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Faculty members who suspect that a student may have violated a provision of the Academic Honesty Code are obligated to investigate the incident and discuss their findings with the student or students involved. Faculty members who conduct such investigations are encouraged to confer with their Division Chair, instructional deans or Vice President of Learning, and/or Vice President of Student Affairs regarding procedures, valid proof, and due process. Faculty members who determine that a student violated the Academic Honesty Code must take action, both to prevent future violations and to preserve the academic integrity of their courses and the College community. Cases of academic dishonesty must be reported to the Vice President of Student Affairs, instructional deans, or Vice President of Learning. The Vice President of Student Affairs maintains a file that contains a record of each Academic Honesty Code violation reported to that office. These records are not attached to nor do they become a part of the student's permanent records or transcript unless repeated violations result in the student's expulsion from the College. The Vice President of Student Affairs will treat violations of the Academic Honesty Code in the manner described below: penalties: Violations of the Academic Honesty Code during a student's academic career are as follows: a. First Offense The student will receive a zero on the assignment in question, which may result in subsequent academic or disciplinary penalties based on department/program policies. b. Second Offense Student will receive an "F" for the course. Additional Penalties: Violations of the Academic Honesty Code that threaten the College's learning environment may merit further penalties up to and including expulsion. Any additional penalties will be determined by the faculty member in conjunction with the Vice President of Student Affairs and/or instructional deans or Vice President of Learning. Student Rights and Student Appeals Students may appeal instructors' determination that they violated the Academic Honesty Code by following the appeals procedures on at the end of this chapter. 50 Sexual harassment Lee College is committed to maintaining an academic environment in which students can learn and work without fear of sexual harassment. Every member of the college community must recognize that sexual harassment compromises the integrity of the College, its tradition of academic freedom, and the trust placed in its members. It is, therefore, the policy of the College to take all necessary actions to prevent, correct, and where indicated, discipline perpetrators of sexual harassment. Disciplinary actions for sexual harassment committed by employees include, but are not limited to, written warning, demotion, transfer, suspension, or dismissal. Disciplinary actions for sexual harassment committed by students include, but are not limited to, written warning, removal from class, or expulsion with notation on the student's permanent record. For more information on the College's policy on sexual harassment, go to http://www.lee.edu/hr/resources-for -employees/sexual-harassment/. Legal Authority: Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and by the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. Sexual harassment by a public servant is also a criminal offense under section 39.02 of the Texas Penal Code. Definition: Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex, and occurs when such behavior constitutes unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where: 1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a person's employment or academic advancement; 2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a person is used as the basis for decisions affecting a person's employment or academic standing; 3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work, learning, or social environment. Examples of prohibited Behavior: Prohibited acts that constitute sexual harassment may take a variety of forms. Sometimes sexual harassment involves a single serious

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