1. The Articles of Incorporation of Luther College give power and authority over the supervision of the curriculum, instruction, and policies of the college to the Board of Regents. The Board, in turn, delegates the responsibility for the leadership and implementation of policies to the President as the executive head of the college and chairperson of the faculty. The President, in turn, delegates much of this responsibility to vice presidents and to faculty committees.
The faculty has the responsibility for establishing departments, deciding upon courses of study, and determining requirements for admission and graduation. Faculty also has the responsibility for establishing rules and regulations for college governance and for the suspension and expulsion of students.
Because the ultimate institutional responsibility for the exercise of decision rests with the President, the President may deem it necessary to recall this delegation of power. Certainly this would be a rare instance. Technically, the President could have the absolutely final approval (subject to the Board of Regents) of any decision reached through any student conduct hearing. In a technical sense, Student Conduct Administrators and Student Conduct Boards do nothing more than “recommend” disciplinary action to the President, and by the President’s failure to intercede, accepts their recommendation. In essence, then, the President delegates power and discretion over student disciplinary matters to Student Conduct Administrators and Student Conduct Boards in all possible cases, exercising presidential prerogatives only when necessary.
2. The Vice President and Dean for Student Life or his/her designee shall determine the composition of Student Conduct Boards and the Campus Appeals Board (in accordance with written procedures) and determine which Student Conduct Board, Student Conduct Administrator and/or Campus Appeals Board shall be authorized to hear each matter.
3. The Vice President and Dean for Student Life or his/her designee shall develop policies for the administration of the student conduct system and procedural rules for the conduct of Informal Administrative Hearings, Student Conduct Board Hearings, and Campus Appeals Board Hearings that are not inconsistent with provisions of the Code of Conduct.
4. The Student Conduct Coordinator is the administrator charged with managing the student conduct system, in consultation with the Vice President and Dean for Student Life.
5. Decisions made by a Student Conduct Board and/or Student Conduct Administrator shall be final, pending the appeal process defined in this Code of Conduct.