Information for Crime Victims about Disciplinary Proceedings
Disclosure of Disciplinary Records in Non-Violent Incidents
"Complainants can expect a thorough investigation when a report is submitted. Once a determination and an outcome is determined; in order to protect the rights of parties involved, details about sanctions will not be available in non-violent incidents. However, if action is taken at the conclusion of the incident, the complainant will be provided guidance addressing their concerns so the incident will not continue to impact their ability to pursue his/her educational goals at HFC."
Disclosure of Disciplinary Records in Violent Incidents
While student disciplinary records are protected as education records under FERPA, there are certain circumstances in which disciplinary records may be disclosed without the student's consent. A postsecondary institution may disclose to an alleged victim of any crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense the final results of a disciplinary proceeding conducted by the institution against the alleged perpetrator of that crime, regardless of whether the institution concluded a violation was committed. An institution may disclose to anyone—not just the victim—the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, if it determines that the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense, and with respect to the allegation made against him or her, the student has committed a violation of the institution's rules or policies. See 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(13) and (14). If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the information shall be provided, upon request, to the next of kin of the alleged victim. This provision applies to any disciplinary proceeding conducted by a school on or after August 14, 2009.