Student Rights & Responsibilities
For emergency help, call HFC Campus Safety at 313-845-9630. All community members are responsible for understanding and adhering to HFC's standards of behavior. The following policies and procedures help students understand the expected standards of behavior, their rights, and methods for resolving conflicts. HFC employees can find additional support on the Faculty & Staff Portal.
Advocacy & Conflict Resolution Toolkit
The toolbox below enables students to make informed decisions, take advantage of resources for resolving situations with various entities within the College community, such as academic, behavioral, and personal matters than can impact student progress. Students may also find answers in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Bi-Annual Right to Know: Drug and Alcohol Education and Prevention
Know Your Rights: Policies and Procedures
Keeping HAWKS Safe: Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
The BIT provides information and resources to members of the College community on risk prevention, threat identification, and procedures to report suspicious or threatening behavior. The BIT also serves to assess and respond to behavior exhibited by students and others that pose a threat to themselves or others in the College community. Finally, the BIT designs strategies for prevention of potential campus threats.
Student Conduct Policy and Due Process Procedure
Sexual Harassment and Misconduct (Title IX)
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Victim Resources
- City of Dearborn
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE
- Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault
- Community Social Services of Wayne County
- Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness
- Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
- Detroit Police Rape Counseling Center: This service assists victims of rape with medical, mental/emotional, and legal issues; must be a victim, survivor of rape and/or domestic violence; offers individual, couples, family, and group counseling; no fees; open 24/7. It's located at 420 St. Antoine in Detroit. Call 313-833-1650.
- VOICES (Sexual Abuse Survivors)/Catholic Social Services: 313-883-2100.
The Counseling Center provides students with help dealing with test anxiety and self-defeating behaviors, stress/anxiety reduction, coping with change, depression, anger management, parenting skills, assistance and support during career/life transitions, and more.
Assisted Learning Services
Assisted Learning Services provides accommodations to students with disabilities through a number of support services, such as academic assistance (if eligible), special testing conditions, textbooks in alternate format, adaptive equipment, reader/writer services, note-takers for the classrooms, and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for the classroom.
Student Outreach and Support assists students with financial needs through the Dreamkeepers Emergency Fund. It helps student overcome unforeseen financial emergencies and remain focused on what matters most: their education.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can anonymous incident reports be submitted?
Yes, however, it is highly recommended that the person(s) submitting the incident report provide at least an email address to help answer any important follow-up questions. If he or she fails to provide identifying or contact information, it may limit HFC’s ability to fully investigate and respond to the situation.
What happens if a student makes a bad behavioral choice?
If a student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the Vice President of Student Affairs or other College official designated by the Vice President or her designee (hereafter referred to as “Vice President/Designee”) will levy an appropriate penalty. Students in noncompliance with the Student Code of Conduct receive due process procedure.
What happens if a student is found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct?
In cases of noncompliance with the Student Code of Conduct, the College will impose discipline that is consistent with the impact of the offense on the College community. Progressive discipline principles will be followed in that the student’s prior discipline history at the College will be taken into account. Disciplinary action taken against a student may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:
- Verbal Warning: The student is given a verbal warning and a notation is made in his or her disciplinary file.
- Written Warning: A notice in writing to the student that he or she is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
- Probation: A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institution regulation(s) during the probationary period.
- Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
- Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
- Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, essays, service(s) to HFC, and/or related discretionary assignments.
- College Suspension: Separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
- College Dismissal: Separation of the student from HFC indefinitely.
- College Expulsion: Separation of the student from HFC permanently.
- Revocation of Admission and/or Degree: Admission to or a degree awarded from the College may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of College standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
What is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct?
The Student Code of Conduct contains examples of violations. These include some of the following:
- Disruption or obstruction of College activities;
- Physical abuse, assaults, threats, intimidation, and harassment (this includes messages sent via text, email, or any other electronic medium);
- Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources;
- Disoriderly conduct;
- Failure to comply with directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties; and
- Smoking in non-designated areas.
What other policies should students know about?
Students should be aware of policies contained on the Student Policies, Rights, and Responsibilities page.
Office and Contacts
The Office of Student Conduct, Compliance & Student Title IX Coordinator supports the Office of Student Affairs' mission by fostering student advocacy, civility, personal integrity, and crisis management as it investigates, adjudicates, and provides conflict resolution advice to the HFC community.
The following contacts are non-emergency:
Office of Student Conduct, Compliance, and Student Title IX Coordinator
Learning Success Center (Building A)
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Aura Cazares, M.A.
Student Conduct & Compliance Manager/Student Title IX Coordinator
Office N227, Campus Safety (Building N)
Dr. Lisa Copprue
Vice President of Student Affairs
Office L-420, ASCC (Building L)