The College has the right to issue an Interim Suspension when the student engages, or threatens to engage in behavior(s) which pose a danger of causing harm to others, or when the student exhibits behavior(s) that renders him/her unable to effectively function in the residence areas and/or the College, or when the student exhibits behavior(s) that significantly interferes with the educational pursuits and/or living environment of others. When a student engages in or threatens to engage in such behavior, the most effective emergency response to protect the health and safety of the student and the community may be to require the student to leave the campus for a period of time. While an Interim Suspension is in place, the College will gather information and investigate the allegations(s) in order to make an individualized assessment of the risks posed by the student’s reported behavior and whether those risks may be mitigated to protect the health, safety, and learning environment of others.
For the complete Interim Suspension Policy, click here.
Where do I go if I have been issued an Interim Suspension?
When you are Interim Suspended, you must vacate the campus. In cases when you are incapacitated (unable to act on your own), your emergency contact person is notified by the On Call Administrator.
What if I am present on campus and violate the terms of the Interim Suspension?
You will be considered trespassing and will be subjected to arrest by the Mahwah Police Department. The violation will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will likely face on campus disciplinary charges and may also face charges through the Mahwah Municipal Court.
What if I need to obtain clothing, books, medication, and other essential personal items from my residence room while I am serving an Interim Suspension?
You need to contact Public Safety via phone at (201) 684-7432 to make arrangements to come to campus to gather any belongings from your residence. Do not come to campus without making prior arrangements.
Am I able to attend classes when I am Interim Suspended?
No, when you are serving an Interim Suspension, you are not permitted to physically attend classes. You are banned from entering the campus.
Can I complete my coursework remotely?
You may reach out to your faculty and ask if you may complete coursework electronically or by others means that do not require you to be present on the campus. The decision to accept coursework is under the purview of the individual faculty member who oversees the course material. The faculty member may refuse your request as faculty members are not obligated to accommodate you under these circumstances.
Does your office notify my professors that I will be missing class?
Our office does not normally notify professors that you won’t be to class. It is your responsibility to make contact with your professor(s) and let them know that you will not make it to class. If your Interim Suspension requires you to be absent for a prolonged period of time due to further investigation, etc. the Dean of Students or designee will notify your Faculty members.
Will the Interim Suspension go on my permanent transcript?
An Interim Suspension is not a form of punishment; it is not a finding of guilt within the campus code of conduct and is not part of your permanent record. Depending on the circumstances, an Interim Suspension may lead to the initiation of disciplinary proceedings on charges that you have violated the Code of Conduct or in the event of a Title IX related matter, it may lead to a Title IX investigation (See Sexual Misconduct Policy).
Who do I contact to set up an appointment for an Interim Suspension hearing?
You should contact the Student Affairs Office at (201) 684-7457. The college will schedule the appointment within 5 days from the date you call for a hearing. Interim Suspension hearings are normally scheduled Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm (the College is closed on Fridays during the summer months).
Should I bring my parents/guardian/lawyer to the Interim Suspension hearing with me?
It is completely up to you whether or not you want to bring anyone with you to the Interim Suspension hearing. The Dean of Students or designee will not assess guilt as it relates to the allegations against you. The purpose of the hearing is to assess your student status. In other words, whether or not you continue to pose a threat to the campus community and whether or not you are permitted back on campus. You have the right to bring an advisor, who may be an attorney, to the hearing, but it is not a requirement. The advisor will have a limited role during the hearing, as they are present to support you, but may not interfere with the Dean of Students or designee or speak on your behalf during the hearing. <should we say something about having 1 additional person in the room not a room full>
What can I expect will happen at the Interim Suspension hearing?
You can expect to meet with the Dean of Students or designee. You will discuss the incident that led to you being served with an Interim Suspension from campus. The Dean of Students or designee will issue a decision within 3 business days of the Interim Suspension hearing.
In some circumstances, you will pose or may pose a threat and therefore you may not return to campus as a whole before a College Disciplinary Review Board or Disciplinary Conference takes place; or you may not be permitted to return to the residence areas of the campus before a College Disciplinary Review Board or Disciplinary Conference takes place; or you may be subject to a Title IX investigation process as published in the Sexual Misconduct Policy Governing Students.
What if I want to withdrawal and not schedule an Interim Suspension hearing?
You may withdrawal from classes without scheduling an Interim Suspension hearing, but it is important to remember that your Interim Suspension will remain in effect and you will continue to be banned from campus. You will be subjected to the disciplinary process or Sexual Misconduct Policy Governing Students whether you are a current student or not.