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Welcome to Student Affairs! 

The Student Affairs Division offers you, as a student, a wide variety of support services. We offer academic advising, mentoring, career exploration, counseling and many more services. You can find out more about our services on the MyLMC page of the website - get to it from anywhere with the link in the upper right corner.

You can also visit us in-person in Student Services in the Main Building on the Benton Harbor Campus, or in the front office of the Niles and South Haven campuses.

Below, you will find information about your rights and responsibilities as a student at Lake Michigan College.

We are dedicated to helping you navigate your way throughout your academic journey: from your first visit to campus, participating in orientation, planning your guided pathway, to planning your future career as you prepare to graduate. 

We seek to be welcoming to all our students. We place the highest priority on the values of inclusivity, compassion, integrity, and teamwork. Every day we strive to live up to these values and to embody them in everything that we do. 

It is my honor to welcome you, and I want you to know that it is a privilege of a lifetime for me, and the Student Affairs staff, to be able to work with students every day and help make a difference in our community. 

Nygil Likely
Vice President, Student Affairs 

 

Student-Related Policies

Students attending LMC are responsible for knowing and adhering to all policies, including LMC’s Code of Conduct, academic honesty, standards of progress, attendance, grades; use of facilities including the weapons-free campus policy; tuition and refunds; active military duty; children on campus; rules, regulations, and all local, state and federal laws. Browse all Lake Michigan College Policies.

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Code of Conduct

Lake Michigan College seeks to foster a secure learning environment. The Student Code of Conduct sets forth expectations for individuals who choose to become part of the college community. Students attending LMC are responsible for adhering to its Student Code of Conduct, Rules, Regulations, college policies, and all local, state and federal laws. 

 

  • Accused Student – Any student accused of violating this Code of Conduct or the general college rules. 
  • Appeal – A request to review a previous college decision. All students are required to state their appeal in writing at the time they begin the appeal process. 
  • Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) – The BIT’s responsibility is to identify and Coordinate services or intervention strategies for a broad range of student behaviors, including but not limited to mental illness, substance abuse, and disruptive conduct. The use of behavioral intervention teams is a method for identifying and responding to student conduct issues in an educational setting. The BIT has been charged with upholding college policies and maintaining a healthy environment for the college. 
  • Campus Designee – A college appointee who is responsible for initiating the judicial process at the local level. 
  • College – Lake Michigan College 
  • College Officials – Administrative and executive officers and their designees. 
  • Complainant – Any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Code of Conduct or the general college rules. 
  • Criminal Activity – Any alleged violation of local, State, or Federal laws. 
  • Off-campus – Off-campus classes, including online, utilize LMC resources including faculty, internet, or intranet services, whether or not directly operated by LMC. 
  • On-campus – All property owned, operated, maintained, controlled, or leased by LMC. 
  • Ombudsperson – This persons' primary duty is to assist students in resolving complaints or disputes within the college. The ombudsperson also helps staff members, instructors, and administrators sort through college rules and regulations that might apply to specific issues and concerns. The ombudsperson carries out these duties in a neutral, confidential, informal and independent manner. 
  • Property Belonging to LMC – All land, buildings, facilities, or other grounds or structures, including adjacent streets and sidewalks, or any item in possession of or owned, used, loaned, leased, maintained, or controlled by LMC or funded by LMC budgets, including computers and network systems, library materials, classrooms, and laboratories used for LMC purposes. 
  • Student – an individual, who is currently enrolled, has been enrolled, or who has applied to be enrolled at Lake Michigan College. 
  • Student Appeals Committee – A group of persons authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs (or their designee) to consider whether a student has violated the Code of Conduct. 

 

This Code applies to:

  • The on-campus conduct of all students and registered student organizations.

  • The off-campus conduct of students and registered student organizations in direct connection with the use of college resources, including the campus network; academic course requirements, such as internships, field trips, international study, or experiential learning activities; any activity supporting the pursuit of a certificate or degree, such as research at another institution; and any activity sponsored, conducted, or authorized by LMC or by registered student organizations. 

  • Off-campus conduct that negatively impacts LMC such as threats of violence or physical harm, unlawful harassment, or other conduct which may have a negative impact or may place its community (inclusive of students, employees or faculty) at risk. 

This Code also applies to:

  • Any activity that causes substantial risk of destruction of property belonging to LMC or causes serious risk of harm or endangers the health or safety of members of the LMC community, including students, staff, and members of the public when participating in LMC events or activities. 

  • Any activity in which a police report has been filed, a summons or indictment has been issued, or an arrest has occurred for criminal activity. 

Students of LMC are guaranteed all rights, privileges, and freedoms granted to a citizen of the United States. In addition, they are entitled to an environment that is conducive to learning and individual growth. To this end, students enrolling at LMC assume responsibility for the college’s student conduct regulations, just as they assume a citizen’s responsibility to abide by Federal, State, and local laws. Violation of statutory laws or the college student conduct regulations or specific departmental rules may lead to disciplinary action(s) by LMC.

Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible individuals in accordance with institutional policies, rules, and regulations. In developing responsible student conduct, the institution prefers advisory, guidance, admonition, and example. However, when these means fail to resolve problems of student conduct and responsibility, appropriate disciplinary procedures will be followed. 

Misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action falls into the general areas of academic dishonesty, threatening physical and verbal behavior, and violations of civil or criminal statutes and/or institutional policies, rules and regulations. A student found to have committed or attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions: 

  • Abusive Behavior: Any conduct, including but not limited to, physical harm or abuse, bullying, verbal abuse, use of profanity, threats, intimidation, harassment, or coercion, or any behavior that threatens or endangers the health, safety, or well-being of any person is prohibited at any location providing college services. 
  • Academic Dishonesty: Cheating and plagiarism are the two most obvious forms of academic dishonesty. No student shall engage in behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, constitutes cheating, fabricating, lying, plagiarism, or theft of academic property. In brief, plagiarism is borrowing ideas, words, organization, etc., from another source or person and claiming them as original. Any dishonest activity may result in failure of specific assignments or an entire course. 
  • Acts of Dishonesty: No student shall furnish false and/or misleading information to any official, college employee or office nor engage in forgery, alteration or misuse of any college document, record or instrument of identification. 
  • Alcohol Violation: the unlawful manufacturing, distribution, possession and/or sale of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by college regulations) or public intoxication on any LMC property or off-campus sites such as hospitals or clinics. 
  • Drugs Violation: the unlawful manufacturing, distribution, possession and/or sale of marijuana, narcotics, or other controlled substance except as expressly permitted by law. This includes the possession of paraphernalia. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008 (MMMA) notwithstanding, LMC is subject to the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, both of which prohibit controlled substances on campus, including marijuana. The use or possession of medical marijuana is not permitted anywhere on LMC's campuses. 
  • Assembly: No student or students shall assemble in a manner that obstructs the free movement of persons about the campus or that interferes with the normal operation of college programs and services. 
  • Athletic Misconduct: The Athletic Department imposes a higher standard of conduct on its student-athletes. Please refer to the Athletic Department for more information regarding the Athletic Code of Conduct. 
  • Classroom Misconduct: Classroom misconduct is any substantial behavior which disrupts or interferes with the learning experience, or disrupts the academic atmosphere of the institution including college-sponsored events and activities. Students are required and expected to conduct themselves as mature, considerate adults. Students should conduct and express themselves in a way that is respectful to all persons. This includes respecting the rights of others to comment and participate fully in class. 
  • Compliance with Applicable Law: No student shall violate any college policy, rule or regulation or other local, State or Federal law, ordinance or regulation on college-owned or operated property or in connection with any college-sponsored program, course of study or activity. Complicity in violating the Code of Conduct includes attempting, aiding, abetting, conspiring, hiring or being an accessory to any act prohibited by this Code. If a student has knowledge of another student, individual, or group committing or attempting to commit a violation of the Code, he or she is required to remove him- or herself from the situation and report it to the college. 
  • Contracts: No student shall enter into any contract in the name of the institution except with prior written authorization from appropriate college officials. 
  • Failure to Comply: A student shall comply with the direction of institutional officials, faculty, staff, or security officers in performance of their duties and identify oneself to these people when requested to do so. All students will carry a current LMC-issued photo identification. 
  • Gambling: A student shall not engage in any form of gambling on college-owned or operated property that is not a college-sponsored activity. 
  • Harassment: No student shall engage in harassment of another person. This shall include but not be limited to stalking, sexual or racial harassment and verbal and/or physical actions. 
  • Indecent or Obscene Behavior: A student shall not engage in any vulgar, unbecoming or obscene behavior. 
  • Obstruction/Abuse of Grievance Procedure: Includes but is not limited to:
    • Failure to comply with a summons of the Student Appeals Committee.
    • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of the information to the Student   Appeals Committee.
    • Disruption or interference with the orderly process of a discipline hearing.
    • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
    • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of the Student Appeals Committee prior to and/or after a Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
    • Verbal or physical harassment and/or intimidation of a member of Student Appeals Committee prior to, during, and/or after a Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
    • Failure to comply with decisions, recommendations or sanctions imposed by the Student Appeals Committee.
    • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
  • Other Prohibited Misconduct: The college reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse admission and/or continued enrollment if the college determines that the applicant/student is a threat or a potential danger to the college community or if such refusal is considered in the best interest of the college. The Vice President of Student Affairs may specify other behaviors that shall constitute student misconduct, subject to the approval of the President.
  • Safety: A student shall not engage in behavior that violates any safety rules of any classroom, laboratory, or other institutional facility. This shall include, without limitation, the wearing of any required personal safety equipment and following prescribed methods and procedures for handling and disposing of materials, which may be hazardous, unstable, contagious, etc.
  • Signs: A student shall not erect or display signs or posters on college-owned or operated property unless authorized by the institution. A student shall not deface, alter, tamper with, destroy or remove any sign or inscription on college-owned or operated property.
  • Soliciting: A student or organization may not use institutional facilities, solicit funds or goods on or off-campus, or schedule activities unless such action has been approved by appropriate institutional officials. Students may post information on identified, public boards on each campus.
  • Smoking and Use of Tobacco: Smoking and use of tobacco products are strictly prohibited except personal vehicles and designated exterior smoking areas only.
  • Theft or Abuse of Electronics and/or Technology:
    No student shall engage in the theft or abuse of electronics and/ or technology, including but not limited to:
    • Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents for any other purpose
    • Unauthorized transfer of a file
    • Unauthorized use of another user’s identification and password
    • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty, or staff member or college official
    • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the normal operation of the instructional computing system
  • Theft and Vandalism: A student shall not engage in attempted theft of and/or damage to property of the institution or a member of the college community or other personal or public property. 
  • Use of Institutional Facilities: Unlawful or unauthorized use of the institutional facilities is prohibited. 
  • Weapons: A student shall not possess, use, or threaten to use weapons or explosives on any college-owned or operated property or at a college-sponsored activity except as specifically authorized in writing by appropriate college officials. (Also see the Weapons Free Campus Policy.)

When reports of alleged violation of the Code of Conduct surface, they are addressed by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee. The steps followed to resolve formal disciplinary matters are called the judicial process. The judicial process exists to ensure that basic due process is granted to all LMC students who find themselves in conflict with the college standards. Students, faculty, and staff may report possible infractions. 

Due Process is the guarantee of student civil rights under the Constitution of the United States and the laws and regulations of the state of Michigan and Lake Michigan College. Due Process is that process which prevents rights from being taken away from an individual without notice and an opportunity to respond to allegations. Due process requires that the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee shall meet with the student as soon as possible after the alleged violation of the Code of Conduct and at such meeting the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee shall provide the student with (1) notice of the alleged violations of the Code of Conduct, (2) the facts upon which the alleged violation is made, and (3) an opportunity to discuss the alleged violations and to be heard. Within five (5) school days of the meeting, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee will provide the student with notice of the decision and information regarding the appeal process, if applicable.

Anyone wishing to report student misconduct shall document all relevant information on the Maxient Conduct Manager System using the Student Conduct/Concerning Behavior form. When an incident report is filed, it is reviewed by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee. 

Following review of the incident report (which may include without limitation, any and all research deemed appropriate regarding the underlying incident), a determination will be made by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee (in possible consultation with other campus and/ or college leadership) whether charges of misconduct should be filed in response to the incident. 

When a Maxient report of possible infraction of the Code of Conduct is received by the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee, the following process is implemented: 

  1. The report of alleged misconduct is reviewed by any of the following: the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee. This review will determine suitable address of the matter, including whether judicial action should be initiated and may include contacting the student reportedly involved in the incident and/or other witness(es) to seek additional, clarifying information. Review of a reported incident does not, in itself, constitute judicial action. 
  2. If it is determined that judicial action should be initiated to resolve a more serious infraction,   an attempt to make personal contact with the alleged student will be conducted. If unable to contact the alleged student a written notice of judicial charges and sanctions is sent to the student’s local address listed in college records and a meeting with the accused student(s) is conducted by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee. 
  3. Failure or refusal to pick up or accept a letter does not remove the student’s obligation to adhere to any instructions, sanctions, or deadlines issued in the letter. 
  4. A student may not avoid adjudication of an alleged policy infraction by withdrawing from the college. Should a student withdraw or depart from the college before investigation and/or adjudication of an alleged infraction is completed, the judicial process may proceed, and appropriate sanctions for confirmed charges may be issued. Pending resolution of a disciplinary matter, a hold will be placed on the absent student’s transcript. 

The Vice President of Student Affairs or designee handles matters that require disciplinary action at Lake Michigan College. All students at the college are guaranteed due process (See Due Process section of this document) in disciplinary matters.

When a student has been charged with misconduct or an infraction of the college rules, the Vice President Student Affairs or designee will confer with the student charged. Pending action by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee on the charges, the status of the student will not be altered, nor will his/her right to be present on the campus and to attend classes be suspended, except for reasons related to the safety and/or well-being of other LMC students, employees, or property. The Vice President of Student Affairs or designee shall be the person to make the decision to suspend with regard to safety or property. Disciplinary action taken by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee toward a student found responsible for misconduct or a violation of college rules may include, but are not limited to, an oral warning up to expulsion from the college. See sanctions. 

Any combination of the following sanctions or other sanctions may be imposed through the judicial process. Multiple and/or repeated violations typically result in increased sanctions. 

The sanctions listed are not inclusive, but merely serve as guidelines: 

  1. College Property Restrictions – restriction from certain college facilities or property, either physical or virtual, for a definite period of time. 
  2. Disqualification – from receipt of institutional financial aid while the sanction is imposed or possibly thereafter. 
  3. Educational Sanctions – a student is required to write a paper, plan and present a program, attend a class or seminar, or complete other educational requirements. 
  4. Expulsion – the most severe sanction of violation of college policy is expulsion, which results in immediate dismissal and permanent separation from the college. Any student who is expelled due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted. 
  5. Fine – a monetary penalty for property damage, theft, or other violations that result in inconvenience cost to others. 
  6. Formal Warning – a written reprimand that expresses disapproval of the student’s actions and warns against any potential violations of college policy in the future. 
  7. Interim Suspension – temporarily restrict student(s) from campus/college activities pending a hearing. 
  8. Loss of Privileges – denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time. 
  9. Parental Notification – as permitted by law, the college reserves the right to disclose to parents or legal guardians information about a student’s violation of college regulations and policies and Federal, State and/or local laws governing the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. The college may notify parents/legal guardians of alcohol or a controlled substance violation if the student is under the age of 21. The Vice President of Student Affairs or designee determines the circumstances under which parental notification takes place. 
  10. Probation – a period of observation and review. The length of this period of probation will be determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee. If found responsible for violating any college policies or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period, the student may be immediately suspended from the college and/or events pending further disciplinary review. 
  11. Restitution – compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary replacement. 
  12. Suspension – immediate dismissal from classes and activities at the college for at least the remainder of the term/semester in progress and/or a specified period of time thereafter. Any additional violations or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this time period of suspension may result in expulsion. During suspension, the student is not permitted to visit the college premises or attend any college functions without prior written permission from the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee. Any student who is suspended due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted. 

Expulsion or Suspension 

  1. All recommendations for expulsion or suspension shall be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee, who may also initiate such action on his/her own authority. Where such recommendation is received, where the Vice President of Student Affairs designee on his/her own authority determines such recommendation appropriate, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee shall meet with the student within five (5) school days and shall provide the student with (1) notice of the recommendation, (2) the facts or allegations upon which the recommendation is made, (3) an opportunity to discuss the allegations and to provide such information as the student deems appropriate or relevant, and (4) the right to appeal. 
  2. Upon receiving a recommendation for expulsion or suspension, or upon determining on his/her own authority that such discipline is appropriate, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee may temporarily prohibit the student from attending any classes or participating in any other college activities until the meeting with the student is held. 
  3. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee may either (a) impose such lesser discipline as he/she deems appropriate under the circumstances, or (b) recommend to the president that such student be expelled or suspended. The Vice President of Student Affairs or designee shall notify the student of his/ her recommendation and shall also notify the student of his/her appeal rights. 
  4. See Student Appeal Process. 

Exclusion from a Class or Course, Probation, or Reprimand 

All recommendations for exclusion or removal from a course or class for reprimand or censure, or for probation must be initiated by a faculty member or adjunct. Or it may be initiated by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee upon his/ her own authority. Where such a recommendation is received, or where the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee, deems such discipline appropriate, he/she shall meet with the student within five (5) school days and both will follow the Academic Complaint Procedure.

 

Step 1: Violation – Code of Conduct 

Alleged event or alleged code of conduct violation occurs and the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee is notified.  

Investigation and adjudication of alleged violation occurs. The Vice President of Student Affairs or designee send student(s) a letter describing the allegation(s), or violation(s) and sanction(s) if applicable. Student is informed of rights regarding appeal. 

Step 2: Student Response 

  1. Student agrees with the findings and the case is closed.
  2. If student disagrees with findings and/or sanction(s), the student can appeal the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee’s decision through the Student Appeal Process with the Student Appeal Committee. The student must submit their appeal request in writing to the College ombudsperson within five (5) business days after receiving the final decision from the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee.

Step 3: Student Appeal Committee 

If student disagrees with findings and/or sanction(s) Within seven (7) business days of receiving the written appeal request the Student Appeal Committee will set a hearing date. The Student Appeal Committee will hear the case and make a final determination as to whether the student violated the Code of Conduct. Within seven (7) business days after the hearing the Student Appeal Committee will render a decision and the decision is final. 

The college reserves the right for the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee to suspend the normal judicial process under the following circumstances: cases where a student may present a threat of harm to self, or others, to property, or are disruptive to the campus living and learning community. 

General Provisions

  1. All documents, communications, and all records dealing with an appeal shall be filed by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee. All records of actions under this procedure shall be held in strict confidence and will be available to the student initiating the appeal or his/her representative. 
  2. Hearings and conferences held under this procedure shall be conducted at a time and place that will afford a fair and reasonable opportunity for all appropriate persons to be present. When such hearings and conferences are held during college hours, employees who are required to attend shall be excused to do so with no reduction in pay. Students who are required to attend will be excused from classes with no penalty. 
  1. Jurisdiction 
    The Student Appeals Committee shall hear and determine appeals in the following situations: Student-, faculty-, or staff-generated complaints concerning student conduct excluding grades. The decision of the Student Appeals Committee is final.
     
  2. Composition
    The Student Appeals Committee shall consist of two (2) students, two (2) faculty from outside the division*, two (2) administrators outside the division and one (1) classified staff. The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics will chair and facilitate the Student Appeals Committee and is a non-voting member. The student body, Division and Departments will annually create a pool of participants from which to draw committee members. *Division refers to that of the faculty referenced in the complaint.
     
  3. Ombudsperson 
    Any full-time staff and/or faculty member can serve as the Lake Michigan College ombudsperson and is appointed by the Dean of Student Affairs. The ombudsperson’s primary duty is to assist students in resolving complaints or disputes within the college. The ombudsperson also helps staff members, instructors, and administrators sort through college rules and regulations that might apply to specific issues and concerns. The ombudsperson carries out these duties in a neutral, confidential, informal and independent manner.

    The current Benton Harbor Campus ombudsperson is Nicole Hatter, (269) 927-8185. 

    The Niles-Bertrand Crossing Campus ombudsperson is the Director of Student Services, (269) 695-2988. 

    The South Haven campus ombudsperson is the Director of the Campus and can be reached at (269) 637-7500. 

    Following a request for assistance, the ombudsperson will take one or more of the following actions: (1) listen carefully to the concern, (2) explain relevant student rights and responsibilities, (3) review relevant college policies or regulations, (4) suggest fair and equitable options, 5) refer the individual to an appropriate college or community resource, or (6) investigate, when necessary. The ombudsperson is available to all parties involved in Student Appeals Committee hearings, the final step in an effort to resolve a dispute. 

    NOTE: The ombudsperson is not an advocate for any group on campus; instead the ombudsperson is an advocate for fairness. The ombudsperson also does not provide legal service, represent students or instructors at academic grievance or disciplinary hearings or mediate disputes between or among faculty or between faculty and administrators. The office of the ombudsperson does not accept formal complaints or notice for the college. Members of the LMC community may contact the ombudsperson in person or by e-mail. At any point in the process, the student, faculty, adjunct or staff may enlist the assistance of the LMC ombudsperson for procedural assistance. Any informal records that are generated will be kept on file by the ombudsperson. The above procedure excludes issues related to sexual harassment, civil rights, Title IX, and disability concerns.

    Complaint procedures for these areas can be found in the college Policies section of the college catalog or directed to the Executive Director of Human Resources at (269) 927-8102. Any questions regarding your rights under Section 504 should be directed to the Student Outreach and Support Services office at (269) 927-8866. 

 

The purpose of the hearing is to provide the opportunity for the campus designee or complainant and the respondent to present all relevant information and evidence with regard to the alleged misconduct. The respondent (student) requesting the appeal is encouraged to present new evidence to support their position. 

It is the responsibility of the Student Appeals Committee, as applicable, to consider impartially all relevant information and evidence, determine the facts, apply college policy, and impose appropriate sanctions if the respondent is found responsible for the alleged violation. College judicial hearings are administrative hearings that allow flexibility and are not courts of law. Students may have an advisor from the college community during the hearings, but not an attorney. The advisor cannot speak or ask questions during the hearings or interrupt the procedures in any way. The judicial process is separate and independent from any civil or criminal action and may proceed even if a related matter is anticipated or pending in other forums. Rules of evidence and the criminal standard of proof do not apply. Student Appeals Committee members, as applicable, are expected to find a student or student organization responsible for violations of college policies only if the information shows that it is more likely than not that misconduct occurred. 

Whenever a hearing in front of the Student Appeals Committee is to be held regarding an allegation of misconduct, the campus designee or respondent and the complainant shall be given at least three (3) business days’ notice of the charges and the date, time, and place of the hearing. Failure of the respondent to attend the hearing will result in the case being heard in his or her absence. The order of presentation of the hearing will normally be as follows: 

  1. Introductions and reading of the charge(s) by the Student Appeals Committee Chair. 
  2. The campus designee or complainant presents an opening statement. 
  3. The accused presents an opening statement. 
  4. The campus designee or complainant presents relevant evidence and witnesses. 
  5. The accused may question the campus designee or complainant’s witnesses. 
  6. The Student Appeals Committee may question the campus designee or complainant’s witnesses. 
  7. The accused presents relevant evidence and witnesses. 
  8. The campus designee or complainant may question the witnesses of the accused. 
  9. The Student Appeals Committee may question the accused’s witnesses. 
  10. The Student Appeals Committee presents any witnesses called by the Student Appeals Committee itself. 
  11. First the campus designee or complainant and then the accused may question the Student Appeals Committee’s witnesses. 
  12. Any witness may be recalled for further questioning by any participant. 
  13. The campus designee or complainant presents a final statement. 
  14. The accused presents a final statement. 
  15. The Student Appeals Committee deliberates privately and renders a decision. 
  16. The Student Appeals Committee Chair sends to the accused student the decision in writing within seven (7) business days. 

The Student Appeals Committee may ask questions of witnesses at any time and also facilitate the presentation of the case. The Student Appeals Committee may call additional witnesses or seek further evidence relating to a case if the Student Appeals Committee member desires clarification or further information. All hearings shall be closed to everyone except the Student Appeals Committee appropriate college staff, the respondent, the campus designee or complainant, the observer/recorder selected by the college, and witnesses during the actual time of their testimony. The proceedings of the Student Appeals Committee hearings are presumptively confidential. Unauthorized disclosure of information by any party or witness involved during the hearing process may lead to disciplinary action. 

The respondent is entitled to be present at the hearing, to hear and respond to evidence regarding the charges, to present witnesses, and to question witnesses and other evidence. 

Witnesses must be members of the college faculty, staff or student body; unless the Student Appeals Committee rules that others may appear in the interest of the case. 

The respondent and complainant must give the names of all relevant witnesses to the ombudsperson at least two (2) business days before the hearing. The respondent and complainant will have access to the names of all witnesses. It is the responsibility of the respondent and complainant to notify all witnesses of the date, time, and location of a hearing. If a witness fails to appear, the hearing shall be held in his or her absence. 

All relevant information will be admissible. It is the responsibility of the respondent and complainant to submit all relevant information to the ombudsperson at least two (2) business days before the hearing. The chair, in consultation with the Student Appeals Committee members, will determine relevance. All evidence and information presented to the Student Appeals Committee is expected to be truthful, accurate, and complete. Failure to give truthful and complete information at a hearing may result in disciplinary action for a witness. Following the proceedings, the Student Appeals Committee will meet in a private session to deliberate whether the respondent is responsible or not for the charges based on the Committee’s judgment of whether it is more likely than not that misconduct has occurred. The Student Appeals Committee will not provide input on sanction(s) to the respondent. The Student Appeals Committee’s decision shall be based only on evidence presented at the hearing. The chair will remain in the session as a resource person, but will not participate in the deliberations. The Student Appeals Committee must reach a majority decision, with all members of the Student Appeals Committee voting. The decision of the Student Appeals Committee is final.

If a student is dismissed or suspended from one LMC location, that individual is dismissed or suspended from all LMC locations. After the suspension/dismissal period has been met the individual under dismissal or suspension may apply for reinstatement. The suspension/dismissal starts at the time/date of official notification to the student from the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee.

Prior to returning to campus, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee may, if deemed appropriate, require the student to be assessed by an appropriate psychological provider (e.g., licensed clinical mental health counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed social worker). The purpose of the evaluation is to assure: 

  1. The student is safe to return to campus and does not pose an immediate harm to him/herself or others and is able to adequately care for him or herself. 
  2. The student is able to function both socially and academically and will not cause any disruption to the community and normal functioning of the college. 

The individual must begin the reinstatement process by informing, in writing, the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee.  The letter should include a description of specific goals and supportive steps that the student will implement to help reduce the risk of another episode (or conduct issue) that caused the initial suspension or dismissal from the college. The appeal will be reviewed by the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee, who will act on the appeal within thirty (30) days of its receipt. The recommendation of the Vice President of Student Affair or designee, will be final. If the reinstatement request is denied, the student may appeal for reinstatement again after an additional five (5) years.

Policy Statement 

Office of Origin: Human Resources
Date Adopted: 05-23-89
Date Reviewed: 02-04-09
Last Date Modified & Approved: 12-12-17

The welfare and success of Lake Michigan College depends on the physical and psychological health of all its students and employees. The abuse of drugs and alcohol poses a serious threat to the College, its students, and its employees. Commonly abused or improperly used drugs and substances include, among others, alcohol, pain killers, sedatives, stimulants and tranquilizers as well as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs.

Lake Michigan College does not encourage or discourage alcohol consumption for those individuals who are of legal age in the State of Michigan. However, Lake Michigan College requires that when alcohol is consumed on the premises, that it be utilized in a socially responsible manner and only in those public situations prior approved by the College.
 
It is the joint responsibility of the College, its students, and employees to follow the policies and procedures developed to support a safe, drug free environment. 

Lake Michigan College adheres to and complies with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, which require an Institution of Higher Education to certify with the United States Department of Education that it has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and its employees. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, Lake Michigan College is distributing an annual notice and attachments to Lake Michigan College students and employees.

Lake Michigan College will make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug free workplace through the implementation of the following policies: 

  1. EMPLOYEES
    1. The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any Federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while acting as an agent of the College is prohibited and will constitute grounds for termination.
    2. Each employee engaged in the performance of a federal contract or grant must have a copy of the "Drug Free Workplace – Code of Conduct" and must agree, as a condition of employment, to abide by its terms and to notify the College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after the conviction.
    3. The College will notify federal contracting or granting agencies of any convictions (as described in paragraph 2) immediately within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction. 
    4. The College requires employees convicted of violations of criminal drug statutes in the workplace to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, or face sanctions up to and including termination. 

    The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy.

    The College maintains an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  It strongly urges employees to use the program for confidential help with alcohol or drug problems. It is each employee's responsibility to seek assistance from the EAP before the problem effects judgment, performance or behavior. For EAP assistance, contact the Assistant Director, Human Resources, Benefits & Compliance at (269) 927-8146.
     

  2. STUDENTS

    The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any Federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while engaged in College activities is punishable by law and is prohibited and will be subject to discipline, including expulsion. 

    The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy. 
     

  3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA

    The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008 (MMMA) permits qualified patients and their primary caregivers to use, possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana for treatment of certain debilitating medical conditions.

    As marijuana remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to maintain policies prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana on their campuses.  Accordingly, the possession, use, distribution or cultivation of marijuana, even for medical purposes, is prohibited on all Lake Michigan College property or at Lake Michigan College sponsored events or activities.

    If a student or employee possesses a valid medical marijuana card, the student or employee cannot use or store marijuana on any Lake Michigan College campus or property.  Medical marijuana which is prescribed for healing purposes is prohibited at Lake Michigan College even though there may be State laws which permit its use.

    The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy.

Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services; Vice President, Student Engagement and Support

References: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989; Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008

The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) requires an institution of higher education (IHE) such as Lake Michigan College, to certify that it has implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use and/or distribution of illicit drugs both by LMC students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities. 

At minimum, an IHE must annually distribute the following in writing to all students and employees: 

  1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees; 
  2. A description of the legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; 
  3. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuses; 
  4. A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation reentry programs that are available to employees or students; and 
  5. A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees and description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct. 

Legal Sanctions 

Federal 

Federal law provides criminal and civil penalties for unlawful possession or distribution of a controlled substance. Under the Controlled Substance Act as well as other related federal laws, the penalties for controlled substance violations includes, but is not limited to, incarceration, fines, potential for the forfeiture of property used in possession or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance (which may include homes, vehicles, boats, aircrafts and any other personal or real property), ineligibility to possess a firearm, and potential ineligibility to receive federal benefits (such as student loans and grants). 

State 

Under current Michigan state law, “a person shall not knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance.” If an individual is found guilty of a violation of the state law, they may be subject to large fines and/or imprisonment. 

A minor may not “purchase or attempt to purchase alcoholic liquor, consume or attempt to consume alcoholic liquor, possess or attempt to possess alcoholic liquor, or have any bodily alcohol content.” Violation of the law may subject a minor to fines, participation in a substance abuse program or treatment center, imprisonment, community service hours, and/or out of pocket expenses related to required substance abuse screenings. 

Local 

Berrien County follows State of Michigan laws. 

Health Risks – Drug Abuse

The following subcategories are the most frequently used drugs, listed with their associated risks associated category(ies), per the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

  1. Prescription Drugs- covers both legally and/or illegally obtained.
    1. Prescription pain relievers (Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin) – a large single dose can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death. 
    2. Prescription Stimulants (Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin) – taking high doses may result in dangerously high body temperatures and an irregular heartbeat. Potential for heart attack or lethal seizures. 
    3. Prescription Sedatives and/or Tranquilizers (Merbaral, Quaaludes, Xanax, Valium) – slows down the brain’s activity and when a user stops taking them, there can be a rebound effect, possibly leading to seizures and other harmful consequences. 
  2. Marijuana (Blunt, Dope, Grass, Hash, Herb, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Skunk, Weed) – can cause memory and learning problems, hallucinations, delusions and depersonalization. 
  3. Ecstasy/MDMA (Adam, Bean, E, Roll, X, XTC) - can cause severe dehydration, liver and heart failure and even death. 
  4. Heroin (Big H, Black Tar, Dope, Junk, Skunk, Smack) – chronic heroin users risk death by overdose. 
  5. Inhalants (Whippets, Bagging, Huffing, Poppers, Snappers, Dusting) – Chronic exposure can produce significant damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.  
  6. Cocaine/Crack (Big C, Blow, Bump, Coke, Nose Candy, Rick, Snow) – can cause heart attacks, strokes and seizures. In rare cases, sudden death on the first use. 

Drug and Alcohol Programs 

The following programs are available to currently enrolled students: 

  1. Substance Treatment Resources in Berrien County:
    • Comfort in Counseling Robyn’s Nest (269) 983-6686
    • Harbortown Treatment Center (269) 926-0015 
    • Riverwood Center (800) 336-0341 
    • Southwestern Michigan Clinic Christian Counseling (269) 429-7727 
  2. Students who would like information regarding additional alcohol and drug abuse referral services may contact the Executive Director of Students at (269) 927-8150. 
  3. Educational programs covering drug or alcohol abuse are covered in the Healthful Living, Health and Fitness, and Personal Health classes to acquaint students with the concept of wellness and the relationship between physical activity and optimal Health and fitness. 
  4. Brochures on underage drinking, drunk driving consequences, and drug use/abuse are available to students in multiple campus locations 
  5. Informational booths and tables on substance and alcohol abuse are available to students. 

Disciplinary Sanctions 

Violations of the codes of conduct are taken very seriously. Disciplinary sanctions apply to students who violate the college’s drug and alcohol policy. See Sanctions in the Code of Conduct.  

Annual Notification of the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP) 

The College will provide currently enrolled students with a copy of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program notice annually. This notice will be emailed to the student via their Lake Michigan College student email as well as their personal email.  

Oversight Responsibility 

The Director of Culture and Talent Success shall have oversight responsibility of the DAAPP including but not limited to; updates, coordination of information required in the DAAPP, and coordination of the annual notification to students.

Office of Origin:Human Resources
Date Adopted: 07-01-92
Date Reviewed: 01-21-14, 07-13-18
Last Date Modified & Approved: 10-13-14, 09-25-18


Lake Michigan College is committed to providing a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all students, employees, and visitors. It is the policy of the College that smoking and the use of nicotine on all its campuses is prohibited except in personal vehicles and designated exterior smoking areas only.

Definitions
Smoking is defined, but not limited to, the act of lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind, and/or “vaping” with e-cigarettes, mechanical personal vaporizers (MPVs), or atomizers. It also includes the use of any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contains tobacco flavoring, or delivers nicotine other than for purposes of cessation. 

Smokeless Tobacco: Smokeless tobacco includes chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco (dip), snuff, nasal tobacco (snus) and/or any other variation of smokeless tobacco product.

Electronic and Mechanical Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vaping: Electronic and mechanical nicotine delivery systems and vaping includes electronic cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and atomizers or mechanical devices such as mechanical personal vaporizers (MPVs) which use mechanical magnetic switches for activation. While the College recognizes that these products do not contain tobacco, their use looks similar to regular tobacco products and therefore gives the appearance of smoking.

Scope
The Smoking and Nicotine Policy applies to any property owned or maintained by the College including inside all buildings (including residential living), exterior open spaces except where designated, indoor facilities, on-campus sidewalks, recreational spaces, vehicles owned or leased by the College, and parking lots except in personal vehicles. This policy applies to all employees, temporary employees, students, clients, visitors (customers and vendors), consultants, independent contractors and/or their employees on College property, and any College-sponsored off-site conferences and meetings. 
 
Theatrical Performances at the Mendel Center
Smoking as defined above or the use of tobacco products in any form is only permitted on stage as part of a theatrical production.

Cessation
Lake Michigan College is strongly committed to supporting individuals to become nicotine free. Nicotine replacement therapy products (e.g., nicotine patches, gum) for the purpose of cessation are permitted provided they do not give the appearance of smoking. Employees may contact Human Resources for more information on available smoking cessation programs.

Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services 

References:

 

Know Your Rights

Educational records of all Lake Michigan College students are maintained in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended. FERPA is a Federal law administered by the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and applies to all educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under any program administered by the Department. 

FERPA ensures confidentiality of educational records and prescribes conditions under which information about students can be released, while also affording students certain rights with respect to their educational record. FERPA applies to all LMC students regardless of age or parental dependency. 

Notification of Student Rights 

A summary of student rights is outlined below. The college’s unabridged FERPA policy can be found at Notification of Student Rights.

As a Lake Michigan College student under the auspices of FERPA, you have the following rights: 

  1. The right to inspect and review your educational record within 45 days of the date the college receives a request for access. You should submit the request to the Registrar and identify the records you wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time/place the records may be inspected. By law, exceptions to the right to review include:
    • Parental financial information. 
    • Educational records containing information about more than one student, in which case the institution will permit access only to the part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student. 
    • Items outlined in the exclusions to the definition of an educational record. 
       
  2. The right to request amendment to your educational record. You may request an amendment of records you believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of your privacy rights under FERPA. A request to amend should be made in writing to the Registrar, clearly identifying the part of the record you want changed and specifying why it should be changed. The college is not required to honor the request, only to consider it. If the request is denied, the Registrar will notify you in writing of the decision and the right to a hearing on the decision. If, after the hearing, the college still chooses not to amend the record, you have the right to place a statement with the record commenting on the contested information. That statement must remain with the contested part of your record for as long as the record is maintained. 
     
  3. While the educational record amendment process may be used to challenge facts that are inaccurately recorded, it may not be used to challenge a grade, an opinion, or a substantive decision made by the college about you. The intention of the right to request amendment is to require only that schools conform to fair recordkeeping practices and not to override the accepted standards and procedures for making academic assessments, disciplinary rulings, or placement determinations. 
     
  4. Additionally, if FERPA’s amendment process is not applicable to your request for amendment of educational records, the college is not required to hold a hearing on the matter. 
     
  5. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Information from your educational record may not be released to third parties without your prior written consent; however, there are exceptions to releasing information without a student’s approval, as outlined in the college’s FERPA policy. Exceptions which do not require approval include Lake Michigan College school officials with legitimate educational interest, as defined below: 

    School official: A school official is a person employed by Lake Michigan College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom LMC has contracted (such as attorney, auditor, or collections agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee such as a grievance or disciplinary committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. 

    Legitimate educational interest: A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. 
     

  6. The right to file a complaint with the Department of Education: A person may file a written complaint with the Department of Education concerning alleged failures by LMC to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Written complaints may be sent to the following office, which administers FERPA: 

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    600 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington DC 
     

  7. A timely complaint is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as an allegation of a violation of the Act that is submitted to the Family Compliance Office within 180 days of the date of the alleged violation or of the date that the complainant knew or reasonably should have known of the alleged violation. 

Disclosure of Student Information 

Students have the right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational record, to request that information considered directory information not be disclosed (i.e., to have the entire educational record marked confidential), and to update those preferences as the student deems appropriate. 

Students may wish to designate a parent, guardian, spouse, or other person or persons to have the ability to access and/or discuss information which would not otherwise be released without the student’s prior written consent. In this case, the student must complete an Authorization to Release Information form and submit it to the Records Office/Office of the Registrar. Any designee will be required to supply the 4-digit PIN the student has submitted in order to speak with faculty or staff over the phone; the designee will be required to supply photo identification and verify the PIN when making a request in person. 

College staff will use case by case discretion in each conversation or request and reserves the right to deny any request. 

Students may, at any time, choose to rescind previous disclosure preferences. To change the type of information disclosed, to whom the information is disclosed, or to cancel previous authorizations altogether, the student must complete a Cancellation of Authorization to Release Information form to the Records Office/Office of the Registrar. 

Release of Directory Information 

Students may wish to prevent disclosure of the entirety of their education record, effectively making it completely confidential. To do so, the student must complete a Directory Information Hold & Release form and submit to the Records Office/Office of the Registrar, indicating the request to mark the student’s record confidential and thereby preventing the release of all information, including directory information. 

Once the student record is marked confidential, regular release of directory information will be prevented which includes, but is not limited to, release of information to potential employers, insurance companies, transfer schools or other requesting companies, listing in the commencement publications at graduation, and listing in publications of the Dean’s List or other awards.

The student may remove the confidentiality indicator at any time by submitting a new Directory Information Hold & Release form to the Records Office/Office of the Registrar, indicating the hold should be released and regular directory information disclosure may resume. 

The Directory Information Hold & Release form must always be accompanied by photo identification. 

Directory information is information in a student’s educational record which may be disclosed to outside parties without the student’s prior written consent. Disclosure of directory information is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy. In accordance with FERPA, LMC has designated the following student information as directory information: 

  • Student name, phone number(s), address, email address(es) 
  • Dates of attendance and enrollment status (e.g., full time, half time) 
  • Class (e.g., freshman, sophomore) 
  • Major field of study; degrees or certificates, honors, and awards received; confer dates of degrees/certificates 
  • Participation in officially recognized activities 
  • Sport, weight, height, age, and hometown of members of athletic teams and dates of participation 
  • Most recent previous educational institution attended 

The college may disclose any of these items without prior written consent unless notified in writing to the contrary by the student. Requests to withhold directory information must be filed with the Records Office/Office of the Registrar. 

An oral or written request for a student’s directory information must be directed to the Records Office/Office of the Registrar. The college reserves the right to deny any request for directory information or to charge a fee for information provided in response to a request. The college also reserves the right to request photo identification of the requesting party prior to compliance with such a request. 

The primary purpose of directory information is to allow LMC to include this type of information from your education records in certain school publications (e.g., academic honors or other recognition lists; graduation programs; and sports activity sheets). It also allows the disclosure of information to outside organizations without a student’s prior written consent in response to requests for individual records. Outside organizations generally include, but are not limited to, businesses with which the student has established a relationship such as insurance companies, banks and employers. 

If a student wishes that the college not release his or her directory information, he/she must inform the college in writing by completing a Directory Information Hold & Release form in the Records Office. Upon a student’s admission to LMC, directory information becomes available for release, but a student may request at any time after being admitted to the college that his or her directory information be kept confidential. 

Managing Your Information Privacy 

Students are encouraged to view and discuss their academic and personal information at their own discretion; student information, along with the referenced forms, are available 24/7 via WaveLink. 

Any questions or concerns regarding student information can be directed to the Records office by email or by phone at (269) 927-8107. Please do not include any sensitive information in an email, unless using an LMC email account ending in @365.lakemichigancollege.edu.

By this notice, any student, staff, faculty member, or visitor to any Lake Michigan College campus or building that is considered Lake Michigan College property hereby grants permission to Lake Michigan College to use his, her, or their likeness and/or voice in photograph(s), video or audio recordings in any of its publications, on any of its online sites, online sites utilized by the college including social media, and in any or all other media without further consideration.

Additionally, any student, staff, faculty member, or visitor also acknowledges that Lake Michigan College may choose not to use his, her, or their photo or video likeness, comments, or audio recordings at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date. Any student, staff, faculty member, or visitor also grants permission to Lake Michigan College to interview him, her, or them, and use said comments in any of its publications, on one of its online sites, and in any or all other media without further consideration. The student, staff, faculty member, or visitor will make no monetary or other claim against Lake Michigan College for the use of the interview, photos, video or audio. 

All negatives, positives, and digital files, together with the prints shall remain Lake Michigan College’s property, solely and completely. 

If a student, staff, faculty member, or visitor does not wish to have his, her, or their photo, likeness and/or voice to be used, notice must be provided to LMC each academic year in which said person does not want his, her, or their image or quotes used. Notice shall be submitted in letter form prior to the start of the academic year to: 

Marketing Department
Lake Michigan College
2755 East Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Office of Origin: Human Resources 
Date Adopted: 07-29-82 
Date Reviewed: 08-18-14, 05-04-17, 07-20-18
Last Date Modified & Approved: 09-23-14, 05-23-17, 09-25-18 


  1. NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY -
    Lake Michigan College is an equal opportunity institution, affording enrollment, employment and services without distinction on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, physical or mental disability, weight, height, creed, political affiliation, citizenship status, AIDS/HIV status, misdemeanor arrest record, genetic information or veteran status. The parties recognize the College’s continuing commitment to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. Minorities and persons with a disability are encouraged to attend Lake Michigan College. Any questions regarding your rights under Title VI and Title IX should be directed to Executive Director, Human Resources, (269) 927-8102, Room A-305.

    Any questions regarding your rights under Section 504 should be directed to the Student Outreach and Support Services Office, A-218, (269) 927-8866.

    Lake Michigan College offers an open door policy for individuals who are interested in and capable of extending their education beyond high school. Because of this open door policy, diversity or goals is a non-issue regarding admissions.

    This commitment to equal opportunity encompasses:

    1. For every student the right:
      • to have access to all courses and programs;
      • to physical education and to participation in interscholastic, intramural and club athletics;
      • to equal treatment, including financial aid assistance, employment assistance, honors and awards, and extracurricular activities.
         
    2. For every individual the right to personnel, employment and College business practices that provide equal opportunity and equity:

      Pursuant to its obligations under the Federal and State statutes, and in conformity with other legal and moral obligations, the College has on staff a Diversity Officer within the Office of Human Resources to implement the commitment of the College.

      Inquiries or complaints by College students, prospective students, employees, employee applicants, and persons providing services to or for the College, which concern non-discrimination policies or procedures may be directed to:

      Executive Director, Human Resources
      (Diversity Officer)
      Lake Michigan College
      2755 East Napier Avenue
      Benton Harbor, MI 49022-1899
      (269) 927-8704
      Room H-110E

      OR
      Michigan Department of Civil Rights
      State Office Building, Fourth Floor
      350 Ottawa Avenue, N.W.
      Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2301
      Phone: (616) 356-0380
      Fax: (616) 356-0399
      TTY: (616) 356-0391

      No act of retaliation will occur to any person making a charge, filing a complaint, testifying or participating in any discrimination investigation or proceeding.

      The Diversity Officer will, upon request, provide a copy of the Lake Michigan College grievance procedures, and will investigate each complaint according to such procedures. A copy of relevant laws, regulations and policy may be found in the Office of Human Resources and with the Diversity Officer.
       

  2. SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
    The Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, arrest record and disability in all employment practices, including terms, conditions and privileges of employment. This act prohibits discrimination and provides specific remedies and penalties. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sexual harassment of students in any part of any higher education institution receiving federal funds, and requires institutions to maintain grievance procedures capable of prompt and equitable resolution of sexual harassment complaints.

    Lake Michigan College prohibits sexual harassment in its employment practices and in its educational programs and activities.
    Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, including unwanted touching; verbal remarks of a sexually suggestive or derogatory nature; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature which have as their consequence an adverse effect on the recipients' morale, work status, or academic or job performance. Such conduct is absolutely prohibited whether the perpetrators are students, employees of the College or contractors or other non-employees who have reason to be on College premises where:

    1. submission to such conduct is either an expressed or implied condition of employment, education, or academic or financial assistance,
    2. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision or the performance evaluation of students or staff, or
    3. the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an affected person’s work or scholarly performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or education environment.
       

    The College will actively investigate any allegations of sexual harassment by students or staff, and if it is determined that sexual harassment has occurred, will take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action.

    Anyone who believes that sexual harassment has occurred is expected to report such conduct promptly under appropriate College procedures.
     

  3. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
    Lake Michigan College supports the rights of all students and employees to learn and work in an environment free from sexual coercion and violence. Sexual contact with another person without consent or with the use or threat of force violates the standards of civility, decency, and respect expected of all members of the campus community.

    The requirements of this policy are blind to the sexual orientation or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity or sexually exploitative behavior.

    Any retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an alleged victim as a consequence of his or her decision to report a violation, pursue conduct action, or criminal prosecution, is prohibited. Retaliation by either party may result in immediate disciplinary action.

    Prohibited conduct:

    1. Non-Consensual Sexual Activity
    2. Non-consensual sexual activity includes, but is not limited to, any sexual activity by a group or individual that takes place without the effective consent of the other individual(s) involved. Effective consent is shown by the exchange of mutually understandable words or actions between parties to a sexual interaction. Consent must be informed and freely and actively given. Silence in and of itself is not an indication of consent.

      In order to be effective, consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another. When someone makes clear that he or she does not want sex, that he or she wants to stop, or that he or she does not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive. In other words, consent may be withdrawn at any time.

      In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age (16). Sexual activity with someone a person knows to be - or should know to be - mentally or physically incapacitated (because of disability, alcohol or other drug use, sleep, unconsciousness, blackout, or bodily restraint), is a violation of this policy.

      Any time sexual activity takes place between individuals; those persons must be capable of controlling their physical actions and be capable of making rational, reasonable decisions about their sexual behavior. A person who has consumed alcohol may experience diminished capacity for effective decision-making and action, and thus may be incapable of consenting to sexual activity.

      Sexual activity with someone whose incapacity results from the ingestion of a so-called “date-rape” drug is in violation of this policy. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Burundanga, etc., is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another student or employee for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy.

      Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.
       

    3. Sexually Exploitative Behavior
      Sexually exploitative behavior occurs when a student or employee takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: prostituting another student or employee, non-consensual video/audio-taping or photographing of sexual activity, unauthorized posting or distribution of materials involving the sexual activity of another person, going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as voyeurism or secretly watching others), or knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another student or employee.
       
  4. GRIEVANCES
    1. Definition: A discrimination grievance is an unresolved complaint by any member of the faculty, staff or any student that there has been a violation or misinterpretation of the College's Diversity/Nondiscrimination policies and procedures, or of any antidiscrimination provisions of law. The following are not subject to the grievance procedure:
      1. decisions to reduce the work force;
      2. the contents of evaluations;
      3. the modification, amendment or repeal of any Board policy; or
      4. the modification, amendment or repeal of any operational procedure of the administration, unless it violates Board policy.
         
    2. The collegewide grievance procedure will be used to resolve all grievances. In concerns involving students, the student filing the grievance should direct it to the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support, who will coordinate the process with the Executive Director, Human Resources and Diversity.
       
    3. A grievant must join in a single grievance proceeding for every claim that he or she has arising out of the same transaction or occurrence, even where it is asserted that the transaction or occurrence has violated more than one Board policy, administrative procedure or law. A grievant is prohibited from filing more than one grievance concerning the same transaction or occurrence.
       
    4. Forms: The administration has developed grievance forms for use in processing grievances. All grievances must be signed by the aggrieved person and must specify the date or dates upon which the complained of action occurred; the policy, procedure or law which is claimed violated; the facts upon which the aggrieved person relies; and the relief requested. Grievance Procedures for Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 are addressed in Procedure HR 14.

Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services; Vice President, Student Engagement and Support

References: Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Violence Against Women Act – Amendment to Clery Act), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975

Office of Origin: Student Engagement and Support
Date Adopted:
Date Reviewed: 09-26-16, 6-14-18
Last Date Modified & Approved: 09-27-16, 6-14-18

Lake Michigan College strives to resolve all student complaints in a fair and expedient manner. This policy and procedure pertains to non-civil rights* related complaints that involve issues that are general in nature and are not related to instruction or academic matters, such as complaints about non-teaching college staff, the parking lot, snow removal, bathroom maintenance, facility issues, etc.  Student who have complaints that involve instruction or academic matters, such as evaluations of academic work (e.g., examinations, quizzes, papers, final course grades, etc.), and/ or failure of a faculty member to follow College policies and/or procedures as they relate to instruction or academic matters, should refer to the Student Complaint – Academic Policy and Procedure.

Students who want to file a complaint regarding general, non-academic College operations should report their concerns to the Executive Director, Students or his/her designee. The following steps outline the requirements of the students as well as the timeline for the General Complaint Process:

  • Verbal or written student complaint(s) should be submitted to The Executive Director, Students or his/her designee. The Executive Director, Students or his/her designee will consider the merits of the complaint and will take any and all action they consider appropriate or necessary to resolve the concerns raised in the complaint. At this level, the student may request to remain anonymous. Students having a complaint may submit the complaint either verbally or in writing at any time. The Executive Director, Students will respond to the complaint within 7 business days.
     
  • If the student’s verbal or written complaint is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction and the student chooses to continue to pursue the complaint further, the student must submit a request in writing (making the complaint a formal complaint) to the Executive Director, Students or his/her designee requesting further resolution. The written request must be submitted within 10 business days of notification of the Executive Director, Students resolution to the informal complaint. The written request must include the specific nature of the complaint, reasons for filing the complaint, all documentation supporting the complaint, and specific remedy requested. The Executive Director, Students or his/her designee will seek a resolution by using the following means:
    • Contact the appropriate college employee who is responsible for the college operation that a complaint has been lodged against and arrange a meeting between the parties involved to discuss a possible resolution. The written complaint will be forwarded to all appropriate parties involved in the conflict prior to the meeting.

      If a satisfactory resolution is concluded, then the appropriate college employee who received the complaint shall notify the Executive Director, Students that the complaint has been resolved, and an appropriate entry shall be recorded in the LMC Student Complaint Log. 

    • Should a resolution not be reached, the Executive Director, Students or his/her designee will review the complaint and all supporting material and render a written decision regarding the complaint which shall include the basis of the decision. A decision to the formal complaint will be rendered within five (5) business days and will be communicated in writing. The decision will be communicated to the student in writing with a copy to the appropriate college employee who is responsible for the college operation that the complaint has been lodged against.  An entry regarding the complaint and resolution will be recorded in the LMC Student Complaint Log. 

    •  Appeal Process: In the event the Executive Director, Students or his/her designee is unable to resolve the complaint; the complaint will be forwarded to the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support for review and action. The Vice President, Student Engagement and Support will review the complaint and all supporting material and render a written decision regarding the complaint which shall include the basis of the decision. A decision to the formal complaint will be rendered within five (5) business days and will be communicated in writing. The decision will be communicated to the student in writing with a copy to the appropriate college employee who is responsible for the college operation that the complaint has been lodged against.  The decision from the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support shall be final. No further appeal will be considered.  An entry regarding the complaint and resolution will be recorded in the LMC Student Complaint Log. 

Formal Complaint Log 
Formal complaints will result in an anonymous entry to the LMC Student Complaint Log. The Log is available for review by college staff, representatives of accrediting agencies, and by other, appropriate outside agencies. The names of any individuals involved in a complaint (including the names of any student(s) or LMC staff directly involved) are not part of the Log. The LMC Student Complaint Log will include the following information:
A. A description of the complaint
B. The date the complaint was received
C. The category of the complaint (grounds, facilities, etc.)
D. Steps taken to address the complaint
E. The disposition of the complaint, including referral to an outside agency
F. Any external actions initiated by a student and related to a given complaint
 

Maintenance of the Complaint Log
LMC will maintain records of complaints for a minimum of ten years. The Executive Director, Students will maintain the LMC Student Complaint Log. Accrediting agencies and other appropriate outside agencies will be able to review the LMC Student Complaint Log in conjunction with accrediting visits and self-studies.

Notice to Students
Complaint resolutions procedures are published on the LMC website, in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. Students can get hard copies at any LMC Student Information Center location.

*Civil Rights Issues:
This policy and procedure does not apply to issues related to sexual harassment, civil rights, Title IX, and disability concerns. Complaints or concerns related to civil rights issues should be discussed with the Executive Director of Human Resources and Diversity.

Out-of-state Students Taking Distance Learning Courses:
LMC distance education students wishing to file a formal complaint must first seek resolution through LMC’s Student Complaint Policies and Procedures.  LMC participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) through the state of Michigan.  If a student's complaint cannot be resolved internally at LMC, the student may file a complaint with the state of Michigan – Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department (http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343_35395_35396---,00.html).  

Accreditation:
Lake Michigan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds several program accreditations. To learn more about LMC’s accreditations, please visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/home/discover-lmc/about-lake-michigan-college/accreditation. 

Sharing Disclosure:
All complaints submitted in writing, signed by a student, and addressed to or submitted to an academic officer may be shared with agencies that accredit the College or its programs unless the student expressly prohibits the College from doing so. 

Student Consumer Information:
In accordance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, prospective students, enrolled students, and employees may access student consumer information at www.lakemichigancollege.edu/home/discover-lmc/about-lake-michigan-college/student-consumer-information. 

Responsibility: Vice President, Student Engagement and Support 
References: Questions regarding this policy and procedure should be directed to the Executive Director, Students.

 

Safety on Campus

Campus security authorities will promptly report if they observe any crime listed below or if any person reveals to them that he/she learned of or was the victim of, a perpetrator of, or a witness to any crime listed below. The reporter will immediately complete an Incident Report and send or forward to the Lake Michigan College Facilities Management Department, attn: Executive Director, Facilities Management or Public Safety Director/Evening Administrator. This applies to crimes on any LMC campus, public property adjacent to each campus and other locations at which college activities are taking place.  

Types of Offenses

  • Murder/non-negligent manslaughter 
  • Negligent Manslaughter 
  • Sex offenses - rape 
  • Sex offenses - fondling 
  • Sex offenses - incest 
  • Sex offenses - statutory rape 
  • Robbery  
  • Aggravated assault 
  • Burglary 
  • Motor vehicle theft 
  • Arson (only fires investigated by law enforcement) 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Dating violence 
  • Stalking 

Hate crimes

Disclose whether any of the above-mentioned offenses and the crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction/damage/vandalism of property, and any other crime involving bodily injury, were hate crimes.  
Arrests and referrals for disciplinary action for:  

  • Illegal weapons possession  
  • Violation of drug and liquor laws  
  • The Violence Against Women Act expanded crime reporting under the Clery Act to include incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that are reported to campus security personnel, campus security authorities, and local law enforcement agencies.  

Lake Michigan College uses a contracted security service to assist with campus security. Security guards are a source to which students, employees and visitors can report criminal offenses. Campus security guards do not have police authority. 

See also lakemichigancollege.edu/about/safety-and-emergency.

If you feel your rights are being violated or if you are having problems, it is important to immediately report the situation to the appropriate person listed in this document. Lake Michigan College has policies and procedures to prevent and stop the violation of your rights. Lake Michigan College complies with requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For assistance, please contact Student Outreach & Support Services, room C218, (269) 927-8866.  

Campus Security  

Members of the campus security force are conservators of the peace. They seek to protect life and property, prevent anti-social conduct, and preserve a secure campus environment. They work with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Lake Michigan College security is staffed by contracted security guards who are supervised by certified security officers. The entire security function is supervised by the executive director of facilities management, the director of public safety/evening administrator, or facilities personnel.  

Annually and when needed, the college reviews, revises, or develops rules and regulations on access and security of campus facilities. Furthermore, the executive director of facilities management periodically inspects the lighting, landscaping, and the college’s physical plant (doors, locks, etc.) to determine what improvements need to be made for maximum security.  

Campus Security and Facilities Personnel  
  • Regularly patrol campus parking lots and buildings  

  • Make emergency notifications  

  • Enforce college policies and regulations  

  • Investigate and work closely with police and fire departments when criminal or safety incidents occur 

  • Respond to all smoke, fire, and security alarms on campus  

  • Identify precautions for the future  

  • Are available during operating hours  

Crime Statistics  

The Lake Michigan College Annual Security Report includes crime statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus sites. You can review this report by going to lakemichigancollege.edu/about/safety-and-emergency or you can obtain a paper copy upon request by contacting the Facilities Department at the Benton Harbor Campus at (269) 927-8135.  

Campus crime statistics for Lake Michigan College may be viewed at the U.S. Department of Education’s website at ope.ed.gov/security. 

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, arrest record and disability in all employment practices, including terms, conditions and privileges of employment.  This act prohibits discrimination and provides specific remedies and penalties.  Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sexual harassment of students in any part of any higher education institution receiving federal funds and requires institutions to maintain grievance procedures capable of prompt and equitable resolution of sexual harassment complaints.  

Lake Michigan College prohibits sexual harassment in its employment practices and in its education programs and activities.  

Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, including unwanted touching, verbal remarks of a sexually suggestive or derogatory nature, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature which have as their consequence an adverse effect on the recipients’ morale, work status, or academic or job performance.  Such conduct is absolutely prohibited whether the perpetrators are students, employees of the College or contractors or other non-employees who have reason to be on College premises where:  

  • submission to such conduct is either an expressed or implied condition of employment, education, or academic, financial or counseling assistance,  
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision or the performance evaluation of students or staff, or  
  • the conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an affected person’s work or scholarly performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or education environment.  

The College will actively investigate any allegations of sexual harassment by students or staff, and if it is determined that sexual harassment has occurred, will take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action.  

Anyone who believes that sexual harassment has occurred is expected to report such conduct promptly under appropriate College procedures.  

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects you from sexual harassment.  In addition, Lake Michigan College has a policy strictly forbidding sexual harassment in any of its employment and educational practices.  This policy protects students of Lake Michigan College as well as employees of Lake Michigan College.  If a person’s behavior makes you feel uncomfortable, you must let that person know it does, either by telling them or asking them to stop the behavior.  

Sexual assault happens without your consent.  It is you’re not wanting the physical contact that makes it a sexual assault, not the amount of physical force used.  It is unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature.  It may follow sexual harassment, or be accompanied by harassment.  What is important to remember is that if you did not give your consent for the physical contact, it is assault and you must let someone know.  

Lake Michigan College has strict policies against sexual harassment, and the College applies these policies to sexual assault.  Sexual assault is a criminal offense and should be reported to the police as well as to the Director, Public Safety/Evening Administrator or a campus security authority.  Emergency phone numbers for both on and off campus are listed and can be used in the case of sexual assault.  

Remember: ASSAULT IS AN EMERGENCY!  

The following procedures for campus discipline are applicable in cases of an alleged sex offense. When reports of alleged violation of the Code of Conduct surface, they are addressed by the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee.  The judicial process exists to ensure that basic due process is granted to all LMC students who find themselves in conflict with College standards.  

The reporting of student misconduct shall be documented by providing all relevant information on the Maxient report.  The Dean of Student Affairs or designee handles matters that require disciplinary action at Lake Michigan College. Disciplinary actions taken by the Dean of Student Affairs or designee toward a student found responsible for misconduct or a violation of College rules may include, but are not limited to, an oral warning up to expulsion from the College.

Due process is the guarantee of student civil rights under the Constitution of the United States and the laws and regulations of Michigan and Lake Michigan College.  Due Process is that process which prevents rights from being taken away from an individual without notice and an opportunity to respond to allegations.  

A student found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code may submit a written appeal request to the Dean of Student Affairs or designee, who will forward the appeal to the chair of the Student Appeals Committee.  

The purpose of a hearing is to provide the opportunity for the campus designee or complainant and the respondent to present all relevant information and evidence with regard to the alleged misconduct.  It is the responsibility of the Student Appeals Committee, as applicable, to consider impartially all relevant information and evidence, determine the facts, apply College policy, and impose appropriate sanctions if the respondent is found responsible for the alleged violation.  The Student Appeals Committee chair sends to the accused the decision in writing within seven (7) business days.

Lake Michigan College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the College against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, results of the disciplinary hearing may be provided to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.  

Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for additional information.  

Lake Michigan College supports the rights of all students and employees to learn and work in an environment free from sexual coercion and violence.  Sexual contact with another person without consent or with the use or threat of force violates the standards of civility, decency, and respect expected of all member of the campus community.  

The requirements of this policy are blind to the sexual orientation or preference of individuals engaging in sexual activity or sexually exploitative behavior.

Any retaliatory action or behavior taken toward an alleged victim as a consequence of his or her decision to report a violation, pursue conduct action, or criminal prosecution, is prohibited.  Retaliation by either party may result in immediate disciplinary action.  

Prohibited Conduct

  1. Non-Consensual Sexual Activity
    Non-consensual sexual activity includes, but is not limited to, any sexual activity by a group or individual that takes place without the effective consent of the other individuals(s) involved. Effective consent is shown by the exchange of mutually understandable words or actions between parties to a sexual interaction.  Consent must be informed and freely and actively given. Silence in and of itself is not an indication of consent.

    In order to be effective, consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion.  Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.  When someone makes clear that he or she does not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.  In other words, consent may be withdrawn at any time.

    In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age (16).  Sexual activity with someone a person knows to be – or should know to be – mentally or physically incapacitated (because of disability, alcohol or other drug use, sleep, unconsciousness, blackout, or bodily restraint), is a violation of this policy.

    Any time sexual activity takes place between individuals; those persons must be capable of controlling their physical actions and be capable of making rational, reasonable decisions about their sexual behavior.  A person who has consumed alcohol may experience diminished capacity for effective decision-making and action, and thus may be incapable of consenting to sexual activity.

    Sexual activity with someone whose incapacity results from the ingestion of a so-called “date-rape” drug is in violation of this policy.  Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketamine, GHB, Burundanga, etc., is prohibited and administering one of these drugs to another student or employee for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy.

    Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.
     

  2. Sexually Exploitative Behavior  
    Sexually exploitative behavior occurs when a student or employee takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses.  Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: prostituting another student or employee, nonconsensual video/audio-taping or photographing of sexual activity, unauthorized posting or distribution of materials involving the sexual activity of another person, going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as voyeurism or secretly watching others), or knowingly transmitting an STD or HIV to another student or employee.  

Lake Michigan College recognizes that all survivors of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence have the right to have any and all assaults against them treated seriously and the right to be treated with dignity. Lake Michigan College prohibits any offenses of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence.  

The College further recognizes the right of a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence victim to be free from undue coercion of any kind from the institution’s personnel for the victim not to report an assault committed against him or her to civil or criminal authorities or the institution’s law enforcement authorities or disciplinary officials, or for the victim to report a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence as a lesser offense than the victim perceives it to be.   

The College recognizes the right of a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence victim to decide, without pressure or coercion, what action he/she will take following an assault. The College encourages students to report all crimes to the police and to pursue sanctions against offenders through the College judicial process. The College makes information available to students about sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence victim rights, options, and resources for help.  

Lake Michigan College recognizes that sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence are a serious social problem that occurs among college students just as it does within other segments of our society. The college makes a strong commitment to work toward preventing sexual assault, stalking, dating, and domestic violence within our community, to provide support and assistance to assault survivors, and to impose sanctions on those who have been found guilty of committing a sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence.  

Our goal is to foster and protect within an environment of mutual respect and concern and to provide a safe community in which learning and growth can occur.  

For the purposes of this document the term “sexual assault” includes rape, attempted rape, and other sex offenses, both forcible and non-forcible.  

Domestic Violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse to a spouse of a victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.  

Dating violence means violence committed by a person who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. Also where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors; the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.  

Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to, fear for his or her or the safety of others: or suffer substantial emotional distress.  

LMC is committed to the prevention of sexual misconduct and harassment through education and awareness programs. Throughout the year, LMC offers educational programs to promote awareness of sexual misconduct and harassment, Prevention programs include an overview of LMC’s policies and procedures, relevant definitions, including prohibited conduct, discussion of the impact of alcohol and drug use, effective consent, bystander intervention, and information about risk reduction. LMC’s Title IX Coordinators oversees the education and prevention calendar and tailors programming to campus needs and climate. All educational programs include a review of resources and reporting options available for students, faculty, and staff.

The College encourages victims of sexual assault to take the following steps following an assault:  

  1. Preserve physical evidence.
    The sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence victim has the right for full and prompt cooperation from College personnel and law enforcement authorities in obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence that may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence in legal proceedings, including, but not limited to, a medical examination of the victim.

    A special physical examination performed at the hospital collects evidence that will be helpful if the victim later decides to prosecute the assailant. To preserve evidence, the victim should not wash, brush teeth, use the toilet, douche, destroy clothing, or straighten up the area where the assault occurred.
     

  2. Report the assault to the police at (269) 926-8221 or dial 911. 
    It is the victim’s decision whether or not to report the assault to the police. Reporting a sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence to the police may protect the victim and others from possible future victimization by helping public safety officers apprehend the assailant. A police report also maintains the victim’s future option of criminal prosecution, and helps support a College disciplinary action or a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. Making a police report does not obligate the victim to prosecute the assailant. Whether or not the case will be prosecuted is a decision that is made later, based on a number of factors. The police do not reveal the victim’s or the suspect’s name or any identifying information to the media for printing or to the general public.  If the victim chooses campus security authorities will assist in notifying law enforcement.
     
  3. Get medical attention.
    The rape evidence exam should be performed as soon as possible. The exam is available only at Lakeland Regional Health System.

    If the victim decides not to have the rape evidence exam, she/he should still be examined for possible injury, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. An exam for these purposes is available at Planned Parenthood, or with a physician of choice.

    Injuries as a result of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence should be treated and photographed as soon as possible.
     

  4. Ask for information, support and assistance.
    To ensure that victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic assault have accurate and complete information about their rights, options, and available resources for help, as well as any assistance they need in carrying out decisions about what to do following an assault, the victim may wish to call the 24-hour crisis line at 269-925-9500. Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan provides information and support by phone or on-site at the hospital or police stations. The assault victim has the right to be made aware of, and assisted in exercising, any option provided under state and federal law regarding mandatory testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases and notification to the victim of the results of the testing. The victim also has the right to be informed of rights and remedies accorded to crime victims generally.
      
  5. Report the assault to the Title IX Coordinator. 
    Sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence are expressly prohibited by the College’s rules and regulations. The College has the right to discipline students who violate these rules and regulations. It is not necessary for the victim to file a police report in order to pursue sanctions through the College; however, it is strongly recommended as beneficial to the victim. Pursuing sanctions through the College does not preclude the victim from also pursuing criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit.

    The victim has the right after the assault has been reported to appropriate campus authorities to require the institution’s personnel to take any reasonable feasible actions as are needed to prevent any unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with an alleged assailant, including, but not limited to, the issuance of an No Contact Order, to classroom adjustments/arrangements, providing an escort, moving he individual’s residence, adjusting the individual’s work schedule, allowing the individual to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, providing access to tutoring or other academic support, to interim suspensions of the alleged perpetrator if necessary.

    The College’s judicial process is initiated by the victim making a report. A detailed description of the process is included in the student handbook, copies of which are available at many locations on campus as well as the college webpage.

    Evidentiary Standard: Preponderance of the Evidence.  

Sexual assault victims are assured the following rights within the College’s judicial process:   

  1. The right to have a support person present throughout the process to advise and provide support.  
  2. The right to not have her/his sexual history discussed during the proceedings, except as it relates to the specific incidents in question.  
  3. The right to relate her/his account of the incident.  
  4. The right to be informed of the results of the judicial proceeding upon written request.  
  5. The right to have her/his name and any identifying information kept confidential.  
  6. The right to a speedy hearing and decision.  

A student charged with committing sexual assault is also assured of the rights listed above. A student found guilty of committing a sexual assault or other sexual offense by the College’s judicial process will be given a sanction appropriate to the offense. Possible sanctions range from a reprimand to expulsion from the College.  

If a report of sexual misconduct is reported to an LMC representative, below are the procedures that will be followed:   

In the case of Stalking, Domestic Violence or Dating Violence
  1. Assess immediate safety needs of complainant  
  2. Assist complainant with contacting campus security or local police if complainant requests AND provide contact information for local police departments.   
  3. Provide instructions on how to apply for Protective Order if the complainant wishes to pursue this option.  
  4. Provide information to complainant on how to preserve evidence
  5. Assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures to protect the complainant, if appropriate.  
  6. Provide a No Contact or No Trespass directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.
  7. Provide written information regarding community resources.
For sexual assault and sexual exploitation LMC will
  1. Depending on when reported (immediate vs delayed report), provide complainant with access to medical care.  
  2. Assess immediate safety needs of complainant.
  3. Assist complainant with contacting campus security or local police if complainant requests AND provide contact information for local police department.
  4. Provide written information regarding community resources including referrals to off-campus mental health providers.
  5. Assess need to implement interim or long-term protective measures, such as change in class schedule, "No Contact" directive between both parties.
  6. Provide a No Contact or No Trespass directive to accused party if deemed appropriate.
  7. Provide written instructions on how to apply for Protective Order
  8. Provide a copy of the Sexual Misconduct Policy to complainant and inform the complainant regarding timeframes for inquiry, investigation and resolution
  9. Inform the complainant of the outcome of the investigation, whether or not the accused will be charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct and what the outcome of the meeting is  
  10. Enforce and take immediate and separate action against parties that retaliate against a person for complaining of sex-based discrimination or for assisting in the investigation

Protective measures for the complainant may range from No Contact Orders, to classroom adjustments/arrangements, providing an escort, moving the individual’s residence, adjusting the individual’s work schedule, allowing the individual to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, providing access to tutoring or other academic support, to interim suspensions of the alleged perpetrator if necessary. LMC representatives will strive to maintain confidentiality regarding protective measures provided to the victim.  

Reports of student misconduct will be managed and investigated by the Title XI Coordinator in Student Services. Complaints involving employees will be investigated by a Title IX Coordinator in the Human Resources office. All investigations will be conducted professionally, expeditiously, and confidentially (to the extent possible). The process may take up to 60 business days to complete from start to finish; however, many cases will be resolved before the 60 days.

LMC will provide the complainant and accused with equitable opportunities throughout the investigation and resolution process.

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will confirm with the complainant the receipt of the complaint and will specify who will be assigned to conduct the investigation. Generally, the Title IX Coordinator or designee interviews the complainant and any relevant witnesses identified by the complainant. Once sufficient information is gathered, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will then notify the charged individual of the allegations. With permission from the complainant, the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall advise the charged individual of the name of the complainant. Where a complainant does not wish to be identified, the extent of the investigation may be limited; however, the investigation will continue to the extent possible while maintaining the confidentiality of the complainant. The Title IX Coordinator or designee will interview the charged individual and any witnesses deemed relevant.  

Additional evidence may be sought from any relevant party or witness, including but not limited to, email communications, social media postings, text messages, phone records, etc. Parties are expected to cooperate and provide this information. Failure to cooperate with an investigation may result in separate disciplinary proceedings. Parties should be aware that as members of the College community, their access to College resources has very limited privacy rights, and the College may obtain information through the College’s resources and informational technology system with or without the individual’s cooperation. The investigation and findings generally should be completed within 60 business days of receipt of the complaint, preferably sooner as practical.  

Once the Title IX Coordinator or designee has gathered the information, he/she shall render a determination on responsibility and refer the matter to the appropriate administrative official.  

After the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee shall render a finding based on the relevant evidence utilizing a preponderance of the evidence standard, i.e. the facts complained of are more likely true than not.

Upon completion of the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or designee is authorized to take the following actions:

  1. Dismissal of the claim - The Title IX Coordinator or designee finds that no violation occurred and dismisses the complaint, giving written notice of said dismissal to each party involved.
     
  2. Determination of Responsibility - The Title IX Coordinator or designee makes a finding of responsibility for any of the allegations and notifies the parties and appropriate administrative officers of the finding and may recommend actions to be taken. Both parties shall receive notification, in writing, which will include:
    1. The result of any investigation that arose from an allegation of violation.  
    2. (For students) Additional appeal rights as set forth in the Code of Conduct.  
    3. (For employees) If evidence supports a finding of misconduct, the College will take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action. Action taken by the College for employees may include (but will not be limited to), counseling, warning, transfer, demotion, termination.   
    4. If evidence supports a finding of responsibility, the written report of the action taken shall then be placed in the personnel record of the employee or student file. Sanctions of suspension, expulsion, or revocation or withholding of a degree will become a permanent part of a student’s record. Cases that result in all other sanctions will be maintained for seven (7) years.
       
  3. Potential student sanctions will be applied based upon the facts and circumstances of the case. Sanctions may include:
    1. College Property Restrictions – restriction from certain college facilities or property, either physical or virtual, for a definite period of time.   
    2. Disqualification – from receipt of institutional financial aid while the sanction is imposed or possibly thereafter.   
    3. Educational Sanctions – a student is required to write a paper, plan and present a program, attend a class or seminar, or complete other educational requirements.   
    4. Expulsion – the most severe sanction of violation of college policy is expulsion, which results in immediate dismissal and permanent separation from the college. Any student who is expelled due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.   
    5. Fine – a monetary penalty for property damage, theft, or other violations that result in inconvenience cost to others.   
    6. Formal Warning – a written reprimand that expresses disapproval of the student’s actions and warns against any potential violations of college policy in the future.   
    7. Interim Suspension – temporarily restrict student(s) from campus/college activities pending a hearing.   
    8. Loss of Privileges – denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time.   
    9. Parental Notification – as permitted by law, the college reserves the right to disclose to parents or legal guardians information about a student’s violation of college regulations and policies and Federal, State and/or local laws governing the use of alcohol or a controlled substance. The college may notify parents/legal guardians of alcohol or a controlled substance violation if the student is under the age of 21. The Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee determines the circumstances under which parental notification takes place.  
    10. Probation – a period of observation and review. The length of this period of probation will be determined by the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee. If found responsible for violating any college policies or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period, the student may be immediately suspended from the college and/or events pending further disciplinary review.   
    11. Restitution – compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary replacement.   
    12. Suspension – immediate dismissal from classes and activities at the college for at least the remainder of the term/semester in progress and/or a specified period of time thereafter. Any additional violations or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this time period of suspension may result in expulsion. During suspension, the student is not permitted to visit the college premises or attend any college functions without prior written permission from the Vice President, Student Engagement and Support or designee. Any student who is suspended due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.
       
  4. For employee appeals, refer to the appropriate handbook.
     
  5. For hearing procedures for students, refer to the Code of Conduct.  

An employee or student may be accountable for sexual misconduct under applicable local, state, and/or federal law, as well as under LMC policy. A criminal investigation may be conducted concurrently with the Title IX investigation. Disciplinary action by LMC may proceed while criminal proceedings are pending and will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced.  

On-Campus

Title IX (Students) Coordinator269-927-8150
Title IX (Employees) Coordinator269-927-8102
Director of Public Safety269-927-7060
Vice President of Student Affairs269-917-8752

Off-Campus

National Domestic Violence Hot Line800-799-SAFE
Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan269-925-1726
Safe Shelter888-237-1891
Domestic Violence Coalition888-655-9008
MI Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence517-347-7000 
Spectrum Regional Health System 269-927-5350 

Counseling Information

Andrews Community Counseling Center269-471-6238
Providing free psychological services under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults who reside in the Michigan area, or who are members of the community near the university. Office is located in
Berrien Springs.

Centered on Wellness269-926-6199
Offering behavioral counseling, coaching, consulting, education and prevention for children, families, couples, and adults. Offices are located in Benton Harbor and Niles.

Freedom Counseling Center269-982-7200
Freedom Counseling Center provides high-quality counseling and psychological evaluations to individuals, parents, couples, adolescents and children.

Riverwood Center800-336-0341 (24-hour hotline)
Riverwood partners with children, families and adults in their journey toward recovering from behavioral health and substance use challenges, and helps individuals with intellectual disabilities succeed in community living. Offices located in Benton Harbor.

Southwestern Medical Clinic Christian Counseling and Psychological Services269-429-7727
Counseling services for treating abuse and trauma, addictions and co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, AHHD, eating disorders, coping with loss and grief and behavioral services for children and adolescents. Offices located in Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville, Coloma, and Niles.

HelpNet - Employee Assistance Program
The college’s Employee Assistance Program, available to all full and part-time employees, is administered through HelpNet. Information can be found in the Human Resources offices or on SharePoint under the staff and faculty benefit links. 

All Personal Protection Order questions can be addressed to the Clerk’s Office at the Courthouse

Berrien County Clerk’s Office
811 Port Street, St. Joseph
Phone: (269) 983-7111, extension 8736
Fax: (269) 982-8642  

A personal protection action involves seeking an order from the court to protect you from harassment, assault, beating, molesting, wounding, or stalking by another person.  The order can also prohibit a person from entering your premises and from removing minor children, unless the removal is part of court-ordered parenting time.  The person filing the petition for personal protection is called the petitioner.  The person to be restrained by the personal protection order is called the respondent.  

Types of Personal Protection Actions  

There are two types of personal protection actions: domestic and nondomestic. A domestic personal protection order can be obtained if you have or had an established relationship with the other party or have a child in common. A nondomestic personal protection order can be obtained if you want to prevent threatening or violent behavior by someone with whom you have not had any form of domestic relationship; this type of order is also referred to as an order against stalking.  

How Personal Protection Orders are issued  

There are two ways personal protection orders can be issued. The court can issue an order after the other person has been notified that you have filed for a personal protection order and after the court has held a hearing. The court may also issue a personal protection order without notifying the other person and without a hearing.  This is called an ex parte order. In Michigan, most personal protection orders are issued ex parte.

The following programs are the most recent that were open to persons on campus; faculty, staff and students.

Program Name Description  Target Audience Topic Annual Frequency
Safety and Security Update Explaining Emergency Procedures Faculty and Staff Safety Awareness 1
Right-to-Understand New Hazard Communication Shared Faculty and Staff Safety Protection 2
Maxient’s Conduct Manager System Detail on reporting incidents Faculty and Staff How to Use 2
De-Escalation Assertive communication skills Faculty and Staff Warning signs 1
Mental Health Disorder Understanding the symptoms Faculty and Staff Awareness and warning signs 1
Rave Alert Details on how to update personal information to receive news Students, Faculty and Staff  Drills 27
Lockdown Drills Practice following protocols Students, Faculty and Staff Safety during an emergency 2
Student Orientations Safety and security issues Students Student Life 23
Active Shooter Response Training How to react and protect yourself & others Faculty and Staff Safety Awareness 2
Campus Security Authority Film and review responsibilities CSAs Responsibilities 3
VAWA/Campus SaVE Act Overview and Question and Answer session Faculty and Staff Awareness 1
Dating Abuse: How to Recognize a Healthy Partnership Raise Awareness Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness and warning signs 1
Healthy Relationships Raise awareness RAs Responsibilities 1
Victim Advocate and Prevention Educator Awareness and warning signs to abuse Faculty, Staff and Students Safety Awareness 1
Addiction Alcoholism is the illness Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness 1
Self Defense Techniques Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness 1
Addiction Drug Use Faculty, Staff and Students Awareness 1
Title IX Know your Title IX rights (right to make a report) Students  Awareness/ 
Understanding
23
Clery Act Disclosure of timely & annual information about campus crime and security policies Students Awareness 23

 

The following preventive measures will help minimize your chances of being attacked: 

  • Accept the fact that you are a potential assault victim.  Many people operate under the illusion that “it will never happen to me.”  It may. 

  • Above all else…trust your instincts.  If you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, leave immediately. 

  • When you go out, tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Always lock your house/apartment door and don’t lend the key. Keys can be duplicated.
  • Don’t walk alone a night. Take a friend with you.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Photocopy all important papers that you carry in your purse or wallet, including your driver’s license. Keep the photocopies in a safe place. This information will be invaluable if you lose your license or cards.
  • Be alert. Look around you. Be aware of others on the street. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Walk with your keys in hand.
  • If you think someone is following you, turn around and check so that you are not caught off guard. Cross the street or change direction. Walk or run toward people, traffic, or lights. Consider confronting the aggressor and saying in a loud, firm voice, “Don’t follow me.”
  • If a car follows you or stops near you for directions, do not approach the car. Change directions if you feel threatened and walk or run towards stores, a lighted house, or other people.
  • Park in well-lit areas. Check the street before leaving the car. Park in full view of the front of stores and houses.
  • Walk to your car with keys ready.
  • As you approach your car, look all around it, including underneath the car.
  • If you have a flat tire, seek help inside the College, or from a nearby business if off-campus. Beware of someone instantly appearing to offer help—attackers often disable cars to make their owners vulnerable.
  • Check the interior of your car, particularly the back seat before entering; someone could be hiding there.
  • Keep the car doors locked at all times, even when driving in daylight, so no one can jump in at a red light.
  • Keep enough gas in your tank for emergencies.
  • If you are followed by another car, drive to a police station or business that has lights on and people in it. You may not want to go directly home with someone following you. “Driveway” robberies are becoming more common.
  • If your car breaks down, lift the hood, put on the flashers, and wait inside with the doors locked for help. Ask people who stop to call the police or AAA for you. Don’t go with anyone.
  • Don’t stop for stranded motorists. You are of greater help to them by calling the police or sheriff.
  • Try to jog with a partner. Try to avoid running alone, even in daylight. You could become injured from a fall and might need help.
  • Stay in well-lit areas. Vary your route. Be suspicious of people you pass many times.
  • Stay away from parked cars, especially those occupied by suspicious persons.

Sexual assault can happen virtually anywhere, but the largest single grouping of reported incidents is either in the home of the victim or the home of the offender.  It is important to be aware of all potentially hazardous areas: 

  • Remote parking lots 

  • On the street 

  • Stairwells 

  • Shopping centers 

  • Public parks 

  • Hitchhiking 

  • Beaches at night 

  • Laundromats 

  • Jogging courses 

  • Deserted buildings 

  • School playgrounds 

  • Vehicles 

Sexual assaults often occur in conjunction with other crimes such as burglary, so the more effective preventative measures and common-sense precautions you take, the less your chances of becoming a victim.  But regardless of how many or how few precautions you take, you are not provoking the attack.  A locked door gives you time to call the police (911). 

Lake Michigan College encourages all students to participate in maintaining a safe environment on campus.  The power of bystanders, those that witness inappropriate behavior, is a powerful tool to help reduce all types of misconduct on campus.  Bystander intervention techniques are safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene, especially when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.  Bystander intervention includes but is not limited to: 

  • Making a report to Campus Safety and Security or local law enforcement when you observe inappropriate behavior. 

  • Ask if you can help if you see someone that looks like they are in trouble. 

  • Be respectful of yourself and others around you; ask others to be respectful when they are not. 

  • Stop someone from driving if they are impaired. 

  • If you see a friend or acquaintance doing something inappropriate, say something. 

  • Speak up if you see or hear offensive, derogatory, or abusive remarks or actions. 

  • If a friend is impaired, offer to assist them in getting home and don’t let them go off with people they do not know. 

In accordance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Lake Michigan College is providing a link to the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry.  This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of Michigan, convicted sex offenders must register with Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the State police. 

The Sex Offenders Registration Act, MCL 28.721 et seq., directs the Michigan State Police to develop and maintain a public registry and provides guidelines on the type of offender information available to the public.  The registration requirements of the Sex Offenders Registration Act are intended to provide the people of this state with an appropriate, comprehensive, and effective means to monitor those persons who pose such a potential danger. 

In accordance with the Wetterling Act, Megan’s Law and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, it is now mandatory that all registered sex offenders report to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in which the institution of higher learning is located.  The Michigan Public Sex Offenders Registry can be accessed online (opens in a new window).

When the College closes due to severe weather or other campus emergencies, the announcements will be made in several ways:

  1. through the College's RaveAlert System (see above for instructions on updating your contact information or opting out of RaveAlert)
  2. on the home page (in most cases dependent on the availability of internet access to college officials)
  3. through local television and radio stations
  4. through College Facebook and Twitter pages

Please check these various sources of information for closing information rather than calling the College. If the College is closed, you will be able to find out through one or more of the above sources. For more information about how the decision is made about school closings, visit Weather and Emergency Closings.

Tornados 

In the event of a tornado warning all employees, students, and visitors in any college facility will be instructed to go the designated safe shelter area. 

  1. DO NOT GO OUTSIDE. 
  2. Do not use telephones. 
  3. Do not stand near westerly locations of the building or near glass-enclosed spaces. 
  4. Proceed to the designated safe shelter area for your facility. This information is found on the emergency flip chart located in every college classroom. 
  5. Do not use open flame (candles, lighters, etc.). 
  6. Remain calm and wait for an “all-clear” announcement. 

Read the policy.

  1. Purpose 

    The college seeks to provide a safe campus community. Restriction against the possession, discharge, use and/or carrying of weapons is intended to foster a more secure environment and to promote the overall learning purpose for which students, employees and guests attend the college. While these restrictions offer no guarantee of protection to students, employees, and guests, it is hoped that the restrictions will reduce the risk of injury from any dangers which might arise from the possession, discharge use and/or carrying of weapons.

  2. Definition

    Weapons: are defined as any instruments or implements which are capable of inflicting bodily injury, and shall include but not be limited to the following:

    • Any gun, rifle, firearm, BB gun, pellet gun, or other device (including starter gun) which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by any means.
    • Any bomb, grenade, rocket or other destructive device which includes explosives, incendiaries or poison gas. 
    • Any knife with a blade longer than three inches, a razor, or other cutting instrument. 
    • Any striking instrument, to include clubs, iron bar, brass knuckles, blackjack or bludgeon (excluding Athletic Department equipment—i.e., baseball bats). 
    • Any martial arts weapons, to include nunchakus, tonfas, staffs, and throwing stars. 
    • Any bow and arrow combination. 
    • Fireworks 
    • Any portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave, or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill. 
       

    A self-defense spray or foam device are not considered weapons subject to this Policy.

    Firearm: means a weapon from which a dangerous projectile may be propelled by an explosive, or by gas or air. Firearm does not include a smooth bore rifle or handgun designed and manufactured exclusively for propelling by a spring, or by gas or air, BBs not exceeding .177 caliber. 

    Minor: means any individual of less than 18 years of age. 

    Open carry: means the carrying of a pistol in a properly holstered manner in full view of the public eye and is not waving or displaying the firearm in a threatening manner. 

    Pistol: means a firearm, loaded or unloaded, 26 inches or less in length, or any firearm, loaded or unloaded, that by its construction and appearance conceals it as a firearm. 

    Self-defense spray or foam device: means a device to which all of the following apply: (a) The device is capable of carrying, and ejects, releases, or emits 1 of the following: (i) Not more than 35 grams of any combination of orthochlorobenzalmalononitrile and inert ingredients; (ii) A solution containing not more than 10% oleoresin capsicum; (b) The device does not eject, release, or emit any gas or substance that will temporarily or permanently disable, incapacitate, injure, or harm a person with whom the gas or substance comes in contact, other than the substance described in (a). 
     

  3. Policy

    Except as allowed by federal and State law, students, employees and guests are prohibited from possessing, using, discharging and/or carrying weapons on any campus property. Any student or employee in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to, and including expulsion and/or termination as may be applicable depending on the circumstances. Any guest in violation of this policy shall be subject to ejection as a trespasser. 
     

  4. Exception 

    Exceptions to this policy may be granted in accordance with the college procedure.

 

Housing Handbook

Dear Resident,

Welcome to Beckwith Hall at Lake Michigan College (LMC). We are excited you have chosen to live on campus and believe your decision will help you be successful as a student here at LMC. Living in a residence hall means becoming part of a community of students. This community is a dynamic place, composed of various people with different values, cultures, lifestyles, and attitudes. As members of the community, we must strive to understand the individuality and life choices of those among us. We can best learn from one another in an atmosphere of positive encouragement and mutual respect. We must possess a genuine desire to learn from those around us as well as give others the respect and tolerance we desire. Each person has a role to play in our residence hall community and should be allowed to do so.

Residence Hall Communities incorporate the following:

  • Education: to ensure that teaching and learning takes place outside the classroom.
  • Openness: so ideas and thoughts can be discussed freely.
  • Respect: to ensure that the individual accepts obligations to the community and is held accountable for individual actions.
  • Involvement: so that all individuals have a voice in decisions concerning their community.
  • Ownership: to ensure all individuals care for their building facilities and adjacent property.

Your rights in the community include the ability…

  • to socialize appropriately in your hall;
  • to sleep and study without disturbance;
  • to live in a supportive and stimulating community;

Your responsibilities in the community include…

  • to consider the needs of other students in the community and balance them with your own needs;
  • to promote care of the physical facilities, equipment, and services;
  • to communicate with other residents and staff members to let others know when they are disturbing you;
  • to demonstrate a commitment to the community by getting involved;
  • to promote campus and individual safety; and
  • to demonstrate dignity and respect for all individuals;
  • to keep your room in a good sanitary condition and maintain proper personal hygiene.

Meetings

During the year Housing Staff will host meetings and discuss community events and issues. Attendance at these meetings is expected to ensure that all individuals are aware of pertinent information, upcoming events, and deadlines. Residents who are unable to make these meetings are required to make arrangements with the appropriate staff member to get the information provided at the meeting. Disciplinary action may be taken if residents fail to attend mandatory meetings.

We hope you make the most of this experience and look forward to the great year ahead!

Sincerely, Your Housing Team

Lake Michigan College Housing Office

Beckwith Hall – Room 211 and 311

Important Numbers

Title Phone Number Email
Resident Assistant Duty Phone 269-363-1162  
Residence Life 269-927-8190  
Student Life 269-927-8734 azick@lakemichigancollege.edu
Athletics 269 -927-6172 grau@lakemichigancollege.edu
Security 269-470-6084 ssilcox@lakemichigancollege.edu

 

In the event that any item(s) of personal property are left in Beckwith Hall after the Residential Housing Agreement has been terminated, these item(s) will be considered abandoned and discarded at the Resident’s expense. If a resident does not complete a proper check out and return their key, the items will be held for thirty (30) days before being discarded.

Lake Michigan College and Beckwith Hall is an alcohol free campus, regardless of legal age. This means that regardless of age no person is permitted to have alcohol/illegal drugs or alcohol/illegal drug paraphernalia on campus. Persons in violation of this policy will face disciplinary action.

  • No illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia are permitted. Paraphernalia may include, but is not limited to: alcohol advertisements or signs, drug related imagery, use of empty bottles for decorative purposes.
  • No resident or their guests may possess, consume, store, or distribute alcohol and/or drugs within the residence halls or on LMC property (including empty containers).
  • Any student under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs who brings attention to themselves by making noise, general disruption, or scent is in violation of this policy.
  • Any alcohol found on the property will be emptied in front of the Housing staff and empties discarded immediately.
  • Law enforcement will be contacted for any drugs that are found on the property.

Personal grills are prohibited. Residents wanting to grill out must use exterior grills provided by Lake Michigan College.

Break housing is available for all residents in Beckwith Hall. Students staying during breaks should know that there may be a delay in services when the college is closed or during a semester break. Students may be asked to register for break housing with the housing office.

Bicycles are not permitted to be stored in Beckwith Hall, they must be locked to an appropriate bike rack located near the main entrance of the hall. Students should register their bike with the housing office. Bikes left at the end of the agreement period will be considered abandoned property.

Beckwith Hall residents have access to Beckwith Hall 24 hours a day through use of their student ID and front door swipe-card reader. At any time LMC staff may request a resident to show their student ID at their request. Non-residents/Guest (excluding LMC Faculty/Staff) must be accompanied by the resident who signed them in at all times while in the residential hall. Please see Guest Policy. The housing office reserves the right to update the access and guest policy as needed in the best interest and the safety of the residents.

  • All guests will check in with LMC Security at the Beckwith Hall front desk with a valid photo ID. No one will be permitted into Beckwith Hall without a valid photo ID.
  • After 10 p.m. all residents and guests must enter through the main door located on the east side of the building. The west side courtyard door will only operate from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Lounges and study nooks are located in the residential area, on the first, second, and third floor. These areas are provided for the residents as an informal gathering place.

  • Quiet/courtesy hours apply to these areas at all times. Please keep television and noise at a courteous level.
  • LMC is not responsible for any personal items left in common spaces.
  • All furniture must remain in lounges and study nooks. Removal of furniture may result in fines.
  • Students should remove all personal belongings and place trash in appropriate containers when done using the space.
  • Common areas in Beckwith Hall (lounges and study nooks) are for the use of the building’s residents and their registered guests.
  • Beckwith Hall staff will monitor and schedule all presentations or events.
    • Only groups or individuals invited by Beckwith Hall staff may make informative or educational presentations in the common spaces.
    • No group or individuals may schedule Beckwith Hall common area space for regular meetings or activities (i.e. Campus club meetings, Bible studies, political groups, etc.) except for activities directly sponsored by Housing Office staff and made available to all students.
    • Presentations or activities may not include the sale of product or services, nor may Beckwith Hall facilities be used for personal profit or gain.
  • In the case of loss or damage or unnecessary service costs to common areas of the building and lounge space, the cost for repair and/or replacement may be assessed to each Resident of the wing or hall on a prorated basis.

Residents who order food from local delivery companies need to be available in the main lobby when the food arrives. Residents should indicate that the food should be delivered to Beckwith Hall when placing order.

  • Delivery personnel are not permitted beyond the main lobby of Beckwith Hall.
  • Residents who order food are to use their personal cell phone as a contact for delivery personnel, Lake Michigan College staff, including front desk staff, are not responsible for contacting residents for delivered food.
  • Residents are to inform the delivery company that they will be met in the main lobby of Beckwith Hall for order pickup.

This Residential Housing Agreement is a legally binding agreement. By signing the Residential Housing Agreement, Resident assumes responsibility for the terms and conditions contained in the Residential Housing Agreement. Please review current Housing Agreement for full cancellation information.

Residents must be registered as a full-time student at Lake Michigan College prior to check in. Michigan law requires a government issued photo ID to receive keys. Upon moving into Beckwith Hall it is the responsibility of each Resident to complete, sign and submit a room condition inventory checklist to the Housing Office which will be an accurate and complete inventory of the assigned room and the condition of its contents. Room inventory list will serve as the basis for check-out charges if assessed. Residents who fail to complete the check list will assume responsibility for any and all damages of the suite determined at check out.

The resident agrees to follow the proper check-out procedures when vacating the premises. The procedures include removing waste and debris, leaving the room in an acceptable, clean condition, properly completing the Beckwith Hall check-out form, and returning keys. Residents must meet with Housing staff to complete the check-out portion of the room condition form and return keys. A $100 check-out fee will be assessed to any Resident not following these procedures. Failure to return keys will result in a $300 key change charge.

Communication between the Housing Office and Beckwith Hall Residents will be through the resident’s Lake Michigan College email account.

The Resident agrees to pay for any damages, lost property or unnecessary service costs caused by him/her to Beckwith Hall because of the Resident’s neglect or intent. The Resident will be billed for damage to the building and/or billed for missing or damaged furniture/equipment.

Where two or more Residents occupy the same room, and responsibility for damage or loss in the room cannot be ascertained by the Housing Office after having given the Residents an opportunity to explain the damage or loss, the cost of damage or loss will be divided and assessed equally between the Residents of the room. In the case of loss or damage or unnecessary service costs to common areas of the building, defined as being those areas not assigned to an individual, the cost for repair and/or replacement may be assessed to each Resident of the wing or hall on a prorated basis. Work orders must be put into the Maintenance Connect database for all damaged or malfunctioning furniture, fixtures or equipment. A resident must not attempt to fix any damaged or broken furniture, fixtures or equipment and could be subject to assessed charges.

Residents are encouraged to decorate their suite, as this is considered a resident’s “home away from home.” However, residents are asked to be considerate of the community by adhering to the following guidelines for decorations:

Interior Decorations

Interior decorations are permitted in Beckwith Hall with the following stipulations. Decorations may not be:

  • Displayed in windows.
  • Decorations are not to be placed near or cover sources of heat such as PTAC units, stoves, TV, or lamps.
  • Decorations are not to be hung from smoke detectors, sprinkler heads, or outside windows.
  • Cover fire protection or other emergency equipment. No items shall hang from fire sprinklers.
  • Placement of live evergreen trees and/or other live greenery (excluding potted houseplants) in any part of housing is prohibited. Artificial trees are permitted inside a suite.
  • Canned spray snow is not permitted on the windows.
  • Window coverings must be the provided blinds.
    • Cloth curtains, solar film, or white poster board is not permitted on the windows for additional light control.
    • Cardboard, aluminum foil, cellophane, or other types of window coverings are not permitted on windows.
    • Playing of speakers out of window is not allowed.
  • Large nails, staples, screws, wall anchors, or tape on walls or doors inside or outside the suite are prohibited.
    • To hang pictures and posters residents must use, 3M wall hangers, painter’s tape, and poster putty only. Small nails, thumbtacks, etc. are not permitted.
    • Signs or advertisements that are visible in public areas or from outside the suite including but not limited to; alcoholic beverages, drugs/controlled substances, controversial, antagonistic, or pornographic materials are prohibited.
  • Removing mounted fixtures from walls or ceiling is prohibited.
  • Installing private door locks on any exterior or interior doors are prohibited.
  • Additional furniture is prohibited, including couches, chairs, beds, etc.
  • Any renovations or changes to the suite are prohibited.
  • Dartboards are prohibited.
  • Residents may not paint or wallpaper walls or ceilings in the suites.
  • Residents may use over-the-door hangers but will be responsible to any door, frame, or wall damages that occur.
  • Aftermarket or home manufactured loft kits are not permitted.

If these guidelines for interior decorations are not followed, residents will be asked by staff to remove the decorations and may face disciplinary action. Any damage caused by interior decorations, including drywall tears and holes, failure to remove tape or hanging strips, damage to doors and frames from over the door hangers will be assessed at check-out at the discretion of the Housing Office.

Exterior Decorations

Exterior alterations or decorations are permitted in Beckwith Hall with the following stipulations:

  • Nothing may be displayed in windows
  • Sidewalk chalk, spirit foam, shoe polish, paints or other methods used for writing on the exterior of the buildings are prohibited.
  • Door peepholes may not be covered.
  • Fire protections and/or emergency equipment and notices may not be covered or altered by exterior decorations.
  • College furniture is not to be taken outside of the suite under any circumstances. If College furniture is found outside of the suite, resident(s) may be assessed a fee to replace the item(s).
  • Gas grills, charcoal grills, or hotplates, are not allowed in Beckwith Hall.
  • Electrical Decorations, including decorative lights may be used with the following stipulations:
    • All electrical decorations, such as lights, etc., must bear the “UL” or “FM” label.
    • Remember to use “UL” or “FM” approved FUSED power strips. Extension cords are not allowed inside or outside the suite!
    • Decorative lights are not allowed outside of the suite.
    • Electrical lights are not to be hung using metal fasteners (staples, nails, etc.)
    • Be Alert, a suite can handle a limited electrical load. Additional demand in the form of lights and trees and decorations may cause overload.
    • Disconnect unused appliances or equipment.
  • Decorations are not to be placed near sources of heat such as PTAC units, stoves, TV, or lamps.
  • Decorations are not to be hung from smoke detectors, sprinkler heads, or outside windows. Before leaving for school breaks, disconnect all unnecessary appliances and equipment. Students should unplug and empty personal refrigerators. Do not leave items such as irons, fans, curling irons, hair dryer, etc. plugged in. Do unplug the kitchen refrigerator.

If the guidelines for exterior decorations are not followed, residents will be asked by staff to remove the decorations and may face disciplinary action.

Emergency exit route information is posted in each suite. Each suite will have an emergency response packet provided upon move-in.

  • Emergency Call Stations are equipped to directly dial 911 and receive an immediate law enforcement response. Stations are located between the Faculty/Staff and Student parking lot, outside the Western Michigan University-Southwest building, north of the Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall entrance, in front of Beckwith Hall, and near the soccer field.
  • Evacuation Route Maps are located in every Beckwith Hall Lobby and Suite
  • Fire: The State Fire Safety Board requires that the College conduct fire drills and fire safety training throughout the school year. General procedures when the fire alarm sounds:
    • All staff and students will leave the building immediately and proceed to the nearest main parking lot.
    • If a person with a disability is in your suite, it may be necessary to provide assistance to that person so they can move to safety. Emergency wheel-chairs are provided on the third floor of each stairwell.
    • In the event that the nearest exit is the source of fire and/or is filled with smoke, use the next nearest exit.
    • Do not use elevators.
    • Do not open a door until you touch it to determine that is not warm or hot.
    • Remain in the parking lot until an all clear has been announced by the Executive Director of Facilities or their designee, or after 5 p.m., the Student Services staff.
    • Students must report fire using the Reporting of Fires Incident Form.
  • Tornados: In the event of a tornado warning all employees, students, and visitors in any College facility will be instructed to go the designated safe shelter area, the first floor hallways.
    • DO NOT GO OUTSIDE.
    • Do not use telephones.
    • Do not stand near glass-enclosed spaces.
    • Proceed to the designated safe shelter area for your facility. This information is found in every suite.
    • Do not use open flame (candles, lighters, etc.).
    • Remain calm and wait for an “all-clear” announcement.
  • RaveAlert is an automated system that Lake Michigan College uses to inform students of important campus information such as weather-related campus closings and campus emergencies. The message can be delivered as a voice message to a landline telephone or cell phone, as a text message to a cell phone, and/or as an email message. You will automatically be registered for the service at the time of class registration based on telephone and email information you provide to the College.
    • Updating your RaveAlert Contact Information: Your RaveAlert contact information is maintained within your student profile settings in WaveLink.
      • Go to WaveLink and login with your login name (ex. jsmith543).
      • Click on the View/Update address(es) and Phone(s) link under the Personal Information box.
      • Read all instructions at the top of this page to understand the process of changing your contact information.
      • To change your land line number for your current address, change the "Primary Phone Number for this Address" number (269 for the area code and 5551234 for the phone number). You can also use the drop downs below and specify other types of phone numbers and enter in the appropriate information.
      • Once you are done making updates, make sure the "Valid From This Date" option is a valid day on or before today's date and click submit.
      • Changes will become effective immediately.
    • Opt-Out Process: To opt out from receiving alerts, please send an email using your LMC provided student email account too RaveAlertOptOut@lakemichigancollege.edu. Include your first and last name and student ID in the body of the email. The opt-out process must be repeated for each term you desire to be excluded from receiving alerts.
    • Notice: General fees from your cell phone carrier may apply when using this service. Lake Michigan College is not responsible for any fees that may be charged by your cell phone carrier for voice and text messages sent to your cell phone. This includes overages on your monthly minutes and/or fees your carrier may charge for text messaging.
  • Timely Alerts: If circumstances warrant it, special timely crime alerts are prepared and distributed through the RaveAlert reporting service. These alerts advise the College community of the situation, steps to take to avoid being victimized, and the number to call for more information.

All necessary furniture has been provided. Non-Beckwith Hall furniture is prohibited. Furniture should not be removed from the suite or from the common spaces.

Guests may visit the residence hall under the following conditions:

  • Visitation Hours: Non-resident guests may visit Sunday-Thursday; 8:00 AM-11:00 PM. Friday and Saturday; 8:00 AM-12:00 AM. Outside of these times, a non-resident guest will be considered an overnight guest.
    • Suitemates should discuss their visitation policy with each other and determine when visitors are allowed. Suitemates should also discuss visitation of other residents to their suite.
  • Residents are required to check their guests in and out at the front desk/security guard.
    • Residents must meet their non-resident guest at the front door of the building.
    • ALL residents and guests will be required to check in at the front desk/security guard with a valid photo ID. No one will be permitted into Beckwith Hall without a photo ID.
    • Residents must have valid student ID to register a guest. Guests must provide a valid State or Government issued ID to the front desk staff member. Both IDs will be held by the front desk for the duration of the guest’s visit and will be returned to them upon departure from Beckwith Hall.
    • A resident may not check in more than 2 guests at a time. There may only be a maximum 10 people in a quad suite and 4 people in a double suite at any time.
    • Guest under the age of 18 must be approved by the Housing Office prior to arrival.
    • Guests under the age of 18 are permitted between 8 AM and 12 AM. No one under the age of 18 is allowed to stay overnight in Beckwith Hall.
      • Babysitting is not allowed in Beckwith Hall.
    • Overnight guest(s) may not exceed a 3-night visit. A guest is permitted to stay overnight 10 times during the semester.
    • No overnight visits permitted during the last week of classes.
    • Residents must inform their guest(s) of LMC and Beckwith Hall rules and regulations.
      • Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guest(s) and any damage(s) they may cause.
      • Guest(s) who violate the rules and regulations will be asked to leave the property, and if necessary will be banned from entering the premises.
      • Guest(s) must be with the resident at all times.
    • Residents must be sensitive to the needs of their suitemates before inviting guests.

Having guests/visitors is a privilege not a right: The Director or Assistant Director of Housing or their designee reserves the discretion to permanently or otherwise revoke any individual’s guest rights and ability to host guests at any time as deemed appropriate. Please understand that the visitation policy is in place for the safety of all residents and their guests.

For purposes of a health and safety inspection, housing staff will complete inspections quarterly. 24 hours advance email notification through your LMC email will be given to residents if possible. Residents should also be aware that housing staff members may occasionally have to enter resident rooms on matters relating to the comfort of fellow hall residents; for example, to turn off the alarm clock, shut a window, etc. In cases of this sort, at least one resident shall accompany the housing staff member whenever possible.

Residents and suitemates are responsible for the cleanliness of their suite. Excessive cleaning needs are at the discretion of the Director or Assistant Director and will be at the resident expense.

All residents are expected to keep their room in a good sanitary condition, and maintain proper personal hygiene.

A residents housing agreement may be self-terminated or terminated by the college. If a Resident’s Residential Housing Agreement is terminated by the college, the resident may still be financially liable for the terms of the Agreement. Please review the current housing agreement for termination information.

  • Termination by the College -The College may terminate this Agreement under the conditions stated in the following circumstances:
    1. The College may terminate or temporarily suspend performance of any part of this agreement without notice in the event an exigency would make continued operation for the Housing Office non-feasible.
    2. Violation of this Agreement, or any of the Rules and Regulations contained in the Student Handbook or the Resident Handbook.
    3. Non-Payment of the Housing Fee.
    4. SAP: A students housing agreement may be terminated for not meeting the financial aids satisfactory progress standards.
  • Appeals: A student cancelling or terminating a housing agreement has the right to appeal a decision regarding a cancellation fee. After a decision is made by the housing office regarding a fee, a student will receive the appeal policy and form to their e-mail account. The resident will have 10 business days to provide documents. A committee will make a decision on their appeal and the decision will be final.

It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure that they carry their suite key and student ID card with them. If a resident locks themselves out of their suite or room, there will be no charge for the first three key-ins each semester. Beginning with fourth and with each subsequent lockout, the resident will have a $10 charge on their student account payable to the business office.

Laundry equipment provided in each suite is for resident use only. Residents must clean washer, and dryer lint trap after each use. Misuse or constant damage may result in maintenance fee(s). The washer and dryer work best if not overloaded. When doing laundry, please be aware not to stuff the machines. Our washers require HE (high efficiency) detergent. Laundry soap pods should be placed directly into the drum of the washer and not the detergent drawer.

Should a room key be lost, residents are to report the lost key to their RA, or the Housing Office staff immediately. There will be a $300 fee to replace the lost key. After three key-in’s, the resident must show their key, and a $25 charge on their student account payable to the business office.

Federal mail will be delivered and picked up daily M-F. The mailroom will email Residents at their LMC email account when a package is received. The mailroom is open M-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A photo ID is needed to pick up packages from the mailroom. Please wait to pick up packages until you have received an email from the mailroom. Once a resident vacates all mail will be marked return to sender.

Mailing Address:
Lake Michigan College
Attn: First Name Last Name
Suite #
2755 E. Napier Ave.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

The Maintenance Request Form can be found online. Maintenance issues may also be e-mailed to the Director/Assistant Director. You will need your Wavelink username and password to submit a maintenance request. Submitting a maintenance request is an acknowledgement that LMC Maintenance personnel will be entering the suite. It is the resident’s responsibility to inform the other occupants of the suite that LMC Maintenance will be entering for scheduled maintenance. Residents experiencing issues using maintenance request should e-mail housing staff regarding their maintenance issue. Any damage or deferred maintenance issues not submitted to the housing office may result in charges or fines assessed by the housing office.

The noise level of a student may not, at any time, be at a level that can be heard from a distance beyond that area which they are currently occupying.

  • Residents should expect to hear common noises of community living, which may include footsteps, reasonable talking level, chimes from appliances, dishes being loaded or unloaded from the dishwasher, alarms, smoke detectors, etc. A reasonable level of noise will occur.
  • 24-Hour Courtesy Policy: the right to study and sleep supersedes the privilege to entertain oneself or others. This policy upholds the commitment to providing an environment where students may experience academic success. Noise, such as yelling/loud talking, TVs, music which is audible beyond the confines of one’s suite or bedroom (i.e., the hallway, suites above or below) is in violation of this policy and may result in disciplinary action. Students are free to have radios, stereos, televisions, etc. in their rooms, but volume should be controlled so that neighbors are not impacted.
    • Speakers or Stereos may not be placed in windows. Speakers should not be used in hallways or in lounges.
    • Students should not play music while walking in the hallway via a portable speaker
    • The use of headphones and earbuds are encouraged.
    • Residents are expected to refrain from any activity that might cause a disturbance in the community, including, but not limited to: yelling out the window or down the hallway, playing ball, or wrestling in the hall.
    • Parked cars in front of Beckwith Hall are also expected to follow this policy. Music from cars should not be heard in the building.
    • Drums or amplified instruments are not permitted in Beckwith Hall.
  • Quiet Hours: Quiet hours begin daily at midnight. Beyond that outlined in the 24-Hour Courtesy Policy. Noise should not be heard in the hallway and use of the lounge space may be discontinued if causing disruptions.
    • During the last week of classes quiet hours are 24 hours each day.
  • Sanctions: Violators of the noise policy will be seen by the Housing Office staff. Residents with excessive noise violations will be given appropriate restricted privileges or educational assignment.

Occupancy means that a key has been issued to a specific Resident for a specified room located in a specified unit and the Resident may then occupy the designated space for the Housing Agreement Term (“Occupancy”). Occupancy begins upon issuance of a key to the Resident and ends twenty-four (24) hours after Resident completes final examinations, or at 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the Agreement Term whichever is earlier. Written authorization from the Housing Office is required for any other occupancy arrangement. Occupancy status does not require the actual physical presence of the Resident or his/her belongings. In the event that the College shall commence legal action as a result of a Resident’s failure to vacate the unit at the end of the Agreement Term, Resident shall additionally be liable to the Housing Office for any and all court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees incurred by the College, as a result.

Parking is free for all residents. Residents must register their vehicle and display parking permit.

  • Parking may be restricted for special events, maintenance, etc.
  • Residents and guests are not to park in Staff, Vendor, or Maintenance parking spots.
  • Only registered vehicles should park in the lower Beckwith lot.
  • Guests may part in Guest spaces or in the upper lot.
  • Students needing accessible parking should register with an accessible permit. Guests are permitted to park in accessible parking spots provided permit is displayed.
  • All vehicles are subject to local and state parking laws. Violators may be ticked or towed.

A fitness room is located on the first floor beyond the main lobby in room 111 and is available 24 hours. Beckwith Hall residents are able to use the LMC Wellness Center free of charge. Registration for the LMC Wellness Center must be completed each semester.

Pets are prohibited, except for water-living animals in a 10-gallon aquarium or smaller. Feeding and temporarily keeping of animals in or around living areas is also prohibited. When a verified disability warrants the possession of a service or therapy animal residents may seek an accommodations with the Student Outreach and Support Office. A pet addendum must be completed for a service or therapy animal prior to the animal arriving at Beckwith Hall. The approval process for service or therapy animals should be completed prior to move-in and may take 30 business days for approval. For more information on service/companion animals please contact Student Outreach and Support Office at 269-927-8866.

The Housing Office is committed to an effective and efficient response to reports of pests in Beckwith Hall. Our pest control measures include regular inspections and housekeeping controls and material treatments as needed. The materials and processes used to treat rooms/suites are carefully selected to be safe and effective.

  • Pest Control -Resident and Guest Responsibility: Residents are responsible for practicing good housekeeping in Beckwith Hall to help deter insects and pests. Residents are expected to:
    • Store food properly in sealed containers.
    • Promptly clean dirty dishes/utensils.
    • Launder clothing and bedding regularly to help reduce the chance of harboring pests.
    • Empty and inspect backpack frequently.
    • Keep room picked up and orderly.
    • Vacuum weekly.
    • Remove trash promptly (including pizza boxes).
    • Examine bed and the area near the bed thoroughly every couple of weeks.
    • Residents who disregard good housekeeping and/or promote pest infestation may be responsible for the cost of extermination.
    • Belongings must be free of pests, or resident must be willing to work with the Housing Office to rid belongings of pests.
    • Residents may not bring into Beckwith Hall any second-hand or donated furniture or carpeting that may contain pests.
    • While traveling, residents must take precautions to minimize the chance of bringing pests to campus.

If resident has possibly been exposed to pests or suspects there may be pests in their residence, they must follow response protocol for reporting the incident and correcting conditions. Early detection and management is critical. Do not treat room with chemicals, sprays or any other type of product to control or kill pests. This will hinder the efforts of professional exterminators.

  • Beckwith Hall Responsibility: Lake Michigan College is responsible for responding to complaints or concerns of unhealthy or unsafe conditions by residents or guests, including those potentially associated with insect or other pest outbreaks.

Posting of printed materials will be provided on bulletin boards and other surfaces as designated by LMC. All postings must be approved by the Housing Office or their designee. All posted materials must include specific information as to the individual/organization responsible for the material. No posting on painted or glass surfaces is allowed, unless posted with painter’s tape. Handbills, leaflets, pamphlets and other similar materials shall not be placed on vehicles parked on LMC property.

Live wreaths, pine or evergreen trees, and boughs are prohibited due to the fire hazard. Potted plants are allowed.

The fee for the academic year is $7,252 for a two bedroom suite and $5,980 for a four bedroom suite. This Agreement serves as a final notice of payment deadlines and amounts due. Fees are due to the Financial Services Office in accordance with the prescribed payment due dates and schedules. Fees must be paid in full OR a Flex Payment plan must be created. Please see the Flex Plan payment schedule below:

Fall Spring
July 5 December 5
August 5 January 5
September 5 February 5
October 5 March 5
November 5 April 5

Any Housing fee not paid when due will be reasonable grounds for termination and/or non-renewal of the Residential Housing Agreement. If Resident is applying financial aid and wishes to delay payment until financial aid funds become available, Resident must make arrangements with the Financial Services Office in accordance with the College’s procedure. If Resident’s pending financial aid is less than College’s tuition/fees plus the balance due under the Residential Housing Agreement, the difference will be due per the standard payment schedule. Any Housing fees and associated charges not paid by the conclusion or termination of the Residential Housing Agreement may be referred to collections as determined by Lake Michigan College. Resident shall pay all costs and attorney fees associated with collecting unpaid Housing fees or other charges.

Lake Michigan College and the Housing Office are not liable for property belonging to Residents which may be lost, stolen or damaged in any manner wherever that may occur on the premises (including storage facilities). Residents assume total liability for any injury, damage, property loss or expense resulting from modifications to the room completed by the Residents. Personnel of the College may order the immediate removal of room modifications found hazardous to personal safety or that pose a fire hazard. Platform construction is prohibited within Resident rooms. Decisions regarding safety or fire hazard are made exclusively by housing personnel. LMC does not
provide, but encourages all residents to obtain a renter’s insurance policy.

  • Adhesives/Wall Mounts
  • All small kitchen appliances should only be used/stored in the kitchen.
  • Animals and Pets
  • Candles/Candle Warmers/Mug Warmer/incense
  • Charcoal of any kind
  • Combustible chemicals such as, but not limited to; gasoline (liquid)/propane.
  • Decorative Trees (live)
  • Dartboards (metal/plastic tipped)
  • Fire/Open Flames
  • Fuel driven engines, motorcycles, mopeds, etc., may not be stored or operated inside Beckwith Hall
  • Grills (BBQ)
  • Halogen type lamps
  • Hover boards
  • Space heaters
  • Lofts (custom)
  • Smoking Materials including Hookahs, Vaping and E-cigarette materials
  • Alcohol/Alcohol Empty Containers
  • Drugs: Prescription drugs without proper script and container, Marijuana, Other Illegal Substances including any and all drug paraphernalia, and Hookah pipes.
  • Weapons: See the Lake Michigan College Weapons Policy for further detail.

Prohibited items will be confiscated and held by the housing office until the end of the semester.

At the time of initial assignment a reasonable attempt will be made to assign a Resident their preferences as indicated on the Housing Application. Failure to honor preferences will not void this agreement. The College reserves the right to change room assignments, to assign roommates, or consolidate vacancies within Beckwith Hall.

Room Condition Forms are to be filled out no later than 1 week after taking occupancy of a room. Completed forms are to be submitted to the floor RA.

Residents are eligible to change rooms after the 1th full week of classes during the fall semester and after the 1th week of classes during the spring semester. Early room changes are discouraged; it takes time to become adjusted to new surroundings. Completing a suitemate agreement is strongly encouraged during the first week of living with new roommates. If a resident wants to change rooms due to a suitemate issue they must do the following:

  • Residents can meet with their RA and discuss a suitemate agreement if residents have not completed a suitemate agreement. An RA will work with the residents to facilitate a conversation. All concerned residents should attend and agree to this private, confidential conversation. Through this discussion the residents will civilly discuss the issues to come to an agreement. The RA will share the outcome of the discussion with the Housing Office. If the issues are not resolved after 1 week of following the suitemate agreement, the RA and or residents will contact the Housing Office.
  • Housing Office will intervene with a room mediation. When an agreement is reached, the Housing Office will schedule a follow up meeting 7 days after to review the issues. If there are still unresolved issues the Housing Office will work with the residents to relocate the residents provided room is available.
  • Residents who just wish to make a room change must meet the Director and/or Assistant Director of Housing (Beckwith Hall -211/311) or their designee to obtain a Room Change Authorization Form. There will be a $150 fee for all room changes.
    • If appropriate space is available, the resident will be provided with the new location and the name(s) of potential suitemates.
    • Resident will have 48 hours to contact the new suitemates about moving into that space.
    • Resident must report back to the Director or Assistant Director within 48 hours regarding the results of the discussion with the potential suitemates.
  • Once the new assignment is determined:o
    • The resident will have 24 hours to move their belongings from the previously assigned room to the newly assigned room and turn in the previous room key.
    • The resident will need to make a check-out appointment with the floor RA to complete a check out for their old room.
    • Failure to properly check-out of one room before moving to another will result in a $100.00 improper check-out fee.
    • The resident and floor RA will complete a new Room Condition Form for the newly assigned room.

Lake Michigan College staff will occasionally enter a suite/room.

Lake Michigan College is dedicated to maintaining a healthy work and learning environment for all students, employees and visitors. Effective June 1, 2014, the College prohibits the use of tobacco products by employees, students and visitors on all campuses except inside individual automobiles and designated smoking areas on campus. The prohibition applies to all buildings and facilities, and all outdoor locations owned or controlled by the College. For purposes of this policy, Smoking is defined, but not limited to, the act of lighting, smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering cigar, cigarette or pipe of any kind, and/or “vaping” with e-cigarettes, mechanical personal vaporizers (MPVs), or atomizers. It also includes the use of any product intended to mimic tobacco products, contains tobacco flavoring, or delivers nicotine other than for purposes of cessation. The Beckwith Hall smoking location is south of the building.

For the protection and privacy of residents and to prevent the interruption of studies, no door-to-door activity or public area solicitation for any purpose unrelated to the management of the residential building is allowed without prior approval of the Housing Office or their designee. Solicitation can be defined as an uninvited attempt to make contact with a student in Beckwith Hall for the purpose of trying to convince the resident to:

  • Endorse an idea or person (e.g. political candidate, recycling, religious belief)
  • Purchase an item (e.g. T-shirt, credit card, button) or ticket to an event (sometimes with a built-in fund-raising component)
  • Join a club or organization

Generally, permission will only be granted if the following questions can be answered in the affirmative:

  • Is the solicitation request from an LMC student, faculty, or staff?
  • Is the solicitation being done in the non-commercial interest of getting residents more involved in LMC affiliated programs and activities?
  • Does the “plan to solicit residents” harmonize with the LMC Mission Statement?
  • All items for posting on residential bulletin boards must be approved by the Housing Office.

Is an academic year agreement that the RA staff will provide to each suite. In addition, anytime a new resident moves into a suite, the agreement will be revised to accommodate the new suitemate.

Residents are expected to package all garbage and trash in plastic bags, tied securely and place inside dumpsters supplied for this purpose. It is the responsibility of the resident to dispose of all garbage, including empty cardboard boxes, to the dumpsters. Garbage is not to be left in lobbies, common areas, outside of suites. Please remove trash promptly in summer months due to fruit fly concerns.

The College may terminate this agreement under the conditions stated in the following circumstances:

  • The College may terminate or temporarily suspend performance of any part of this agreement without notice in the event an exigency would make continued operation for the Housing Office non feasible.
  • Residents may be removed or suspended from Beckwith Hall for failure to comply with regulations or if their actions are found to be detrimental to the welfare of other residents.
  • Eligibility requirements are not met or maintained.
  • Violation of the Residential Housing Agreement, or any of the Rules and Regulations contained in the Student Handbook or the Housing Handbook.
  • Non-Payment of the Housing Fee.

Beckwith Hall furnishings may not be removed from the bedroom or suite. Furniture must be left in rooms and common areas to which it has been allocated. Students moving furniture will be asked to return it to the original location.

All screens must be kept on the windows. Any resident removing screens may face disciplinary action.

Please review the weapons policy listed in the current Student Handbook.

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