s right of privacy, it will amend the record and notify the student, in writing, that the record has been amended.

If the University decides that the challenged information is not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s right of privacy, it will notify the student that he or she has a right to place in the record a statement commenting on the challenged information or a statement setting forth reasons for disagreeing with the decision.

The statement will be maintained as part of the student’s education records as long as the contested portion is maintained. If the University discloses the contested portion of the record, it must also disclose the statement.

Disclosure in Response to Telephone Inquiries

Only those items designated as directory information shall be released in response to telephone inquiries. Such items include:

  1. student’s name;
  2. address and telephone number;
  3. whether or not the student is currently enrolled;
  4. the College or program of enrollment;
  5. dates of enrollment;
  6. class/year status (first-year, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student, etc.)
  7. degree(s) earned; date degree(s) conferred, major or field of concentration and honors received;
  8. most recent educational institution attended.

Any student who does not wish to have directory information released must submit written notification to the Registrar’s Office.

Name Changes

It is the student’s responsibility to keep the University apprised of all name changes. Students should always inform the university of any change in name so that university records can reflect the most up-to-date and accurate information. Students who have changed their legal name must submit a Name Change Request (located on the Registrar webpage), including required documentation, to student services.

Address Changes

Students should always inform the university of any address change so that university records can reflect the most up-to-date and accurate information. Students who have changed their address may change their address online via the Alliant portal. Students may have separate mailing and billing addresses if needed. Students who move to another state or country may impact their ability to continue in that program dependent on the approval of said program in the applicable state or country.

Recording of Teaching or Administrative Events

Students must have explicit permission from faculty and/or staff to make a recording of a classroom or administrative activity.

Campus Safety and Security (Clery)

In accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”), which added Campus SaVE Act provisions, Alliant annually prepares and disseminates the Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes information on campus policies and procedures on reporting criminal actions and other emergencies; security and access to campus facilities; campus crime prevention programs; policies on the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs; drug and alcohol abuse programs; crime statistics including statistics for incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to these incidents.

San Diego Public Safety Department

The University Public Safety Department is on duty at the San Diego Campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. University Public Safety officers are empowered to enforce University security provisions and have received public safety training. University Public Safety officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the University. In addition, they have the authority to issue parking tickets for parking violations on University property. The officers carry a baton and pepper spray. University Public Safety officers respond to all reported security and safety issues as promptly as possible and if the officer or complainant requires local police assistance, the Public Safety Department notifies the City of San Diego Police Department. Campus public safety officers have no formal arrest authority. City, county, or state law enforcement officers make arrests, if necessary. Public Safety personnel will cooperate with all federal, state, and local police agencies in all investigations and law enforcement.

Children and Minors on Campus

In an effort to minimize any disruption to the essential functioning of the University and maximize the safety of Children/Minors (any person under the age of 18 who is not currently an enrolled student at Alliant) on campus, certain requirements must be met, as follows:

  1. Children /Minors must be supervised at all times by an authorized Adult (Alliant Student, Faculty, or Staff) while on campus or participating in a University-sponsored off-campus activity.
  2. Children/Minors are not allowed in classrooms while classes are in session unless permission is granted by the faculty member having authorized access to the classroom in advance of the start of class. Should Children/Minor become disruptive, the authorized Adult and Minor may be asked to leave.
  3. Children/Minors and authorized Adults not meeting relevant University community conduct standards will be asked to leave the campus.

Animals on Campus

In order to maintain a safe environment for all students, employees, and campus visitors, Alliant enforces policies that regulate animals on campus. Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), are allowed in campus buildings when they are serving an individual with a disability. 

Definition of a Service or Guide Dog

The ADAAA defines a service or guide animal as “any dog [or miniature horse] that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric or other mental disability”.

Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to:

  1. assisting individuals who are blind or who have low vision with navigation or other tasks
  2. alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds
  3. providing non-violent protection or rescue work
  4. pulling a wheelchair
  5. assisting an individual during a seizure
  6. alerting individuals to the presence of allergens
  7. retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone
  8. providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities
  9. assisting persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting
  10. impulsive or destructive behaviors

It is important to note that other species of animal, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of the ADAAA. It should further be noted that the ADAAA provides an exception for miniature horses that are trained as guide animals for the blind or visually impaired. Note that the crime deterrent effects of a dog’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of determining whether a dog is a service or guide animal under the ADAAA or this policy.

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional Support Animals (animals prescribed by health care professionals for emotional support) are not permitted in campus buildings.

Service Animal Owner/Handler Requirements:

Service animals are subject to local municipal animal licensing and registration requirements. 

  1. The service animal  must be under the owner’s/handler’s direct control at all times, such as by a harness, leash, or other tether; however, if the use of a harness, leash, or other tether interferes with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, or if the owner’s/handler’s disability prevents the use of such devices, then the service animal must be under the owner’s/handler’s control through voice control, signals, or other effective means;
  2. The owner/handler must ensure the service animal does not disturb or disrupt normal academic or administrative functions;
  3. The owner/handler is responsible for immediately cleaning up after the service animal and properly disposing of the service animal’s waste or other debris;
  4. The owner/handler is responsible for any damage or injury caused by the service animal.

Removal of Service Animals from University Facilities

University personnel may ask service animal owners/handler to remove their service animal from University premises or from the immediate area as follows:

  1. If the service animal is not under the owner’s/handler’s direct control or the service animal is disturbing or disrupting the normal administrative, academic, or programmatic routine, then the owner must first be given an opportunity to get the animal under control. If the disruption or disturbance continues, then the owner/handler may be asked to remove the animal; or
  2. If the presence, behavior, or actions of the service animal constitutes an immediate risk or danger to people or property, the owner can be asked to immediately remove the animal and 911 (emergency assistance) may be contacted.

If asked to remove the service animal, the owner/handler must be offered the opportunity to return to the University premises or the immediate area without the service animal and be provided with reasonable assistance at that time to participate in the University service or program.

Depending on the seriousness of the animal’s conduct or repeated conduct, service animals may be excluded from University property temporarily or permanently. The Office of Accessibility is responsible for conducting the necessary assessments regarding ongoing or permanent removal of a service animal. If a service animal is excluded, the Office of Accessibility is available to assist in evaluating reasonable accommodations for the owner.

Owners/handlers who violate this policy or disregard an instruction to remove or exclude a service animal from University property may be subject to additional penalties, including banning from any University property, or other fines or penalties under applicable city, county, or state rules, regulations, or laws. Violations of this policy by an owner/handler who is a University student or employee may be referred for corrective or disciplinary action.

Owners/handlers with concerns about the removal of their service animal should contact Amber Eckert, VP of Student Services at amber.eckert@alliant.edu or 858-635-4535.   

If an individual believes they have been wrongfully denied access or service because they use a service animal, they may report it to Amber Eckert, VP of Student Services at amber.eckert@alliant.edu or 858-635-4535. 

Guidelines for members of the Alliant Community regarding Service Animals

To ensure equal access and nondiscrimination of our community members with disabilities, members of the Alliant community must abide by the following practices:

  • Allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities on campus;
  • Do not ask for details about a person’s disabilities;
  • Do not pet a service animal, as it distracts the animal from its work;
  • Do not feed a service animal;
  • Do not deliberately startle, tease, or taunt a service animal; and
  • Do not separate or attempt to separate a person from their service animal
  • The service animal is not required to wear a vest, patch, or special harness identifying them as a service animal.

If a member of the Alliant community has a disability that may be affected by the presence of animals, please contact the Office of Accessibility, Amber Eckert, VP of Student Services at amber.eckert@alliant.edu or 858-635-4535.   

Persons with dog dander allergies who are negatively affected by the presence of a service dog should contact the Office of Accessibility or Human Resources HR@alliant.edu to review reasonable accommodations and resolve any conflicts.

Alliant University is committed to ensuring that the needs of all people with disabilities are met and will determine how to resolve any conflicts or problems as expeditiously as possible.

Smoking Policy

Alliant seeks to provide a safe and healthy learning environment in which students, faculty, and staff are free to exchange ideas, study, do research, provide a range of academic and administrative services, and carry on other activities related to acquiring knowledge and providing services for all campus community members, free from interference of unhealthy habits or behaviors.  Since second hand smoke is a known carcinogen and since litter related to smoking poses a fire risk and an unnecessary burden for those responsible for the campus facilities and grounds all Alliant campuses are smoke and tobacco free.

All campus community members, including students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, vendors, contractors, lessees, etc., are affected by this policy and are expected to support and abide by its guidelines. Smoking & tobacco use (to include cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, chewing tobacco, and related products) is prohibited at all times on or in any Alliant owned or leased property or facility, either indoors or outdoors (including vehicles on campus).

  1. For the purpose of this policy: “Smoking” means smoking any substance, including but not limited to tobacco, cloves or marijuana.
  2. Smoking products include, but are not limited to, all cigarette products (cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, pipes, etc.)
  3. Tobacco product means any substance containing tobacco leaf, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes, vape pens, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, or any other preparation of tobacco, whether or not such product is smoke producing.

All members of the campus community are asked to take an active role in creating a smoke & tobacco free environment. Smoking cessation programs are available to university faculty and staff though Alliant’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and to students at through the Student Assistance Program. It is the expectation that the Alliant community will come together and practice “social enforcement,” which refers to the establishment of a broadly shared norm and value within our community. Members of the Alliant community are asked to support the no smoking policy by engaging in direct, honest and supportive communication. Student violations will be reviewed under the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct procedures and Staff will be referred to Human Resources.

University Alcohol Policy

All students, faculty, and staff of Alliant and their guests and visitors are subject to applicable California state law and Alliant’s alcohol policy regarding possession and consumption of alcohol. Please also see the University’s Drug Free School and Workplace Policy Statement.

Possession and consumption of alcohol on campus is permitted by persons 21 years of age only at pre-approved University sponsored events. See event requirements below:

  1. Individuals are required to comply with all requests by staff or campus security for showing proof that they are at least 21 years of age. Failure to comply with such a request will subject the individual to disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination from the University.
  2. Possession, consumption and storage of alcohol is prohibited in all common areas, including, but not limited to: lobbies, public lounges, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, landings, or outdoor areas.
  3. Furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21 years on University property or at a University-sponsored event (on or off campus) is prohibited.
  4. Public display of intoxication while on University property or at a University-sponsored event is prohibited.
  5. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.
  6. Under special circumstances, with the advance, written approval of the President, permission for alcohol consumption at an event held on the University campus may be granted if:
    1. The event is sponsored by a university department or registered campus organization and violations of any applicable California state law and/or the University’s alcohol policies are the responsibility of the individual and the sponsoring organization(s) or its representatives.
    2. The facility being utilized is to be scheduled through Campus Facilities.
    3. The sponsoring organization(s) and its representative(s) establish and maintain strict controls for the events and will ensure that no minors consume, are served or transport alcoholic beverages to the facility or area.
      1. All alcoholic beverages must be served by a certified Alcohol Beverage Control trained server.
    4. The event shall be considered a closed function open to the members of the sponsoring group and their invited guests only.
    5. Required administrative procedures will be followed and forms completed prior to approval of the event.
      1. Alliant’s Alcohol Service Request Form must be submitted to the Campus Director and Campus Facilities two weeks prior to the scheduled event.

The Student Government Association and the University will not allocate funds to student organizations for off-campus events where alcohol is served, with the exception of instances where a proprietor with a liquor license assumes full responsibility for the selling, dispensing and control of any alcohol available to guests or participants at the event. The location proprietor must provide a copy of their ABC license and proof of insurance.

Any and all types of advertising for any event, on or off campus, must not include information that alcohol will be served. This includes public media, campus calendars, student newsletters, flyers, banners, posters or invitations. The mention of alcoholic beverages cannot be included in advertising for the event, in any manner (i.e., words or phrases).

Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action which may include probation, suspension, expulsion or termination from the University. Student violations will be reviewed under the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct procedures. Staff and faculty violations will be reviewed by Human Resources.

Additional information on State and Federal laws regarding alcohol and other drugs, alcohol abuse prevention programs, health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol, voluntary rehabilitation and outside resources are available in the University’s Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.

University Drug Free School and Workplace Policy

The University strictly prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, sale, purchase, transfer, consumption, or being under the influence of a controlled substance on University property or as part of any University-sponsored activity. The University also prohibits the abuse of prescription drugs as well as the illegal use, purchase, sale or attempted sale of prescription drugs. The use of alcoholic beverages while on University premises, including meal periods and breaks, is absolutely prohibited except when authorized by either the President’s Office, Campus Director, or a school dean for approved University functions, or as set out in the Alcohol Use Policy. However, being under the influence of alcohol at any University function is prohibited.

Using or being under the influence of unauthorized drugs while attending University approved functions is also prohibited. Violation of this policy will constitute grounds for disciplinary action. Alliant will impose sanctions for violation of this policy which may include completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, expulsion from school, or referral to the authorities for prosecution.

The Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 require that each college and university receiving federal financial assistance annually provide a variety of information to all students and employees about compliance with these laws.

Students may obtain information on the illegal possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs, as well as the University’s standards of conduct, associated health risks, drug or alcohol counseling and treatment programs, University disciplinary actions, and federal, state, and local sanctions for violations of law by viewing the Drug Free School and Workplace Policy Report. The report also includes a variety of resource listings that are provided to assist any Alliant community member who may require assistance in these areas. If you suspect that someone has taken an overdose, it is important that you call 911 for help immediately.

Immunizations

The University is committed to protecting the health and well-being of all our students. Alliant does not have any specific immunization requirements for students; however, certain students may be required to provide proof of immunization for participation in practicum, field training, internships, or any other external organizational requirements to said organizations.

Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution Guidelines

The purpose of Alliant’s problem solving and informal dispute resolution guidelines and policies is to resolve problems in a manner that maintains positive relationships. The guidelines outline a series of steps which you should use if you feel you have been adversely affected by decisions, differences, misunderstandings, or problems that have arisen with faculty, staff, administrators, or other students. Any incidents related to discrimination or sexual misconduct must follow the formal procedures described.

Dispute Resolution Process

When you are faced with a concern or problem, seek the information you need, if any, and address the issue by talking with the person/people with whom you have the dispute and attempt to resolve it with him/her/them. The problem may involve academic or non-academic policies, procedures, decisions, or conduct. Make a good faith attempt to resolve the problem through one or more discussions about the problem with the person or people most directly involved.

If you feel unsure about where to go, if you need advice about how to engage in a discussion about difficult issues, if you have attempted direct discussion and the problem does not seem to be moving toward resolution, or if you would like additional help or support in continuing the resolution process, you may seek assistance from your local Director/Coordinator of Campus Services.

Written complaint: If the problem is still not resolved to your satisfaction after using the assistance provided by one of the individuals who is designated to assist you, you may present the situation in writing to the Program Director in the case of academic issues or to the Director/Coordinator of Campus Services in the case of administrative issues. That person will review and determine appropriate procedures.

Grievance: Filing of a grievance may occur when students believe they have been adversely affected by an action of another member or members of the community.

Student Consumer Complaint Process

Alliant is committed to maintaining a University environment in which its members can live and work in an atmosphere of acceptance, civility and mutual respect for the rights, duties and sensibilities of each individual. Occasionally, however, complaints or concerns arise, the timely resolution of which is important to maintaining the desired University atmosphere. The University will treat each complaint or concern seriously, and attempts to resolve issues quickly and effectively using informal processes. Alliant encourages the prompt reporting of complaints so that a rapid response can be made and appropriate action taken.

We urge students to utilize all methods of complaint resolution, including the Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution Guidelines offered by Alliant, but if students believe they have been unfairly treated or have issues with the university that cannot be resolved by the methods outlined in the Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution Guidelines, they have the right to contact our accreditation agency, Department of Education Ombudsmen and/or various state and other governmental agencies.

The Consumer Information section of this catalog and the State Regulatory Information page on the Alliant website list relevant contact information for applicable states where complaints can be accepted. Alliant has made a reasonable effort to ensure that this list is accurate.

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

Alliant strives to provide an environment free from sexual misconduct as well as all forms of sexual and gender based harassment and meet all the requirements defined by Title IX, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, the Clery Act and the re-authorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The full Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy as well as information on programming, policies and procedures relating to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, including information on making a report and campus resources can be found in the University’s Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.

Student Codes of Conduct

Alliant International University expects all students to adhere to all laws and regulations in effect and all Codes of Conduct published in the University’s Catalog, handbooks and other university published policies. In addition, students are expected to meet and uphold the ethical standards of the professions for which they are receiving training. The University reserves the right to define professional conduct and demeanor. All Alliant applicants and students are subject to and must abide by the policies and procedures of the university. Students who engage in conduct that disrupts the orderly functioning of the university may be subject to disciplinary action as set forth in all Student Codes of Conduct.

Student Code of Conduct and Ethics: Academic

The University is committed to principles of scholastic honesty. Its members are expected to abide by ethical standards both in their conduct and in their exercise of responsibility towards other members of the community.

The Student Code of Conduct and Ethics: Academic is established to lend greater definition and meaning to the principles of scholastic honesty and integrity and to outline standards that will guide the actions of the academic community. Any student who violates the Student Code of Conduct and Ethics: Academic will be subject to sanctions up to and including dismissal from the University. A student accused of a violation is guaranteed an impartial hearing and the right to an appeal. Procedures and guidelines for the hearings and the appeals are described in this section and in the relevant Student Handbook. Students are also required to follow the Student Code of Conduct and Ethics: Non-Academic, which is included in this Catalog.

Students

As it is with other members of the academic community, each student’s conduct is expected to be in accordance with the standards of the University. Students bear the responsibility not only for their own academic integrity, but also for bringing instances of suspected violations of any Code of Conduct to the attention of the proper University authorities.

Acts of Misconduct

The Student Code of Conduct and Ethics: Academic prohibits certain acts of misconduct by students enrolled at the University. Other University policies and procedures may also apply. Depending on the circumstances, the acts of misconduct described below may be considered as either a violation or an infraction. Students who engage in conduct that disrupts the orderly functioning of the University may be subject to Conduct Probation, Suspension or Termination from the program as set forth in the Academic and Non-Academic Codes of Conduct. In the case of dismissal, no tuition or fees will be refunded.

Violations

The following acts are examples of violations.

  1. Examination Behavior: Any intentional giving or use of external assistance during an examination without the express permission of the faculty member giving the examination.
  2. Fabrication: Any falsification or invention of data, citation, or other authority in an academic activity.
  3. Plagiarism: Any passing off or presentation of another’s ideas, words, or work as one’s own. Paraphrasing or small changes in nomenclature/phrasing does not remove any student’s responsibility to cite the original source. Any idea that is not the student’s or common knowledge must be referenced.
  4. Unauthorized Collaboration: Collaboration in any academic exercise unless the faculty member has stated that such collaboration is permitted.
  5. Previously Submitted Work: Presenting work prepared for and submitted to another course.
  6. Unauthorized Research: Failure to obtain approval of the Institutional Review Board for research involving human subjects.
  7. Alteration or Misuse of Academic Documents: Any alteration or misuse of academic documents, including acts of forgery and/or furnishing false information.
  8. Disruption of Academic Activity: Disruptive behavior, willful disobedience, profanity or vulgarity in a learning environment not limited to the classroom, practicum, and internship sites.
  9. Physical Harm/Violence or Threat Thereof
  10. Assisting Other Students in Acts of Academic Misconduct
  11. Any other violation of University policy, directive or protocol

Under certain exceptional circumstances involving serious violations listed above which pose a threat to the health and safety of the University community, disciplinary procedures administered by the campus senior administration may replace the procedures outlined below. These include circumstances in which a matter has been referred by the Program Director or equivalent, or Dean. In the case of a violent act, the faculty member or administrator immediately contacts the appropriate individual as listed in the University Violence Prevention Policy as stated in the Employee Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and undergraduate or graduate Student Handbook.

Infractions

The following acts are examples of infractions. Students found to have committed these acts are subject to sanctions described, as applicable, for infractions in the Sanctions section.

  1. Any unintentional act that, if it were intentional, would be a serious violation.
  2. Any serious violation of the rules or policies established for a course or academic exercise.

Note: repeated infractions may be considered for treatment as serious violations.

Sanctions

For cases that find infractions or serious violations under Academic Code of Conduct, the following actions may be taken by the Program Director or equivalent, or Dean:

  1. Infractions of the Academic Code of Conduct
    1. Conduct Warning - A letter is placed in the student’s academic file indicating that an infraction of the Academic Code of Conduct occurred, along with any recommended or required remediation.
    2. Conduct Probation - This status is a sanction imposed when the violation is judged to be more severe than a Warning but not so serious as to require a more serious sanction such as termination from a class, program or from the University. In cases in which a student has been placed on Conduct Probation for violation of the Academic Code of Conduct, any subsequent violations of the Academic Code of Conduct (whether they are infractions or more serious violations) will result in an automatic application of the sanctions imposed in areas of serious violations (described below).
    3. Work assignments, service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments - This category of sanction may be required separate from or in addition to any action taken regarding an Infraction
    4. Restitution - A student may also be directed to provide compensation for loss, damage, or injury attributed to the student’s actions or behavior. This may, at the discretion of the appropriate University authority, take the form of appropriate service, monetary/materials replacement or both.
  2. Serious Violations of the Academic Code of Conduct

Actions in this section may be taken when the violation of the Academic Code of Conduct is judged to be more serious than an Infraction. Relevant disciplinary actions that may be taken include:

  1. Suspension from class for the remainder of the semester/term in which case the student must re-take the course, pay the required tuition for the course when it is retaken and forfeit all tuition and fees paid for the course.
  2. Suspension from the University for a semester/term or more with no transcript notation. Conditions for readmission will be specified when this sanction is imposed.
  3. Termination from the University with no transcript notation.
  4. Termination from the University with transcript notation indicating “Academic Misconduct Termination.”
  5. Work Assignments and/or Restitution - A student found to have had a Serious Violation of the University Academic Code of Conduct may also be mandated to provide compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may, at the discretion of the Action Officer, take the form of appropriate service or monetary/material replacement, or both.

Process and Procedures

Suspected instances and allegations of academic misconduct should be reported to the Program Director or equivalent, or Dean. They will be reviewed and processed by the Student Evaluation and Review Committee (SERC). Upon written request, the results of disciplinary proceedings in cases of violence or non-forcible sex offenses will be shared with the victims of the crime.

Student Code of Conduct and Ethics: Non-Academic

Conduct Jurisdiction

The University reserves the right to take necessary action to protect the safety and wellbeing of the campus community and to protect its facilities and programs. All students are subject to both the Academic and Non-Academic Student Codes of Conduct. Violations may be dealt with by the University whether they occur on or off campus.

Student conduct proceedings are not meant to be formal court-like trials. Although University-related sanctions may be imposed, the process is intended to provide an opportunity for learning. Thus, the standard used for these proceedings is a “preponderance of the evidence.” Whoever is selected as an Advisor is limited to observing and consulting with, and providing support to, the complainant, witness, or student charged. An advisor may not speak on a student’s or complainant’s behalf.

Student Conduct Code proceedings are independent from court or other administrative proceedings. Discipline may be instituted against a Student also charged in civil or criminal courts based on the same facts that constitute the alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code. The Campus may proceed before, simultaneously with, or after any judicial or other administrative proceedings, except in cases involving Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating or Domestic Violence, or Stalking. These cases will follow the Sexual Misconduct/Title IX and procedures described.

Students are expected to abide by all applicable laws including the laws of the State of California (and for online students the state in which they reside), and the United States of America. Students who violate the law may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities. In such cases when the University’s interests are involved, the authority of the University may be asserted. The president or designee will determine if the interests of the University are involved and if legal and/or disciplinary action is necessary.

Violation of a University regulation, that affects the University, shall be procedurally handled as a University disciplinary situation regardless of whether there is a prosecution under law. Disciplinary action at the University will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced. Finally, the implementation of University disciplinary authority does not protect the student from, nor does the University necessarily consider it to be a substitution for, civil process or criminal prosecution.

Student organizations and groups formally approved by the University are subject to the same regulations as individual students. Cases will be considered if a significant number of students involved in the alleged offense belong to an organization or group, or if planning and leadership responsibility for an alleged offense came from student members of an organization or group. Sanctions for group or organization misconduct may include probation, withdrawal of official recognition, loss of funding or limitations on the use of facilities and privileges afforded by the University, as well as other appropriate sanctions as provided in this code. In general, the University, by its disciplinary authority, attempts to promote:

  1. Concern with matters that impinge upon academic achievement and standards, and the personal integrity of students;
  2. Protection of property;
  3. Interest in the mental and physical health and safety of members of its community;
  4. Concern for preserving the peace, for ensuring orderly procedures, and for maintaining student morale;
  5. Responsibility for character development, for maintaining standards of decency and good taste, and for providing an appropriate moral climate on the campus; and
  6. Protection of its good relations with the surrounding larger community.

Conduct Regulations

A student who is found in violation of any of the following regulations is subject to the sanctions authorized in the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct. The implications of some violations are so serious that a single incident would require a sanction at or near the maximum. Other violations become significant through repetition or if they are committed intentionally or recklessly.

A violation will be regarded as more serious if it is done because of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation of another individual or group of individuals described in the university’s Non-Discrimination policy. Academic misconduct, including all forms of cheating and plagiarism, is handled as outlined in the Academic Student Code of Conduct and will be adjudicated through the Student Evaluation & Review Committee process.

Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Respect: Alliant University students show respect for all members of the University Community. Actions that are considered violations of this standard include:

  1. Actual or threatened physical assault or intentional or reckless injury to self, persons or property.
  2. Offensive or disorderly conduct, which causes interference, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creates a risk of harm.
  3. Acts of disrespect for Alliant’s diverse community to include, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, physical ability, veteran status, marital status, associational preference, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, economic status, education, occupation, age, ability, and size. Please refer to the Non-Discrimination policy.
  4. Interference with the freedom of any person to express his/her views, including invited speakers.
  5. Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior at a University related activity, or directed toward a member of the University community.

Community: Alliant University students value their community. Actions that are considered in violation of this standard include:

  1. Interference with entry into or exit from buildings or areas or free movement of any person.
  2. Participating in an activity that substantially and materially disrupts the normal operations of the University, or infringes on the rights of members of the University community.
  3. Behavior or activities that endanger the safety of oneself or others.
  4. Failure to provide identification upon demand by, or to comply with other directions of, University staff members or the staff of contractual affiliates of the University acting in the performance of their duties.
  5. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations) or the misuse of legal pharmaceutical drugs.
  6. Forcible entry into a building or other premises.
  7. Unauthorized presence in a building or other premises.
  8. Possession or misuse of firearms or guns, replicas, realistic looking toy weapons, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, knives, or other weapons, or dangerous chemicals (without the prior authorization) on campus or during a University related activity.
  9. Starting fires or explosions, false reporting of a fire, bomb, incendiary device, or other explosive, or any false reporting of an emergency.
  10. Tampering with fire or safety equipment.
  11. Theft, damage, destruction, tampering or defacement of personal, University or University affiliates’ property.
  12. Unauthorized use of University property or property of members of the University community or University affiliates.
  13. The misuse of telephone, communication and/or computer equipment, including electronic
  14. Unauthorized recording, dissemination, or publication of academic presentations (including handwritten notes) for a commercial purpose.
  15. Misuse of computer facilities or resources, including:
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file, for any purposes.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Use of another’s identification or password.
    4. Use of computing facilities, campus network, or other resources to interfere with the work of another member of the University Community.
    5. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene, intimidating, or abusive messages.
    6. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
    7. Violation of the university computer use policy.
  16. Use of University facilities for commercial purposes.
  17. Any violation of federal, state, or local law.
  18. Alliant does not permit students under 17 years of age to attend academic classes. Many topics discussed in university classrooms are inappropriate for children, and having children in the classroom is often a distraction that takes away from the educational experience.
  19. Non-service animals are not permitted in inside campus buildings, classrooms, or facilities. This policy acknowledges the rights of individuals with disabilities to use service animals and distinguishes between service animals, including seeing-eye dogs, and non-service animals.  All service animals must be registered with the Office of Accessibility Services.

Integrity: Alliant University students demonstrate honesty and forthrightness in all that they do. Actions that are considered a violation of this standard include:

  1. Violation of any of the restrictions, conditions, or terms of a sanction resulting from prior disciplinary action.
  2. Misuse of University documents including but not limited to forging, transferring, altering or otherwise misusing a student ID card, identification card, schedule card, PIN Number or other University identification.
  3. Making false statements in any application for admission, petition, request, or other official University document or record.
  4. Illegal gambling.
  5. Violation of published University policies, rules and regulations, including, but not limited to alcohol use, smoking, technology usage policies and verbal and/or written harassment.
  6. Violation of the Student Code of Conduct Procedures, including:
    1. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information related to a student discipline matter.
    2. Disruption or interference with the orderly progress of a student discipline proceeding.
    3. Initiation of a student discipline proceeding in bad faith.
    4. Attempting to discourage another from participating in the student discipline matter.
    5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of any participant in a student discipline matter.
    6. Verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of any participant in a student discipline matter.
    7. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under a student discipline proceeding.
    8. Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to do any act that could subject him or her to discipline.

Application of this Code

Sanctions for the conduct listed above can be imposed on applicants, enrolled students, students between academic terms, graduates awaiting degrees, and students who withdraw from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Conduct that threatens the safety or security of the campus community, or substantially disrupts the functions or operation of the University is within the jurisdiction of this Code regardless of whether the conduct occurs on or off campus.

Disciplinary Procedures

Distinct disciplinary procedures have been designated to ensure a fair process. Complaints involving discrimination-related incidents will follow the procedures outlined in the Non-Discrimination Policy, Title IX policy and Student-Initiated Grievance Procedures as outlined. Other incidents will be processed according to the following disciplinary procedures.

Disciplinary Charges

  1. Any member of the University community including student(s) may bring charges against any student. Such charges must be in writing and filed with the Campus Director or Coordinator.
  2. A complaint filed in writing must be received within 90 calendar days of the infraction. This time for filing can be extended up to one calendar year by the Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance based upon unforeseen information or circumstances.
  3. The Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance will direct the charges to the appropriate hearing officer per the type of complaint and the campus community affected. Care will be taken to assure that a hearing officer is selected who does not have prior links to the complaint. This hearing officer will review all evidence submitted by the parties to the complaint, as outlined below.

Disciplinary Process

  1. The accused student(s) or organization officers will be provided written notification of the time, place, and date of the hearing by the hearing officer. Sufficient notice is defined as at least five (5) calendar days. The notice will include the charges that will be reviewed and other pertinent information about the hearing. An extension may be requested by the student within two (2) business days of receipt of the notice.
  2. If a student fails to attend a scheduled hearing, the hearing may proceed as scheduled, and the hearing officer will make a determination on the basis of the evidence available at the hearing. If appropriate, sanctions will be implemented. A student may not avoid the impositions of sanctions by withdrawing with conduct charges pending. The hearing will still proceed, and any finding of a violation will result in a “WF” grade and other appropriate transcript notation. The hearing officer may also impose an administrative hold on the student’s account in addition to or in lieu of resolving the charges in the student’s absence. This administrative hold will prevent the student from registering for future courses and prevent transcripts from being issued. The hold will not be lifted until the student participates in the hearing and the Student Code of Conduct: Non-Academic proceedings for the student are closed.
  3. The student(s) or organization representatives has/have the right to have a friendly advisor present at the hearing who may be a faculty member, student or staff member. Attorneys may not be present.  The advisor is only present to support the student. The advisor will not represent the student, speak on behalf of the student, or play an active role of any kind in the formal hearing process.
  4. Advisors are permitted to speak with the student as necessary, privately or during the hearing, to fully perform a supportive role.
  5. The hearing will be closed to the public, except for the advisor or witnesses, as arranged in advance. The University reserves the right to review individuals participating in hearing procedures based upon direct involvement with the incident.
  6. Oral or written testimony by the accused students or witnesses involved may be presented.
  7. Accused students will be afforded an opportunity to hear all testimony against them.
  8. Student witnesses may be subject to charges of dishonesty within the University disciplinary system if their testimony is deemed to be intentionally inaccurate.
  9. Prospective witnesses, other than the accuser and accused student(s), may, at the discretion of the hearing officer, be excluded from the hearing during the testimony of other witnesses.
  10. Any person, including the accused student(s), who disrupts a hearing may be excluded from the proceedings.
  11. In cases of a bias-related incident and/or discrimination, the I-MERIT Director (or designee) will serve on the hearing panel.
  12. The hearing will be conducted in a fair and impartial manner, although strict rules of evidence do not apply.

A suggested order for the hearing is as follows:

  1. Disciplinary philosophy of the University and guidelines for the hearing, presented by the hearing officer
  2. Charges in the presence of the accused
  3. Evidence in support of the charge
  4. Witnesses in support of the charge
  5. Evidence in support of the accused
  6. Witnesses in support of the accused
  7. Review of the evidence and testimony
  8. If an accused student fails to appear at a scheduled hearing without a valid excuse, the hearing officer will proceed to a decision based upon the evidence presented.
  9. Hearings may be recorded as determined by the hearing officer. The recording is University Property. No other recording of the hearing is permitted. The record must be maintained in the Student Services Office for two years or until such time as all University appeal procedures are exhausted.
  10. Pending action on any charges, the status of the student will not be altered, except in cases involving interim suspension and only in accordance with the procedures for such suspensions.
  11. The accused has the right to receive in writing the decision of the hearing officer which will contain the reasons for the action, findings of fact, and an explanation of the sanctions).
  12. The hearing officer shall prepare this notification in a timely manner, but no longer than 30 calendar days after the hearing.

Disciplinary Sanctions

The following disciplinary sanctions comprise a range of official action, which may be imposed for violation of regulations. One or more sanctions may be imposed. Additionally, students who violate federal, state, or local laws also may be referred to the criminal justice system for prosecution. 

For students found to be using drugs or be in violation of the alcohol use policy, a condition of continuation at the University may include the completion of an appropriate education or rehabilitation program.

Disciplinary Warning

This written action is taken when the individual’s conduct or involvement merits an official admonition. The student is warned that further misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Probation
  1. Probation Level I: A form of reprimand that is fitting for the type of violation or repeated violations as designated for a certain period of time by the hearing officer. The student may, if it is deemed appropriate, represent the University in activities and hold office in student organizations during the time stipulated as probationary. The student is notified that further infractions of any University regulation may result in more stringent restriction being placed on his/her actions.
  2. Probation Level II: The most serious level of disciplinary sanctions, short of suspension from the University. The student remains enrolled at the University under circumstances defined by the hearing officer. The student may not represent the University in any official capacity or hold office in any student organizations. Not representing the University in an official capacity includes not participating in recognized student organizations or exercising any officially recognized responsibility as related to campus employment. The student is, however, still considered to be in Good Standing academically. This probation level indicates to the student that further violations of any University regulations will result in more stringent disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension or dismissal from the University. Additional restrictions may be placed on the student while on Level II probation, such as loss of privileges or restriction from campus events and activities.
Interim Suspension

The Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance may suspend a student for an interim period pending full disciplinary proceedings whenever there is evidence that the continued presence of the student on the campus poses a substantial threat to the safety or well-being of any person or persons, University property, or the property of others. An interim suspension may become effective immediately without prior notice. A student suspended on an interim basis will be given an opportunity to appear personally before a hearing officer within 10 or fewer calendar days from the effective date of the interim suspension.

During an interim suspension, the student will be barred from all or part of the University’s premises. Any student under interim suspension who returns to the portion of campus from which he/she is barred without written permission from the Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance will be subject to dismissal from the University and arrest for trespassing.

Suspension

This sanction is one of involuntary separation of the student from the University for a designated period of time. After this period of time, the student is eligible to return. The Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance/or designee may establish additional requirements, which must be fulfilled to his/her satisfaction, prior to reinstatement. Permanent notation of suspension will appear on the student’s transcript and academic history. The student shall not participate in any University-sponsored activity and may be barred from University premises during suspension.

Conduct Dismissal

This sanction by the Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance/or designee is one of involuntary and permanent separation from the University. Notice of permanent dismissal will appear on the student’s academic history and transcript. The student will also be barred from University activities and premises.

Suspension of Group Recognition

This sanction by the hearing officer consists of the withdrawal for a stated period of time of all or part of the official recognition of an organization or group. Such action may include conditions for reinstatement or recognition. Total removal of recognition results in complete suspension of the activity of the group.

Revocation of Group Recognition

This sanction is permanent cancellation of the official University recognition and privileges of a group by the hearing officer and causes the group to disband and its activity to end.

Restitution Fines

Restitution fines may be assigned by the hearing officer in addition to any other sanction applied. Restitution fines may include an administrative fee for processing.

Good Standing

A student is not considered to be in good standing for purposes of admission to the University while under a sanction of suspension or expulsion, or while his or her admission or re-admission has been qualified.

Administrative Hold and Withholding a Degree

The University may place an administrative hold on registration transactions and release of records and transcripts of a student who has been sent written notice of a pending investigation or disciplinary case concerning that student, and may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth herein, including the completion of all sanctions imposed.

Educational Record Maintenance

The record of the final determination in all cases will be maintained in the educational record of the student in the Registrar’s Office for a period of not less than five (5) years after the student’s departure from the University. A request for removal of transcript notation of “Academic Misconduct Termination” may be submitted by the student to the office of the appropriate Dean after three (3) years. The decision of the Dean with respect to such removal shall be final.

Appeal Procedures

Formal appeal of a decision reached by the hearing officer must be made to the Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance in writing within five (5) days of the receipt of the outcome of the hearing. Failure to submit the appeal in writing within the allotted time will render the original decision final.

An appeal must be based upon one or more of the following conditions:

  1. Errors in interpretation or implementation of procedures for conduct violations were so significant as to effectively deny the student a fair hearing;
  2. New and significant evidence, which could not have been discovered by diligent preparation for presentation at the initial hearing, is now available; or
  3. Lack of substantial evidence in the record to support the outcome of the original hearing.

The Vice President of Student Affairs Policy Assurance/or designee will limit inquiry to the record of fact from the hearing. The Vice President must respond to an appeal in writing within 10 calendar days. The Vice President or designee may reject, amend or modify the action taken by the hearing officer, or grant a new hearing with him or her. Should a hearing be granted, the student will receive notification of the time, place and date. This hearing will be informal and no record will be made.

Information Technology (IT) Policies

Use of Online Services

The University provides students with access to online services and expects that students will use these services in a responsible way for education-related purposes. Alliant does not allow inappropriate use such as accessing, downloading from, or contributing to sites that contain gross, indecent, or sexually-oriented content, gambling, and other non-educational purposes.

E-mail and Internet Access

Each student is provided with an @alliant.edu email address which is the official method for communicating all relevant Alliant information and provides access to Alliant’s online student resources. Students are required to access and utilize Alliant email as this is the primary communication device for the University.

Computer labs offer computer facilities available to students on all campuses and provide e-mail contact with the Information Technology (IT) unit that maintains and supports the labs. Through the Online Helpdesk, students can contact the IT unit that troubleshoots problems on the University computer network. There are web links to information about courses and events available online. Students at all sites can access student information online, including their academic history, grades, financial aid awards and student accounts.

Alliant utilizes a variety of Internet-based resources to provide you with the most flexible and enriching educational experience. 

Online Courses

Alliant currently has two Learning Management Systems (LMS) - Moodle and Canvas - and is the process of moving to a single LMS. The program the student is enrolled in will determine which LMS the student will be interacting with.  

Note: Alliant is in the process of migrating to a single LMS (Canvas), and updates will be sent to all users as the project progresses. 

Online Productivity/Assignment Resources 

As an Alliant student, you will be licensed for Microsoft’s Office365. This includes all Office applications - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, Skype, OneDrive and others. Myalliant and other resources are provided to help you manage your student experience. 

Online Educational Resources 

Courses and assignments may require the viewing of videos, participating in video chats, the use of Internet-based applications and viewing of data, or other resources. The computing recommendations below are designed to provide the student with the best Alliant educational experience:

Operating system 
  

Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 

Mac OSX 10.6 and newer 

Browser 
  
Safari, Chrome, and Firefox - current version 
Microsoft Edge - latest version 
Internet Explorer - current or immediately previous version  
Email client  
  
  
  
Office/Outlook 2016 
Office/Outlook 2013 with SP1 
Office/Outlook 2010 with SP2 
Office/Outlook 2007 with SP3 
Outlook for Macintosh - Office for Mac2016 
Computer and processor  1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor 
Memory  1 GB RAM (32-bit) 
2 GB RAM (64-bit) recommended for more complex graphics features 
4-8 GB RAM for complex statistical or mathematical calculations and large data sets 
Disk space  3 gigabytes (GB) 
Monitor resolution  1024 x 768 
Network bandwidth 
Minimum of 512kbps 
Note: Higher bandwidth rates are recommended since many courses link to videos and other educational resources that will function better at higher bandwidth. 
Mobile email  Native Android or iOS Mail app or Outlook app 
Screen readers  Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari) 
PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer) 
PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox) 
Note: There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome.

Electronic Communications Policy 

Alliant encourages the creative and innovative use of information technology to enhance its teaching, research, and public service mission. Alliant respects the intellectual labor and creativity of others and seeks to protect the free and peaceful expression of ideas. All members of the University share responsibility for maintaining an environment where actions are guided by mutual respect, integrity, and reason. 

Alliant expects all members of its community to use network systems with proper regard for the rights of others and the University. Abuse of these privileges will be subject to disciplinary action, as established by the operating policies and procedures of the University. Alliant reserves the right to limit access in response to evidence of violations of University policy or federal, state or local laws. All members of the Alliant community are bound by federal, state and local laws relating to civil rights, harassment, copyright, security, pornography, privacy, and other statutes relating to electronic media. This policy does not preclude enforcement under federal, state, or local laws and regulations. 

All users of Alliant electronic communications systems are subject to the provisions of this policy, including those who rely on remote or off-campus access to these systems. Use of these systems implies consent with this policy, as well as other applicable University policies and local, state and federal laws. For individuals whose network accounts are primarily for representing units or special projects, further policies may apply as governed by the needs of the unit or project. 

This policy covers electronic communications on systems that Alliant hosts or is hosted by third parties on behalf of Alliant. Examples are: E-mail, Online Course Forums, Blogs, Wikis, Video Conferencing, Alliant managed Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and similar entities. 

Individual Privileges 

The following individual privileges are extended to all users of electronic communication systems. However, it is understood that each of these privileges is conditioned upon acceptance of the accompanying responsibilities. 

  1. Free Expression - There shall be no restrictions placed on the fundamental rights to free speech except those necessary to protect the rights of others and to preserve the order necessary for the University to function as an institution of higher learning. Given the diverse cultural backgrounds of users, the University cannot protect individuals against exposure to materials that they may consider offensive. Nevertheless, the University reserves the right to take restrictive actions in response to complaints that posted material creates a hostile environment for individuals or classes of individuals. The University also has the responsibility to take restrictive action when a user violates University policy or federal, state or local laws. 
  2. Privacy - Users may expect to keep personal electronic mail correspondence reasonably confidential. Users should be sensitive to the inherent limitations of shared network resources in protecting privacy. Some examples of this may include printing personal messages on a shared printer, leaving a message or account open on a computer in a public computer lab, etc. Specific personal electronic communications and computer files will not be searched deliberately to seek evidence of malfeasance except in an emergency or as part of a formal investigation by an authorized authority. 
  3. Due Process - The University will use due process in cases of discipline resulting from rules violations. System administrators are authorized to take any actions deemed necessary to preserve the integrity of the system, including immediate temporary suspension of access by any user allegedly involved in a violation pending the outcome of an investigation.

Individual Responsibilities 

Users of Alliant’s network systems accept responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, the following specific examples:

  1. Respect for the Intended Use of Resources - Users are responsible for all actions taken on their network account. Individual password security is the responsibility of the user and he/she should take precautions against others obtaining unauthorized access to his/her personal account. If the user allows another individual access to his/her account, the user assumes full responsibility for the actions of this individual while logged into his/her account. Accounts are not to be used for conducting personal business enterprises, including consulting for private gain. The University’s electronic communication systems are to be used only for the furtherance of the University’s mission and not for personal benefit. 
  2. Respect for Privacy of Others - Users shall not access anyone else’s electronic resources, including files and mail, without specific permission from the owner. Permission does not include sharing account information as designated above, but allows for collectively reading e-mail and sharing files using network services. The user shall not take advantage of another’s inexperience or negligence to gain access to any computer account, data, software, or file for which he or she has not received explicit permission to access. 
  3. Respect for Shared Nature of Resources - Users will not encroach on others’ use of the University’s computers and network facilities. No user should attempt to modify the University system or network facilities or to crash systems. Users should avoid activities that unreasonably tax systems resources. 
  4. Respect for the Rights of Others - University computing resources will not be used to harm or threaten to harm the safety or environmental health of another individual or individuals. The user must comply with University policies and federal, state and local laws regarding discriminatory harassment.
  5. Respect for Intellectual Property - Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to the academic discourse and enterprise. This principle encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publication and distribution.
  6. Respect for Integrity of System or Network - Accounts shall not be used for unauthorized access and/or attempts to access computers, computer software, computer data or information, or networks without proper authorization, regardless of whether the computer, software, data, information, or network in question is owned by the University. Abuse of networks or computers at other sites using Alliant resources will be treated as an abuse of computing privileges at the University. Users are prohibited from attempting to circumvent or subvert any system’s security measures. 

Reporting Violations 

If a user believes that a violation of this policy or criminal act has occurred, the user should contact the appropriate campus office. Alliant officials will take appropriate action in accordance with established University procedures. Infractions that may be violations of federal, state, or local laws will be reported by Alliant officials to the appropriate authorities. If a situation occurs in which a user feels that their personal health or safety is in jeopardy or that of another person, they should contact the police by dialing 911. 

In some situations, it may be necessary to suspend account privileges to prevent ongoing misuse while the alleged violation is under investigation. The system administrator reserves the right to immediate temporary suspension of the account(s) of anyone suspected of a violation, pending the outcome of investigation by the appropriate office listed above. In the case of minor, first time offenses, the system administrator may choose to resolve the situation informally without reporting the violation to other University officials. Appeals of any disciplinary decision will be handled according to existing law, University policies, and disciplinary procedures. 

Administration and Implementation 

Systems administrators will manage network systems in a manner that is consistent with the system’s importance for campus communication and the need for privacy of personal electronic mail messages. In connection with their responsibilities, professional staff members may on occasion need access or monitor parts of the system and thereby be given access to the contents of certain electronic mail messages. System administrators will respect the privacy of personal communications encountered on the systems. However, if, during the course of routine duties, a system administrator encounters information that indicates that a breach of this policy or criminal act has been or is about to be committed, they will report the existence and source of this information to the proper authorities. 

Administrators are not responsible for monitoring user activity or content on any network system. However, when they become aware of violations, either through the normal course of duty or by a complaint, it is their responsibility to refer the matter to the appropriate authority for investigation and possible discipline. To forestall an immediate threat to the security of a system or its users, system administrators may immediately suspend access of the people involved in the violation while the incident is being investigated. They may also take other actions to preserve the state of files and other information relevant to an investigation. Specific personal electronic communications and computer files will not be searched deliberately to seek evidence of malfeasance except when the appropriate authorities feel it is necessary in order: to enforce policies regarding harassment and the safety of individuals; to prevent the posting of proprietary software or texts, images, or audio works in disregard of copyright restrictions or contractual obligations; to safeguard the integrity of computers, networks, and data either at the University or elsewhere; and to protect the University against seriously damaging consequences. 

In general, electronic mail is considered the private information between the sender and recipient account holder. There may be exceptional circumstances where the University may release electronic mail to other parties. These situations may include, but are not limited to, the death of the account holder, when an absent or terminated employee has received mail associated with his/her job responsibilities, or during the course of a criminal investigation by authorized legal authorities. 

The University recognizes that all network system users are bound by federal, state, and local laws relating to civil rights, harassment, copyright, pornography, privacy, security and other statutes relating to electronic media. Nothing in this policy should be interpreted as precluding enforcement of the laws and regulations of the United States of America, State of California or any locality in the state of California. 

It is recommended that you first contact the appropriate office to file a report. In cases where you do not consider this a viable option Alliant leverages EthicsPoint to assist its faculty and staff in reporting activities which may involve misconduct or violation of University policies. EthicsPoint offers you an anonymous and confidential reporting tool to communicate misconduct and promote a positive working environment. Persons making reports are not required to provide their names, and reports will be forwarded to the proper Alliant official for review.

Methods to File a Report 

Click on the appropriate category from the “Make a Report” menu on this website, or call the toll-free EthicsPoint hotline listed on Alliant’s EthicsPoint website. 

Privacy Policy

Alliant is committed to protecting your privacy while you visit our websites, educational, clinical and operational resources.  Alliant follows all state and federal privacy laws, and the University safeguards the privacy of students, staff, and faculty. Unauthorized accessing and/or disclosure of confidential information by University employees is prohibited and may result in legal penalties. This policy applies to all paper and electronic records as well as the university website.

External Links 

We link to external sites on many pages throughout this web site. Alliant cannot be held responsible for the privacy practices or accuracy of the sites to which we link. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites. We strongly encourage you to review the privacy policy of each website you visit. 

Our student and faculty sites may also require you to provide specific user identification information, such as username, address, email address and student ID number. This information is collected so our university staff can contact you if necessary. Specific user identification data is also necessary to verify your identity prior to allowing access to some of these sites. 

Our Office of Alumni Relations subdomain and other Web pages allow visitors to order products or make donations. In these cases, we require contact information and credit card numbers. This information is used for the specific transaction, to purchase and send products ordered and any receipts. In addition, all sensitive, credit card, or other PII information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. Alliant also provides the option of ordering by phone. 

It is also possible to apply for employment opportunities through our website or independent recruitment sites we contract with. Our resume collection or online application requests standard employment information, such as your name, address, phone number, email address, employment history, languages you may be fluent in, education, teaching experience, publications, honors or awards you may have received, work-related skills (e.g. technology experience), professionally related community activities and any licensures, certifications, professional memberships or endorsements you may have. 

Security 

Our websites and networks have reasonable security measures in place designed to protect against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction of information under our control. 

We take reasonable steps to ensure the data is reliable, accurate, complete and current for its intended use. Personal information collected from visitors is protected in transmission to our websites with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol encryption. Alliant abides by all laws concerning the release of personal information and does not sell or rent any personal information to third parties, except as described below. 

Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that the PII we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this privacy policy. 

Identity Theft

Identity theft can include any misrepresentation, theft, or misuse of a person’s identity for any purpose, including but not limited to, obtaining federal financial aid, other financial gain, or obtaining access to confidential information. Identity theft is a violation of university policy and the Student Code of Conduct, but may also constitute a criminal offense under federal and state law. Alliant recognizes the importance of protecting student privacy and reserves the right to request documentation to establish or verify any student’s identity at any time, for administrative and/or compliance purposes. Students are expected to provide such documentation and are responsible for any cost associated with acquiring and submitting the documentation. Students may be administratively withdrawn for failure to provide documentation requested by University officials to authenticate a student’s identity. The University may also deny or rescind admission to any student for failure to authenticate his or her identity, or for engaging in identity theft.

Use of the Alliant Wi-Fi or Intranet Network for On-Campus Students, Faculty and Staff 

Alliant’s Internet network is guarded by a firewall that protects on-campus students from entering sites that may be unsafe or foster illegal activities. Sites are selected by category to filter usage. These site topics include, but are not limited to, drugs, illegal activities, gambling, copyright infringement and other questionable sites. 

The Learning Management System, MyAlliant, Library and other necessary resources are specifically white-listed to ensure students are always able to access them. If you feel a blocked website should be made available, submit a request to the Help Desk that includes the link, research or educational need defined, and your request will be reviewed.

Alliant’s networks authenticate students, faculty and staff prior to allowing site access, and our reporting capabilities are generally limited to big-picture summaries that describe general usage so resources can be adjusted up or down to provide quick access to data for all users. Reporting on individual usage is possible, but Alliant does not proactively monitor usage or sites visited by individuals unless approved by Human Resources or the Legal Department.

Federal Copyright Laws

All University members are expected to follow all federal copyright rules, laws, and guidelines. Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under Section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

University members who violate this policy may be subject to civil and criminal liabilities, as well as University disciplinary actions, up to and including but not limited to dismissal from the institution. The copyright law applies to all forms of photocopying, whether it is undertaken at a commercial copying center, at the school’s copying facilities, or at a self-service machine. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Reproduction of copyrighted material without prior permission of the copyright owner is prohibited except as permitted under the doctrine of “fair use,” an exception that must not be abused. The “fair use” doctrine allows, under certain conditions, the reproduction of copyrighted material for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. All university members must exercise careful judgment when reproducing the works of others to avoid violating the copyright law. 

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five (5) years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For additional information, please visit the US Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQs at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notification

In compliance with additional requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Alliant prohibits unlawful file sharing of copyright materials. The university requires students, staff, faculty, and visitors to comply with all pertinent U.S. and international copyright laws. Failure to comply with the policies in the DMCA plan may result in disciplinary action as well as civil and/or criminal penalties.