Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

Student Orientation

Students are oriented to the University and its Program by the Academic Dean during the student’s application interview. This is when program costs, probable length of time to acquire the degree, school policies and other matters are discussed before matriculation.
A school-wide orientation is likewise conducted at the start of every quarter to ensure that students and faculty are updated and in-tune with school policies and guidelines.

Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Policies

Students are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner and to abide by the regulations of CTU. A student who violates CTU regulations and the following student code of conduct may require CTU to impose such penalties as deemed appropriate from verbal warning to dismissal. Any such disciplinary action will follow the established due process. Students will be informed in writing of the nature of the charges against them and will be given a fair opportunity to refute them.

The Student Code of Conduct includes the following:
(a) Cheating is defined as and includes the use of study aids, examination files, other related materials, and receiving unauthorized assistance during any academic exercise;
(b) Fabrication is the falsification or invention of any information in an academic exercise;
(c) Facilitating academic dishonesty is intentionally helping or attempting to help another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty;
(d) Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as the one’s own in any academic exercise.

Student Behavior

The school will take appropriate action against any disruptive student behavior. “Disruptive behavior” is defined as:
(a) Preventing other students from learning;
(b) Preventing the teacher from teaching;
(c) Hurting, offending or threatening teachers, students or staff.

The Dean or Admissions Director has the authority to expel a student at any time if their behavior disrupts class instruction. Disruptive behaviors which are not allowed at school may include, but are not limited to, showing disrespect or being impolite to teachers, students or staff. These can be in any of the following forms:
• Bothering other students, teachers and staff physically or verbally
• Not cooperating in class
• Not allowing other students to participate in class
• Not bringing the textbook and materials to class
• Sleeping in class
• Placing another person in fear of imminent physical or bodily harm
• Intentionally or carelessly engaging in conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety or causes physical harm to any persons on campus
• “Harassment” – any actions, threats, gestures and/or words directed toward another person which have the purpose or which tend to incite a breach of peace, create a hostile environment, or cause emotional distress to that person because of humiliating, degrading, intimidating, insulting, coercive, ridiculing or alarming nature of the conduct. It frequently, but not always involves a pattern of conduct.
• Repeatedly speaking one’s native language during class.
• Being violent or any form of violence, threats, or sexual harassment may result in expulsion from the program immediately.
• Having or showing sexually explicit or violent images in any form in class.

The behaviors above are not acceptable and may be dealt with in the following manner:
1. A verbal notice from the Professor or Administrative Official
2. A written Student Warning notice or discussion with an Administrative Official
3. Expulsion and loss of I-20 status if the disruptive behavior is found to be continuing

Disciplinary Policies

Students are obligated to comply with the course requirements as set by the instructor. The instructor will report to the Academic Dean any acts of academic dishonesty committed by a student who will then be required to see the Academic Dean for counseling. In case the student continues his/her dishonest conduct, a hearing will be convened with the student, the instructor will report the incident to the Academic Dean and President. A recommendation in writing with the reasons supporting the action will be provided to the student. A decision to expel, suspend, or give a less severe disciplinary action to the student will be made by the Academic Dean, and students have the right to appeal.

Drug and Alcohol Policies

It is the policy of CTU that the learning environment be free of prohibited or controlled substances including drugs and alcohol. Violation of this policy could lead to suspension, expulsion and termination.

Sexual Harassment Policy

CTU declares that it will not tolerate any sexual harassment by any instructor or student on another person. Alleged victims may file a written complaint to the Administrative office. Within two weeks of receipt of the complaint, CTU shall give a written response to the complainant as the progress of the case. If any instructor or student is formally accused by an alleged victim CTU may hold an administrative hearing after giving notice due to the accused. CTU may take a range of actions to deal with the offender above and beyond the civil/criminal penalties the offender is liable for:
1. Verbal or written reprimand
2. Suspension for a period from the University
3. Dismissal from the University

Grievance Resolution and Appeal Procedure

All members of the CTU administrators, faculty and staff are dedicated to providing its students the highest quality of undergraduate and graduate education programs. They strive to guide and assist students so that they can successfully complete their academic objectives. However, problems may arise, necessitating them to take disciplinary actions.

Students who are disciplined due to a serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct shall have the right to appeal to the Academic Dean. CTU aims to resolve all complaints, such as grade disputes and other problems in a manner that is fair and just too all parties involved. When submitting a formal appeal to the Academic Dean, students are advised to assemble the following supportive evidence:
1. Documentation of the nature of the problem or dispute;
2. Evidence of the date that the alleged problem or dispute occurred;
3. The name of the individuals involved in the dispute;
4. A brief statement concerning the ruling sought and copies of all supportive documents.

Students have the right to appeal to the appropriate state regulatory agency in the event a complaint or dispute that cannot be resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction.

Right to File a Complaint

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education by calling Toll Free (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s Internet Website http://www.bppe.ca.gov.
Mailing Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Phone: (916) 431-6959
Toll Free: (888) 370-7589
Main Fax: (916) 263-1897
Licensing Fax: (916) 263-1894
Enforcement/STRF/Closed Schools Fax: (916) 263-1896

Physical Address:
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento California, 95833